Polk County Heritage Gallery

Polk County Heritage Gallery Hours: 11am to 4:30pm, Monday through Friday.

The Polk County Heritage Gallery is a 501(c)(3) organization and is funded solely through entry fees received from gallery-sponsored competitions, gallery rentalfees paid by artists, private donations, and by contributions made by Gallery visitors. The Gallery is also funded in part by grants from Bravo Greater Des Moines and from the Polk County Board of Supervisors. Gallery hours are 11:00 to 4:30, Monday through Friday. Admission is free. Your comments are always welcome. For more information, call us at 515-286-2242. Visit us at www.polkcountyheritagegallery.org

Mission: The mission of the Polk County Heritage Gallery is to provide a multi-use exhibition space for artistic and historical exhibits, to provide a unique facility contributing to the cultural development of Des Moines and Polk County, and to complement existing educational and cultural institutions.

Watch out Animal lovers! We have many cute friends at the Gallery! We ❤️: DelRae Roth, Kayla BatesDale Divoky, Richa...
07/03/2019

Watch out Animal lovers! We have many cute friends at the Gallery!
We ❤️: DelRae Roth, Kayla Bates
Dale Divoky, Richard S. Wacha and Jenna Eckstine artworks! #IOWAEXHIBITED###IV

There are beautiful B&W photographs displayed at the gallery. WE ❤️ @intothevvoid; @dianemichaudlowry; @jimzeller; @...
07/02/2019

There are beautiful B&W photographs displayed at the gallery. WE ❤️ @intothevvoid; @dianemichaudlowry; @jimzeller; @philroeder #IOWAEXHIBITED###IV

***IOWA EXHIBITED ###IV*** The Gallery looks sooo great right now. We have filled it with more than forty different lowa...
06/28/2019

***IOWA EXHIBITED ###IV***
The Gallery looks sooo great right now. We have filled it with more than forty different lowa-based artists! Come over, we are open until 4.30pm!

We love @jenniferLeatherby flowers and garbage installation born out of an exercice of mental Health - Learning to see a...
06/25/2019

We love @jenniferLeatherby flowers and garbage installation born out of an exercice of mental Health - Learning to see and acknowledge the joyous ans beautiful things in the world among the heartbreaking and destructive things.
Her Art Week Des Moines pop-up will be at the gallery until Friday! The reception is right now!

Happy ArtWeek Des Moines! There are tones of events this week, don't forget to stop at the gallery and check out our new...
06/24/2019
Monday 24th - Art Week Des Moines

Happy ArtWeek Des Moines! There are tones of events this week, don't forget to stop at the gallery and check out our new show Iowa Exhibited ###IV - a juried who featuring more than forty artists from Iowa! Add it in your ArtWeek Schedule!
https://artweekdesmoines.com/events/monday-june-24th/

Annual Juried show that showcases about 70 different artists from Iowa. - When: From Monday, June 24 to September 6, 2019. The gallery is open from Monday to Friday 11 am to 4.30pm. The Gallery is closed during the weekend. - Address: 11 Court Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50309 (phone:515 286 2242)

Polk County Heritage Gallery's cover photo
06/21/2019

Polk County Heritage Gallery's cover photo

Thank you WHO TV Channel 13 News and Maria Lisignoli for the story and celebrating with us a milestone in LGBTQ movement...
06/06/2019
WHO TV Channel 13 News

Thank you WHO TV Channel 13 News and Maria Lisignoli for the story and celebrating with us a milestone in LGBTQ movements on the 50th anniversary year of the Stonewall Riots - We will also be open this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Come see the exhibit!

The Polk County Heritage Gallery downtown turns 40-years-old this year, they are also celebrating a milestone in LGBTQ movements on the 50th anniversary year of the Stonewall Riots with an exhibit called ‘Evolution of the Revolution: 50 Years Since Stonewall.’

Thanks to the Des Moines Gay Men's Chorus for joining us for our reception last Friday! Don't miss their Cabaret this we...
06/05/2019
Des Moines Gay Men's Chorus Pride Cabaret

Thanks to the Des Moines Gay Men's Chorus for joining us for our reception last Friday! Don't miss their Cabaret this weekend. Happy Pride! 🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈

The Des Moines Gay Men's Chorus is dedicated to promoting harmony among all while advancing a positive image of gay people through outstanding musicianship, creative programming and community outreach.

