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

15 Nov 2018

NEWS RELEASE // Two Dads, Two Daughters & One Cause at Mainframe Studios

Two artists team up to help find a cure for a fatal disease that both of their daughters suffer from – cystic fibrosis (CF).  Des Moines, IA (November 17, 2018) – Artists Tim Hugunin and Jeff Rider are painters at Mainframe Studios who both have daughters suffering from cystic fibrosis (CF). On Saturday, November 24th […]

6 Nov 2018

UPPER IOWA UNIVERSITY // Lee Emma Running’s Five Miles From Fayette

Mainframe artist Lee Emma Running recently finished a permanent art installation titled “Five Miles from Fayette” at Upper Iowa University’s Edgar Fine Arts Hall. Running’s “Five Miles From Fayette” is a site-specific window installation inspired by the C.C. Parker Herbarium of Upper Iowa University. According to the University Archives, C.C. Parker became UIU’s first professor of […]

30 Oct 2018

SMALL BIZ GIVE BIG // Open Studio Event

Posted in Events, MAINFRAME News

Guest artists join us to celebrate Small Business Saturday… and we’ll be giving back! Participating artists are donating a portion of sales to worthy causes. Kick off your gift giving with giveaways, live music, delicious eats and more. DATE + TIMES Saturday, November 24 // 10 AM to 4 PM Live Music by Courtney Krause […]

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

First Friday / Fire Up

Friday, Nov 2 // 5:00-8:00 PM // 900 Keosauqua Way

FIRE UP // Clay to kiln to curated, Mainframe Studios showcases ceramic artists. Guest artists are joining Mainframe Studios artists to exhibit an engaging variety of artwork that shows what clay can do.  Mainframe Studios Artists // Judith Goodwin, Diane Hayes, Linda Lewis, Emily MacFarland, Marion Nehmer. Guest exhibitors // Deb Anderson, Kate Chandler, Brian Roberts, Jennifer Rogers, Mitchell Spain.

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