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® […]

24 May 2018

FIRST FRIDAY | Gustav Art Presents Mixture

Posted in Artists, Events

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.

6 May 2018

DES MOINES REGISTER | Tom Petty, Van Halen … Prince?!

Posted in Artists, MAINFRAME News

This Des Moines duo created art for some of rock’s biggest albums By Matthew Leimkuehler, mleimkuehler@dmreg.com  // Video Photos by Kelsey Kremer Photo shoots with Tom Petty. Car rides with Stevie Wonder. Studio time with Fleetwood Mac. One fan’s rock ‘n’ roll fantasy is reality for Jay Vigon and Margo Nahas, a husband-wife artistic duo who […]

17 Jan 2018

DSM Magazine | An Iowa Treasure Comes Home

Posted in Artists, MAINFRAME News

“The Baker’s Boy” is just one of many characters drawn by Iowa legend Ding Darling in his world travels a century ago. A treasury of Darling’s personal sketchbooks and other artifacts form the foundation for a new center that commemorates the Pulitzer-winning Des Moines Register cartoonist and conservationist. A new center preserves the legacy of […]

9 Jan 2018

DSM Magazine | A New Stage of Life

Above: “Don’t let anyone else determine your dreams,” says Robert John Ford, who is fulfilling a dream of producing long-run theatrical productions in Des Moines. January 9, 2018 Writer: Brianne Sanchez Photographer: Duane Tinkey The roving playwright finally has a stage to call home. When the curtain rises Jan. 11 in the new theater space […]

7 Dec 2017

Seven Foot Snowflake Appears | The Knotty Nail

The Knotty Nail is our latest atrium installation artist. Becky Pospisal installed a 7-foot-diameter string art snowflake and it is gorgeous. Watch it in action on our Instagram and see the large format piece in person this Saturday, Dec 9 from 2-6PM.  

9 Nov 2017

Mirza Kudic | International Center Dialogue Series

Mainframe artist Mirza Kudic is the featured speaker in the upcoming Iowa International Center Dialogue Series: November 14, 2017 // 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM Meredith Conference Core Address: 1716 Locust Street, Des Moines, IA 50309 Price: free Worth a Thousand Words: Bringing People and Cultures Together Through Photography At age 14, Mirza Kudic and […]

1 Nov 2017

Momentum Art Studio | Open House Nov 9

Community Support Advocates (CSA) is opening Momentum Art Studio, a studio for artists with disabilities in Studio #104 at Mainframe. Join us for their Open House Grand Opening and see how they promote hope and resiliency through art in Studio #104. Thursday, November 9, 2017 // 4:00-7:00PM 900 Keosauqua Way, Des Moines, IA (Directions & […]

3 Jul 2017

UPDATE | Occupancy

Posted in Artists, MAINFRAME News

We are pleased to report that a temporary occupancy for fourth floor has been achieved. There are a handful of Phase 1 artists moving into their spaces now and the rest will join them on August 1st. Construction is still proceeding on the first floor and lower level through the month of July. Visitors can […]