🔥Wow!! We just reached +1K page LIKES! 🙏🏻 Thank you so much everyone for following the Polk County Her...
05/30/2019

🔥Wow!! We just reached +1K page LIKES! 🙏🏻 Thank you so much everyone for following the Polk County Heritage Gallery! 🔥

We are thrilled to reveal the Iowa Exhibited ###IV juror: Des Moines photographer @mollywoodphoto2 ! Molly will review m...
05/22/2019

We are thrilled to reveal the Iowa Exhibited ###IV juror: Des Moines photographer @mollywoodphoto2 ! Molly will review meticulously the entries and award seven artists this summer during the reception. To all IA artists, don’t forget to submit your artwork for a chance to be exhibited at the Polk County Heritage Gallery all summer long! Link: https://bit.ly/2VWE5Qb

We are very excited to have a special Art Week @artweekdsm event coming up next June! @jenleatherbyart is going to move ...
05/15/2019

We are very excited to have a special Art Week @artweekdsm event coming up next June! @jenleatherbyart is going to move and display at the gallery her latest multimedia art installation. We’ll share more about this special Art Week featured event soon! Meanwhile save the date June 25, because it will be a very short pop up! #artweekdsm2019 #artbeacon #whatareyoudoingforartweek

Polk County Heritage Gallery's cover photo
05/13/2019

Polk County Heritage Gallery's cover photo

The gallery was incredibly full yesterday! Thank you all for coming to Mary Muller reception. It was wonderful to see al...
04/05/2019

The gallery was incredibly full yesterday! Thank you all for coming to Mary Muller reception. It was wonderful to see all her community reunited around her collection of beautiful paintings! Here are some photos from last night!

You could be here on Thursday! Join us for Mary Muller Artist Reception of her solo exhibit « For the love of form ». ...
04/03/2019

You could be here on Thursday!
Join us for Mary Muller Artist Reception of her solo exhibit « For the love of form ». Stunning paintings of portraits and landscape are taking over the gallery.
We will be open from 5:30pm to 7pm, drinks and snacks will be served.

Marvelous paintings from Mary Muller - Currently at the Gallery. Visit us this afternoon, we are open up to 4:30pm
03/27/2019

Marvelous paintings from Mary Muller - Currently at the Gallery. Visit us this afternoon, we are open up to 4:30pm

Stop by the gallery to admire the beautiful portraits from Marry Muller. We are open until 4.30pm!
03/26/2019

Stop by the gallery to admire the beautiful portraits from Marry Muller. We are open until 4.30pm!

Polk County Heritage Gallery's cover photo
03/24/2019

Polk County Heritage Gallery's cover photo

***Call for Artists*** The gallery has currently one limited space remaining for exhibits of individual artists and arti...
03/01/2019
Call for Artists - Polk County Heritage Gallery

***Call for Artists*** The gallery has currently one limited space remaining for exhibits of individual artists and artists groups from Oct 7, 2019 to Nov 1, 2019. If you are seeking a downtown Des Moines space to exhibit this year, please follow this submission process. Thank you! https://goo.gl/forms/eA1H6TnkAlS6Eryz1

Dear artists, The gallery has currently one limited space remaining for exhibits of individual artists and artists groups. If you are seeking a downtown Des Moines space to exhibit this year, please follow this submission process. When is the gallery available? Oct 7, 2019 to Nov 1, 2019 How much wi...

@angelo_g_rossi aka Angelo Rossi, a local photographer, produces breathtaking (street) photography as well as documents ...
03/01/2019

@angelo_g_rossi aka Angelo Rossi, a local photographer, produces breathtaking (street) photography as well as documents concerts and bands vividly. We are proud to have one of his photo currently displayed at the Gallery for Captured in Des Moines photo exhibit. If you want to see more of his work DON'T MISS next Friday, March 8 his solo show After Hours: 24 Photos at @art_terrarium - FACEBOOK EVENT=> https://www.facebook.com/events/283270715692057/?ti=ia

Michael Banks has captured rare scenes of Downtown Des Moines from the 70’s - “Downtown Sunrise”, a beautiful shot...
02/26/2019

Michael Banks has captured rare scenes of Downtown Des Moines from the 70’s - “Downtown Sunrise”, a beautiful shot of the Capitol from Locust street, received the Best Of Show award by the juror Ben Easter Photography #filmphotography #slide #juriedexhibition

We were very honored to have Ben Easter Photography, the juror of "Captured in Des Moines" - our first juried photograph...
02/25/2019

We were very honored to have Ben Easter Photography, the juror of "Captured in Des Moines" - our first juried photography exhibition. The show gathered both amateur and professional photographers and showcased both film and digital images to highlight the creative ways in which photographers seeing our city Des Moines! Ben was chosen to view and select eight outstanding photos among the entire gallery. Thank you Ben for partnering with us to this new award show.
Here is the list of the winners! Congratulations to all of you, and also to all the artists who participated in the juried photo show!

