Public Arts Advisory Commission

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On January 24, 2011 the West Des Monies City Council approved the formation of a Public Arts Program which included the establishment of a seven member, four year term Public Arts Advisory Commission. This commission advises the City on the selection and installation of public art throughout the city.  

The Commission meets the fourth Thursday of each month at 5:30pm in the West Des Moines City Council Chambers located at 4200 Mills Civic Parkway.

If you are interested in serving as a Public Arts Advisory Commission member, you may request an application from the City Clerk’s office located in City Hall, 4200 Mills Civic Parkway in West Des Moines, or download the form here.  

In 2015, The Public Art Master Plan was adopted by the West Des Moines City Council.
Click here to view the complete Public Art Master Plan.

Vision & Mission of the Public Arts Commission

The VISION of the City of West Des Moines Public Art Program is the creation of a diverse collection of public works of art of high aesthetic and intellectual quality and excellence, and a program that promotes cultural expression and artistic appreciation. At the heart of the aspiration for public art in West Des Moines is the wish for an authentic, rich a diverse arts culture that is seen and understood as uniquely arising from the community – an arts culture that benefits and enriches all those who are fortunate enough to live, work, and visit in West Des Moines.

The MISSION of the West Des Moines Public Art Program is to create a city with successful public spaces incorporating public works of art that offer moments of serendipity and opportunities for reflection – a city with public art woven into the fine grain detail of the public infrastructure. The Public Art Program should champion excellence in art, design, architecture, and landscape. The Public Art Program and Collection should be the most visible symbols of West Des Moines’ commitment to creativity, encouraging diversity of ideas and expression, and promoting tolerance of multiple opinions. A creative city provides humane environments for its residents, business communities, and visitors, extending opportunities for life-long learning and helps preserve community histories.


Commission Members

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Left to right: Brenda Sedlacek, Ryan Crane, Diane Boyd, Jed Gammell, Jeff Phillips, Tamara Kenworthy, Rita Luther

Commission Member
Term Expires
Ryan Crane March 31, 2023
Rita Luther (Vice Chair)
March 31, 2022 
Diane Boyd
March 31, 2023
Jed Gammell  March 31, 2021 
Tamara Kenworthy
March 31, 2021
Jeff Phillips (Chair)
March 31, 2022
Brenda Sedlacek (Secretary)
March 31, 2023


For more information on the Public Arts Advisory Commission, please call the West Des Moines Parks & Recreation Department at 515-222-3444 or email

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