Bringing Art to Our Communities

Celebrate April as KEEP IOWA BEAUTIFUL MONTH!  The Keep Iowa Beautiful organization empowers Iowans to bring cultural and economic vitality into communities through improvement and enhancement programs.

Keep Iowa Beautiful began in 2000 as a vision by former Governor Robert D. Ray and civic leader, Donald F. Lamberti. Together, the two formed the nonprofit organization to encourage Iowans to build pride and respect in making their communities better places to live and work. Keep Iowa Beautiful (KIB) started the Hometown Pride Vision Award to recognize those who work to improve and enhance the quality of our state; award winners embody a passion for building a higher level of pride through leadership.  David Dahlquist and the RDG Dahlquist Art Studio is honored to be this year’s recipient of The Donald F. Lamberti Hometown Pride Vision Award.

David and the team of designers and artists at RDG’s Dahlquist Art Studio are recognized for the creative art, architecture and landscape design of public and private spaces that make Iowa and the nation a more attractive place to live. David Dahlquist is a nationally-recognized public artist and teacher. His commissions for private, public, and institutional clients range from tilework and sculpture to major architectural installations. Since 1988, he has completed more than 60 large-scale public commissions across the country.

David is the Creative Director of RDG Dahlquist Art Studio, a comprehensive design and fabrication facility within RDG Planning & Design, specializing in the integration of artwork within building architecture and the landscape. He is part of many multi-disciplinary design teams, influencing the content, site selection, planning, and programming. He has contributed to places that have encouraged people learn, such as several installations for the Art-in-Transit program of the Iowa Department of Transportation, integrating site-specific history and context-sensitive design within the new facilities.  He has created places to remember and to return like the High Trestle Trail Bridge “From Here to There” art installation, and Simpson College’s Maple leaf inspired Pedestrian Plaza. He is a storyteller who works in many different materials, orchestrated in a way so the public is welcomed into and moved by the experience.

The work of David B. Dahlquist and RDG Dahlquist Art Studio is a collaboration and thoughtful integration into public and private spaces within architecture and the landscape. They along with other designers at  RDG Planning & Design continue to inspire the world with bringing art into our communities. Together we envision and create spaces that enrich life, work, play, and learning.

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