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. During the pandemic, we have been showcasing the talents of our artists right here on our website. Now that  the library is OPEN again, we hope you'll 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. 

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
The contest is open to all residents of Clive and all surrounding communities! 

Artwork from the program will be on display from June1 - July 31

Presenting the artwork of Hannah Claire

"Women Who Have Influenced or Changed History"

Hannah Claire - Artist Statement

I currently have a growing list of 24 women from around the world who have achieved things, lived in a way that has influenced the world around them, or changed history in some significant way. I will paint a realistic portrait of each woman from the neck up. I have used realism and blended it into my abstract splash style with bright vibrant colors to give each portrait an eye-catching, powerful presence. I start by sketching the basic outline of the woman’s facial features, then I start to blend the skin color while bringing in the shading to tie the features together. After that I add the little details to the eyes, lips, nose, and hair. Lastly, I pick some vibrant colors that I feel compliment the woman I’m painting and add the splash work while blending it into the realism. The only materials I use are cold press paper or canvas, a pencil, brush pens, watercolor cakes, and fine tipped markers. I want to use each painting to remind all of the little girls and women who see them of who these women were, what they accomplished, and how much power each one of us truly holds when we have the determination, ambition, and compassion.

All pieces are available for purchase. 
To order, please contact Hannah Claire at

Winona LaDuke   Bessie Coleman

Frida Kahlo   Harriet Tubman

Helen Keller   Mother Teresa

Malala Yousafzai   Marie Curie

Mae Jemison   Sarah Winnemucca

Sarojini Naidu   Shirley Chisholm

Susan Ahn Cuddy   Wangari Maathai

Amelia Earhart   
Hannah is a Des Moines artist. "I was born and raised in Iowa, spent my teenage years on the west coast and moved back to Iowa at the age of 20. I spent most of my childhood summers traveling around the states with my dad and sisters. I was pretty lucky and got to see lots beautiful landscapes as well as meeting different people who were kind enough to show me parts of their culture. Some day I would love to travel over seas to experience even more beautiful lands and inspire a new chapter of art."
To find out more information and see more of Hannah's work, please visit her website at


Our previous artists

Tom Murphy
Cambel Park Falls Acrylic. Instagram

Justin Young
Watercolor picture of Downtown Des Moines Farmer's Market

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! 
The Gymnast pencil drawingMoon and Stars painted rockThe Summer of Covid -19 marker drawingMy Colorful Friend, Mr. Waggs

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.
Artist Application



Address Line 2:

City or Town:

State or Province:

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Web site. If no web site, please email several photos of your work:

General description of your work:

Medium/materials used:

Approximate dimensions of work:

Earliest date available:

   I have read and understand the Clive Public Library Art Gallery Exhibit and Display Policy, and I am interested in displaying my original works of art at the library. 



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