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Des Moines Art Center asks “What would you do if you had the entire museum to yourself?”

Posted on Monday, August 6, 2018

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

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Des Moines Art Center asks “What would you do if you had the entire museum to yourself?”

DES MOINES, IOWA (August 2018) – In honor of the 20th anniversary of the Art Center’s free admission program, the museum is launching something big to honor members’ dedication to making art accessible to everyone. My Museum Monday is an experience available to active members of the Art Center that allows individuals access to the museum when it is closed to the public. Beginning Monday, October 15, 2018, members will have the opportunity to spend time alone in the museum (accompanied by a member of the

Art Center staff) in an entirely unexpected way. The member will select a three hour block of time to visit, beginning at 9 am, and ending by midnight.

Process: Current or new Art Center members apply by describing what they would like to do during time alone in the museum. To be considered, the experience must be related to the Art Center’s mission and may not violate the museum’s regular visitor policies. Interested members may apply via the
Art Center’s website at Members must read and sign a disclaimer outlining museum guidelines in order to submit their application. The application period closes on Monday, September 3.

Participants selected for a My Museum Monday experience must be willing to have their experience shared in marketing campaigns and on social media. 

Questions regarding the application process may be directed to Social Media Manager Megan Bannister at or 515.271.0320. Questions regarding Art Center membership may be directed to Membership Manager Julia Mason Gray at or 515.271.0327.

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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