Arts Projects


Metro Arts Alliance Public Art Project presented by Register Media

The more than two million people going through the Des Moines International Airport annually will experience something new this fall.  But first, they will need to stop by the Des Moines Arts Festival to lend their creative hands to its creation!

After a three-month selection process, Metro Arts Alliance, in partnership with The Des Moines International Airport and Des Moines Arts Festival®, announced that artist  Bounnak Thammavong has been selected for the Metro Arts Public Art Project. This special project commemorates the 40th anniversary of the organization in October 2015.

Thammavong is a regional artist who emigrated from Laos and now lives and works in Swisher, Iowa. His artwork is conceptually inspired by nature and literature viewed through the lens of his Asian-American heritage. His specialties include hand-painted portraits and large-scale public art; where the processes and media of his work vary from highly traditional to industrially modern.

Thammavong's current work includes the use of 3D CAD design and 3D rapid prototyping as a major portion of the conceptual process. His art is on display in public exhibitions throughout the Midwest.

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