Purchase Des Moines Art Center Big Hair Ball Tickets early for VIP Access and Discounted Rate on General Admission

Posted on Monday, April 17, 2017

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Contact: Barbara Briggie-Smith
Tel: 515.271.0343

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Purchase Des Moines Art Center Big Hair Ball Tickets Early For VIP Access and Discounted Rate on General Admission

DES MOINES, IOWA (April 2017) – It’s not too late to purchase tickets to Des Moines’ hottest Big Hair event! VIP tickets won’t last long, and neither will the discounted ticket prices.

The Des Moines Art Center Big Hair Ball takes place on Saturday, May 13, 7:30 pm – midnight at the Art Center, 4700 Grand, Des Moines. Sponsored by the Art Center’s member group Art Noir, “Alchemy” is inspired by the exhibition Alchemy: Transformations in Gold, on view at the Art Center through May 5. This gilded night of luxury promises to be an extravagant evening of fashion and entertainment, featuring a live runway show with some of Des Moines’ finest big hair creations from local salons, barbers, and stylists. This year’s event will be held in the I. M. Pei building, the Art Center’s first addition, built in 1968 by the world-renowned architect who also designed the pyramid at the Louvre, Paris. Holding the event in this building will transform the space, and be only the second time in Art Center history (and perhaps the last) a party has been held in the Pei building.

This is an event for ages 21+.

Participants include: Aveda Institute Des Moines, Bella Salon & Spa, Blondie’s by T. Harris, Corey Winegardner, Dapper DSM, G Spot Hair Design, Platinum Kutz, and Trixies.

VIP Runway Access ($125) – Extremely limited quantities
VIP Access ($100) – Limited quantities
Advanced General Admission* ($85 / $65 members)
Day of General Admission ($100)

*Advanced sales close at midnight on Friday, May 12.

Tickets can be purchased on the Art Center’s website,, or in the Museum Shop during regular museum hours.

All tickets are will call.

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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