Shows in the Viaduct Gallery range from poster shows, to juried exhibitions, to solo artist shows. Since our opening in 2014, shows in the gallery have included:

April 5 – April 29, 2019
Among the Garbage and the Flowers – Details
A multimedia installation about mental health by Jennifer Leatherby.


February 15 – March 12, 2019
Sing Other People – Details
A new collection and disintegrated art history lesson from Jim White.


December 31, 2018 – January 31, 2019
Self(ie) Observatory
A light and balloon installation by Shylah Kay, Balloon Bar DSM, and Cody Ryan Design.


December 8 – December 29, 2018
The Art of Caleb Henkelman – Details
A presentation of Artist/Musician Caleb Henkelman’s work centered around repetition of form.


November 9 – December 1, 2018
InVISIBLE Barriers – Details
Through the work of Native American contemporary artists, this exhibition invites you to take a moment to consider the many legacies of assimilation, migration, and persistence that have endured for centuries.


October 12 – November 5, 2018
Liminalisms – Details
Liminalisms, by Michael Cody Drury, is a new group of paintings that began with one rule: No Ideas.


September 7 – October 6, 2018
In this exhibition, EatChewAlive, by artist John Schlue, the collision of oil paint and acrylic felt is on full view.


August 17 – 26, 2018
Gloom’s Oasis – Details
Scarce Elementz is a nationally recognized mural and graffiti crew responsible for small and large scale murals throughout the U.S, including California, Denver, Chicago, Indiana, Arizona, New Mexico, and Iowa.


July 1 – 30, 2018
Gentrified Experiences – Details
Artist Cameron Gray wants to recreate his childhood experiences from black neighborhood events while presenting concepts surrounding the gentrification of black spaces. 


June 21 – 24, 2018
Urban Visionaries – Details
The 2018 show displayed works by artists Retna, Martin Whatson, Shepard Fairey, and Banksy.


June 18, 2018
4th Annual Plein Air Painting Festival – Details
Our 4th annual Plein Air Painting Festival asked local artists to step out of their studios and paint all over Des Moines.


May 4 – 29, 2018
Antibodies – Details
Finding itself at the intersection of art and architecture, the collaborative work of Stella Lee and Paul Jasper is framed by the artists’ interest in domesticity and the ornament of everyday life.


April 12 – April 28, 2018
We Are What We Create – Details
This juried exhibit displays the selected works of twenty-three National League of American Pen Women artists representing ten states across the country.


March 19 – April 8, 2018
#MeToo: A Sexual Assault Awareness Campaign – Details
The Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault (IowaCASA) presents a juried art exhibition to support Iowans affected by sexual harassment, assault, and violence.


March 5 – March 18, 2018
The answer comes when we consider what pressure is – Details
An installation in response to the recent and continued school shootings in the United States, by artist Jami Milne.


February 2 – March 3, 2018
Life Through Your Lens – DetailsPhotos
Life Through Your Lens is an original photography exhibit through the lens of those experiencing homelessness. Fourteen photographers participated in the project, done in partnership with Central Iowa Shelter & Services.


January 3 – January 29, 2018
Northeast – Photo
Photography by Austin Day


November 30, 2017 – January 2, 2018
Greater DSM Area Winter Group Show


November 10 – November 28, 2017
Corruptionfest – Details
Artwork by Levi Biel.


October 13 – October 31, 2017
I Spy Spooky Night – Details
The premise is simple: hide at least three objects or concepts in your work and encourage the viewer to find it.  Hosted by the Des Moines Girl Gang.


October 3, 2017
The National Poster Retrospecticus Pop-upDetails
This national traveling poster show was in Des Moines for a one-night only even. Specifically, this show featured prints honoring our national parks.


September 1 – September 30, 2017
A Spectrum of Faith – Details
Learn about religion’s role in the Greater Des Moines area through the photography of Bob Blanchard.


August 3 – August 29, 2017
The space between here and there – Details
Edgard Camacho’s exhibit is about the process of art-making and the moments when the artist must “let go.”

July 14 – July 31, 2017
From the Pit – Details
Celebrate Des Moines’ local photography scene through this collection of concert photographs.

July 6 – July 10, 2017
80/35 Mix Masters Poster Show – Details
With the 10th Anniversary of 80/35 Music Festival, we wanted to look back through the years of this ever-evolving local festival.


June 22 – June 26, 2017
Urban Visionaries – Details
This collection focuses on urban artists who have created iconic imagery on walls around the world.


