Ankeny Art Center | K-12 Shows

Annual K-12

Community Art Shows


The Ankeny Art Center’s annual K-12 art exhibits have been part of an extended outreach programming for more than two decades. K-12 exhibits are part of our extended outreach programming, intended to introduce and familiarize students with the gallery setting. Familiarizing students with the gallery will bring about individual self worth of students within the community, increased community involvement; promote culture and diversity, along with the insight about becoming an exhibiting artist.


The Ankeny Art Center began hosting the K-12 Art Exhibit at the Ankeny Chamber of Commerce in the early 1980’s for the Ankeny School district. We held the Ankeny K-12 show at Kirkendall library for many years until we moved in to our current building across from John Deer in 2001. This move gave us a larger exhibit space, so we opened our doors and asked surrounding area school districts to contribute student art work. We enjoy serving not only our community by our neighbors as well.

Rachel K.

Ankeny Community Schools
4th Grade

Kalena M.

North Polk Community Schools
10th Grade

Keely B.

Bondurant-Farrar Community Schools
11th Grade

Josie S.

Saydel Community Schools
9th Grade

See our Exhibitions Page for detailed info about this year's K-12 receptions and exhibit dates!

Art in a Child's Development

Most of us instinctually know that art is important for our children; we simply believe it's important because we've seen our children deeply involved in art. But beyond what we feel and believe, there is much factual information about why art is important in our children's development that is both interesting and helpful to know.

Some may regard art education as a luxury, but creative activities are some of the most essential building blocks of child development. Learning to create and appreciate visual aesthetics may be more important than ever to the development of the next generation of children as they grow up.