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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 >>


Guided Meditation: Be Where You Want To Be… at the Grant Wood Studio
January 10, 2019 06:00 PM

Category:  Guided Meditation

January in Iowa is no joke. With cold, ice, and more cold, we tend to hunker down and wait it out… But in the warmth of the museum walls we can venture through vision and sail off to anywhere we want to be. As your creative mind jets you to warm and colorful locales…we’ll also consider what we would like to invite and activate within this New Year. The blank canvas of 2019 awaits…   more >>


For Goodness Snakes! with Wickiup Outdoor Learning Center
January 12, 2019 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Category:  Family

Help us say goodbye to the animals in our exhibition, If We Ran the Zoo: Animals in Children's Book Illustrations with a reptile party!   more >>


Pajama Storytime: Martin’s Dream
January 17, 2019 06:30 PM

Category:  Pajama Story Time

Martin Luther King, Jr Day is coming soon, so we’ll read some stories about his dream for our country, and then make an art project to take home. It’s free for kids & their adult companions. Wear your PJ’s and bring a stuffed friend to cuddle with!   more >>


Lecture and Book signing with artist Fred Easker
January 20, 2019 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Category:  Book Signing

Join us for a lecture and book signing of artist Fred Easker's new book "Connected to Place & Landscape Paintings" which is a compellation of his extensive and exquisite work. Fred Easker’s landscape paintings offer an extraordinary view into what is too often considered ordinary. Most often drawing on familiar sites in the backroads of his native Eastern Iowa, he celebrates both the aesthetics and the character of place and offers a keen meditation on the power, vulnerability, and eloquence of land and our relationship to it.   more >>


Doodlebugs at the North Liberty Community Library: Stars and Stripes
January 23, 2019 10:30 AM

Category:  Doodlebugs

Learn about the American flag’s symbols and colors in today’s story, and then experiment with red, white, & blue paint to see what happens when they get mixed up.   more >>


Doodlebugs at HPL: Shake it All About!
January 25, 2019 10:30 AM

Category:  Doodlebugs

Our friend Carol Rezabek returns to teach us some silly steps that President Kennedy danced with his friends. That’s what it’s all about! 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!   more >>


Doodlebugs at MPL: Stars & Stripes
January 29, 2019 10:45 AM

Category:  Doodlebugs

Learn about the American flag’s symbols and colors in today’s story, and then experiment with red, white, and blue paint to see what happens when they get mixed up. 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 ethomas@crma.org.   more >>


Museum Store Artist of the Month: Barbara Bernier
February 1 to February 28, 2019

Category:  Museum Store

Barbara is a self-taught paper marbler and has been producing marble paper for more than 20 years. Practicality is a way of life for Barbara, so, while the designs and colors are visually exciting, it is imperative that the papers also serve a useful purpose.   more >>


Kennedy Film Series: "Primary"
February 3, 2019 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM

Category:  Cinema

Join us in celebrating our new exhibition, "American Visionary." We will be holding a Kennedy Film Series every month. Our first one is: Robert Drew and Associates, Primary, 1960, This founding film of American cinéma vérité follows John F. Kennedy as he campaigns for the 1960 Democratic presidential nomination.   more >>


Art Bites: American Visionary: John F. Kennedy’s Life & Times
February 6, 2019 12:15 PM

Category:  Art Bites

American Visionary: John F. Kennedy’s Life & Times with Associate Curator Kate Kunau It’s not quite Presidents’ Day but the CRMA is already celebrating our newest exhibition: American Visionary: John F. Kennedy’s Life and Times. Join Associate Curator Kate Kunau for a discussion of how this landmark exhibition (organized in 2017 to celebrate the centenary of Kennedy’s birth) emphasizes the importance of the press in crafting a presidential image.   more >>


Grant Wood Birthday Party at the Marion Library
February 7, 2019 07:00 PM - 08:00 PM

Category:  Family

We’re taking Grant Wood’s birthday celebration to the Marion Public Library! Join us for cake, art, history, and more. Free and open to all ages; no reservation necessary. For more information, contact Madeline Jarvis at the Marion Public Library at 319-377-3412.   more >>


Bookmaking Introduction with artist Barbara Bernier
February 10, 2019 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Category:  Art Classes

