Annick Ibsen

Annick Ibsen

Des Moines, IA, United States

About Annick Ibsen

Annick Ibsen is a sculptor and painter. Born in Paris and a resident of Des Moines for the past 15 years, she also experienced a breadth of cultures living in Africa and Asia. Her neo-cubist sculptures displace the viewer's expectations to unveil the actual. In her search for realism, she also establishes connections between figurative and sculptural art forms with mixed media paintings that explore negative space.

Perhaps sculpture is not the form that fills space, but how the form opens space in relationship to it, including in the mind of the viewer.


Born Paris, 1965
Freelance artist since 2006
Resident Artist at the Ankeny Art Center, Ankeny, IA, 2015-2016
Des Moines Art Center Ceramics, Des Moines, IA, continuing education 2008-2001, 2013
Ecole Superieure de Commerce de Paris, Business degree, 1989
Eureka College, Eureka, IL, BA, 1987


DSM Magazine article in Sept/Oct. 2018 issue
Art Talk about the creative process, Warren Cultural Center, Greenfield, IA, Sept. 8, 2018
Art Talk, Artisan Gallery 218, Des Moines, IA, Sept. 19, 2017
Juror for Iowa Exhibited XXXI, Heritage Gallery, July 2016
The Turner Jazz Center, Drake University, Des Moines, IA, Billie Holliday Concert and portrait exhibit, February 2015
Henry A. Wallace Bust, Wallace Centers of Iowa, May 2015
Hotel Greenfield, 4 foot sculpture installation of "The Visitor", 2014
BNIM Architects, sculpture installation on 30 feet wall, May 2013-May 2014, Des Moines, IA
Artstop 2012, Americana, awarded the People's Choice Prize for sculpture installation, September 2012
Sioux Falls Art Walk (South Dakota), juried exhibit, 6 foot outdoor sculpture exhibited in Orpheum Theatre, May 2012-June 2013


Recent select exhibits:
SOFA (Sculpture Objects Functional art & Design), Nov. 1-4, 2019, Chicago, Il
Moberg Gallery International Exhibit, Des Moines, IA, April 26-June 15. 2019
Black Earth Gallery, Taboo Exhibit, May 2-June22, 2019
Moberg Gallery Anniversary Group Show, Des Moines, IA, Dec. 7-Feb. 2019
Rock Island Gallery, “Finding Inspiration: Monet to Matisse” juried exhibit in conjunction with the Figge Museum and Quad City Arts, Gallery, Rock Island, Il, Dec. 7- Jan. 25, 2019
SOFA (Sculpture Objects Functional art & Design), Nov. 1-4, 2018, Chicago, Il
Warren Cultural Center, Greenfield, IA, Sept.8-Oct.8, 2018
2018 Sculpture Invitational, NewBo Artfest, August 5, Cedar Rapids, IA
Black Earth Gallery, Sawdust and Shards exhibit, Cedar Rapids, IA, May3-June20, 2018
Art Palm Springs, Feb. 15-19 2018, Palm Springs, CA
SOFA (Sculpture Objects Functional art & Design), Nov. 2-5, 2017, Chicago, Il
Blanden Art Museum, Iowa, May-July 2017
Solo Exhibit, The Sculpture of Annick Ibsen: JAZZ, Ankeny Art Center, Iowa, Oct-Nov 2016
Heritage Gallery Invitational, Des Moines, Iowa, Sept. 2016
Built: Des Moines Art Center Exhibition, August 2016
Fisher Center for the Arts, Marshalltown, IA, July 2016
ARC Gallery juried exhibition, It Figures: The Body in Art, Chicago, IL, June 22- July 16, 2016
21st San Angelo National Ceramic Competition, San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, San Angelo, Texas, April-June 2016
Iowa State Fair, juried exhibit, Fine Arts Building, August 2015
Dickinson Law, “Iowa Artists on Display”, Des Moines, IA, Oct 2013-June 2014
The Chait Galleries Downtown, “Small Works Show”, Iowa City, IA, November 2013
Iowa State Fair, juried exhibit, Fine Arts Building, August 2013
Solo exhibit at BNIM Architects, “The Three Graces”, Des Moines, IA, May 30 2013 – May 2014
Octagon Gallery shop, “Iowa Animals”, Ames, IA, June-September 2013
Outside The Lines Gallery, 2nd Annual Juried Exhibit: Chickens, Dubuque, IA, January-February 2013,
Polk County Heritage Gallery invitational, “Global Views: The Art of New Iowans”, Des Moines, IA, August-October 2012
Iowa State Fair, juried exhibit, Fine Arts Building, August 2012
RDG Dahlquist Invitational, “All Fired Up: Works in Clay”, Des Moines, IA, April 30- June 7, 2012
University of Iowa City Hospitals Temporary Exhibit, Project Art, Iowa City, IA January-April 2012
Polk County Heritage Gallery juried show, GDM EXH 18, Des Moines, IA, Dec-March 2012
Octagon Center For The Arts, dual exhibit “Lovers, Mothers and Their Dreams”, Ames, IA, August 19 - October 15, 2011
Polk County Heritage Gallery, dual exhibit “Lovers, Mothers and Their Dreams”, Des Moines, IA, April 25 - June 2, 2011
Octagon Center For The Arts, selected for the National Exhibit, Ames, IA, January 28 - April 10, 2011