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

14 Dec 2018

LAST CALL // Gifts from our artists please all

Posted in MAINFRAME News

Our final open studio party of the year! SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2210 AM to 4PM Make your last buys your best buys. We promise to make it easy and fun.  Bring your family, friends and visitors for unique last-minute gifts, door prizes, music, food, drinks, kid activities and more. Here’s a snapshot of what you can […]

4 Dec 2018

FIRST FRIDAY // Glass Art with JJ Gaffers Studio

Posted in Events, MAINFRAME News

GLASS ART // Mainframe Studios heats up the winter with glass artistry that will blow your mind. This month’s theme brings together a talented pool of glass blowers, stained glass artists and torch workers led by our own JJ Gaffers in Studio LL02. Bring the family for a festive evening with music, food and a […]

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 […]

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


Saturday, Dec 22 // 10am to 4pm // 900 Keosauqua Way

LAST CALL // Our final open studio party of the year! Make your last buys your best buys. Bring your family, friends and visitors for unique last-minute gifts, door prizes, great music, delicious lunch, holiday refreshments and a whole lot of art. See you soon!

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