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Art in Des Moines Iowa

THU APR 18 2019

Sundown Sessions #003 with ISU

Mainframe Studios
900 Keosauqua Way, Des Moines, Iowa 50309

5 PM – 7 PM

Meet us on 4th floor for a happy hour full of creative wonder! Students with Iowa State University College of Design present their explorations creating site-specific installations in the atrium entrance of Mainframe Studios. Learn their process of celebrating the building’s past, present, and future through textiles and plaster sculptures. Their “Mesophases” project title is based on the term mesophase or the state of matter intermediate between liquid and solid.

Artists, architects, designers and others interested in discussing the creative process are encouraged to attend. See you soon!


Emerging Art in Des Moines Iowa


State Historical Museum of Iowa
600 E Locust St, Des Moines, Iowa 50319

12 PM – 6 PM

DMACC Portfolio Day is the culmination of two years of refining talent and creative passion. Students of Animation, Graphic Design, Photography, Web Development, and Video Production programs will display their portfolios of work to the public and creative industry.


Art in Ames Iowa


Gallery Night: Naturescapes, Luckow + Local Student Exhibit

Octagon Center for the Arts
427 Douglas Ave, Ames, Iowa 50010

4:30 PM – 7 PM

Join Octagon Center for the Arts for Gallery Night with Gary Hoard, Mike Leinhauser, Pratik Ray, Jordan Luckow, and the Annual Elementary/Middle/High School Exhibit.

Elementary/Middle/High School Exhibit, 4:30 – 6:30 pm
Awards at 5:00 pm
Naturescapes + Luckow Receptions, 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Naturescapes: Gary Hoard, Mike Leinhauser + Pratik Ray

Naturescapes is a compilation of three nature photographers with diverse and wide-ranging work that focuses on the beauty of nature and when nature and humans collide.

Elementary/Middle/High Annual Exhibit

An Exhibit of Local Student Artwork
The Octagon Center for the Arts showcases artwork by local elementary, middle, and high school students annually. High School art instructors from schools within 20 miles of the Octagon Center for the Arts are welcome to register students in their fall and spring classes for participation. (Home-school students are also welcome to register).

This event is free and open to the public. All are welcome.


Poetry in Des Moines Iowa


April Poetry Slam with Ryan Boyland

Java Joes CoffeeHouse
214 4th St, Des Moines, Iowa 50309

7 PM – 9 PM

Ryan Boyland is coming from Omaha, Nebraska to feature at this monthly gathering of talented poets.

A sign up sheet goes out at 6:30 p.m. and the first 13 poets shall read in the first round. Five judges score, dropping high/low, and the top readers go to second round. Three readers take home some great used books!


ARTICLE: An Articulate Art: Spoken Rhetoric in the Contemporary University

SPOKEN WORD: Soundcloud


Art in Des Moines Iowa


Evening of Inspiration with Above and Beyond Cancer

Olmsted Center
2875 University Ave, Des Moines, Iowa 50311

5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Tickets $35

Come join  Above + Beyond Cancer for an annual, uplifting event featuring:

A short film spotlighting their transformational journey to Tibet, artwork display from the Art as Therapy class for Survivors, reflections developed from a unique collaboration between the Drake Community Press and a announcement of their next transformational journeys.

The evening starts with appetizers and drinks in the second floor Gallery of the Olmsted Center, with the program and film taking place in Parents Hall.

Founded in 2011 by Des Moines, Iowa Oncologist Dr. Richard Deming, their team takes cancer survivors on incredible adventures. Above + Beyond Cancer journeys have led participants to places like Mount Everest Base Camp and the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, but their work isn’t about getting to the tops of mountains. Through their transformational journeys, their participants inspire the public by devoting themselves to a life of advocacy and leading an example for healthy living and cancer prevention in their communities.



Film in Iowa City Iowa



The Iowa City International Documentary Film Festival (ICDOCS) is an annual event run by students at the University of Iowa. Their mission is to engage local audiences with the exhibition of recent short films that explore the boundaries of nonfiction, experimental filmmaking. They seek innovative new works of 30 minutes or less that both complicate and expand upon conventional approaches to nonfiction and documentary.

Screenings will take place in various locations:
Adler Journalism Building – Rm. E105
118 E. College St. Iowa City, IA (FilmScene)




Art in WDM Iowa

FRI APR 12 2019 – 5:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M.

Historic Valley Junction in downtown West Des Moines is a charming, renovated railroad district, with a collection of more than 150 retail businesses, including art galleries, fashion boutiques, antique shops, restaurants and specialty stores.

Historic Valley Junction’s Spring Gallery Night will feature seven galleries, showcasing fine artwork, jewelry, and one-of-a-kind objects by local and international artists. Always a fun evening full of art, friends, and fun on 5th Street! Free and open to the public.

Participating Galleries: 2AU Limited, A Ok Antiques, Artisan Gallery 218, From Our Hands, Kavanaugh Art Gallery, Kunzler Studios, and Olson-Larsen Galleries.

Art in Des Moines Iowa

Des Moines Public Schools Annual Art Exhibit Opening

Capital Square, 400 Locust, Des Moines, Iowa 50309

Thursday, April 11th, 2019

5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Enjoy hundreds of works of art by students from every school in Des Moines, Iowa at the annual DMPS Art Exhibit. Join them on April 11, 2019 for a special event to celebrate the exhibit.

The works will be on display at Capital Square from April 4 – 16.

Music in Des Moines, Iowa


Back for their 4th year in a row, come celebrate B2wins birthdays as they take the stage at Wooly’s! Lots of surprises, enhanced visual production and special guests to make this their biggest and best birthday concert EVER!

Growing up in the violent favelas (slums) of Rio de Janeiro, Brazilian Twin brothers found solace in classical music on violins their father hand-made. Their love of music and desire to positively impact the world led them on a wild ride to the United States, in pursuit of their dreams.

Led by an electric violin and ukulele, this five piece dynamo draws influence from a plethora of different genres. Exploring a wide range of original and iconic songs, the group injects power pop melodies, hip hop rhythm sections, funk improvisation, reggae personas and live instrumentation.

The live show is a hybrid mix of rock concert, dance party, audience interaction and humor to create an unforgettable entertainment experience. Forget everything you know about “Bands” the B2wins are redefining Live Music.

With Joshua Sinclair and special guests TBA

All Ages

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Des Moines, IA
Tix $10 early bird sale ->


Film in Des Moines Iowa


“Heroes of Fairfield” brings to life stories of ordinary Fairfielders who did extraordinary things to make a difference in this small Midwestern community and how that extends into our world. “Heroes of Fairfield” is a film you will not want to miss.

“Heroes of Fairfield” produced and directed by Dick DeAngelis

10:30 a.m. – Showtime
11:30 a.m. – Q&A with Dick DeAngelis

State Historical Society of Iowa, 600 E Locust St, Des Moines, Iowa 50319