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.  

30 Nov 2017

GIFT GUIDE | Liz Lidgett’s Picks

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Our Dec. 9th Holiday Open Studio event is just around the corner and we asked our friend Liz Lidgett to pick out her favorite gifts made by Mainframe artists. Her refined eye will give you inspiration to find the perfect presents for your friends and loved ones too. Crafty kits, cozy clothes, twinkling jewels and artistic […]

28 Nov 2017

DEC 9 | Holiday Open House

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Saturday, Dec 9th // 2:00 – 6:00 PM THIS IS IT // The last open studio event of the year and we’re pulling out the stops. Join us for family-friendly food and drink with Tangerine Food Co. in The Big Room // E-news prize drawing featuring Mirza Kudic’s famed photo // Music by Jess V […]

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 & […]

29 Oct 2017

OPEN STUDIO // November 10 // 5-8PM

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Join us for the second installment of our Open Studio Events: Friday, November 10, 5-8PM. Enjoy snacks by The Tangerine Food Co. and a cash bar in The Big Room while visiting artist studios and checking holiday gifts off your list. RSVP via Facebook. We will be doing a drawing at our December open studio event! […]

18 Oct 2017

DES MOINES REGISTER | Tour Mainframe Studios, downtown Des Moines’ newest artist space

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By Kevin Hardy What once was a windowless data center filled with towering computers has been transformed into bright and airy studios for photographers, graphic designers, painters and other artists. Dozens of artists are bringing life to Mainframe Studios, which fills the former Qwest Communications office at 900 Keosauqua Way. The nonprofit organization has just […]

15 Oct 2017

PRESS RELEASE | Mainframe Studios slated to become the largest nonprofit art studio building in the nation

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MAINFRAME STUDIOS // Press Release The project is making sure artists won’t be priced out of Des Moines, Iowa Des Moines, IA (October 16, 2017)​ – Mainframe Studios (mainframestudios.org) has scheduled its inaugural open studio event for Saturday, October 21, from 2:00 to 6:00 pm. Years in the making, phase one renovations feature 65 non-residential […]

6 Oct 2017

BUSINESS RECORD | Creative Culture

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Mainframe Studios sculpts out specific atmospheres for working artists BY SUZANNE BEHNKE, Editor Friday, October 6, 2017 6:00 AM There’s no single way to establish a specific culture in the workplace — there are dozens. That’s what the Business Record discovered when checking with Central Iowa employers and organizations on how they create specific atmospheres […]

2 Oct 2017

Inaugural Open Studio Event

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MAINFRAME STUDIOS IS PLEASED TO PRESENT ITS FIRST OPEN STUDIO EVENT OCTOBER 21, 2017 // 2:00-6:00 PM // 900 Keosauqua Way Join the festivities as our phase one artists and organizations welcome the public into their creative workspaces. Years in the making, our nonprofit is celebrating this momentous occasion with its 80 tenants representing over […]