Central Art Gallery

Current Exhibition:

Details Mounting

Photographs by Kerrie Hill

September 5 through October 13

I have an eye for details. And whether I am doing something or observing something I attend to them. Stepping back and noticing details sometimes allows us to look at things anew. It has been said that once we have named something we no longer see it. We create a general concept, a shorthand identification of something and then we stop appreciating its uniqueness and we don’t notice if it has changed.

The images in this show vary from easily recognizable details to ones that are no longer a picture of a thing which we have given a simple label. I invite you to notice not only the images but also yourself and how you interact with them. Notice if you look at the titles and if you do look consider if or how it shapes your perception or reaction to each image.

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Photographs by Kerrie Hill

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.

old art gallery

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!