The City of Urbandale reduced the Library’s FY2019/2020 operating budget. The Library’s Board of Trustees and management will be discussing options for meeting this funding reduction on Monday, February 25 at 5:30 p.m. in the Library’s ICN room. Public input is welcome.

Urbandale Public Library/Art UP Close Program

The Urbandale Public Library Art UP Close program celebrates the work of local artists and encourages the community to experience the arts through engaging opportunities. The program sponsors local artists conducting informative presentations and hands-on workshops throughout our community.  The goal is to develop and sustain the public’s awareness and interest in the arts, cultivating a true appreciation for all forms of human expression. Art UP Close makes our community a dynamic place to live, work, and visit!

Established with support from Bravo Greater Des Moines,  Art UP Close offers two, three-month paid sponsorships to visual, literary, performing, and mixed media artists

Current Artist

The current Art UP Close Artist is Des Moines artist James A. Osborn, whose residency with the Library will go from August through November.  His works will  be on exhibit in the Library’s art gallery October 1 – November 1.   Click here to read his biography and artist statement.   View his portfolio here.

Artist Requirements

Artists eager to use their talents to nurture and grow the community’s artistic spirit are invited to apply.  You must be:

  • able to develop and facilitate a minimum of four presentations and/or workshops held at the Library or other locations
  • willing to exhibit work, contingent on art form, in the Library’s Art Gallery and to participate in an artist reception
  • willing to engage with individuals of all ages
  • available at times specified by the Library
  • within commuting distance of Urbandale
  • at least 18 years of age

Click here for additional information about this position.

Apply today!

Ready to share your talents?  Applications for the 2019 Art Up Close program are due December 1, 2018. 

2019 Sponsorship Dates

  • March 1 – May 31, 2019
  • September 1 – November 30, 2019

Please submit a letter highlighting your skills, experience, and interest in the program; potential ideas for program and workshop content; and examples of your work to: Julie Wells, Director, Urbandale Public Library, 3520 86th Street Urbandale, IA 50322 or [email protected]

Click here to download a program flyer with more details.