Paint a Prairie Art Board!
- The 2023 theme is “Prairie Footprints”. Think about who or what has touched this land.
- Starting March 15, we provide a primed board to anyone in the community (while supplies last) with pick up at the Wallace House in Des Moines or the Wallace Farm near Orient. You create your work and return it to either location by Friday, May 12. Each board costs $10 and you can claim your artwork after the exhibit is over in October.
- This one-page handout provides all the guidelines you need to know before creating your masterpiece: 2023 painting details
- Under Upcoming Events, click on “Reserve Your Board(s)” to place your order, choose your pick up location and pay online.
Prairie Footprints: June 1 - Oct. 1, 2023
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 1 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.
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.
Reserve Your Prairie Art Board(s)March 15 @ 8:00 am - May 5 @ 5:00 pm
Paintings for 2023 Prairie Art Exhibit DueMay 12 @ 5:00 pm
Prairie Art ExhibitJune 1 - October 1
Supported in part by the Knock Family Charitable Fund.