State Fair’s Newly Air-Conditioned Cultural Center will Showcase Iowa’s Largest Art Show
Tuesday, July 30, 2013 Des Moines, IA
The Patty and Jim Cownie Cultural Center will be popping with art at the 2013 Iowa State Fair. Home to Iowa’s largest art show, the Cultural Center will feature balloon art sculptures, art activities, demonstrations and more – all in a newly air-conditioned environment. “Nothing Compares” to the 2013 Iowa State Fair set August 8-18.
Air conditioning and additional restrooms have been added during the Cultural Center’s second phase of renovation. The three-story concrete structure, originally built in 1948, underwent the first phase of renovation in 2012 with the installation of elevators. The final phase of the renovation will be completed in time for the 2014 Fair.
The Cultural Center atrium showcases Poppin’ Penelope Balloon Art from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day of the Fair. Penelope uses her unparalleled twisting speed and encyclopedic balloon knowledge to create whatever Fairgoers can imagine. Dressed in her ’50s flair, she’s up to any balloon challenge.
The state’s largest art show will showcase exhibits in the areas of fine arts, photography, creative arts, wood projects and doll house and miniature room displays. More than 2,500 exhibits will be on display.
Fairgoers can let their creative flags fly and try their hands at making art. Make and Take projects available in the Cultural Center include magnets, wire jewelry and name bracelets.
Live demonstrations and working exhibits also offer Fairgoers the opportunity to see art in action, with artists demonstrating such art forms as wheel thrown pottery, glass fusing, china painting and more.
For a complete schedule of activities in the Cultural Center, visit www.iowastatefair.org.
About Iowa State Fair
Frequently ranked as one of the top events in the country, the Iowa State Fair is the single largest event in the state of Iowa and one of the oldest and largest agricultural and industrial expositions in the country. Annually attracting more than a million people from all over the world, the Iowa State Fair located at East 30th and East University, just 10 minutes from downtown Des Moines is Iowa’s greatest celebration with a salute to the best in agriculture, industry, entertainment and achievement. Nothing Compares to State Fair Moments, August 9-19, 2018. For more information, visit www.iowastatefair.org.