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The Gallery

The Gallery


The Gallery

The Gallery


The mission of the Heritage Gallery is to provide a multi-use exhibition space for artistic and historical exhibits; to provide a unique facility contributing to the cultural development of Des Moines and Polk County; and to complement existing educational and cultural institutions.



The Heritage Gallery represents a commitment by the people of Polk County to preserve a beautiful example of historic federal architecture, in the Beaux Arts classical style, giving it a new purpose. The building which houses the Heritage Gallery at 111 Court Avenue was built in 1908 and served as the main Post Office for the citizens of Des Moines.

In 1975, the building was placed on the National Register of Historical Places; and later that year, Polk County bought the building to use for the County's offices. The north lobby of the building was restored and turned into The Heritage Gallery, an exhibition space for the visual arts. The Gallery's Advisory board was formed in 1979 and the first show at the Gallery was held in 1980.



The Heritage Gallery is a 501c3 organization and is funded solely through entry fees received from gallery-sponsored competitions, exhibitions, private donations, and contributions made by individuals visiting the gallery.

Funding is provided in part by Bravo of Greater Des Moines and the Polk County Board of Supervisors. 


Board of Directors

The Polk County Heritage Gallery Board members are:

  • Lizzy Dixon 

  • Michelle Engler 

  • John Mark Feilmeyer

  • Lyn Gibson 

  • Tatiana Giacinti 

  • Rick Miller 

  • Kim Newman

  • Rachel Tone




Artist Proposals

Artist Proposals

Exhibit at The Gallery

Would You Like Your Art Featured at the Heritage Gallery?

Two different options:

  1. One person or more rents the space for a show. The cost is $150 per week for a minimum of six weeks. This includes a Gallery sponsored reception that can be mutually arranged. We ask that you submit a proposal for the show for consideration by the Board of Directors.
  2. Based upon city or state residency, you may enter three works of art for consideration in one of our annual juried shows (Greater Des Moines and Iowa Exhibited).  Our website will have information on these shows.

Please fill out the form below and we will get back to you shortly to discuss further details.

Thank you for your interest in the Polk County Heritage Gallery.

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