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Local artist Jordan Weber announced as 2017 Art Bus Feature Artist

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Friday, June 9, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Local artist Jordan Weber announced as 2017 Art Bus Feature Artist

Des Moines Arts Festival®, DART and Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation invite you to attend the official unveiling

What: 2017 Des Moines Arts Festival® Art Bus Unveiling

When: Friday, June 23, 2016 at noon

Where: 12th Street between Grand Avenue and Locust Street in downtown Des Moines

 In addition to the unveiling, DART and the Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation are also hosting two public art tours on Saturday, June 24. The tours, which will take take place at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., are free and open to the public. The pick-up location for the tour is near the intersection of 12th Street and High Street in Downtown Des Moines. Volunteers will be on hand to assist those interested in taking the tour. Media is also welcome to ride along for a tour. Each tour is scheduled to last approximately one hour.


“Our public art partnership with DART is unique and its expansive vision of a livable and sustainable region for Greater Des Moines riders and general public is inspirational,” said M. Jessica Rowe, director of the Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation. “We are delighted to be a partner and to develop work by artists like Jordan Weber for DART buses. Our aim is to enrich lives in our community by advancing the best of public art. Contrasting our urban and natural environments, Weber has created a bold, new design to envelop a transit bus in DART’s fleet.”

Artist’s statement:

“Plant and tree species from colonies that have gone extinct by means of environmental degradation, colonization & inter tribal conflicts over the course of human existence. I want the bus wrap to be a reminder of how we must unify as a human species to survive in an ecosystem that we have depleted continually, even though we all rely heavily on the same resources despite our perceived differences.” – Jordan Weber, artist


  • The 2017 bus will be unveiled live at noon on June 23.
  • Photo opportunities of Jordan Weber, the 2017 Des Moines Arts Festival Art Bus Artist
  • The 2017 Art Bus will remain on display on Locust Street between 12th and 13th Streets during the Des Moines Arts Festival


  • Stephen King, Des Moines Arts Festival Executive Director
  • Jordan Weber, 2017 Des Moines Arts Festival Art Bus Artist
  • M. Jessica Rowe, Public Art Foundation Director
  • Amanda Wanke, DART Chief Engagement and Communications Officer

About the Des Moines Arts Festival®

The Gold Grand Pinnacle Award-winning Des Moines Arts Festival® is a free annual three-day arts and culture festival the last weekend in June surrounding the John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park and is presented by The Des Moines Register. The Festival would also not be possible without the support of Bravo Greater Des Moines, Principal℠, MidAmerican Energy, and Prairie Meadows. DMAF invites you to “go where it takes you…” by engaging with 180 invited professional visual artists, emerging Iowa artists, the cutting-edge Interrobang Film Festival, live music, performing arts, interactive arts activities, award-winning community outreach programs, live artist workshops and demonstrations, artisan food, and beverages for every taste.  

For more information please visit us online at www.desmoinesartsfestival.org or socialize with us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/DesMoinesArtsFestival, twitter at @DMArtsFestival and Instagram at desmoinesartsfestival.  #GoWhereItTakesYou  #DMAF #DMAF20

About Jordan Weber

A painter, muralist and environmental activist, Jordan Weber uses imagery from pop culture. Often his works of art create surprising or disturbing images and increase awareness and compassion for the world around them. Weber’s works are typically constructed from repurposed materials including plywood taken form blighted properties, concrete, neon, tennis shoes and spray paint. His work has been exhibited nationwide.

Education: Rome University 2005/Simpson College 2003-2004/Kirkwood College 2004-07.

About Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation:

The Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation, established in 2004, recognizes that art belongs not just in galleries and museums, but also in streetscapes, parks, buildings and infrastructures of a thriving community. Dedicated to envisioning, developing, advancing and promoting public art projects, the Public Art Foundation collaborates with local entities and artists to engage, inspire and enrich the lives of residents and visitors to the community. The goal is to increase awareness of our community as a world-class destination for public art. For more information about the Public Art Foundation, visit www.dsmpublicartfoundation.org.

About Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority (DART):

The Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority is the public transportation provider that serves Polk County. DART operates a family of transportation services that makes getting around the Greater Des Moines area easier and more convenient. For more information about DART services, schedules, route changes, or directions to the nearest DART stop, visit the website at ridedart.com or call 515-283-8100. The MyDART Tools, Trip Planner and RideTime App are now available at ridedart.com.


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