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

19 Sep 2018

EVENT | Oct 18 Crying Out Loud Fundraiser

Mainframe Studios and our artists are pleased to partner with Healthy Birth Day, Inc. for Crying Out Loud An art and awareness event to end racial disparities in stillbirth October 18th, 2018 Doors open at 5:30 pm ⋅ Program at 6:15 pm Mainframe Studios 900 Keosauqua Way ⋅ Des Moines, IA 50309 DART: Bus 92 […]

17 Sep 2018

BUSINESS RECORD: For retailers, it can be a circus out there

BY KENT DARR, Senior Staff Writer, Business Record Friday, September 14, 2018 6:00 AM A couple of weeks ago, when it was little more than a rumor that Younkers and all of the other brands under the house of Bon-Ton would be reborn out of liquidation, retail specialist Laura Rowley did some speculating on what […]

3 Sep 2018

FIRST FRIDAY | Get Styled | Sept 7

LIVE FROM THE RED CARPET // We are literally rolling out the red carpet this Friday! Join us for an exciting evening of fashion-forward festivities. Photographer and artist Jami Milne joins the party to capture runway looks set against the backdrop of new colorful sculptures and large paintings by Matt Corones. Models will be wearing styles by Mainframe artists […]

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

Sept 7 // 5:00-8:00 PM // 900 Keosauqua Way

A FOCUS ON FASHION // Join us for an exciting, free, evening of fashion forward festivities! Set against the backdrop of new paintings and sculptures of Matt Corones, attendees will get the red carpet treatment while learning how Mainframe artist can help you Get Styled. Featuring: Recently launched styles by Gretchen Bohling Design; Dresses by Isa Maïsa; A new line of Stone Scarves by Light the Earth; Vintage and hand dyed pieces by Fischer Studio; Fabric design by Sue Penn Designs; and Children’s clothes by Bitty Buttons. And who could forget jewelry?! Margo Nahas, Jen Lawler and Lynn McBrian have you covered.

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