Far from being marginalized, the book has become a viable part of the contemporary artists’ multi-disciplinary practice. Barbara Bernier will introduce students to bookmaking while exploring basic tools and techniques of hand bookbinding Time will be devoted to discussing how binding structures and layout strategies support the finished product as well as making a book of your own. Supplies will be provided. Fee: $10.00 payable to the artist Barbara Bernier is due at the time of the class. Pre-registration is required by contacting Lou Wendel at 319-366-7503 or lwendel@crma.org.   more >>


Grant Wood's Birthday Bash with the CROpera!
February 13, 2019 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM

Category:  General

Join us for Grant Wood's Birthday Bash! Wednesday, February 13 from 6:00 PM-8:00 PM. All three composers from the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre will be here to discuss their work on Grant Wood’s birthday. A brief selection from each Opera will be performed. Jessica Pray Patel, soprano, and Jared Rogers, tenor will be performing. Participate in the re-creation of "Imagination Isles," a frieze Grant Wood and his students painted for the McKinley school cafeteria in 1924. Light refreshments will be provided   more >>


Art Lovers Book Club Just Kids by Patti Smith
February 21, 2019 04:00 PM

Category:  Art Lover's Book Club

Patti Smith’s offers a never-before-seen glimpse of her remarkable relationship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe in the epochal days of New York City and the Chelsea Hotel in the late sixties and seventies. An honest and moving story of youth and friendship, Smith brings the same unique, lyrical quality to Just Kids as she has to the rest of her body of work.   more >>


Pajama Storytime: Presidents in Pajamas
February 21, 2019 06:30 PM

Category:  Pajama Story Time

What does bedtime at the White House look like? Celebrate Presidents’ Day the P.J.S. way—with some fun stories about past presidents and a patriotic project you can take home. It’s free for kids & their adult companions. Wear your PJ’s and bring a stuffed friend to cuddle with.   more >>


Doodlebugs at the HPL: Ouch!
February 22, 2019 10:30 AM

Category:  Doodlebugs

Boo-boos feel so much better with a kiss and a Band-Aid, don’t they? After our story, we’ll use some adhesive bandages as stickers in an art project you can take home. 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 ethomas@crma.org.   more >>


Doodlebugs at MPL: Doodlebugs Flight School
February 26, 2019 10:45 AM

Category:  Doodlebugs

We’re taking to the skies in today’s story about a helicopter, and then we’ll create artwork that’ll make your head spin! 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!   more >>


Doodlebugs at the North Liberty Community Library: Swimming in Art
February 27, 2019 10:30 AM

Category:  Doodlebugs

Dive in to today’s story and art project that’ll definitely make a splash! (No really, it’s gonna be messy!)   more >>


Guided Meditation at the Grant Wood Studio: Activate Your Heart
February 28, 2019 06:00 PM

Category:  Guided Meditation

Paint The Town Red Take a moment to put your finger on the pulse of your own beloved heart-space and see what it’s wanting to say to you. After we give it a listen….we’ll envision extending an expression of love out into our community…and beyond.   more >>


Museum Store Artist of the Month: Robert Fox
March 1 to March 31, 2019

Category:  Museum Store

Robert Fox has been taking black and white photographs for more than 40 years using traditional methods. All the prints in the Museum Store are gelatin silver prints, hand made by Robert Fox. Currently he uses a variety of cameras depending upon the subject matter.   more >>


Kennedy Film Series: Robert Drew and Associates, Adventures on the New Frontier
March 3, 2019 01:00 PM

Category:  Cinema

Robert Drew and Associates, Adventures on the New Frontier, 1961, black and white, 52 minutes This film covers John F. Kennedy's inauguration and his early days in office, offering an unprecedented look inside the workings of the White House.   more >>


Art Bites: Power & Protest: Political Photography and Prints with Associate Curator Kate Kunau
March 6, 2019 12:15 PM

Category:  Art Bites

Power & Protest: Political Photography and Prints with Associate Curator Kate Kunau. Conceived as a complement to American Visionary: John F. Kennedy’s Life & Times, Power & Protest draws from the CRMA’s extensive collection of works on paper.   more >>


