Artist in Residence - Ben Brown

Artist in Residence – Ben Brown

Ben Brown uses steel and wood to make art and furniture. For the vast majority his pieces use reclaimed and salvaged materials are used.  The deep-grained patinas of weathered steel mixed with an industrial shape makes for a rough and naturalized geometry—a sort of aesthetic of primitive science. Much of Brown’s inspiration has come from natural phenomena and his […]

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Artist in Residence – Tibi Chelcea

Tibi Chelcea has been recognized for his outstanding work which demonstrates his ability to take elements and processes of traditional printmaking and combine them with operations of digital technologies. His work shows an astonishing correlation between old and new technologies, and issues of consumption, serial design, automated vs labor-intensive processes, are brought to the fore. […]

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Artist in Residence – Michael Van Dyke

A graduate of Iowa State University in 2005, Michael Van Dyke is a visual artist located in Des Moines, Iowa. An artist with an investigative and curious approach, Michael utilizes a wide range of mediums, including painting, furniture, sculpture, and photography as well as digital mediums of video and graphic design. While studio art is […]

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Artist in Residence – Celeste Moreno

Celeste Moreno received a dual degree in science in art through the Biological and Pre-Medical Illustration program at Iowa State University.   Moreno believes that science and art are not opposites but are symbiotic pathways to understanding our world. Her work focuses on communicating scientific concepts through artistic and experimental methods such as digital painting, […]

Artist in Residence - Amenda Tate Corso

Artist in Residence – Amenda Tate Corso

Meet Amenda Tate Corso, one of our five artists in residence. Corso is an Artist and Metalsmith with a BFA in Jewelry/Metals from Metropolitan State University of Denver. She recently completed an Artist Residency with Ballet Des Moines. Corso’s studies led her to the realization that she wants to put her focus into “how things work.” […]

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Side Hustle Saturday Recap

Most Side Hustle Saturdays are pretty laid back, chatty affairs for people with side hustles or trying to figure out if they can make it work. This past weekend, we switched it up and had Tom Swartwood from Drake Innovation come and talk to us about taking our hobbies to businesses. He crammed an unbelievable […]

Prairie.Code() Conference Raffle!

Prairie.Code() is a fantastic developers’ conference in downtown Des Moines on September 28-29th. They’ve partnered with us to give away a conference pass worth $350. There are two ways you can enter to win: Get one free entry every time you attend an event at Area515 – see our calendar for dates! Use the donation […]

Open Houses and Monthly Meetups

Hope everyone had a happy Independence Day! We’re back up and running for Open House at 7pm on Tuesdays! Come check us out for a tour, bring your project to show off or ask questions, or just chat with members! We’d also like to invite you to our monthly meetups! For this month: July 13th, […]