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Mixed Media Mantras Workshop
October 19, 2017 06:00 PM - 08:30 PM

Category:  Art Classes

Join the CRMA’s Education Director Erin Thomas in making a mixed media art project on canvas to illustrate an affirmation or mantra that is important to you. Inspired by the CRMA’s current exhibition, Figure Study: The Body in Art, you will leave with a finished canvas piece to hang in your home to remind you to stay positive, boost your self-confidence, celebrate yourself, or simply be present in the moment. This workshop is brought to you by the Hiawatha Public Library. To register, go to: This program complements the CRMA’s current exhibitions, "Figure Study: The Body in Art" and "Living Proof: Visualization of Hope". Associate Curator Kate Kunau will be giving a gallery tour to describe the purpose of the exhibition and how the way in which we look at the human body has changed over the centuries.   more >>

Art Lovers Book Club: Master of the Prado
October 19, 2017 04:00 PM

Category:  Art Lover's Book Club

New York Times bestselling author Javier Sierra takes you on a grand tour of the Prado museum in this historical novel that illuminates the fascinating mysteries behind European art-complete with gorgeous, full-color inserts of artwork by da Vinci, Boticelli, and other master artists.   more >>

Life Drawing & Painting 101 Workshop session 2
October 22, 2017 12:30 PM - 03:30 PM

Category:  Art Classes

Artist and instructor Lisa Towers will get you started with the basics of painting or drawing the human form. These workshops complement the CRMA’s exhibition, Figure Study: The Body in Art, open 9/30/17 to 1/14/18.   more >>

The Beauty of the Other: Non-Ideal Figures in Western Art
October 26, 2017 07:00 PM

Category:  Lecture

If the idea of what makes a human beautiful varies according to the viewer’s cultural standards, so to does what makes a human the opposite. While most artists concentrate their efforts on depicting the great beauties of their age and ideal types, some are also intrigued by “the other.” Join Associate Curator Kate Kunau for an informative discussion of how different non-ideal figures are portrayed in western art history.   more >>

Doodlebugs: Skin Deep
October 27, 2017 10:30 AM

Category:  Doodlebugs

Skin Deep Look at the rainbow of colors our skin comes in! Our book compares them to some yummy treats, so we’ll be finger-painting portraits with food.   more >>

Life Drawing & Painting 101 Workshop session 3
October 29, 2017 12:30 PM - 03:30 PM

Category:  Art Classes

Artist and instructor Lisa Towers will get you started with the basics of painting or drawing the human form. These workshops complement the CRMA’s exhibition, Figure Study: The Body in Art, open 9/30/17 to 1/14/18. You can participate in one, two, or all three workshops! Participants are asked to bring their own drawing/painting materials Preregistration and prepayment is required no later than 4pm on Thursday before each session, but space is limited so register early by calling the CRMA at 319-366-7503 or emailing Each session is $50, which includes a professional artist-instructor and live nude model. This class is for ages 18+.   more >>

Doodlebugs: Dem Bones
October 31, 2017 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Category:  Doodlebugs

It’s the time of year when skeletons come out to play! Use your X-ray vision and join the party with an art project about the bones in our bodies.   more >>

Art Bites: Figure Study: The Body In Art
November 1, 2017 12:15 PM

Category:  Art Bites

Inside the Exhibition: Join Associate Curator Kate Kunau to walk through the CRMA’s new exhibition, Figure Study: The Body in Art.  Artists have long been fascinated by the human body and this exhibition draws from the CRMA permanent collection to celebrate the diversity of bodies both in artistic media and body type.   more >>

CRMA Gala 2017
November 3 to November 3, 2017 05:30 PM

Category:  Fundraiser

Celebrate with fun friends, creative cuisine, and lovely libations throughout the evening as you peruse a spectacular silent auction and a lavish live auction, each filled with amazing art and exciting experiences you won’t want to miss.   more >>

