Roots & Wings: June 3 - Oct. 1

Each year, community artists of all ages and skill levels create about 80 2′ x 2′ paintings following a theme that connects to the prairie. All the artwork is then mounted in the 9-acre restored Iowa prairie at the Wallace Farm. Walk along the grassy prairie paths, around the farm pond and next to the orchard during this self-guided tour from June 3 to October 1. Admission is free and the exhibit is open dawn to dusk. (Buildings and restrooms are open M-F 9 to 3.)

Thanks to the Knock Family Charitable Fund for support of this exhibit.

Different Ways to Participate

All boards for the 2022 Prairie Art Exhibit have been claimed, but there are still ways to get involved!

  • Email Caroline to see if any boards given out for the 2022 exhibit have been returned unpainted. If we have any that are returned we will contact you! The 2022 theme is “Roots & Wings”. Think about birds, butterflies, bees, prairie plants and your own cultural roots and heritage. Starting April 1, we provide a primed board to anyone in the community (while supplies last) with pick up at either of our two locations: the Wallace House in Des Moines or the Wallace Farm near Orient. You create your work and return it to either location by May 18 (extended from May 13). Each board costs $10 and you can claim your artwork after the exhibit is over in October.
  • Can you help install or take down the exhibit? A crew is needed to mount the display in late May. Email Caroline if you can help out!

Prairie Art Artist Interview

In this YouTube video, artist Eleanor Gaul introduces us to Miss Daisy, her bison painting.

Video Captures Iowa Pollinators at Work

Our 2020 theme, “Pollinators,” focused attention towards prairie pollinators. Our community artists went crazy with more than 80 paintings of bees, butterflies, wasps, bats, hummingbirds and more. In this YouTube video, retired state park ranger Alan Carr takes us on a walk through the 9-acre prairie at the Henry A. Wallace Country Life Center. Watch as some of Iowa’s most common pollinators do their critical and fascinating work.

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Supported in part by the Knock Family Charitable Fund.

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