The Ankeny Art Center’s annual K-12 art exhibits have been part of an extended outreach program for more than two decades. With the goal of introducing students to the gallery setting, we hope to bring about individual self-worth within the community, increase community involvement, and promote culture and diversity. Through seeing their art on a gallery wall, we hope to bring insight to the students about becoming an exhibiting artist in the future.
The Ankeny Art Center began hosting the K-12 art exhibits at the Ankeny Chamber of Commerce in the early 1980s for the Ankeny School district. We held the Ankeny K-12 show at the Kirkendall library for many years until we moved into our current building in 2001. Having a more prominent space allowed us to open our doors to the surrounding area school districts to contribute student artwork. We enjoy serving our community and our neighbors and hope we can continue to do more in the future!
2023 K - 12 EXHIBITIONS
January 24 - Feb 15
Thursday, January 26th, 5-7pm
February 21 - March 15
Thursday, March 2nd, 5-7pm
March 28th - April 25th
South: Thursday, March 30th, 5-7pm
North: Thursday, April 6th, 5-7pm
The Ankeny Art Center is dedicated to promoting and supporting Iowa artists. By engaging emerging artists in the area we can change our art exhibitions about every 8 weeks. Opening receptions and exhibits are always free and open to the public! Join us for free food and drinks! Throughout the reception, you'll even have an opportunity to chat with the artists!
2023 Artist Exhibitions
June - July
August - September
October - November
CELEBRATING OUR MEMBERS!
The Ankeny Art Center is proud to showcase its member’s dedication to and support of the visual arts. Every December and January, the Ankeny Art Centers hosts a members only gallery event. We love encouraging our members to share their art work with the community!
In 2023, our theme will be "Selections from your Collection."
Members are invited to submit artwork that they have collected and personally curated. This can be work created by a your favorite artist, a cherished collection of your grandmother's watercolors, or your child's marker masterpieces.
2023 Members Show: Selections from your Collection
December 5th - January 16th
November 1st - November 23rd
Thursday, December 7th, 5pm-7pm
Artwork Pick Up:
January 17th, 2024 - January 31st, 2024
Applying to the Gallery
Exhibition space is available to any artist residing in Iowa or with strong ties to the state. Collaborative show ideas may be submitted with the selection based on the strength of the entire group.
The Ankeny Art Center’s gallery exhibition available dates are June/July, August/September, and October/November with each show lasting about 8 weeks. There is no application fee or jury fee. Please refer to the application brochure for additional information or email Claire@ankenyartcenter.com
Applications are due December 1st, 2023.