General Visitors

Concerts, Exhibits & Events

We’d love to see you on the Grand View campus during one of our Fine Arts Events. Check the schedule below and join us for one...or all!

Arts Exhibits
Musical Performances
Photography Exhibits
Theatre Performances


The Prairie Meadows Gallery at Elings-Wood Center for Art & Design
Rasmussen Center for Community Advancement Professions
2800 E. 14th Street

Former Punks Present: Accumulation Treaty
Artists: Joseph Heuermann, Ryan Garbes, Justin Thye, Brendan Wells, Levi Biel
October 7 – November 1

Brett Kallusky
November 9 – December 4
Artist Talk: December 4

Iowa Caucus Photo Exhibition
January 6 – February 14

Senior Student Group Show
February 22– April 1
Reception: February 26, 4 - 7 p.m

GV Student Workspace
April 7 – April 28

Gallery Hours
Monday – Thursday, 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, Noon – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, 2:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

For more information about art exhibits, call 515-263-2931.

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Fall Concert: Choir, Wind Ensemble and Kantorei
Sunday, October 25, 7:00 p.m.
Luther Memorial Church

Ensemble Aubade - Nielsen Concert
Monday, November 2, 7:30 p.m.
Speed Lyceum (in the Student Center)

Boston’s Ensemble Aubade (Peter H. Bloom, flute; Francis Grimes, viola; and Mary Jane Rupert, harp) will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the spectacular Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp by Claude Debussy, one of the most fascinating works of the 20th century. Also on the program: the lush and thrilling Sonatine en Trio by Maurice Ravel, and the evocative Sunrise (2009) by award-winning American composer Thea Musgrave. 


Saturday, November 7, all day
Cowles Music

St. John Noontime Recital
Wednesday, December 2, 12:00 p.m.
St. John Lutheran Church

2015 Julefest: O Beauteous, Heavenly Light!
Saturday, December 5, 7:30 p.m.
Faith Lutheran Church

Sunday, December 6, 4:00 p.m.
Luther Memorial Church

For more information about music performances, call 515-263-2991.

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Prairie Meadows Photography Gallery
Student Center, 2nd floor
2811 E. 14th Street, Des Moines


Click Click Click...The Storytelling Images of Bob Modersohn
Now thru October 17
Former Des Moines Register photographer Bob Modersohn combines his unique vision with still photographs and sequential images to tell short stories and produce vignettes of life in Iowa.  He is a master of translating the images he sees in his mind’s eye to a finished photograph full of humor and empathy.  Modersohn is currently a freelance photographer based in Decorah, Iowa.


Lost Schools: The Changing Face of Public Education in Iowa
October 17 to December 4
Photos from The Des Moines Register's series on the shrinking footprint of public education in Iowa by Charlie Litchfield and Rodney White.

First In the Nation: A Photographic History of the Iowa Caucuses
December 5 to February 6
Four decades of caucus images by Iowa photographers.


Exhibits funded with a generous gift from Elaine (Nelson ’54) and the late Lou ’54 Bredesky.

Gallery Hours
Daily: 6:30 a.m. – Midnight


For more information about photo exhibits, call 515-263-2931.

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Student Center Viking Theatre
2811 E. 14th Street

Dancing at Lughnasa by Brian Friel
October 15, 16, 17 at 7:30 p.m.
October 18 at 2:00 p.m.

Set in a small village in Ireland in 1936, and centering around five unmarried sisters trying to eke out a living in a rapidly changing world, this vibrant and beautiful play is told through the memories of the young illegitimate son, Michael, as he paints a picture of the colorful maiden aunts who raised him. We meet them at the intersection of the festival of Lughnasa (a pagan festival which celebrates the god of the harvest with wild dancing, drinking and revelry), the return of Michael’s uncle from a 25-year mission in a Ugandan leper colony, and a visit from his errant drifter/dancer father.


Dinner Theatre Variety Show
November 21 at 7:30 p.m.
Speed Lyceum, Student Center

This special evening will showcase the various talents of Grand View Theatre Arts students. Enjoy a delicious dinner and unique and varied entertainment. This is the major fundraiser for Alpha Psi Omega, the honorary theatre society. Childcare will be provided and tickets will be limited.


Make Believe by Kristin Anna Froberg
March 3, 4, 5 at 7:30 p.m.
March 6 at 2:00 p.m.

A captivating drama that explores the dynamics of a family who has a child that has been missing for five years.  Natasha, the remaining sister, lives partly in her mind and partly in her home, which she has not left since the disappearance of her sister. When the case is suddenly re-opened, Natasha is forced to decide: Reality or imagination? Make believe or truth?


Lost and Found by Craig Petersen and Kristin Larson
April 22 at 7:00 p.m.
April 23 at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
April 24 at 2:00 p.m.

This children’s play with audience participation is wonderful for the whole family!  Georgie is a little girl who spends most of the time playing in the alley behind her apartment. You might think she’s lonely out there, but she’s got the magic of her imagination and a French pastry chef friend to keep her busy.  Things get a little wild in the alley when a lost dog needs Georgie’s help to escape the clutches of the evil dog-catcher.

For more information about theatre events and to order tickets, call 515-263-2991.

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1200 Grandview Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50316