Meet the New Executive Director of Greater Des Moines Public Arts

Mat Greiner with a triptych created by Los Angeles artist Joe Biel in the background.
  • Mat Greiner is no stranger to the Des Moines art scene.
  • Look for several new works to be released in October.

Des Moines native Mat Greiner had his fair share of business trips before returning to the Hawkeye state capital as part of his final post.

“(I’m) thrilled and excited to see how Des Moines continues to grow, how many more people are contributing to arts and culture and having an exciting and vibrant lived experience in our metro area,” Greiner said about two weeks . in his new role.

During his lifetime, Greiner moved to Des Moines. Last month, he returned to the region as executive director of the Greater Des Moines Public Arts Foundation on September 1, replacing Mr. Jessica Rowe, who stepped down after 12 years in the role.

A few of the accomplishments she is credited with during this time include commissioning murals like “King Yore” and sculptures like “Lift Off,” partnering with several Central Iowa organizations in an effort to make the accessible art and the development of an online listing of local public art for community members and visitors.

“It has been a privilege to lead this venerable institution and support some of the most fascinating and adventurous artists working today,” Rowe said in the March press release announcing his departure.

Mat Greiner, left, and Matt Gustafson shared a gallery in Valley Junction.

During Greiner’s previous stays in Des Moines, he curated art galleries like the Transient in Valley Junction, co-founded the art group known as the Chicken Tractor, and helped facilitate the creation of local art during his time with Group Creative Services.

As he begins to find his footing in a familiar field, Greiner hopes to continue and expand the collaboration the Public Art Foundation is involved in through Rowe and others.

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