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May First Friday

First Friday

The term mesophase is defined as the state of matter intermediate between liquid and solid. Join Iowa State University College of Design and Mainframe Studios this Friday for a new, immersive installation of large-scale works by students considering the notion of space in transition. By working with a variety of competing materials – plaster and textiles, new and old, surfaces and objects, rigid and soft – the project demonstrates how differences and oppositions can work in concert as a form of connectivity.

The opening reception will be from 5-8pm on Friday in the Mainframe Studios Atrium. As a part of First Friday, there will also be open studios, food, art giveaways, and other exhibitions happening upstairs in this vibrant community space.



5 PM First Thursday Artist Reception CSPS, Cedar Rapids

5:30 PM Oyoram Open Studio 1605 Woodland Ave, Sherman Hill


5 PM First Friday Mesophases with Iowa State Mainframe Studios

6 PM First Friday at DSM Brew: Nick Gandy DSM Brew

6 PM Disgustingly Palatable / new work from Jessica Villegas The LiFT

6 PM PedalArt 2019 Confluence Brewing Company

7:30 PM Art Reception with Whitney Courtney Nastanovich Des Moines Social Club


9 AM World Labyrinth Day Des Moines

10 AM Chalk the Walk Mount Vernon

10 AM Maypole Celebration for World Labyrinth Day First Unitarian Church

1 PM Slow Parade Practice Glendale Cemetery

4 PM Many Moons of Mesbah Opening Reception Frame Works

6 PM After Hours: Homegrown Art Terrarium


1:30 PM 2019 Fingerman Lecture Series: Kaywin Feldman Des Moines Art Center


6 PM Yellow Door Salon Series No. 18 Fox Brewing **don’t forget you tickets**

6:30 PM Watercolor Workshop with Christine Hilbert Central Library


Art Beacon Artist in Digital Residence: Candace Camling


**new and last chance

**Art Week Deadline for Print Promotion Submit before May 8th


**2019 Iowa State Fair Fine Art Exhibition Deadline May 31

Call for Artist Workshops - Downtown Des Moines Public Library Deadline May 31

2019 Portal: Governors Island (formerly Governors Island Art Fair) Deadline June 5th

The 13th Annual NewBo Art Fest 2019 Deadline June 14th

Go Elsewhere 2020! 💌 Call for Applications 💌 Deadline July 8

Additional Opportunities Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs

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Rachel Buse