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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From the Blog

20 Jun 2018

JUNE 23 | More Art Up the Hill

Posted in Artists, Events

Joining in the ART WEEK & DES MOINES ARTS FESTIVAL festivities, come discover yet another gem in Des Moines’ art offerings. Mainframe Studios is already the largest nonprofit art studio building in the nation – an there are still two more floors to go! SATURDAY, JUNE 23 // 1-5PM // Follow 10th Street Up the […]

7 Jun 2018

ART WEEK | Open Studio Event with Gustav Art

Mainframe Studios is hosting a special open studio event, welcoming visitors to the Des Moines Arts Festival to discover yet another gem in Des Moines’ art offerings. Our new model for art studio buildings is already the largest nonprofit art studio building in the nation – and there are still two more floors to go! […]

7 Jun 2018

#artistsofmainframe | Des Moines Arts Festival

Visit our artists at the 2018 Des Moines Arts Festival! Community Support Advocates (Community Outreach Booth) Ben Schuh and Scott Kaven of Gustav Art (Booth GN32C) Linda Lewis (Booth LN47C) Salsa Des Moines (Community Outreach Booth) The Knotty Nail (Interactive Arts Booth at Grand & 13th) Those who have experienced the Des Moines Arts Festival® […]

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

July 6 // 5:00-8:00 PM // 900 Keosauqua Way

You are invited! What better way to celebrate America’s birthday than with artist Mirza Kudic and his famed photographs?! Art is a powerful connector and the outreach Mirza achieves through is jaw-dropping photographs is simply stunning. Mirza shows us how to take pride in our community and in one another. Come see his new large-format prints and meet the man behind the camera.

…But wait! As usual, that’s not all with our First Friday open studio events. Iowa State University’s Master of Design in Sustainable Environments (SUSE) is hosting a special exhibition of design projects by seven students charged with the task of being agents of change using their interventions.

RSVP to find out what else is happening… // Facebook