Lecture: "History of the Art Center" by Amy N. Worthen
Thursday, January 31 / 6:30 pm
In 1933, visionary philanthropist James Edmundson bequeathed funds to establish the Des Moines Art Center, which opened to the public in 1948. In this lavishly illustrated talk on the museum’s history, Amy N. Worthen, curator of prints and drawings and long-time staff member, looks at some of the personalities who made the Art Center the extraordinary institution that it is today. She will discuss some of the many people who fulfilled Edmundson’s vision as well as those who continue to expand upon it. These include the early 20th-century art activists of Des Moines; the museum’s founders and their philosophies; the directors, their artistic visions, and the significant works of art they acquired; the trustees, donors and collectors; the architects; the staff, artists, and teachers; the Art Center’s members; and the fantastic volunteers.