Central Art Gallery

Current Exhibition:

Young at Art

August 1st through August 31st

Justin has enjoyed painting since he was a youngster. He uses pastels, watercolors, acrylics and charcoal in his artwork, which include cityscapes and pet, human and architectural portraits. He has also created hand-made, whimsical clay Christmas ornaments and board games.

Justin has created numerous commissioned artworks for individuals and companies. He has conducted art workshops for K-12 and university students and enjoys teaching private art lessons for children. Justin has exhibited art in the central Iowa area, at the Iowa State Fair and Lauritzen Gardens in Omaha.


People’s Choice: Hoyt Sherman Art Show, February 2017
Second Place: Iowa State Fair Fine Arts Competition, August 2016
Honorable Mention: Iowa State Fair Fine Arts Competition, August 2016
Honorable Mention: Polk County Heritage Gallery, June-August 2016
People’s Choice: Hoyt Sherman Art Show, February-March 2016
Honorable Mention: Hoyt Sherman Art Show, February-March 2008
People’s Choice: Iowa State Fair Fine Arts Competition, August 2007

To commission or purchase Justin’s art, text or call 515.306.2613
E-mail: jusgu@msn.com

Justin Young Art

Art Gallery History

In 1916, the Des Moines Public Library, working in partnership with the newly-formed Des Moines Association of Fine Arts, made a gallery space available in order to “purchase and hold title to paintings acquired for the benefit of the public, and to bring exhibitions to the city.” Several exhibitions were shown each year, and works of art were periodically purchased for the association’s permanent collection. After a period of inactivity in the 1930s due to the Depression, the DMAF in 1938 moved their collection to a building on Walnut Street, and, with funding from the Works Progress Administration in the 1940s, provided galleries and studio space. The Des Moines Association of Fine Arts voluntarily dissolved in 1945 and their assets were turned over to the [James] Edmundson Art Foundation. That entity funded construction of the new Des Moines Art Center, which opened at its present location on Grand Avenue in 1948.

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The Art Gallery at the Central Library, which opened in May, 2016, is located on the second floor and offers an accessible and welcoming environment for encouraging and celebrating Iowa artists. Exhibitions of original art work will engage, enrich, and be enjoyed by our patrons and enhance our community as a whole. These exhibitions expand the library’s role and bolster creative and expressive energy in the Des Moines community.

We are excited to continue the rich tradition of art at the Des Moines Public Library into a second century. Thank you for your support, and we hope to see you at the gallery!