The Des Moines Art Center has a rich history in supporting and showcasing Iowa’s community of artists; “75 Years of Iowa Art” will represent that history in a uniquely curated exhibition of storytelling.

Kicking off the Art Center’s 75th anniversary year, this exhibition will reflect the work of artists who have lived and worked in Iowa and their connections to the Des Moines Art Center. The creative work of these individuals, exhibited and collected by this museum, have helped cement our place in the community and foster the creative culture of our state, as well as reach out to local, national, and global audiences.

From its founding in 1948, the Art Center has showcased the work of Iowa artists in various ways, including our Iowa Artists series which began in the early 1950s and has run almost every year since. Building on this core aspect of the museum’s identity, the Art Center will showcase historical artwork featured in these exhibitions, work collected by artists based in Iowa or with Iowa roots, and recent work by artists working across the state today. A select number of newly commissioned artworks will showcase the dynamism and diversity of Iowa’s art community.

“Art Center: 75 Years of Iowa Art” is organized by Curator, Laura Burkhalter and Associate Curator, Mia Laufer.

Support for this exhibition is provided by:



The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Humanities.