ABOUT US - Olson Larsen Gallery - contemporary art gallery West Des Moines, Iowa
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In 1970, the legendary Jan Shotwell opened Jan's Gallery in Historic Valley Junction, thus establishing one of the first galleries in central Iowa to promote local and regional artists. Her pioneering dedication made it possible for a full-service professional gallery to thrive. In 1979, Ann Larsen and Marlene Olson purchased Jan's Gallery, and renamed it Olson-Larsen Galleries. We are indebted to Ann, who skillfully guided the gallery from 1979 to 1984. From 1984 to 2010, Marlene owned the gallery and continued to build on the reputation of representing the finest artists in the Midwest. Susan Watts purchased the gallery in 2010 after serving as manager under Marlene for seven years.

Susan Watts, Owner

Mark Goodrich, Frame Shop Manager

Alyss Vernon, Gallery Manager


Established in 1979, Olson-Larsen Galleries is a contemporary gallery representing 60 professional Midwestern artists.

These artists are distinguished by full-time commitment to their careers, national honors, and competitive placements in regional, national, and international exhibitions. Most have either shown their work in major museums or have work included in permanent collections throughout the country. Recipients of NEA grants, Fulbright fellowships, other prestigious awards, and subjects of feature articles in arts journals, Olson-Larsen artists are recognized as among the best in their various fields. The majority are residents of Iowa or have strong connections to the Midwest and visit on a regular basis.

Working in a wide range of both two- and three-dimensional media, Olson-Larsen artists offer paintings, photography, sculpture, various types of prints, and mixed media work. The gallery presents a diverse and extensive inventory of art to the discriminating collector and first-time buyer.

In addition to individuals and hundreds of smaller businesses, our clients have included major corporations, such as Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Farm Bureau Financial Services, Allied Group, and Sprint. We have worked with architectural and design firms in Iowa and neighboring states on both large and small projects. Olson-Larsen also assists facilities personnel, art committees, and officially designated individuals with the selection of public and private collections or major acquisitions.

Olson-Larsen is a full service gallery providing everything from initial assessment, proposals, and selection of art to conservation framing, delivery and installation, documentation, and appraisals on artwork sold. All services are rendered by an excellent in-house staff, educated and experienced in the arts.

Olson-Larsen offers the same attention and quality services to individuals as to businesses and assists homeowners with everything from on-site consultations to formal proposals to art out-on-approval to installation. We encourage interested individuals to ask for assistance and to explore our inventory.


The vision of Olson-Larsen Galleries is to be the leading art gallery in the Midwest by representing the highest caliber artists, providing unparalleled service to all clients and visitors, delivering the finest outcome on every project, ensuring an inspiring gallery experience, and serving the art and business communities through education, volunteering and support.


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