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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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® […]

7 Jun 2018

#artistsofmainframe | Polk County Heritage Gallery

Posted in MAINFRAME News

Several artists from Mainframe Studios is featured in the current exhibition at The Polk County Heritage Gallery. IOWA EXHIBITED XXXIII JUNE 4 – AUGUST 3, 2018 Reception and awards takes place Thursday June 7, 5.30pm-7.30pm. Iowa Exhibited is an annual juried show opened to all artists based in Iowa. This year’s judge is Alison Ferris, […]

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: Gustav Art

June 1 // 5:00-8:00 PM // 900 Keosauqua Way

You are invited! Ben Schuh and Scott Kaven of Gustav Art are putting together an action-packed night for Des Moines. Come see their projection mapping installation that incorporates responsive digital imagery with fine art and music by master electronic saxophonist Tommy Doggett. They’ll also show a selection of works prepared for Des Moines Arts Festival. And as always, we’ll have a delicious pop-up menu by The Tangerine Food Company and visitors can explore over 60 artist studios! Facebook event page:

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