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, four-month paid sponsorships to visual, literary, performing, and mixed media artists

Session 1:  April 1 – July 30 (application materials not accepted after February 23)

Session 2:  August 1 – November 30 (application materials not accepted after June 27)

Current Artist

The current Art UP Close Artist is  Iowa photographer Larry Mendenhall. He is conducting informative presentations and hands-on workshops throughout the community from April-July.  His amazing photographs will be on exhibit in the Library’s art gallery, May 11-June 30. 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 up to four presentation and/or workshops held at the Library or other locations and to participate in an artist reception held after each presentation
  • willing to exhibit work, contingent on art form, in the Library’s Art Gallery
  • willing to engage with individuals of all ages
  • at least 18 years of age

Click here to read about additional requirements for this position.

Apply Today

Ready to share your talents?  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.