111th Des Moines Women’s Club Art Exhibition at Hoyt Sherman Place

111th Des Moines Women’s Club Art Exhibition at Hoyt Sherman Place

Artists: download an entry brochure here.  you may REGISTER Online or bring three copies of the entry form on the brochure to Hoyt Sherman Place when you deliver your art work.

Register for the 112th Des Moines Women’s Club 2020 Art Exhibition Here.

2020 Schedule:

Deliver art work Friday, March 6, 2020 from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM.

Judging will take place on Saturday, March 7, 2020 and winners will be notified. 

A RECEPTION and AWARDS: Sunday, March 8, 2020 from 1 PM to 4 PM. Open to the public.

Gallery Hours: Sunday, March 8, 1 to 4 through Sunday, March 15, 1 to 4

Monday - Saturday, 10 AM to 4 PM daily and on Sunday, the 25th the exhibition hours are 1PM to 4 PM. 

Gallery Night with refreshments will be held Friday, March 13, 2020 from 5 PM to 8 PM. 

Work may be picked up on Sunday March 15 from 3 PM to 5PM and Monday, March 16 from 8 AM to noon.  A valid ID is required to pick up work. DMWC is not responsible for work left after noon on March 16, 2020.

Funded with a gift from the Shirley and Kenneth Smith Estate

Download a list of the 2019 entrants Here

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Winners of the 111th Exhibition:

Professional Category

First Place - Stephen Steininger - Helen Schjergbeck 1890

Second Place - Josh Sorrell - Dissolve

Third Place - Emily Verdoorn - Dusk

Honorable Mention: Paula Kerman, RBG - Steve Janson, Badge - Alyssa Tauber, An Evening in Spring

People’s Choice Steve MCCoy - Prey; and Josh Sorrell - Dissolve (tied)

Non-Professional Category

First Place - R. Kyle O’Dea - 468 Colors of Fall

Second Place - Mike Coyne - Poured

Third Place - Nicole Nevels - For the One Who Doubts

Honorable Mention: Sus Sweitzer, Irish Sea - Sam Kraus, Behind the Dunes - Patty Dornacker, Autumn in the Mountains

People’s Choice - Laurie Rhiner - Kitty Wonderment

History of the Art Exhibition

The Des Moines Women’s Club was established in 1885 with its primary purposes to develop and maintain a free public art gallery in Des Moines.  In its early years, the Club raised funds to purchase an art collection and hosted temporary exhibits.  Its first exhibition was held in the Governor’s Office at the State House.


In 1907 the Club moved into Hoyt Sherman Place (HSP) and built the gallery room to house its growing collection. HSP was rented by the Club from the City of Des Moines for $1 a year.  The Club agreed to provide an art gallery open to the public in HSP.  They restored the house and built on the art gallery at a cost of $10,000. Twelve paintings from the original collection can be seen in the gallery today.


The early collecting by the Club was guided by two men who were directors of the Des Moines Academy of Arts:  C. E. Baldwin, and C. A. Cumming.  Both of these artists are represented in the collection.  Cumming was instrumental in helping the Club with several major painting purchases.


In 1909 the Club established an annual art exhibition of local artists.  From 1921 to 1931 the Club purchased the top painting to add to the collection.  These paintings may be viewed in the theater mezzanine.  The Club continues to hold the annual art exhibition each February.


In 1921 the Club built the auditorium and the Byers Room addition to the gallery to house the painting and Swiss carved furniture collection bequeathed to the Club by Major and Mrs. S.H.M. Byers.  This collection was acquired during the twenty years Byers was Consul in Italy and Switzerland. Thirteen paintings from the Byers Collection and the furniture can be seen in the galleries today.


In 1995 the Club formed a separate nonprofit Hoyt Sherman Place Foundation to manage and support the house, theater and all of the art and artifacts collection.  The Foundation recently completed conservation work on most of the painting collection and frames through the For the Love of Art campaign. The project also added museum quality signage to the galleries.