Pappajohn Sculpture Park Opens

John and Mary Pappajohn

The Pappajohn Sculpture Park, a collection of 24 sculptures valued at $40 million and sitting on 4.4 acres of green space in downtown Des Moines, Iowa, opened with a stirring celebration on Sunday, September 27 with a crowd of more than 1,000 in attendance as state and city leaders thanked the principal benefactors, John and Mary Pappajohn, long-time members of Leadership 100.

Designed as an outdoor museum, the two-block space on the west end of downtown Des Moines was transformed by the city and the Des Moines Art Center with $6.5 million in corporate and private donations. Guided tours of the new park are booked through the end of October.

The Isiserettes Drill and Drum Corps and dancers from Ballet Des Moines entertained the crowd, which included Governor Robert Ray, U.S. Representative Leonard Boswell and Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie.

Several of the sculptors whose work is on display participated, including Deborah Butterfield, who created the bronze horses, Judith Shea, who made the hollow overcoat and Joel Shapiro, whose stick figure stands near the center of the park.

Pappajohn, a venture capitalist who with his wife, Mary, are major art collectors and sit on the boards of several leading art museums, said, “In philanthropy, there’s always one question: Is this a good use of funds? The turnout today makes Mary and me very excited.”

Deborah Butterfield "Bronze Horses"

Judith Shea "Hollow Overcoat"

Joel Shapiro's Stick Figure

Schedule of Livestreamed Events
  1. Opening Forum, 9:45 am-10:45 am, Thursday, February 21, 2019,

Rev. Fr. Alexander Goussetis and Presvytera Kerry Pappas of the Center for Family Care.

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  1. Bible Study,11:00 am-12:30 pm, Thursday, February 21, 2019,

His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America

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  1. Health Forum, 1:30 pm-3:30 pm, Thursday, February 21, 2019, George D. Behrakis,

Dr. George Dangas, Dr. Harry T. Anastopoulos

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  1. Hellenic College-Holy Cross Office of Vocation and Ministry, 8:45am-9:15am,Friday, February 22, 2019, Dr. Ann Bezzerides, Director.

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  2. Lecture, 9:30 am-10:30 am, Friday, February 22, 2019,

His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America

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  1. Keynote Address, Business Forum, 2:00 pm-3:30 pm, Friday, February 22, 2019,

George Veras, Chief Operating Officer and Executive Producer, Pro Football Hall of Fame

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  1. Glendi, 7:00 pm-11:00 pm, Friday, February 22, 2019

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  1. Saturday Forum, 10:30 am-12:00 pm, Saturday, February 23, 2019,

Stellene Volandes, Editor-in-Chief, Town & Country

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  1. Grand Banquet, Estimated time 8:15 pm, Saturday, February 23, 2019

Argyris Vassiliou, Chairman of Leadership 100 and His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios present the Archbishop Iakovos Leadership 100 Award for Excellence to George Veras and Stellene Volandes. Archbishop Remarks.

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  1. Exclusive Interview of David Baker, President and CEO of the Pro Football Hall of Fame

by George Veras, Chief Operating Officer and Executive Producer. Estimated time, 9:15  pm, Saturday, February 23, 2019

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