Art Studio


  • Dahlquist Art Studio
    316 SW 5th Street
    Des Moines, IA 50309

Art Education

RDG Art Education offers various art classes at our newly renovated studio. Go to to view our class listings.


RDG Dahlquist Art Studio

Creative, inspiring and ever-changing … that’s RDG Dahlquist Art Studio. We have fun and promote a place where people want to be. From the studio dogs who occasionally come to help out — to the “Have fun! Get dirty!” motto of our educational classes — it’s a relaxed atmosphere that encourages collaboration and exploration. We’ve had school children of every age come in for tours. We’ve hosted events to bring in artists from around the country. And we’ve proudly exhibited the work of the artists in the building in our internal gallery. Through art, we strive to bring meaning to people’s lives in everything we do.

Artistic Incubator

The studio is located in the Art316 building, a converted warehouse in the Court Avenue Historic District of downtown Des Moines that’s perfectly suited for an artists’ cooperative. Art316 was founded in 1993 to serve as an incubator for the artistic community, renting studio spaces only to professional artists who make a living based on the sale of their work. RDG Dahlquist Art Studio has grown from that philosophy as a creative business, and we share our space with artists in a variety of mediums, including paint, clay, metal, jewelry, wood, paper, photography and comic book illustration.

Creative Culture

Our studio has long been a place for students and staff to get to their best ways of creative problem-solving by taking chances, doing research and exploring concepts in 2D and 3D. Every artist in the entire building has collaborated with another on a project, be it metal, landscape architecture or wood. We even take retreats together for creative brainstorming, which often results in more efficient ways of solving problems or producing items.

Educational Program

Since 1994, the studio has offered a variety of classes to the community at large. Our educational program includes relationships with the Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines Public Schools Adult Community Education, Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC), Drake University, Grandview College, and many other organizations. As a satellite facility, we serve students who are taking classes both for credit and for the experience. Our new Studio Artist positions provide open access to students as well as emerging and professional artists. We also offer continuing education classes to teachers, as well as visiting artist workshops that have attracted students from universities across Iowa. In addition, members of our studio staff have held workshops and demonstrations in public schools and corporate settings. Visit our art education website at

Community Involvement

Beyond our educational outreach, we give back to the community. For example, we partnered with the Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC) Emergency Food Pantry for its Annual Soup Supper, providing opportunities for people to make pottery to donate to the supper, as well as providing pottery for the pottery sale. The event was so well received, it far exceeded fundraising objectives for the year.