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Des Moines Art Center receives grant award from Iowa Arts Council

Posted on Tuesday, July 5, 2016

For Immediate Release
Contact: Barbara Briggie-Smith
Tel: 515.271.0343
Email: bbsmith@desmoinesartcenter.org

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Des Moines Art Center receives grant award from Iowa Arts Council

DES MOINES, IOWA (July 2016) – The Des Moines Art Center is pleased to announce that it has received a Cultural Leadership Partners Art Project Grant from the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs. Grant funds will support an array of educational programming for Iowa Artists 2016: Alex Braidwood and Jordan Weber. Programming consists of two gallery talks, three workshops, and a combined lecture and gallery talk. The exhibition opened to the public June 23, and will be on view through October 9, 2016.

The Cultural Leadership Partners Art Project Grant creates opportunities for the arts to flourish in Iowa by investing in projects that positively impact the vitality of the arts in the state, demonstrate public value, and support Iowa Arts Council funding priorities. Through this investment and partnership, the Iowa Arts Council and the Des Moines Art Center are working hand-in-hand to engage, educate, and make available to the Greater Des Moines community and region free access to the cultural richness of the state, and the importance of supporting the arts in Iowa. In part thanks to the Art Center’s year-round free admission policy, it is anticipated that between 7,000 and 10,000 people will be impacted by this exhibition and participate in the related programming.

 “The Iowa Artists exhibition is a long-running tradition at the Des Moines Art Center, and we are thrilled that the Iowa Arts Council has chosen to support our 2016 presentation. The work of these two artists extends far outside the gallery walls and into our community, and this grant helps us create meaningful programs that introduce and connect the public with artists living in their own state.”  – Laura Burkhalter, curator of Iowa Artists 2016

About the Des Moines Art Center

Recognized by international art critics as a world-class museum in the heart of the Midwest, the Des Moines Art Center has amassed an important collection with a major emphasis on contemporary art. The collection’s overriding principle is a representation of artists from the 19th century to the present, each through a seminal work. This accounts for an impressive collection that ranges from Edward Hopper’s Automat to Jasper Johns’ Tennyson, Henri Matisse’s Woman in White, Georgia O’Keeffe’s From the Lake No. 1, Francis Bacon’s Study after Velásquez’s Portrait of Pope Innocent X, Bill Viola’s Ascension, and Cecily Brown’s Half-Bind.

The Art Center’s physical complex marries with the collection for a totally integrated experience. The collection is housed in three major buildings, each designed by a world-renowned architect – Eliel Saarinen, I. M. Pei, and Richard Meier. With the exception of special events, admission to the museum is free.

In September 2009, the John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park opened in Des Moines’ Western Gateway Park. Philanthropists John and Mary Pappajohn have provided funding for and donated 28 sculptures by internationally acclaimed contemporary artists to the Des Moines Art Center. The collection of sculptures by such artists as Louise Bourgeois, Deborah Butterfield, Willem de Kooning, Olafur Eliasson, Keith Haring, Ellsworth Kelly, Jaume Plensa, Richard Serra, Joel Shapiro, and Mark di Suvero, is the most significant donation of artwork to the Art Center in a single gift in the museum’s history. The Pappajohn Sculpture Park was created in collaboration with the Pappajohns, the City of Des Moines, the Des Moines Art Center, and numerous corporate and private donors.

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