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Academics & the Arts

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!

Art & Photography Exhibits
Musical Performances
Theatre Performances



Chasing Light: Sojourns Across America
Photographs by David Peterson
October 16 – December 16
Prairie Meadows Photography Gallery
Student Center, 2811 East 14th Street, Des Moines
October 17 – November 18
Prairie Meadows Gallery at Elings-Wood Center for Art & Design
Rasmussen Center, 2800 East 14th Street, Des Moines
Senior Student Group Show
November 28 – December 16
Prairie Meadows Gallery at Elings-Wood Center for Art & Design
Rasmussen Center, 2800 East 14th Street, Des Moines
Artist Talk: December 2, 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Prairie Meadows Gallery at Elings-Wood Center for Art & Design 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.

Prairie Meadows Photography Gallery Hours
Daily, 6:00 a.m. – Midnight

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

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

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Nielsen Concert Series: Merling Trio
Friday, October 21 • 7:00 p.m.
Student Center Speed Lyceum
2811 East 14th Street, Des Moines
Tickets: $20 at the door; students $10 with ID (free to Grand View students, faculty, and staff)

The Merling Trio is recognized as one of today’s premier ensembles. A truly international trio, it brings together musicians from Polish, Japanese, and Dutch backgrounds. The Merling Trio has been hailed as a brilliantly distinguished group endowed with remarkable gifts of communication, magnificent precision, and an impeccable blend of sound.

The trio made its New York debut in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in 1993, and was named a finalist for the Naumburg Foundation Chamber Music Award in 1994.

Fall Concert
Sunday, October 23 • 7:00 p.m.
Luther Memorial Church
1201 Grandview Avenue, Des Moines
Julefest 2016
Saturday, December 3 • 7:30 p.m.
St. John's Lutheran Church
600 6th Avenue, Des Moines
Sunday, December 4 • 4:00 p.m.
Luther Memorial Church
1201 Grandview Avenue, Des Moines

Free admission with ticket. Tickets will be available after November 1 by calling 515-263-6035

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

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Student Center Viking Theatre
2811 E. 14th Street

Alexander, Who’s Not Not Not Not Not Not Going To Move
By Judith Viorst and Shelly Markam
This delightful musical based on the book is a treat for the whole family to enjoy! Run time is one hour and children ages 12 and under attend for FREE!
Friday, November 4, 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 5, 2:00 p.m. and 7:00  p.m.  
Sunday, November 6, 2 p.m.
Dinner Theatre
Presented by Alpha Psi Omega, the honorary Theatre Society
An original variety show showcasing exciting and unique student talents.
Friday, November 18
Dinner service begins at 6:30 p.m.
Show begins at 7:00 p.m.
Childcare provided on site!
Clyborne Park
By Bruce Norris
Winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize and the 2012 Tony Award, 
Clyborne Park explodes in two outrageous acts set 50 years apart. Act One takes place in 1959, as nervous community leaders anxiously try to stop the sale of a home to a black family. Act Two is set in the same house in the present day, as the now predominantly African-American neighborhood battles to hold its ground in the face of gentrification. 

Friday, March 10, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 11, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday March 12, 2:00 p.m.

Play Buffet, an evening of 10-minute student-directed plays

Enjoy a variety of theatrical pieces during these entertaining evenings of very short plays. There’s something for everyone in this buffet of plays!

Thursday, April 20, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, April 21, 7:30 p.m.
The box office opens one hour before the show. For more information about theatre events and to order tickets, call 515-263-2892.

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1200 Grandview Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50316