Matt Niebuhr (American, b. 1969) is a fulltime artist living and working in Des Moines, Iowa. Trained as an architect, I established a studio practice pursuing personal work in the summer of 2012 named "West Branch Studio". In the Spring of 2013, I became a contributing artist and designer engaged in making public art with RDG Dahlquist Art Studio in Des Moines, Iowa. The works represented here are personal works associated with West Branch Studio.

For me, drawing is thinking.

Drawing is a fundamental way to explore the relationships of action and reaction. The drawings are records: of the mind (thinking), of the hand (doing) and of the eye (sensing). With my drawing practice, my aim is to investigate the accumulation of lines representing a wide range of work from realistic depiction of form to abstract formlessness. I'm most intrigued by the possibilities of simple lines and the space in between thinking, doing and sensing.

With drawing, one thing always leads to another... and the next.

RDG Dahlquist Art Studio

               Senior Partner and contributing artist, 2013 - present

               RDG Planning & Design

               Des Moines, Iowa

West Branch Studio

               Established summer of 2012 - present

               Des Moines, Iowa



               Bachelor of Architecture, ISU 1992, with distinction

               European independent study  - fall 1990 / summer 1991


        Art out of Context: Possibilities in the Public Realm

        University of Iowa Museum of Art

        First Friday

        Guest Featured Artist

        November, 2016

        Iowa City, Iowa

        ft2 Exhibition

        2016 Des Moines Art Center Gala

        A Celebration of Architecture

        September, 2016

        American Enterprise Building

        Des Moines, Iowa

        Art at the Café

        Drawings by Matt Niebuhr

        A partnership between the Iowa Arts Council, the State Historical Museum of Iowa and Café Barattas.

        February - April 2015

        Des Moines, Iowa

        Get Drawn In

        University of Iowa Museum of Art

        First Friday

        Featured Artist

        October, 2012

        Iowa City, Iowa

        Matt Niebuhr - Photographs

        Selections from the Sand Dollar series

        April, 2012

        Rain City Cafe

        Portland, Oregon

        Matt Niebuhr - Drawings

        March, 2011

        Stumptown Coffee Roasters - Division St.

        Portland, Oregon

        Matt Niebuhr - Drawings

        September, 2011

        Rain City Cafe

        Portland, Oregon

        Matt Niebuhr - Drawings

        October, 2011

        Aalto Lounge

        Portland, Oregon

        Portland Love Show 2011

        February , 2011

        untitled (where is love / where love is?)

        Portland, Oregon

        Information Show, drawings by Matt Niebuhr

        Aug 2010 - Portland, Oregon

        Portland Chiropractic


        Group Show

        Art Department

        Nov 5, 2010 - Portland, Oregon

        selections from the series Natural Form

        100th Monkey Studio - 4th Anniversary Juried Show

        untitled 2010_08_10 and untitled 2010_08_12

        Craft Award

        Sept 2010 - Portland, Oregon

        100th Monkey Studio

        fresh stART 2010

        Benefit auction / participant artist

        selections from Portraits: Faces and Profiles of Utility

        Feb 20, 2010 - Santa Monica, California

        fresh stART 2009

        Benefit auction /  participant artist

        selections from Portraits: Faces and Profiles of Utility

        Feb 7, 2009 - Santa Monica, California

        100 x 100 Photo

       “Every Season, Every Occasion, Every Day!”

        Galería Espai Espai [b], Barcelona


        Group Show: The Altered Landscape - Feb 8th - 26th, 2008

        Newspace Center for Photography, Portland, Oregon

        Field [East Central Iowa],  Portraits: Faces and Profiles of Utility


        Young Architects, AIA Iowa Convention, Des Moines, IA 28-29 Sept 2006

        Awarded "Best of Show" ( Portraits: Faces and Profiles of Utility)

Published Photographs / Work


         Aperture 189 - Winter 2007

        “Vote Here”

         The New York Times: Polling Place Project

         Residential Architect: May 2007

         On the Boards – Grand Award - Moen Pool House

         Photography / Model / Design - HLKB Architecture

         Hybrid Instrument Iowa City: University of Iowa School of Art and Art History

         Steven Holl Architects, book published by University of Iowa Press. 2006

         Various project photos – Art Building West

         Iowa Architect Magazine: 2006 State Design Awards Issue

         Cover photo / project photos of the new Art Building, School of Art and Art History

         University of Iowa

Web Features


         Jerry’s Inventory / Spare Arms

         Selections from an ongoing project

         Gallery : Flak Photo - April / September 2007

         Portraits: Faces and Profiles of Utility

         Selections presented in Projects - FILE Magazine featured Aug- Oct 2006

         Matt Niebuhr - Drawings: a drawing journal of my current work

 – a blog of personal observations and notes regarding various photography

         work. Reflections on local exhibitions, personal projects, and other inspiring artists and artworks