IAC Press Release

For Immediate Release: May 30, 2008

Contact: Jeff Morgan
Public Relations

IAC seeks artists to create building installation piece

(DES MOINES, Iowa)—The Iowa Arts Council, in collaboration with the Iowa Department for the Blind, is seeking artists to create two works of art that will be displayed in IDB’s six-story building in Des Moines.

IDB’s 60,000 square-foot building is located at the corner of Fourth Street and Watson Powell Junior Parkway in downtown Des Moines. It houses IDB’s programs, including the Iowa Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped; the Adult Orientation and Adjustment Center; the Vocational Rehabilitation; Access Technology and Independent Living programs for blind and visually impaired Iowans; the Business Enterprises Program; and the Department's accounting and administrative services.

IDB has designated two areas on two different floors for the art installation. One is in the library’s reception area; the second is the office area for Vocational Rehabilitation, Access Technology and Independent Living staff.

The artwork must reflect IDB’s positive philosophy of blindness. The artwork must also be fully accessible to blind persons. Two-dimensional visual art which has no other sensory components will not be considered. The artwork must, however, also be visually appealing.

The total art budget for one or two artists to create the works is $25,000 and includes all artist fees and expenses to design, fabricate, transport and install the artwork.

The IDB building public art project timeline follows:

Requests for registration guidelines and template documents should be sent to Bruce Williams, Public Art Program Coordinator, Iowa Arts Council, at bruce.williams@iowa.gov 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The IAC office is closed weekends and state holidays.


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The Iowa Arts Council is a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs and works to enrich the quality of life and learning in Iowa communities by encouraging excellence in the arts through leadership, grants and technical assistance. Funding for the Iowa Arts Council and its programs is provided by the State of Iowa and the National Endowment for the Arts.