Canvas & Composers with the CROpera Theatre
March 14, 2019 07:00 PM - 08:00 PM

Category:  General

Enjoy an evening of insights and inspiration in this lively discussion with the CRMA staff and composers. Executive Director Sean Ulmer and Associate Curator Kate Kunau will discuss the Grant Wood art works that the composer have chosen. Composers Jean-Francois Charles and Robert Lindsey-Nassif will tell us why they chose these specific works of art as inspiration for their operas.   more >>


Guided Meditation at the Grant Wood Studio: Calling In the Light
March 14, 2019 06:00 PM

Category:  Guided Meditation

Knowing winter will eventually release its hold…we seize an opportunity to claim visions of warmth. Conjuring the luminous life-giving rays of the sun, we’ll beckon spring and call in the light. Noelle Holmes of Illuminations Healing Arts Center will lead you through this guided meditation, perfect for anyone from beginners to experienced meditators   more >>


Art Lover’s Book Club: Broad Strokes
March 21, 2019 04:00 PM

Category:  Art Lover's Book Club

Historically, major women artists have been excluded from mainstream art. Aligned with the resurgence of feminism in pop culture, Broad Strokes offers an entertaining corrective to that omission. Art historian Bridget Quinn delves into the lives and careers of 15 brilliant female artists in text that's smart, feisty, educational, and an enjoyable read. Replete with beautiful reproductions of the artists' works and contemporary portraits of each artist by renowned illustrator Lisa Congdon, this is art history from 1600 to the present day for the modern art lover, reader, and feminist.   more >>


Pajama Storytime: Picasso’s Puppy
March 21, 2019 06:30 PM

Category:  Pajama Story Time

We’ll read about Picasso’s dachshund named Lump and make a silly doggie art project. It’s free for kids & their adult companions. Wear your PJ’s and bring a stuffed friend to cuddle with.   more >>


JFK & The Golden Age of Photojournalism
March 23, 2019 01:00 PM

Category:  Lecture

Join exhibition curator and world-renowned photographer Lawrence Schiller as he discusses the Kennedy exhibition. Charismatic and entertaining, Schiller will share insights about both John F. Kennedy and our American Visionary: John F. Kennedy's Life and Times exhibition.   more >>


Doodlebugs at MPL: Swimming in Art
March 26, 2019 10:45 AM

Category:  Doodlebugs

Dive into an ocean story with us today. And our art project will definitely make a splash! (No really, and it’s gonna be messy!) 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 ethomas@crma.org.   more >>


Doodlebugs at the North Liberty Community Library: Mirror, Mirror
March 27, 2019 10:30 AM

Category:  Doodlebugs

Take some time to reflect on the magic of mirrors with today’s story, and then make a mirrored work of art to take home.   more >>


Doodlebugs at HPL: Ahoy, Doodlebugs!
March 29, 2019 10:30 AM

Category:  Doodlebugs

Come sail away with us on a sea-faring adventure, and then we’ll create wind-powered water[color] works of art! 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 ethomas@crma.org.   more >>


Art, White, & Blue: Family Fun Day at the CRMA
March 31, 2019 12:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Category:  Family

Celebrate all things American with us! We’ll have patriotic projects with stars and stripes, a voting booth, presidential selfies, scavenger hunts, and screenprinting with the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library! Great fun for all ages, so bring the whole family!   more >>


April Museum Store Artist of the Month-Kimberly Machovec-Smith
April 1 to April 30, 2019

Category:  Museum Store

Kimberly Machovec-Smith, an Iowa native, was trained as an art conservator. She recently returned to oil painting. Her current work illustrates the private moment of transformation a single seed experiences as it begins its journey toward reproduction.   more >>


Art Bites Inside the Exhibition: Bruce Beasley and John Beckelman
April 3, 2019 12:15 PM

Category:  Art Bites

Art Bites Inside the Exhibition: Bruce Beasley and John Beckelman with Associate Curator Kate Kunau Join Associate Curator Kate Kunau to discuss the newest CRMA exhibition: two exciting new bodies of work by Robert O. Daniel Professor of Art, emeritus, Coe College, John Beckelman and globally-renown abstract expressionist sculptor Bruce Beasley.   more >>


Opening Reception for Bruce Beasley and John Beckelman
April 4, 2019 05:30 PM - 07:30 PM

Category:  Opening Reception

Join us for an opening reception of "Bruce Beasley: A New Direction" and "John Beckelman: Horizon Suite." The artists will each talk about their exhibitions from 5:30 PM-6:30 PM with a reception from 6:30 PM-7:30 PM   more >>


