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Winning Artist Announced for Project

The more than two million people going through the Des Moines International Airport annually will experience something new this fall.  After a three-month selection process, Metro Arts Alliance, in partnership with The Des Moines International Airport and Des Moines Arts Festival®, announced that artist Bounnak Thammavong has been selected for the Metro Arts Public Art Project. This special project commemorates the 40th anniversary of the organization in October 2015.

“We’re so impressed by Bounnak’s wonderful design concept, and how he has thoughtfully and artfully addressed all of the project goals (use of recycled materials, public participation at the Arts Festival, and connection to Airport)”, says Kim Poam Logan, Executive Director of Metro Arts Alliance.  

Thammavong is a regional artist who emigrated from Laos and now lives and works in Swisher, Iowa. His artwork is conceptually inspired by nature and literature viewed through the lens of his Asian-American heritage. His specialties include hand-painted portraits and large-scale public art; where the processes and media of his work vary from highly traditional to industrially modern.

Thammavong’s current work includes the use of 3D CAD design and 3D rapid prototyping as a major portion of the conceptual process. His art is on display in public exhibitions throughout the Midwest.

“I’m honored to be selected for this important project”, stated Thammavong. “My background began in teaching, before I moved on to engineering as a trade. The teacher in me is extremely excited to work with members of the community at The Arts Festival.”

What’s next?

June 26-28:  
The public is invited to contribute to the large-scale installation by making their own unique pieces at the Des Moines Arts Festival

Artwork will be permanently sited at Des Moines International Airport

October 16
Official ribbon cutting at The Airport

A documentary about the Metro Arts Public Art Project (#mapublicartproject) is being produced by Register Media. To see footage of the artist selection process and the finalists’ presentations, go to  

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DEADLINE JANUARY 9th: Metro Arts Forte Legacy Project


A $500 stipend will be awarded to up to three (3) finalists for the development of design concepts.  A $10,000 stipend will be provided to the selected Iowa artist/artist team in conjunction with developing the public art project and working with the public in its creation.

What they are looking for:

·       Celebrates the positive impact of the arts in the community

·       Involves the collaborative participation of community members of all ages in the creation process, culminating with the 2015 Des Moines Arts Festival

·       Is fabricated using primarily found and/or re-cycled materials, in keeping with Metro Arts’ “Green Arts” theme

·       Contains an educational component that teaches participants about the medium of creation and/or conservation

·       Is durable enough for long-term exhibition.

Does your work sound good for a giant project like this? READ MORE.

From the Metro Arts Newsletter...
Call for Artists: Ankeny Art Center 

The Ankeny Art Center is now taking artist application for the 2015 exhibit year. It is free to apply. 

The Ankeny Art Center has two gallery spaces available for exhibitions. The main gallery is a large open space adequate for hanging sizable works. The side gallery is a more intimate space that is more suitable for smaller shows or shows featuring medium-sized works. Application will be reviewed by the gallery committee in early December and artists will be notified.

Images, application, resume, biography/artist statement, and show theme/proposal can be sent or CD’s can be mailed to 1520 SW Ordnance Road, Ankeny, IA 50023.

Call for Artists: “IOWA ARTISTS ON DISPLAY” Art Program

The law firm of Dickinson, Mackaman, Tyler & Hagen, P.C. is inviting local artists to display their works in our public areas and conference suites on a rotating basis. The program is entitled “Iowa Artists on Display.” This is the third year of the program and it has been a great success for both the firm and the artists. Many artists have sold pieces through the program and have enjoyed the exposure that the program provides, including the “Iowa Artists on Display” Open House we have held the past two years in conjunction with the Des Moines Arts Festival.

Artists who are interested in participating in this program should contact attorney Jeff Andersen at the Firm at515-246-4515. In the alternative, he may be contacted via email at

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