The Permanent Collections of the Des Moines Art Center are comprised of 20th- and 21st-century works of modern and contemporary art. In addition, there are singular examples from other styles and cultures including the Renaissance, Impressionism, and post-Impressionism; and 18th- and 19th-century Japanese woodblock prints. The entire collection currently stands at over 5,000 works art, including more than 4000 works on paper. The Permanent Collections include a number of individual collections that have been established through donation of funds or bequests of artwork. These collections include the Irma and Julian Brody Collection, John C. Huseby Print Collection, Louise Noun Collection of Art by Women, Paul and Anastasia Polydoran Collection, and most notably the Nathan Emory Coffin Collection.
Please note that the works of art in our online database represent only a portion of the entire Des Moines Art Center permanent collections. The information provided therein may be subject to revision as a result of ongoing collections research.
Create your own virtual art collections using works of art from the Des Moines Art Center's holdings. Simply sign up for a My Collection account, browse the Art Center's online collection, and select your favorite works of art. Users under 13 years of age are required to obtain parental consent before creating an account.
Funding for the on-line collections project and the forthcoming collections catalog is provided by the Henry Luce Foundation and the Gardner and Florence Call Cowles Foundation.