Des Moines Art Center to open new restaurant

Posted on Tuesday, May 17, 2016

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

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Des Moines Art Center to open new restaurant

DES MOINES, IOWA (May 2016) – The Des Moines Art Center is pleased to announce Chef Rosie Punelli, formerly of Trellis Café and the Art Center Restaurant, will be taking over the restaurant at the Art Center beginning Wednesday, June 1.

Gaston Café will be moving to a new location in downtown Des Moines. Under Punelli’s direction, the new Art Center restaurant, Chef’s Palette, will serve seasonal and entirely unexpected lunches featuring soups, salads, pastas, and sandwiches, as well as her famous handmade desserts. Hours will be Tuesday through Saturday 11 am – 2 pm.

“We are excited to welcome Rosie back to the Art Center Restaurant. We have enjoyed working with the team at Gaston and wish them the best of luck,” said Director Jeff Fleming. 

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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