‘Contemporary American Craft is our focus, and Midwestern artists are our speciality’, the Iowa Artisans Gallery owners state, and this certainly rings true with over 45 artists as members and a new exhibition of Midwestern art every few months. The gallery was founded 30 years ago by a group of artists, and maintains to this day an emphasis on grassroots art production and curation. The gallery takes part in almost every cultural event in Iowa City, and is renowned as an unmissable destination on an art tour of the town. The space is bright and airy, despite its historic location, and the work is carefully displayed to create a sophisticated browsing experience. Local artists such as pastel painter Debora Stewart and experimental potter Frank Detri regularly add to their collections at the Iowa Artisans Gallery, which sustains its reputation as a fundamental contributor to the city’s evolving art scene.
Iowa Artisans Gallery, 207 E Washington St, Iowa City, IA, USA, +1 319-351-8686
In the bustling downtown area of Iowa City, Chait Galleries Downtown have been exhibiting the work of local and international artists for over 10 years. They stock pieces across the spectrum of visual art, including wood sculptures, fine art paintings, prints, photographs and ‘wearable art’ fashion pieces. The gallery takes part in Iowa City art festivals, displaying work by local artists, and has even briefly exhibited an original piece by Salvador Dalí, before it was put up for auction. Stop by to browse the exhibitions by regional artists, or to pick up a prized piece for your home.
Based in West Des Moines, the capital of Iowa State, Olson Larsen Galleries represents over 60 distinguished artists, many of whom have won awards and often display their work in the permanent collections of major museums. Venerated Midwestern artists, such as sculptor Mac Hornecker and painter Gary Bowling have been exhibited in the gallery, which rotates its exhibitions every six to eight weeks through the community of artists it represents. Clients range from individual collectors to big companies sourcing impressive pieces for their offices.
The Moberg Gallery specialises in ‘Art in Spaces’, creating immersive artistic environments by selecting artwork to fit a particular space, resulting in an almost seamless separation between space and the art itself. In addition to the results of Moberg’s services, seen in public and private spaces across the state, many of the 50 represented artists are also showcased through exhibitions in the gallery, including Richard Kelley’s Images of Fantasy and Delight and Chris Vance’s surreal baby food & monkey brains collection. The variety and quality of Moberg’s art is stunning, and it is easy to understand why the gallery has garnered such a strong reputation for affecting the visual arts culture in Iowa.
Moberg Gallery, 2921 Ingersoll Ave, Des Moines, IA, USA, +1 515-279-9191