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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



For the Love of Food
Photographs by Sophie Saks
January 8 – February 18 
Grand View University Student Center
Prairie Meadows Photography Gallery
Reception: Friday, Janauary 20 • 4:00–6:00 p.m.
Sophie Saks is a natural light portrait and commercial food photographer based in Des Moines, Iowa. Applying the same attention to detail and the fine-art approach she uses for portraiture in her food photography, Saks’ images provide a “fresh” perspective on what we eat. Simple compositions, shallow depth-of-field and bold colors are defining elements in her work.
After studying photography at Grand View and having spent many years working in restaurants, Saks became fascinated with food, the cooking process and even the people behind-the-scenes that create each plate. She decided to combine her passions for photography and food, and has since been providing on-location food styling and photography for Des Moines-area restaurants and vendors, as well as print and digital marketing services.
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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Maniacal 4
Monday, January 23, 7:00 p.m.

Grand View University Student Center Speed Lyceum
2811 East 14th Street
Tickets $20 at the door; students $10 with ID
(Free to Grand View students, faculty and staff)
A little irreverent, a lot talented, Maniacal 4 is dedicated to creating musical performances that not only entertain and engage, but challenge the limits of traditional concert presentation. The lively, acclaimed trombone quartet not only rocks the standard repertoire, but also embraces a wide variety of music from around the world and across eras. M4’s clever, insightful arrangements of music ranging from pop/rock and jazz to classical masterpieces bring new life to familiar tunes, often with a tongue-in-cheek playfulness that belies the technical aplomb of the group’s four, highly-trained trombonists – Nick Laufer, Carl Lundgren, Alex Dubrov, and Matt Jefferson. The four musicians got together as freshmen at the University of North Texas. Since the group’s official launch in 2006 Maniacal 4 has performed at music festivals on three continents. Maniacal 4 is performing at Grand View as part of the University's Nielsen Concert Series.
Wind Ensemble Concert
Sunday, February 26, 7:00 p.m.
Speed Lyceum
Free for all
Choir Tour Concert
Sunday, April 2, 3:00 p.m.
Luther Memorial Church
Free for all
Wind Ensemble Concert
Sunday, April 9, 7:00 p.m.
Speed Lyceum
Free for all
Honors Recital
Friday, April 21, 7:00 p.m.
Speed Lyceum
Free for all

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

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Student Center Viking Theatre
2811 E. 14th Street

Dinner Theatre
Presented by Alpha Psi Omega, the honorary Theatre Society
An original variety show showcasing exciting and unique student talents.
Friday, February 3
Dinner service begins at 6:30 p.m.
Show begins at 7:00 p.m.
Childcare provided onsite!
No Coast
By Mike Draper
Written by Mike Draper, starring 'The Iowa Nice Guy' Steve Siepker, and directed by GV's Kristin Larson. 

February 10-19
Tickets: $15
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. 

Thursday, March 9, 7:30 p.m.
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