Cedar Rapids Opera at the Opening of the Grant Wood Studio
April 6, 2019 12:00 PM - 04:00 PM

Category:  General

On opening day of the historic Grant Wood Studio, there will be a special operatic treat at the end of each tour!   more >>


Kennedy Film Series: "Crisis" and "Faces"
April 7, 2019 01:00 PM

Category:  Cinema

"Faces of November," 1964, black and white, 12 minutes "Crisis" looks inside the Oval Office and on the steps of the University of Alabama as the Kennedys confront George Wallace on racial integration. "Faces of November" is an elegy for President Kennedy, as told by the grief-stricken faces of mourners filing by his coffin in the Capitol Rotunda and at his burial at Arlington National Cemetery.   more >>


Guided Meditation at 5TA: Diving Into Art
April 11, 2019 06:00 PM

Category:  Guided Meditation

Using works of art as our springboard we’ll launch into a journey of the senses and see what ignites within. Art is a fantastic and inspired connecter. Explore what a masterful piece can link up within you. Noelle Holmes of Illuminations Healing Arts Center will lead you through this guided meditation, perfect for anyone from beginners to experienced meditators.   more >>


Art Lovers Book Club James McNeill Whistler: Beyond the Myth by Anne Koval
April 18, 2019 04:00 PM

Category:  Art Lover's Book Club

The myth perpetuated throughout Whistler’s life is brought up to date with the treatment of his artistic achievement and extraordinary career in this major biography. From a youth in Tsarist Russia, military training at West Point and a bohemian lifestyle in 1850s Paris, Whistler went on to embody the image of the cosmopolitan artist. His friendships with Courbet, Fantin Latour, Rossetti, Manet, Monet, Degas, Baudelaire, Wilde, and Mallarme mark him as a crucial player in the larger art movements of the nineteenth century and as a pivotal figure between the British and French art scenes.   more >>


Doodlebugs at the North Libery Community Library: Doodlebugs In Space
April 24, 2019 10:30 AM

Category:  Doodlebugs

Doodlebugs in Space! Strap in for a galactic adventure in today’s story, and our make and-take art project is out of this world!   more >>


Pajama Storytime: Building a Bedtime Story
April 25, 2019 06:30 PM

Category:  Pajama Story Time

We’ll explore our super-cool building and the art of architecture at tonight’s P.J.S.! Storytime and simple art project are free for kids & their adult companions. Wear your PJ’s and bring a stuffed friend to cuddle with.   more >>


Doodlebugs at Hiawatha Public Library: Mirror, Mirror
April 26, 2019 10:30 AM

Category:  Doodlebugs

Take some time to reflect on the magic of mirrors with today’s story, and then make a mirrored work of art to take home. 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 ethomas@crma.org.   more >>


Discover oil pastels with Kimberly Machovec-Smith
April 28, 2019 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Category:  Art Classes

Explore the medium of oil pastels with Kimberly Machovec-Smith, artist of the month in the Museum Store. Kimberly was first drawn to oil pastels because of their creamy texture, vibrant colors, and their user-friendly qualities. Oil pastels do not require solvents or mediums, there are no brushes to clean and no leaky tubes of paint. Learn which tools are helpful to have, how to effectively blend and layer colors, and how to help them set up when the image is complete.   more >>


Doodlebugs @MPL: Doodlebugs in Space!
April 30, 2019 10:45 AM

Category:  Doodlebugs

Strap in for a galactic adventure in today’s story, and our make-and-take art project is out of this world! 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 ethomas@crma.org.   more >>


Art Bites: Director's Choice
May 1, 2019 12:15 PM

Category:  Art Bites

Join Executive Director Sean Ulmer as he surprises us with an Art Bites of his choice.   more >>


Guided Meditation @5TA: Opening Your Creative Treasure Trove
May 9, 2019 06:00 PM

Category:  Guided Meditation

Diving deep into the mysteries of our inner innovative sanctum, we’ll locate and open our creative treasure trove. Come see what inspired thoughts and visions emerge. Watch out! You just might surprise yourself! Noelle Holmes of Illuminations Healing Arts Center will lead you through this guided meditation, perfect for anyone from beginners to experienced meditators.   more >>


