Building a Creative Community

Transforming Central Iowa’s art scene by creating a financially self-sustaining economic and cultural driver, serving as a national model that stands the test of time. Once fully complete, Mainframe Studios will be one of the largest affordable workspaces for artists in the country.

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24 May 2018

FIRST FRIDAY | Gustav Art Presents Mixture

Posted in Artists, Events

You are invited! Ben Schuh and Scott Kaven of Gustav Art are putting together an action-packed night for Des Moines. Come see their projection mapping installation that incorporates responsive digital imagery with fine art and music by master electronic saxophonist Tommy Doggett. They’ll also show a selection of works prepared for Des Moines Arts Festival.

6 May 2018

DES MOINES REGISTER | Tom Petty, Van Halen … Prince?!

Posted in Artists, MAINFRAME News

This Des Moines duo created art for some of rock’s biggest albums By Matthew Leimkuehler, mleimkuehler@dmreg.com  // Video Photos by Kelsey Kremer Photo shoots with Tom Petty. Car rides with Stevie Wonder. Studio time with Fleetwood Mac. One fan’s rock ‘n’ roll fantasy is reality for Jay Vigon and Margo Nahas, a husband-wife artistic duo who […]

15 Apr 2018

FIRST FRIDAY | The Art of Vinyl

Posted in MAINFRAME News

A FIRST FRIDAY TO REMEMBER! Come celebrate the acclaimed work of Margo Nahas and Jay Vigon. The wife and husband team have created artwork for over 80 album covers. Some include Van Halen “1984”, Prince “Purple Rain”, Fleetwood Mac “Tusk”, Stevie Wonder “The Secret Life of Plants”, and Quiet Riot “Metal Health” (Watch our video). […]

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  • Jay Byers, Greater Des Moines Partnership

    It is projects like Mainframe Studios that will enable Des Moines to remain at the top of the national rankings.

    - Jay Byers, Greater Des Moines Partnership
  • Sally Dix, Bravo Greater Des Moines

    As Central Iowa stakes it claim as a vibrant home for arts and culture, Mainframe Studios is a critical asset in the region’s ability to support the creative community as an essential part of the region’s cultural identity.

    - Sally Dix, Bravo Greater Des Moines

FIRST FRIDAY: Gustav Art

June 1 // 5:00-8:00 PM // 900 Keosauqua Way

You are invited! Ben Schuh and Scott Kaven of Gustav Art are putting together an action-packed night for Des Moines. Come see their projection mapping installation that incorporates responsive digital imagery with fine art and music by master electronic saxophonist Tommy Doggett. They’ll also show a selection of works prepared for Des Moines Arts Festival. And as always, we’ll have a delicious pop-up menu by The Tangerine Food Company and visitors can explore over 60 artist studios! Facebook event page:

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