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Octagon Center for the Arts

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Great Art Center

This art center is great! A variety of art in a quaint, but modernized building. Very much worth... read more

Reviewed 7 June 2018
Tina W
Ames, Iowa
Excellent Changing Art Exhibits, Classes, and Museum Store

The Octagon schedules wonderful changing art exhibits. Some draw from artists across the nation... read more

Reviewed 7 September 2017
Ames, Iowa
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The Octagon Center for the Arts is a non-profit community art organization. The Octagon has been a cornerstone of the cultural scene in Ames since 1966. The Octagon serves more than 30,000 people annually through education classes and outreach...more
Suggested duration: < 1 hour
427 Douglas Ave, Ames, IA 50010-6213
+1 515-232-5331
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Reviewed 7 June 2018

This art center is great! A variety of art in a quaint, but modernized building. Very much worth the trip when you're in Ames visiting ISU. Bought unique gifts in the gift shop where the clerk was so helpful.

Thank Tina W
Reviewed 7 September 2017

The Octagon schedules wonderful changing art exhibits. Some draw from artists across the nation and are competitive juried exhibits. Others feature local high school artists, and artists in the Ames Community and Iowa State University. The Octagon also offers a number of classes for young...More

1  Thank DMGAmes_Iowa
Reviewed 4 September 2017 via mobile

This has not been completely abandoned. It's just taking a short rest. We came on a day that was a holiday and they weren't open, however, we've been here before. A wealth of treasures. Easily broken, don't bring small, or unbehaving children or adults! And...More

Thank init4keeps
Reviewed 4 August 2017

The Octagon Center for the Arts has been a well established icon for the arts in Story County for many years. They offer many local artists a place to display their work for show and for sale. They are in a period of transition, looking...More

Thank Paul S
Reviewed 20 February 2017

I had heard that the Octagon was a great place to buy high quality original art work. The Saturday that I went there was a special exhibit on the third floor of 64 artists from 16 different states. There were items in clay, fiber, paper,...More

Thank david_hance_iowa
Reviewed 20 February 2017

We were in town for muy daughter's gallery show. She is a recent college graduate and the opportunity for her to show her fiber art collection at the Center was amazing. The staff was extremely nice and it was positive for her and us and...More

Thank stchamps7880
Reviewed 8 September 2016

I enjoyed happening upon this gallery. The person working there was extremely friendly and helpful with suggesting other Ames, Iowa places to go. The art was varied in both style/genre and price. I found a great gift for a friend.

Thank metamckinney
Reviewed 13 August 2016

The Octagon is a coop gallery where local artist offer their works for sale. Has some interesting pieces, they offer classes taught local artists. They have local art festival and have special show a various artist work

Thank thillson
Reviewed 5 August 2016

Beautiful gallery show of photographs, and reasonable prices! A nice variety of crafts at a nice range of pricing.

Thank D Dennis A
Reviewed 28 June 2016

I visited there this month and was impressed as I always am with the wide selections of the traveling displays they receive. It's nice they have automatic lighting system to save on $$ when no one is in the main viewing area. The creaky floor...More

Thank Betty G
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