A Creative Community In Downtown Des Moines

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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upcoming events Your source for First Fridays, Workshops, Classes, Special Events + More

Feb 27

The Black Artist Exhibit

Take a walk through our gallery full of black excellence. From modern day black art, to traditional art celebrating Black History Month. Free - RSVP via Eventbrite.

Mar 05

FIRST FRIDAY / Staycation

As the hustle and bustle from 3rd floor construction winds down at Mainframe Studios we could use a vacation - Come join us! Take a break from cold weather and busy days for a rejuvenating open studio event.

Mar 27

Ink and Oak Calligraphy Class

Learn the basics of pointed-pen calligraphy, or refresh your skills, in this 3-hour workshop. $75 per person, limited seats available. Supplies are included. You'll receive: 2 Nikko G nibs, an oblique pen holder, black ink, practice paper, and handouts.

People confuse custom with expensive. It can be formal gowns, but also your favorite pair of sweat pants that are ruined because you wore then every single day for years. Custom really means making whatever you want!


My best stuff comes when I stop thinking about it. I don’t look outside for inspiration. My new designs, with the patterns, I want to get a rep to get it to the proper places. Its all unique stuff, I haven’t’ seen this anywhere before.