Des Moines Art Center receives grant award from NEA for exhibition, Ruptures

Posted on Tuesday, June 20, 2017

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Des Moines Art Center receives grant award from National Endowment for the Arts 

DES MOINES, IOWA (June 2017) – The Des Moines Art Center has received an Art Works grant award of $25,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts in support of its exhibition and educational programming for Ruptures, on view at the Des Moines Art Center through September 3, 2017. This award is part of more than $82 million the NEA has gifted to fund local arts projects across the country in its second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2017. The NEA received 1,728 Arts Works applications and will make 1,029 grants ranging from $10,000 to $100,000.

According to National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu, “The arts reflect the vision, energy, and talent of America’s artists and arts organizations. The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support organizations such as the Des Moines Art Center, in serving their communities by providing excellent and accessible arts experiences.”

“We are thrilled with this support from the NEA and with the validation that comes with it. This is yet another example of how the NEA is positively impacting arts and culture throughout the United States,” said Jeff Fleming, Des Moines Art Center director. 

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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