Three Honorable Mention Awards to Benjamin Voss with “Brick And Mortor”; Tyler Erickson with “Should Have Been A Cowboy” and Trenton Chesling with “The Cone”.

Four Merit Awards to Michael Hiatt with “801 Rising”, Sara Neppl with “Golden II”; Greg Wilcox “Untitled 2014” and Annick Sjobakken, “1440 63rd street”.

Then, the best of the show has been attributed to Michael Banks with “Downtown Sunrise” part of a series of three photographs from the '70s !!!!

Thank you all for coming today to the reception of "Captured in Des Moines" our first juried photography exhibition. We ...
02/24/2019

Thank you all for coming today to the reception of "Captured in Des Moines" our first juried photography exhibition. We were so happy to see the gallery busy. We are so thankful to have all those local photographers capturing the beauty of our city and the audience to appreciate it! Thank you again for attending the reception!

02/22/2019

Hope see you there!

@paulsenkipp : Sundial Market - Kipp Paulsen is a Des Moines street photographer. He currently has an amazing exhibit at...
02/09/2019

@paulsenkipp : Sundial Market - Kipp Paulsen is a Des Moines street photographer. He currently has an amazing exhibit at @marscafe University - Camera Obscura - showcasing a large collection of photographs from early 2017 to present of people wandering in Des Moines. His photos invite the viewer to wonder about the identity of the people he “captured”, their intentions, where they were going.... Sundial market, the photo he submitted for Captured in Des Moines, is another great photo of Kipp’s style. Thank you for your participation!

Yesterday, we were very thrilled to have the students from the Des Moines Public Schools enjoying a tour at the Polk Cou...
02/07/2019
Des Moines Public Schools

Yesterday, we were very thrilled to have the students from the Des Moines Public Schools enjoying a tour at the Polk County Heritage Gallery to see our current exhibition Captured in Des Moines. Tatiana Giacinti and Rick Miller, board members, were delighted telling the story of the gallery, as well as going through the photos the show is offering, including the one from the DMPS communications director Phil Roeder and School district photographer Jon Lemons - both photographers who participated in the juried photo exhibit!

Our Turnaround Arts schools are hard at work getting ready for this year's Project Stage festival. Yesterday, students participating in the photography workshop took a field trip to the Polk County Heritage Gallery to see the work of local photographers and work on their own skills. The 2nd annual Project Stage festival is April 25-26 at Hoyt Sherman Place.
https://www.dmschools.org/2019/02/project-stage-festival-prepares-second-act/

The beauty of Des Moines through the water reflection - Thank you @sackpephirom; Patricia Foster; Dana Quick Naig; Marna...
02/04/2019

The beauty of Des Moines through the water reflection - Thank you @sackpephirom; Patricia Foster; Dana Quick Naig; Marnae Wright & Deana Schuplin

Michael Banks has fantastic photos of downtown Des Moines in the 70’s! We would spend hours contemplating each of them...
01/31/2019

Michael Banks has fantastic photos of downtown Des Moines in the 70’s! We would spend hours contemplating each of them and dreaming about how would it be to drive one of those gorgeous classic cars and cruise down Locust street. Thank you so much Michael for sharing these beautiful archives.

Des Moines has splendid sunset 🧡 Thank you @brettfoto; @matthewtupper @sackpephirom for capturing those moments
01/30/2019

Des Moines has splendid sunset 🧡 Thank you @brettfoto; @matthewtupper @sackpephirom for capturing those moments

@annick.sjobakken is sharing a timeless perspective of a Des Moines interior. Has this place ever existed? Who is living...
01/29/2019

@annick.sjobakken is sharing a timeless perspective of a Des Moines interior. Has this place ever existed? Who is living there? What’s the story behind those rooms? Many questions raise when looking deeply at those beautiful photos. Thank you Annick for sharing this work.

We have stunning black and white photos exhibited. We can feel so much energy and emotion... Thank you @cameraexpression...
01/28/2019

We have stunning black and white photos exhibited. We can feel so much energy and emotion... Thank you @cameraexpressions; @victoriaherring; @tylererickson; @michaelhiatt and @harrymendenhall for capturing those wonderful images of Des Moines.

