IAC Press Release

For Immediate Release: October 14, 2009

Contact: Jeff Morgan
Public Relations

Artist Jaume Plensa to speak at public art conference in November

Plensa’s “Nomade” anchors John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park

(DES MOINES, Iowa) — The Iowa Arts Council and the Des Moines Art Center will welcome artist Jaume Plensa to the 2009 Iowa Public Art Networking Conference next month to celebrate the opening of the John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park in Des Moines.

Supported by the Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation, the conference will be Nov. 12-13, 2009, at various locations in Des Moines. Registration is available at www.iowatix.com, and a conference brochure can be downloaded at www.iowaartscouncil.org.

Plensa, whose “Nomade” anchors the southern side of the Pappajohn Sculpture Park, kicks off the conference at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 12, 2009, at Hoyt Sherman Place, 1501 Woodland Avenue in Des Moines. He will discuss his body of work and share his approach to making art for public spaces.

The conference continues 9:15 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13, 2009, at the Des Moines Central Library, 1000 Grand Avenue in Des Moines, with an introduction and walking tour of the Pappajohn Sculpture Park. Plensa and Des Moines Art Center docents will lead the tour.

Conference participants will also visit the Temple for Performing Arts for lunch and share information about public art projects completed during 2008-2009. Afterwards, they will return to the Des Moines Central Library for panel discussions involving the following topics and speakers:

The conference concludes with a reception at Art 316 Open House, 316 SW 5th Street in Des Moines.

The 4.4-acre John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park opened to the public last month in downtown Des Moines’ Western Gateway. The park is located within a major crossroads of the urban grid, making it unlike any other sculpture park in the United States.

The Pappajohns’ contribution of 24 works for the park is the most significant donation of artwork ever made to the Des Moines Art Center and includes sculptures by Louise Bourgeois, Deborah Butterfield, William de Kooning, Ellsworth Kelly, Martin Puryear and Richard Serra, among others.

The project is a collaborative effort of the Pappajohns, the City of Des Moines, the Des Moines Art Center, and numerous corporate and private supporters.

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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 for Iowans through support of the arts. Funding for the Iowa Arts Council and its programs is provided by the state of Iowa and the National Endowment for the Arts. More information at www.iowaartscouncil.org.