Art Lovers Book Club:Andy Warhol by Wayne Koestenbaum
May 16, 2019 04:00 PM

Category:  Art Lover's Book Club

In his account of Warhol's life and work, scholar and culture critic Wayne Koestenbaum gets past the contradictions and reveals the man behind the blond wig and dark glasses. Koestenbaum makes a convincing case for Warhol as a serious artist, one whose importance goes beyond the '60s.   more >>


Pajama Storytime: Artists in Pajamas
May 16, 2019 06:30 PM

Category:  Pajama Story Time

Come listen to some stories about Frida Kahlo who, due to painful back troubles, sometimes painted in bed. Then you can try a slightly less messy version yourself with pencils, to celebrate National Drawing Day. It’s free for kids & their adult companions. Wear your PJ’s and bring a stuffed friend to cuddle with.   more >>


Free Third Thursday on Third
May 16, 2019

Category:  Family

Come enjoy our exhibitions for Free every third Thursday of the month from 5 PM-8 PM.   more >>


Doodlebugs at MPL: Wild Blue Yonder
May 28, 2019 10:45 AM

Category:  Doodlebugs

Come adventuring with us today! Who knows where your imagination could take you… The big blue sky? The deep blue sea? Off we go!   more >>


Doodlebugs at NLCL Ultra-Cool Ultraviolet
May 29, 2019 10:30 AM

Category:  Doodlebugs

This summer, the CRMA’s exhibition of local artists focuses on the color blue, so Doodlebugs celebrates all things blue, too. Learn about the tints and shades of this hue, experiment with blue media, and check out famous artists who also emphasized blue in their work! Nothing chases away the blues like art! Of all the shades of blue we can see, ultraviolet light is usually invisible… but we’ll use it in today’s book and art project.   more >>


Doodlebugs at the North Liberty Community Library
May 30, 2019 10:30 AM

Category:  Doodlebugs

Of all the shades of blue we can see, ultraviolet light is usually invisible… but we will see it today when we do our art project!   more >>


Doodlebugs at HPL Ultra-Cool Ultraviolet
May 31, 2019 10:30 AM

Category:  Doodlebugs

Of all the shades of blue we can see, ultraviolet light is usually invisible… but we’ll use it in today’s book and art project.   more >>


Art Bites: Kick Up Your Heels: The Fine Art of Shoes
June 5, 2019 12:15 PM

Category:  Art Bites

Join Associate Curator Kate Kunau for an inside look at one of our newest and most innovative exhibitions: shoes! From Manolo Blahnik’s classic pumps to daring designs that seem to defy gravity (and possibly human balance!), we’ll discuss the shoe as an art object.   more >>


CRMA Summer Art Camp 2019 Into the Blue
June 17 to June 21, 2019 08:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Category:  Family

Join us this summer for a wild week of creativity, including ceramics, glass, mixed media, sculpture, and paint. We’re inviting local artists who are featured in our juried exhibition to visit and demonstrate their skills, and we’ll again partner with the Iowa Ceramics Center & Glass Studio.   more >>


Doodlebugs at the MPL: Doodlebugs Sing The Blues
June 25, 2019 10:45 AM

Category:  Doodlebugs

Doodlebugs Sing the Blues Blues music and art go perfectly together! Join us for some silly music and a silly art project to take home!   more >>


Doodlebugs at the HPL: Blue Footed Booby Dance
June 28, 2019 10:30 AM

Category:  Doodlebugs

Our friend Carol Rezabek from the Dancer’s Edge is back again, this time to teach us to dance like this blue footed bird!   more >>


High Heeled History talk
July 18, 2019 07:00 PM - 08:00 PM

Category:  Lecture

From the moment the Persians introduced the high-heeled shoe to Europe in the seventeenth century, high heels have been both a fashion statement and status symbol. Join Associate Curator Kate Kunau for a discussion of the history of high-heeled shoes, from their ancient origins in Egypt and Greece to the iconic Manolo Blahnik and Jimmy Choo pumps of today.   more >>


Artist Salon
July 24, 2019 05:30 PM - 07:00 PM

Category:  Local Artists

Calling all artists! Take a break from your studio and join fellow local artists at the CRMA for an evening of camaraderie as we explore the exhibition Into the Blue, a celebration of Iowa artists. There will be a short program at 6pm. Please feel free to bring snacks or libations to share!   more >>




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