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Des Moines Women’s Club to present the 115th Art Exhibition at Hoyt Sherman Place March 5-12


(Des Moines, IA) The Des Moines Women’s Club will host their 115th Annual Art Exhibition from Sunday, March 5 through Sunday, March 12. Central Iowa artists will again display their original art for the viewing pleasure of the public. Admittance is free, and some items will be available for purchase. This year’s judge is Barbara Vaske.

Save the dates:

  • Artist Registration is required by March 1 at
  • Opening Reception and Awards Presentation: 1-3 PM, Sunday, March 5. Open to the public.
  • Art Exhibition Gallery Hours: 10 AM-4 PM Monday through Saturday, and 1-3 PM on Sunday.
  • Gallery Night: 5-7 PM, Friday, March 10. Open to the public. Refreshments and light appetizers will be served.

DID YOU KNOW the Des Moines Women’s Club was established in 1885, and one of their primary objectives was to develop and maintain a free public art gallery in Des Moines? In its early years, the Club raised funds to purchase an art collection and hosted temporary exhibits. Its first exhibition was held in the Governor’s Office at the State House.

In 1907, the Des Moines Women’s Club moved into Hoyt Sherman Place and built the gallery room to house its growing collection. Hoyt Sherman Place was rented by the Club from the City of Des Moines for $1 a year with the agreement an art gallery would be built and be open to the public. Twelve paintings from the original collection can be seen in the Hoyt Sherman Place Art Gallery today.

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