International art exhibit coming to Des Moines

October 7, 2009 —

A4HDes Moines University is excited to bring Art 4 Health (A4H) to Iowa. A4H is a traveling art exhibit launched by the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland to increase awareness of global women’s health issues and promote the message that underprivileged women everywhere can work to overcome their circumstances.

The exhibit includes paintings of women from around the world. It has been seen in Brazil, Chile, France, India, Ireland, Malaysia, Namibia, South Africa, Switzerland, Tanzania and the United Kingdom. This is the first exhibition showing in the midwest.

The paintings will be first unveiled at a private World Food Prize reception that will celebrate the life of Norman Borlaug and officially dedicate the former Des Moines Public Library building as the Norman E. Borlaug Hall of Laureates, October 14, 5 – 6:30 p.m. (This event is open only to invited guests and members of the press.)

The press and public are invited to view this meaningful art display, split into two groupings, at these locations around Iowa:

•    Norman E. Borlaug Hall of Laureates, 2nd and Locust, Oct. 14-15 (by invite only)
•    Central College, Oct. 15-20 (1/2 exhibit)
•    Drake University, Oct. 15-20 (1/2 exhibit)
•    University of Iowa, Oct. 21-29 (1/2 exhibit)
•    Simpson College, Oct. 21-29 (1/2 exhibit)
•    Iowa State University, Oct. 29-Nov. 3 (1/2 exhibit)
•    Des Moines University Library, 3300 Grand Ave., Oct. 29-Nov. 4 (1/2 exhibit)
•    Iowa capitol building, Nov. 5 until Nov. 12 at noon (full exhibit)
•    Des Moines University Library, 3300 Grand Ave., Nov. 12 at noon-16 at noon, during Library hours. (full exhibit)

For more about the exhibit, visit

Courtney Tompkins has been part of the DMU marketing team since Nov. 2005 and loves promoting a school she believes in so thoroughly. Proud daughter and patient of DMU alumni, Courtney knows, first-hand, that Des Moines University is doing a world of good. A fan of all outdoor festivals, fruity drinks and nearly all edibles, she has a hard time narrowing down her list of favorite places to go and things to do but lists the Iowa State Fair as an all-time fave. She loves her 8-minute commute to DMU from Urbandale, a suburb of Des Moines. She and husband Tyler are owned by three large dogs, Tonka, Tucker and Tank.