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Jun 18

Art Spark: 20 Designs | 20 Days

Art Spark is a challenge to create 20 original works in 20 days. It’s a project designed to develop a steady rhythm of art making to ignite ideas into action.

Jun 18

Pandema's Box by Mollie Wallace

Inspired by Pandora's Box, take a stroll through the toilet paper shortage, bar closings, the mask debate and tougher topics such as George Floyd's killing and the experiences of essential workers.

Jun 18

Juneteenth / Black Art Exhibit

Urban City Magazine is back with a special Juneteenth Black Art Exhibit and Celebration.

Jun 18

Art Week Kickoff

We're starting Art Week strong with an open studio event at Mainframe Studios. Tour over four floors of artist studios and see special exhibitions on each floor.

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.

Explore Artists

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.