Category: Event

Charcoal Animation Screening and Reception

Thursday, November 18, 6:30 p.m.

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Head over to the Anderson Gallery for a screening of the Concepts in Drawing class’s charcoal animations followed by a casual reception to learn about Friends of Drake Arts. The screening will last approximately 25 minutes and masks are required in the gallery. Refreshments will follow in the lobby.  All Art and Design Students invited!

Generously sponsored by Friends of Drake Arts.

Loom • Room • Harp

is an installation that weaves together inside and outside, near and far, visible and invisible, artifacts of the past and actions in the present, through the space of the Anderson Gallery. This site-specific installation and series of performances taking place periodically from September 2 through October 15, 2021, is a collaboration between Fırat Erdim, Paula Matthusen, and Olivia Valentine.
The performances are accessible both in-person and online, via the website and Sunship, the website of the Arts Letters & Numbers 2021 Venice Architecture Biennale Italian Virtual Pavilion at The performance schedule is available on these websites.

Throughout the course of the exhibition, the gallery contains dynamic visual and audio artifacts of the periodic performances. Together, these artifacts, performances, and other components of the installation seek to permeate interior with exterior, here with there, now with then.

Opening Reception: Thursday, September 2 from 5-7pm

Women’s Rights Are Human Rights: International Posters on Gender-based Inequality, Violence and Discrimination

This exhibition features posters created by both men and women to celebrate and acknowledge the vital role that all citizens play in protecting and promoting human rights while challenging gender inequality and stereotypes, advancing reproductive and sexual rights, protecting women and girls against brutality, and promoting women’s empowerment, education and participation in society. It is organized and curated by Elizabeth Resnick, Professor Emerita, Graphic Design, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston USA. Check our calendar of events for related programming from our co-sponsors in Drake’s Women’s and Gender Studies program. The exhibition is on display September 5 – October 18, 2019.  Join us for a reception on Thursday, September 5 from 5:00 – 7:00 PM.  That event is free and open to all.

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FCB Kobza, More Education for Girls in Islamic Countries, detail, 2013 for UNICEF


Registration for the 48th Annual Juried Student Exhibition

Registration begins February 1, apply online here.

All Drake students can enter up to (4) artworks.  Here’s the details: Student Prospectus 48th ajse.

Juror: Jared Ledesma, Assistant Curator Des Moines Art Center

Schedule of events:

Registration: Feb. 1 – Feb. 14

Student work drop-off: Feb. 15, 19-20

Notification of work accepted: Feb. 25

Pick-up work not accepted: Feb. 26, 27

Opening reception: Sunday, March 10, 1-3pm (Awards 2pm)


Lecture Series presents…

lecture-seriesIn recognition the Anderson Gallery at Drake University’s 20th year of renowned exhibition programming, the Anderson Gallery Lecture series is proud to present a celebration of past exhibitions and their continued relevance to contemporary art and society.  Notable Drake University Art and Design faculty will offer a series of short lectures highlighting past exhibitions that exemplify the sort of high-concept, cutting edge, and culturally relevant programming that the Anderson Gallery is known for.  The Anderson Gallery is not simply a place to see exhibits, but aims to serve as a cultural force in Des Moines and beyond – it is a site for critical discourse, professional and social engagement, learning, and aesthetic experience.  The first lecture in our series will take place on Thursday, Nov. 3 at 12pm.

 On Thursday, Nov. 3 at 12pm, artist and Associate Prof. of Art and Design Ben Gardner will present a discussion of Everyday Abstraction, a 2015 exhibition that explores contemporary abstract painting.  Featuring work by Megan Kathol Bersett, Maggie Crowley, Andrea Ferrigno, Brian Porray, and Jered Sprecher, Everyday Abstraction celebrates the power of abstraction to explore chaos, existentialism, nature, and the world beyond words. 

 Our discussion of Everyday Abstraction will be a brown-bag lecture and Q&A.  Attendees are invited to bring their lunch and enjoy it during the presentation.  Cookies and coffee will be provided.  Catalogs of the exhibit will be available. The event is free and open to the public, registration not necessary. Please call or email the gallery with any questions.


Installation shot, Everyday Abstraction, Anderson Gallery 2015