North Gallery

The North Gallery at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden furthers our mission of exploring, explaining and celebrating the world of plants by featuring the horticulturally inspired work of Iowa artists. Visit the North Gallery year-round for unique perspectives on the beauty and wonder of the natural world.

Current Exhibition

“IN OUR NATURE” by Amee Ellis

“Landscape is a way of contemplating the relationship between what has come before us and the fraction of time that is the present moment. I can see the movement of glaciers, just as I see a flower left ragged near the end of its season by a pollinating beetle. This landscape is infused with memories and collective history, but my camera wanderings bring me back to the present, revealing what is illuminated during a fleeting moment in time. ” –Amee Ellis

Call for 2020 North Gallery Artist Exhibitions

We are seeking botanically inspired two-dimensional artwork for exhibitions in the North Gallery for calendar year 2020. Artists must be local to Iowa. For consideration, please send a Dropbox, WeTransfer or other cloud-based sharing link to

In this file-sharing location, please include eight representative JPEG images, framed piece retail pricing, an artist statement, a resume and an image list. Finally, in the body of the submission email, please list any 2020 dates that your work would not be available to exhibit at the Botanical Garden.

Additional details

  • Each exhibit is on display for a period of eight to 12 weeks.
  • Exhibit space can support 15-17 framed pieces, depending on size.
  • 75 percent commission paid on works sold.
  • An opening reception with the artist at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden.

Submission timeline

  • Submissions accepted July 1–Sept. 1, 2019
  • Notification to artist will be Oct. 1, 2019