Clive Art Gallery
The Clive Public Library is proud to present our Art Gallery! Come celebrate the artists in Clive and the Des Moines metro area. We will feature artwork from a variety of local metro and student artists. Due to the pandemic, we are showcasing the talents of our artists right here on our website. When the library is open again, we hope you'll enjoy a complimentary cup of coffee, find a new read, and revel in the wonderful artwork in person. If you are a metro artist, and would like to have your work considered for display in our web or library gallery, please fill out the artist application below.
Presenting the artwork of Tom Murphy
Along the Buffalo Road (or Chemin de Voyageurs)
Tom Murphy has taught art or been involved in community art programs for the past 40 years.
I have always been interested in drawing, painting. I have taught at many levels with different age groups, in several settings: schools, college, museums, and community centers. I have been so lucky to be able to explore my passion for creating artwork my entire life as a career. My wife has always fortified me to explore education, working in nature during summers, following my desire to explore North Iowa’s treasures in places of inspiration. We have made many trips together as a family or I’ve gone with friends who are teachers or DNR people, and we all gathered at the Bait Shop in Clear Lake.
This has added to my knowledge in many ways from fisheries to geographical formation, and historical information.
All pieces are available for purchase. See list at bottom of page for specific prices and dimensions.
To order, please contact Tom Murphy at email@example.com.
Coming to the Clive Art Gallery in 2021
Clive Community Art Contest
"Distinct by Nature"
Ages 6 through adult - May 1-31, 2021
The Clive Public Library is hosting our annual community art contest. This year, we’ve added an adult category to the mix! The theme for 2021's contest is “Distinct by Nature”. Submit one piece of your original artwork to the Clive Public Library during the month of May. We will have a panel of judges determine the winner of each age category, ages 6-10, 11-14, 15-18, and 19 & up. There will be a prize awarded for each category. You may submit two dimensional or three dimensional items. The 2-d items may be no larger than 18”x24”, and the 3-d items may weigh no more than 20 pounds. Paintings, drawings, photographs, etchings, sculptures and more - your imagination about nature is the only limit! The judging will take place in early June, and all items will be displayed in the library or on the website. Please include your name, the title of your piece, your age, the medium, and your contact information with your submission. For more information, please contact Patty at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our previous artists
Kids for Art in the Clive Public Library
We had twenty-two wonderful submissions to our first Kids for Art in the Clive Public Library community art contest. Thank you to the kids who shared their fabulous talents with us!
Are you interested in showcasing your work in our gallery? We are currently accepting artist applications. We currently have room for approximately 14-21 small to medium sized two dimensional pieces. Most shows last six to eight weeks. If you would be interested in displaying your artwork, please fill out the artist application form, and we will contact you to schedule a show. Please see below for information about our policies, contract and the inventory of work form or for more general information, please send an email to the library or call us at 515-453-2221.