We had the change to meet Matthew Lepke last Friday and talk about his passion for sport photography! He has three photo...
01/27/2019

We had the change to meet Matthew Lepke last Friday and talk about his passion for sport photography! He has three photos showcasing gorgeous sceneries of our well know stadiums; beautifully printed on styrene. Thanks Matthew

The exhibit looks gorgeous! It gathers so many different perspectives of Des Moines...Stop by next week from Monday to F...
01/26/2019

The exhibit looks gorgeous! It gathers so many different perspectives of Des Moines...Stop by next week from Monday to Friday

Polk County Heritage Gallery's cover photo
01/16/2019

Polk County Heritage Gallery's cover photo

Please, help us congratulate the photographers selected for "Captured in Des Moines", our first-ever juried photography ...
01/15/2019

Please, help us congratulate the photographers selected for "Captured in Des Moines", our first-ever juried photography show. Next week, the gallery will display about seventy photographs showcasing the best vibes of Des Moines through the lens of our talented featured photographers.

The exhibition opens on January 21 through March 08. We will announce the date for the reception and awards soon!

Congratulations to:
Aaron Graves, Alan Jacobs, Allison Akright, Andraya Stender, Angelo Rossi, Anna Jones, Annick Sjobakken, Benjamin Vos, Brandi Webber, Brett Roseman, Dan Welk, Dana Quick-Naig, Deana Schuplin, Deb Shoning, Delia Welch, Diane Lowry, Emma Colman, Eric Burson, Eric Harlow, Gary Hoard, Greg Wilcox, Jason Boyers-Liechty, Jeffrey Dawson, John Kerss, Jon Lemons,Justice Simpson, Kaleen Lounsbury, Kathleen Hoard, Kelsey Seay, Ken Keiran, Kerrie Hill, Kevin House, Kipp Paulsen, Kristie Burns, Larry Mendenhall, Makenzie Hafel, Manfred Brugger, Mark Iwig, Mark True, Marnae Wright, Matthew Lepke, Matthew Tupper, Michael Banks, Michael Hiatt, Michael Leland, Nancy Brown, Patricia Foster, Phil Roeder, Robin Fortney, Sack Pephirom, Sara Neppl, Seth Wells, Trenton Chesling, Tyler Erickson, Victoria Herring.

01/08/2019

We have received already amazing entries. But still, we know that there are more talented photographers who took stunning photos of Des Moines out there! The call ends soon, on January 9th! It’s time to apply for our juried photo exhibition - @beaster1 is the juror this year with the hard tasks to select the entries! Link: http://www.polkcountyheritagegallery.org/call-for-entries/

3 DAYS LEFT!!!! We count on you Des Moines photographers to show the best of our city! « Captured in Des Moines » is t...
01/07/2019

3 DAYS LEFT!!!! We count on you Des Moines photographers to show the best of our city! « Captured in Des Moines » is the Heritage Gallery first ever juried photo exhibition, with @beaster1 as the juror that will highlight the best photos of Des Moines thanks to the eyes of our amazing photography community! This is the first show part of our event series to celebrate the 40 year anniversary of the Gallery — Link to participate and submit photos in bio!

Polk County Heritage Gallery
01/05/2019

Polk County Heritage Gallery

Please, share this post to all photographers you know! “Captured Des Moines” is our first ever juried photo exhibition with @beaster1 as the Juror! We are gathering the best shots of Des Moines in one photography exhibition in January in our gorgeous downtown historical gallery space - This is going to be the first event to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Gallery - Deadline to submit your artwork is Jan 9! - Link in Bio. Thank you! 📸

Please, share this post to all photographers you know! “Captured Des Moines” is our first ever juried photo exhibiti...
01/04/2019

Please, share this post to all photographers you know! “Captured Des Moines” is our first ever juried photo exhibition with @beaster1 as the Juror! We are gathering the best shots of Des Moines in one photography exhibition in January in our gorgeous downtown historical gallery space - This is going to be the first event to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Gallery - Deadline to submit your artwork is Jan 9! - Link in Bio. Thank you! 📸

We are thrilled to reveal the name of the juror of the Juried Photo Exhibition "Captured in Des Moines": Ben Easter from...
12/30/2018

We are thrilled to reveal the name of the juror of the Juried Photo Exhibition "Captured in Des Moines": Ben Easter from BenEasterPhotography: http://www.beneasterphotography.com/.

All the entries will be reviewed by Ben. About seventy images will be selected and he will have the hard task to offer eight awards, one Best of Show, four Merits Awards and three Honorable Mentions during the reception.

•The deadline to submit your photos is January 9th!•

Thanks for your participation!

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111 Court Ave
Des Moines, IA
50309

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Tuesday 11:00 - 16:30
Wednesday 11:00 - 16:30
Thursday 11:00 - 16:30
Friday 11:00 - 16:30

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