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 of art, including more than 4,000 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’s permanent collections. The information provided therein may be subject to revision as a result of ongoing collections research.
Funding for the on-line collections project and the collections catalog is provided by the Henry Luce Foundation and the Gardner and Florence Call Cowles Foundation.