The mission of OL Guild is to showcase innovative artwork and concepts that engage audiences in an intimate and accessible environment.


The OL Guild is located at 201 4th Street right around the corner and down the street from our main gallery space. Aside from a standard of quality, OL Guild installations differ from what you would see at Olson-Larsen Galleries. In offering artists a non-traditional space to create an experiential installation, OL Guild allows work to exist in a space that’s not about selling or presenting in the customary gallery sense. We look forward to seeing how each artist transforms the space in order to communicate their vision.







Artist Submissions

If you are interested in creating an installation in the OL Guild, first please review the exhibition space details page by clicking the button below. Once you have reviewed the information, use the contact form link below to express your interest and tell us about your ideas for the space!


Exhume, Anna Segner

12.09.21 - 02.25.22

The strangely joyful, but violent, act of clawing for possession of a plush prize reveals a human addiction to winning and consuming. Claw machines in malls, supermarkets, and bowling alleys captivate children with plush animal-based toys. Throughout history, toys reflected the values of societies and shaped children’s worldviews. Today, the popularity of animal-based toys swell, suggesting a society-wide admiration of animals misplaced in consumerism, and the toy industry responds to meet the demand. However, the toy industry contributes to the degradation of the environment, disruption of ecosystems, and shrinking biodiversity through extraction. In addition to the destruction, the industry does little to educate children about animal context and agency. Within children’s bountiful piles of colorful plastic and polyester is nostalgia for a wilderness now scarce. This installation draws parallels between the coin-operated claw machine and an excavator, unearthing what has been lost.



40,000 Folds, For Fear Of Dying, Dustin & Jeni Dooley

Momento, Amenda Tate

The Pain Away Clinic, Anna Cowley Ford



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203 5th St
West Des Moines, Iowa 50265
United States
203 5th St
West Des Moines, Iowa 50265
United States
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