Alum endows sculpture park in Des Moines

Mary Pappajohn, a 1955 graduate of the College of Home Economics with a degree in related art, and her husband, John, have funded a new sculpture park in Des Moines, Iowa.

The John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park will encompass 4.4 acres in the heart of downtown Des Moines, and will feature 24 pieces donated to the Des Moines Art Center by the Pappajohns.

Built within an urban setting, the park will add to the continued revitalization efforts of the surrounding neighborhood, and "will contribute to the dynamism of the city and add a new dimension of the museum experience," Jeff Fleming, director of the Des Moines Art Center, said.

Mary is a University of Minnesota Alumni Association life member, and she, along with John, have provided significant scholarship support to Design, Housing, and Apparel (DHA) students over the past nine years. Additionally, the Pappajohns are avid art collectors, and in 2003, were named among the top 200 art collectors in the world by Art News magazine.

Related: Des Moines Art Center to Open New Sculpture Park in Heart of Downtown Des Moines in August 2009, Art Daily