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Art Center receives $20,000 Humanities Project grant for ‘Immersive’ exhibition


The Des Moines Art Center has been awarded a $20,000 Humanities Project grant from the Iowa Arts Council to support the upcoming exhibition “Immersive.” The statewide grant program supports public humanities projects and educational programs that encourage contemplation, spark conversation and invite people to explore the human experience. The exhibition will run from March 12 through June 5. It will be a four-part exhibition of large-scale works and installations featuring artists Bill Viola, Ran Hwang, Matthew Willie Garcia and Des Moines-based multimedia artist Oyoram. According to a news release, the exhibition invites visitors to become immersed in artworks from the permanent collection and beyond, following a path from darkened space to darkened space, with each space filled with light, color and sound. “Immersive” is designed to provoke emotion and imagination and provide a place to step into the art itself, the release states. The grant will allow the Art Center to offer programming related to the exhibit at no charge. Jill Featherstone, director of education and interpretation, said the programing “will create the qualities and conditions necessary for visitors to explore their own internal world and provide a space for reflection and meaning.”

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