The aim of the Alex Brown Residency at Mainframe Studios is to provide emerging and established artists of exceptional merit with an experience like the working conditions artist Alex Brown (1966–2019) found in Des Moines, Iowa. With an exceptional studio space and a relaxed, comfortable living environment, the residency is intended to give artists the opportunity to make the work they want to make in a unique location, free from the daily influence of being immersed in a major metropolitan scene but without the isolation of a rural residency.

Artists can focus entirely on their work for an extended period of time in a city consistently ranked in recent years as one of the best places to live in the US — the city David Byrne called “beyond cool.” A residency at The Alex Brown Foundation is ideal for those looking to work in a spacious private studio with little distraction.

The Artist-In-Residence program provides a 1,400-square-foot studio space at Mainframe Studios, a renovated 1970s telecommunications building in downtown Des Moines. It includes a monthly stipend of $1,000, airfare or reimbursement for other travel to and from Des Moines, and a fully furnished one-bedroom apartment situated in a quiet, centrally located neighborhood, just a three-minute drive and a 14-minute walk from the studio.

Application Instructions
The Alex Brown Foundation is currently accepting applications for its 2024 artist residency program. Applications will be accepted from artists working in any medium. No application fee will be charged. We will be accepting applications until March 15, 2023, for residencies beginning January 1, 2024.

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