About the Octagon

About the Octagon

The Octagon Center for the Arts

 427 Douglas Avenue
 Ames, IA 50010

Phone: 515-232-5331

 Octagon Hours

 Gallery Shop and Community Gallery (Street Level, First Floor)*

 Monday - Friday 10:00 am - 5:30 pm

 Thursday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm

 Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

 Sunday Closed 

The Gallery Shop has extended hours during the holiday season. Check the Octagon Gallery Shop Facebook Page for up-to-date hours, closings, specials and more.


 Administrative Offices (Second Floor)

 Monday - Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm


Main and Sweeney Galleries / Collection Display (Third Floor)*

 Monday - Friday  10:00 am - 5:00 pm

 Saturday  1:00 - 5:00 pm

 Sunday Closed

*Galleries are closed during show changes.


Our Mission


The Octagon Center for the Arts provides opportunities for community members to experience art through events, classes, and exhibits, and for artists to teach and present their work to the public.


The Octagon Center for the Arts aspires to be a high quality community art center in central Iowa.

  • It anchors the arts district of Ames and adds substantially to the appeal of visiting or living in Ames and the region.
  • It fosters new initiatives by providing a locale and structure where arts- based activities can flourish.
  • It serves as a center for art experiences to engage people of all ages through classes, workshops, performances, and exhibits.
  • It encourages beginning, intermediate and advanced students of the arts to develop their skills through classes and workshops.
  • It provides local/regional artists with opportunities to teach their areas of expertise, to enter their work into shows, and to sell through the Octagon Gallery shop.


Get Involved

There are many ways to get involved at the Octagon Center for the Arts! Come visit us and enjoy the current exhibits on display, become a member, support local artists by purchasing art in the Gallery Shop, take a class or workshop, volunteer -- there's always events upcoming and work to be done around the building, participate in an exhibit, teach a class, use our space for an event or meeting, donate supplies and equipment, or make a financial contribution

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