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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Look how far we’ve come! With your help we will continue to exceed expectations.

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Backstory Backstory

Founder Justin Mandelbaum’s project history and demand study

From the Blog

22 Nov 2019

Mainframe artists Jay Vigon and Margo Nahas experience a surge in local fame

Posted in MAINFRAME News

Word is spreading of the famed artist duo who have studios at Mainframe. 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). Lately, Des Moines […]

21 Nov 2019

2019 Holiday Gift Guide

Posted in MAINFRAME News

This holiday season shop local and shop art with options galore at Mainframe Studios. With 75 artist studios and over 27 types of art represented, we make it easy to buy something special for everyone on your list. Choose from clothing, jewelry, fine art, home decor, glass art, custom gifts, workshop certificates + more!

19 Nov 2019

SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY / Shop Local Shop Art

Posted in MAINFRAME News

Where + WhenSaturday, November 30 // 1-6 p.m.Mainframe Studios // 900 Keosauqua Way, Des Moines, IAFree and open to the public! SHOP LOCAL, SHOP ART // Choose from clothing, jewelry, fine art, home decor, glass art, custom gifts, workshop certificates + more! Get the best that Des Moines has to offer during your holiday shopping […]

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 Fridays at Mainframe

Come enjoy our free community event celebrating the arts in Iowa every First Friday of the month
5-8 PM // 900 KEO WAY // DOWNTOWN

Did you know? // Mainframe Studios provides permanent affordable workspace to artists of all disciplines.
This means glass blowers, woodworkers, clothing designers, painters, ceramicists, game developers jewelers, storyboard artists, graphic designers, photographers, sculptors, interior decor specialists and more. And, every First Friday of the month we love to celebrate their talent by inviting the public to a uniquely themed open studio event where visitors of all ages can enjoy music, food, art and connection. Join us!

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