June 16 – June 26, 2017
3rd Annual Plein Air Painting Festival – Details
Our 3rd annual Plein Air Painting Festival asked local artists to step out of their studios and paint all over Des Moines.


June 3, 2017
RunDSM Urban Leadership Exhibit – Details
On Friday, May 5, 15 youth poets slammed for their spot on Des Moines’ 2017 Brave New Voices team


May 19 – May 31, 2017
The show will feature posters created by 30+ Iowa artists that will be available for purchase for $35.


April 22 – May 16, 2017
To(get)her – Details
Jessica Pleyel – A collaborative performance and installation in which self-identifying women from a variety of backgrounds destroy wax assault rifles with domestic tools and their bodies.


April 7 – April 19, 2017
Annual Grand View Student Art Competition – Details
The annual Juried Student Art Competition is an exhibition of the best student work from Grand View University, featuring works in all media and a variety of styles.


March 3 – March 30, 2017
Anxiety – Details
The emphasis of the work by Judy J. Long revolves around anxiety, grief, and the psychological response to traumatic stimuli. Many of the pieces derive from experiences and responses within the artist’s occupation as a Recovery Technician at an Eye Bank.


February 3 – February 28, 2017
Mind Games – Details
“Abstract Expressionism in a Complicated Space” by artist Daniel Nutt.


January 6 – January 31, 2017
Try Hard & Be Nice – Details
Jacques Lizotte


December 2, 2016 – January 3, 2017
Paint Pushers Collaborative Showcase – Details
“We are the Paintpushers. A small group of visual artists who come together to critique monthly and show our new work annually.”


November 11 – November 30, 2016
The Dancers of Ballet Des Moines – Details
In the fall of 2016, Ballet Des Moines launched an artist-in-residence program, with the goal of furthering their strategic vision to be an integral part of the vibrant arts community. The inaugural artist, Jami Milne, created a portrait series for each of the nine professional dancers.


October 7 – November 6, 2016
Fatal Flora 
Photographs by Molly Wood.


August 5 – August 31, 2016
Not My Problem – Details
A poster exhibit focusing on Design For Social Change, specifically regarding issues in higher education and police brutality.


June 29 – July 31, 2016
Americana – Details
This exhibit features artwork from 40 different artists. It is their interpretation of what Americana means to them.


June 22 – June 27, 2016
Urban Visionaries Art Show – Details
The Visionary art collection focuses on urban and street artists who have created iconic imagery on walls around the world. The artists represented are some of the leading artists in the genre.


June 20 – June 21, 2016
Plein Aire Painting Festival – Details
Artists had 48 hours to get outside, somewhere in Des Moines, and paint what they saw.


June 3 – June 17, 2016
RunDSM Urban Leadership Exhibit – Details
The Viaduct Gallery will feature artwork from students in Urban Leadership.


May 20 – June 2, 2016
PedalArt – Details
PedalArt Des Moines celebrates cyclists and artists alike. Each artist has created an original poster design, that will be signed and numbered, and can be purchased for $35 each.


May 6 – May 19, 2016
Guarded – Details
To the shock of her male classmates, artist Taylor Yocom and other female students pulled out their rape whistles and mace. The males were shocked, as they never had to think about carrying things like that for protection. This moment was an awakening for Taylor, who went on to photograph these women and their “tools” of self-defense.


April 15 – May 2, 2016
Visitor//Inhabitant – Details
Each year, thousands of Americans are affected by some form of sexual assault. We’ve partnered with the Des Moines Girl Gang to showcase an exhibit of work inspired by this cause.


April 1 – April 12, 2016
Grand View Student Show – Details


March 4 – March 27, 2016
The Big Dance – Details
The Big Dance is a juried exhibit, featuring multiple forms of artwork, from artists all over the world. To coincide with Des Moines being host to the 2nd round of the 2016 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, we put out a call to artists, and they answered.


February 5 – February 29, 2016
Endorphins – Details
A visually spectacular solo exhibition of mixed media installation. Objects were chosen for this installation through their association with endorphin releasing behaviors.


January 2 – January 30, 2016
Saulaman Schlegel’s Truth Decay {auxiliary} – Details
This was the 2nd installment of the Truth Decay cosmos. One appendage of a larger body of work, that has transformed into a collaborative, ever-evolving project. In this instance, the unrestrained, full-body of this dark universe, in all its spectral glory; photographs, video, sound, sculpture, and performance.


