Skip Navigation LinksHome > Events > Museum Program & Events


See what's happening at Cedar Rapids Museum of Art!

<<<September 2018 - November 2018>>>

Doodlebugs @MPL—The Very Messy Color-pillar
September 25, 2018 10:45 AM

Category:  Doodlebugs

We’ll read a story about a Glasswing butterfly, and get messy adding color to our own butterfly creations.   more >>

The Artist-Soldier Experience during World War I
September 27, 2018 07:00 PM

Category:  Lecture

At the beginning of World War I, many artists--both American and European--believed they were given the opportunity of a lifetime: to experience war on an epic scale. Those experiences could serve as inspiration in the creative process, but the opportunities for artists varied. Some served in the ranks while others were commissioned by governments, both at home and abroad. These opportunities and the artworks produced by artists will be discussed, revealing how art was used as therapy, as communication, and as weapons during the Great War.   more >>

Art Bites: Inside the Exhibition - One War, One Man, One Hundred Years with artist Michael Wilson
October 3, 2018 12:15 PM

Category:  Art Bites

Join artist Michael Wilson as he discusses his exhibition One Man, One War, One Hundred Years, based on the memories of his great-uncle Herb Thordsen. A talented oil painter, Wilson was inspired by memories of Thordsen, his great-uncle’s memorabilia, and the one-hundredth anniversary of the WWI armistice.   more >>

Guided Meditation: Travel on the Ticket of Transition
October 11, 2018 06:00 PM

Category:  Guided Meditation

October can be electric with the changing of the seasons, turning of the leaves, Halloween festivities. This time of the year issues each of us a ticket to take a ride and travel the course of transition. Let’s bring the elements of presence, reflection and celebration of the convergent unfolding within us (and around us) as we journey.   more >>

Art Lovers Book Club:The Marriage of Opposites
October 18, 2018 04:00 PM

Category:  Art Lover's Book Club

A forbidden love story set on a tropical island about the extraordinary woman who gave birth to painter Camille Pissarro. Growing up on idyllic St Thomas in the early 1800s, Rachel dreams of life in faraway Paris. When her older husband suddenly dies and his handsome younger nephew Frederick arrives from France to settle the estate, Rachel seizes her own life story by beginning a defiant passionate love affair with Frederick. A scandal ensues which affects all of her family including her favorite son who will become one of the greatest artists of France.   more >>

Draw Me a Zoo: Family Fun Day at the CRMA
October 20, 2018 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM

Category:  Family

Join us for free art-making activities for all ages and free gallery admission to celebrate the opening of our newest exhibition, If We Ran the Zoo: Animals in Children’s Book Illustration. There will be fun make-and-take animal-themed art projects, free gallery admission, scavenger hunts, balloon animals with Mark Garvey, an art tools “petting zoo,” and even a special appearance by Clifford the Big Red Dog. Bring the whole family!   more >>

Doodlebugs @MPL—Going Batty
October 23, 2018 10:45 AM

Category:  Doodlebugs

• October 23, 10:45am: Doodlebugs @MPL—Going Batty o This fall Doodlebugs will visit the zoo and meet a variety of artistic and silly animals, inspired by our newest exhibition, If We Ran the Zoo: Animals in Children’s Book Illustration (10/6/18-1/13/19). Join us each month to read a silly animal story and do a fun animal art project! o What happens when a black bat discovers colors? This silly book will inspire today’s cool art project. o Doodlebugs is a free preschool series for families, but if you have a daycare or school group, contact us about setting up a private Doodlebugs class designed just for you! For more info, contact CRMA Education Director Erin Thomas at 319.366.7503 or   more >>

Art Bites: If We Ran the Zoo: Animals in Children’s Book Illustration
November 7, 2018 12:15 PM

Category:  Art Bites

Join Associate Curator Kate Kunau to walk through the newest exhibition, If We Ran the Zoo: Animals in Children’s Book Illustration. Drawn from the Zerzanek Collection of Original Art from Children's Literature on loan to the CRMA from the Cedar Rapids Public Library, If We Ran the Zoo looks at the various ways animals have shaped children’s literature, from simple science books to loyal pets to fantastical, talking companions.   more >>

Art Bites:Ceramics Center 10 Year Anniversary
December 5, 2018 12:15 PM

Category:  Art Bites

The CRMA celebrates ten years of collaborating with the Iowa Ceramics Center and Glass Studio. In 2009, the CRMA began meeting with artists who had completed residencies at the Ceramics Center and acquiring a piece of their work—often completed during their residency—for the Museum’s collection. Join us for an Art Bites all about the exhibition celebrating this collaboration!   more >>

Art Bites:Curator’s Choice with Associate Curator Kate Kunau
January 2, 2019 12:15 PM

Category:  Art Bites

Associate Curator Kate Kunau has been at the CRMA for over three and a half years and in that time has found many fascinating finds in the collection. In this Art Bites, the topic is a surprise of her choosing!   more >>

Ongoing Events