Art Gallery Artist Submissions

Central Art Gallery

Des Moines Central Library’s Art Gallery offers an accessible and welcoming environment for encouraging and celebrating Iowa artists. The gallery is located on the second floor of the Central Library and features eight double-sided movable walls with over fifty square feet of usable display space per side.


  • Artist(s) must be a resident of Iowa
  • Artist(s) must be at least 18 years old
  • Artist(s) organizations must be based in Iowa
  • Artwork must be 2-dimensional


Artist(s) must submit the following materials in order to be considered for an exhibition:

  • Images of Artwork - All work submitted must be available for exhibition. Library will not review portfolios of artwork not intended for exhibition. Artwork submitted must be original. Submitted images must be digital files of good quality. Each image must include the name of the artist, title, medium and framed dimensions.

  • Resume or CV

  • SASE (Self-Addressed, Stamped Envelope) for return of any physical materials. Affix sufficient postage for return. Library will not assume extra postage costs.

  • Completed Art Exhibition Application Form. Available online here, at any DMPL service desk, or in the form below.

  • Submission materials may also be emailed or mailed to:

    • Use subject line: Art Submission

    • Des Moines Public Library, Attn: Fueche Vang, 1000 Grand Ave., Des Moines, IA 50309

Artwork will be reviewed by the library’s art committee and the artist(s) will be contacted after decisions have been made. 

Submission Form

Mailing Address
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(in common digital file format such as .jpeg or .tiff)
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100 MB limit.
Allowed types: gif, jpg, png, jpeg, tiff.
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100 MB limit.
Allowed types: pdf, doc, docx.
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