For Immediate Release
Contact: Amy Day
Tel: 515.271.0344 (o)
515.612.0775 (c)

DES MOINES, IOWA (July 2023) – The Des Moines Art Center has received a major grant award of $5,000 from Humanities Iowa, a state-based independent humanities council, in support of exhibition programming for “Transform Any Room,” on view October 7, 2023 – January 14, 2024.

The group exhibition features subversive, politicized, and sometimes glamorized versions of the textiles and objects we bring into our homes. The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalog and a roster of programming featuring compelling artist lectures, a gallery talk, and a dynamic Art and Activism workshop with teen artists.

Free exhibition programming open to the public includes:

  • Artist Lecture with Liza Lou: October 8, 2023 / 1:30 pm
  • Gallery Talk with Artist Max Colby and Laura Burkhalter, Senior Curator, Des Moines Art Center: October 19, 2023 / 6 pm
  • Artist Panel with Iowa-based artists Ange Altenhofen and TJ Dedeaux-Norris, moderated by Senior Curator Laura Burkhalter: December 3, 2023 / 1:30 pm

Humanities Iowa provides grants, builds community partnerships, and creates programming that reaches over 250,000 Iowans each year.

For additional information or images about “Transform Any Room,” contact Director of External Affairs Amy Day at 515.271.0344 or

About the Des Moines Art Center
The Des Moines Art Center is a vibrant, AAM-accredited institution located in the capital city of Iowa that welcomes over 270,000 visitors annually from around the globe. Its historic campus consists of three buildings designed by major architects of 20th century — Eliel Saarinen, I. M. Pei, and Richard Meier — incorporated into the natural landscape of Greenwood Park. The Art Center is home to one of the strongest collections of 20th and 21st century art in the region, and it hosts a series of ground-breaking exhibitions and lectures each year featuring artists known regionally, nationally, and internationally. The experimental spirit of the art for which the Art Center cares for is reflected in its creative offerings including a celebrated education program that prioritizes access and collaboration, an art school with studio classes for all ages, and the John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park, situated on 4.4 acres in downtown Des Moines. The Art Center is committed to the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion, which are incorporated into every facet of its mission and identity.