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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Founder Justin Mandelbaum’s project history and demand study

From the Blog

7 Dec 2017

Seven Foot Snowflake Appears | The Knotty Nail

The Knotty Nail is our latest atrium installation artist. Becky Pospisal installed a 7-foot-diameter string art snowflake and it is gorgeous. Watch it in action on our Instagram and see the large format piece in person this Saturday, Dec 9 from 2-6PM.  

30 Nov 2017

GIFT GUIDE | Liz Lidgett’s Picks

Posted in Events, MAINFRAME News

Our Dec. 9th Holiday Open Studio event is just around the corner and we asked our friend Liz Lidgett to pick out her favorite gifts made by Mainframe artists. Her refined eye will give you inspiration to find the perfect presents for your friends and loved ones too. Crafty kits, cozy clothes, twinkling jewels and artistic […]

28 Nov 2017

DEC 9 | Holiday Open House

Posted in Events, MAINFRAME News

Saturday, Dec 9th // 2:00 – 6:00 PM THIS IS IT // The last open studio event of the year and we’re pulling out the stops. Join us for family-friendly food and drink with Tangerine Food Co. in The Big Room // E-news prize drawing featuring Mirza Kudic’s famed photo // Music by Jess V […]

Testimonials

Comments from our supporters.

  • 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

Mainframe Studios // Dec 9

December 9, 2017 // 2:00-6:00 PM // 900 Keosauqua Way

THIS IS IT // The last open studio event of the year and we’re pulling out the stops. Join us for family-friendly food and drink with Tangerine Food Co. in The Big Room // E-news prize drawing featuring Mirza Kudic’s famed photo // Music by Jess V and Jeremy Franklin of MoTide Music // Follow @mainframearts: Facebook // Instagram // Twitter

A special thank you to Chad Owen (Studio #461) for designing our open studio event cover art.