Neighborhood gem

April 19, 2012 —

We are extremely lucky here at Des Moines University to be located in such a great neighborhood. Of course we all have our favorite local spots, but one of my all-time faves is the Des Moines Art Center located just up the street from us.

This free art museum contains an impressive permanent collection as well as ever-changing traveling exhibitions. Currently, it has Jackson Pollock’s Mural on loan from the University of Iowa Museum of Art. This is definitely something you won’t want to miss!

Jackson Pollock, Mural

Mural, Jackson Pollock (April 5 - July 15)

On top of all the wonderful paintings and sculptures that you’d expect, they also have an extensive events calendar. A few upcoming events that I’m looking forward to include:

April 21: Yoga + Pollock Gallery Talk

April 22: Earth Day @ the Pappajohn Sculpture Park

April 26: Art Crazy

May 5: Kentucky Derby Party

June 1: Talk + Live Music “The Coming of Rock & Roll”

June 8: Free flicks


With a deep love for her hometown, Nicole Branstad is pro-Des Moines and is constantly touting its many events and attractions. When she isn’t out exploring the city she likes to spend time with her husband Marcus and their son Everett. She enjoys hosting lavish dinner parties, collecting wine and buying fresh flowers at the downtown farmer’s market. Nicole works in the marketing & communications department as the online marketing-enrollment coordinator.

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