December 4 – December 31, 2015
Paintpushers Presents “Local Color” – 
A collective of 15 Des Moines artists. This exhibit featured over 100 pieces of artwork. All pieces were 1 x 1 ft square, and ranged in price from $100 – $400.


November 4 – December 2, 2015
Lost in the Maze of Immigration – Details
Featuring well known Iraqi-American artists, Amer al-Obaidi, Lost in the Maze of Immigration is an exhibit the is majorly influenced by Amer’s life as an immigrant in the United States.


October 8 – November 2, 2015
Above the Fold: Event Series – Details
An exhibit and series of events designed to highlight the relationship between visual art and other facets of life. Curated by Jami Milne.


September 18 – September 30, 2015
Exoplanetary Developments – Details


August 7 – August 30, 2015
In Depth – Details


July 10 July 30, 2015
Farmivale – Details


June 24 – June 28, 2015
Urban Visionaries – Details


June 19 – June 23, 2015
48-Hour Plein Aire Painting FestivalDetails
The first annual Plein Aire Painting Festival. Artists picked up their canvas on June 19, and had 48 hours to paint a scene of their choosing. Paintings were displayed and auctioned on June 22 and 23, 2015.


May 13 – May 30, 2015
PedalArt 2015Details
A poster show with the sole focus being on bicycles. All posters designs were submitted by artists and selected for exhibition and sale.


April 27 – May 12, 2015
Grand View Student Art CompetitionDetail


March 30 – April 26, 2015
Anne Frank: A History for Today – Details
In conjunction with Repertory Theater of Iowa’s production of The Diary of Anne Frank (April 10 – 26) at the Kum & Go Theater, RTI is bringing in an exhibit from the Anne Frank Center in New York City to the Viaduct Gallery.

Anne Frank: A History for Today is a traveling exhibit that visually depicts the life of Anne Frank and the history of the Holocaust. The exhibit will be open and free to the public from March 30 – April 26 in the Viaduct Gallery of the Des Moines Social Club.


March 8 – March 28, 2015


February 6 – March 1, 2015
Ditch Asparagus – Details


January 9 – February 1, 2015
Lost and Found – Details
Wanderings down trails and bicycle paths inspired the creation of this exhibit. Meant to evoke memories and an appreciation of nature, Lost and Found culminated from the collection of objects discovered on Iowa trails.


December 5 – January 4, 2014
Dust – Details
DUST at Viaduct Gallery was one of the first of it’s kind in that it had no set limit to number of artists exhibited in the gallery at one time. Artists were added on a regular basis and the exhibit grew over time with the addition of different works.


November 14 – November 30, 2014
Henri Gueguen – Details
French artist, Henri Gueguen, has celebrated 20 years with Drake University and the University of Nantes. His exhibit was inspired by his time spent as a young boy watching his grandmother get ready, hence the theme of “tall, slim lady.”


November 7, 2014
Instagrammies – Details
The Instagrammies was a contest held by the Des Moines Social Club challenging grammers to get more than just likes for their creative shots. The finalist photos were featured in the Viaduct Gallery and the ultimate winners were featured in the 2014 Social Club annual report.


October 3 – November 2, 2014
FarmHer – Details
FarmHer documents women in agriculture through photography. The exhibit celebrated the mostly undocumented role women have played in farming throughout the years.


September 5 – September 28, 2014
Drive – Details
The Des Moines Social Club partnered with the Des Moines Concours d’Elegance in presenting DRIVE. The exhibit was composed entirely of Iowa artists like: Deb Anders-Bond, Nicole Dyar and Cynthia Griggs.


August 17, August 24, and August 31, 2014
Portrait Studio by Rachel Buse, Cat Rocketship and Jon Pearson – Photos


August 15 – August 31, 2014
The Ones We Love, Curated by Lindley Warren – Photos


July 18 – August 10, 2014
Amy Uthus – Sentinel – Photos


June 27 – July 13, 2014
Urban Visionaries – Photos


June 2 – June 22, 2014
The Loneliest Planet by Van Holmgren – Photos


May 16 – June 1, 2014
PedalArt Des Moines – Photos
In collaboration with the Des Moines Bicycle Collective, the Des Moines Social Club hosted PedalArt 2014. A poster show with the sole focus being on bicycles. All posters designs were submitted by artists and selected for exhibition and sale.


April 18 – May 11, 2014
Grand View Art & Design Department’s Annual Student Competition – Photos


March 14 – April 13, 2014
Interface – Photos