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Des MoinesArt Center launches new member affiliate group

Posted October 29, 2014 in Web Exclusives

DES MOINES, IA (October 2014) – On November 11, the Art Center will host an informative launch party at 4700 Grand Avenue to inaugurate a new member affiliate group – Salon 4700. Salon 4700 will provide new opportunities designed primarily for those interested in social and educational opportunities that provide an in-depth engagement with the ArtCenter and the art and artists of our time. Board members are: Amanda Reynal, president; Heath Lee, vice president; Sara Gaskell and Jeffrianne Young, program co-chairs; and Liz Adelman and David Safaris, marketing co-chairs.

The cost to participate is a Contributor level membership ($110 or above) plus a fee of $100. This additional membership fee will help offset the costs of programs and events, which will include artist studio visits, tours of private art collections, and art related trips. There will be several family-friendly events offered throughout the year as well.

Details will be discussed at the November 11 kick-off event and plans for 2015 will be shared. Cocktails and light-bites will be available and Director Jeff Fleming will lead a discussion on a rarely seen print from the Art Center vault. Those interested in attending should RSVP to or 515.271.0327 by Thursday, November 6.

Those wishing to join but unable to attend the launch event on November 11, should contact Jenna Ekstrom, manager of individual giving, at 515.271.0327 or

Des MoinesArt 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 LakeNo. 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’ WesternGateway Park. Philanthropists John and Mary Pappajohn have provided funding for and donated28 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 is a collaboration of the Pappajohns, the City of Des Moines, the Des MoinesArt Center, and numerous corporate and private donors.

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