"The Wood Problem" docudrama and panel discussion
November 9, 2017 06:00 PM

Category:  General

This original docudrama about Grant Wood by Iowa Playwright Workshop’s Scott Bradley will be followed by a panel discussion with Bradley, University of Iowa Art History Professor Joni Kinsey, and Grant Wood Art Colony founder Jim Hayes. In the docudrama’s creation, Bradley uses archival research about Iowa’s most famous artist, Grant Wood, to create a new work of art. Guests will have the opportunity to see many of Wood’s works of art in the museum’s Grant Wood exhibition before they travel to New York to be included the Whitney’s Grant Wood: American Gothic and other Fables exhibition (March 2—June 10, 2018).   more >>

Guided Meditation: Gratitude Leading Us To Grace
November 9, 2017 06:00 PM

Category:  Guided Meditation

Gratitude Leading Us To Grace As we thoughtfully touch on all that we have been gifted with, let the gratitude these blessings inspire lead us into a state of grace.   more >>

Art Therapy Session
November 16, 2017 06:00 PM

Category:  Art Classes

This Mindfulness and Expressive Painting art therapy session will provide participants with a safe place to express feelings and reduce stress in a supportive environment where those affected by cancer can share with others who have gone through similar experiences.   more >>

Art Lovers Book Club: Egypt-Omania
November 16, 2017 04:00 PM

Category:  Art Lover's Book Club

For forty years, Bob Brier, one of the world's foremost Egyptologists, has been amassing one of the largest collections of Egyptian memorabilia and seeking to understand the pull of Ancient Egypt on our world today. In this original and groundbreaking book, with twenty-four pages of color photos from the author's collection, he explores our three-thousand-year-old fixation with recovering Egyptian culture and its meaning.   more >>

Doodlebugs: Give Me A Hand
November 17, 2017 10:30 AM

Category:  Doodlebugs

Gimme a Hand We’re engaging ALL our senses to enjoy today’s story and art project! Get ready to listen with our eyes and talk with your hands as we learn about American Sign Language.   more >>

Artist Market 2017
November 19, 2017 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM

Category:  Museum Store

The Artists Market, It’s All About the Art is our annual artists market. The art market will have paintings, prints, functional art, sculpture, glass, collage, fiber art and jewelry. Hope to see you here!   more >>

Museum Store Sunday
November 26, 2017 12:00 PM - 04:00 PM

Category:  Museum Store

Join us for the NEW  global event of Museum Store Sunday (MSS) on November 26. CRMA members will receive 20% retail price of any merchandise, including consignment and sale items. Take advantage of this special offer… and it is never too late to join!   more >>

Doodlebugs: A Loose Tooth
November 28, 2017 10:45 AM

Category:  Doodlebugs

Is Mrs. Watson actually a three-hundred –year old alien who steals baby teeth from her students? Our silly story will solve the mystery. Then we’ll use toothbrushes to make some very cool art!   more >>

Art Bites, Director's Choice
December 6, 2017 12:15 PM

Category:  Art Bites

Executive Director Sean Ulmer will surprise us with an Art Bites of his choice. Don’t miss the surprises he has in store for us!   more >>

Art Therapy Lecture
December 9, 2017 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Category:  Lecture

The lecture will include information on the art therapy profession, such as education and training requirements for entry into the field, scope of practice, and specific examples of how art therapy is used with a variety of populations, including those affected by cancer.   more >>

Guided Meditation: Be A Light In The Light
December 14, 2017 06:00 PM

Category:  Guided Meditation

Be A Light In The Night During this month of the longest day of night we allow ourselves to be mindful of the Love that we hold within...and the Light that Love can bring to this world. Let us gather and shine together!   more >>

Ongoing Events

Grant Wood Studio Opens for the 2017 Season
Category:  Grant Wood Studio
April 1, 2017

The Grant Wood Studio, located at the fictional address of #5 Turner Alley, was the home and art studio of Grant Wood. The studio is open to the public every Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4pm, excluding holidays. See the very spot where American Gothic, one of the most recognized works of art in the world, was created.
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