Des Moines Art Center 2017 Gala Goes Global

Posted on Wednesday, May 31, 2017

For Immediate Release
Contact: Barbara Briggie-Smith
Tel: 515.271.0343

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Des Moines Art Center’s 2017 gala is a global celebration of art                                   

DES MOINES, IOWA (May 2017) – On Saturday evening, September 16, the Des Moines Art Center will host its annual gala fundraiser. This year’s theme, Art Travels, will focus on the global reach and travel of works in the permanent collections, as well as the artists whose works have traveled here for exhibition from the far corners of the globe. The event will take place at Elliott Aviation hangar at the Des Moines International Airport.

A special guest at this year’s gala will be Barbara Haskell, curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Haskell is currently curating a Grant Wood exhibition which includes two of Wood’s works from the Art Center’s permanent collections.

The evening will feature cocktails, dinner, and dancing. The event begins at 6:30 pm. The night’s entertainment will be the band Pie in the Sky whose website says “there’s no style of music they can’t do. This band doesn’t put on shows, they throw parties!”

All funds raised will support the Art Center's outreach, education, and free admission programs.


Individual: $250
Young Professional (35 or younger): $125

Black tie optional

Reservations can be made by contacting Director of Member Experiences Debra J. Kurtz at or 515.271.0336.

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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