About Us

ARA Gallery & Interiors has one of the most unique and contemporary showrooms in the Midwest. In addition to amazing artwork, custom framing, glass art & pottery, we also offer high quality, name brand contemporary furniture, lighting, and accessories to decorate your home or office just the way you like. ARA Gallery was founded in 1993 by the current owner and artist Tony Alt. Tony has worked hard finding unique artists & styles of artwork and furniture while bringing the national contemporary trends to the Midwest. Owning and operating a gallery has been a dream of Tony’s since he was young. Tony grew up in West Liberty Iowa, and then attended Coe College in Cedar Rapids. After receiving his BA in Fine Art at Coe, he moved to Phoenix to continue studying contemporary art for another year, Tony then moved back to Cedar Rapids to start ARA Gallery & Interiors. Our customers love working with someone that has had the lifelong passion for art & design that Tony does.


Tony has great passion in what he does, and it shows in every project he works on and in his showroom. Tony has selected or designed every piece of artwork, furniture, pottery, glass art, etc… in his showroom. He actually helped construct and physically build most of his showroom. His philosophy is to surround yourself with all of your favorite things and enjoy life every step of the way. This shows in his gallery as all of your senses are touched with a wonderful splash of colors, sounds, smells, etc… Tony has his favorite colors on the walls, waterfalls, great smelling candles burning, his favorite artist’s and styles on display, and a great, fun creative atmosphere. Check out our gallery photos. We look forward to working with you soon!