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Gala 2018
November 2, 2018 05:30 PM

Category:  General

Join your friends for this fun and exciting evening of exceptional cuisine, bountiful libations, and amazing art. You’ll be captivated by the spectacular silent auction featuring irresistible items—including a professional Artist Gallery—as well as a sensational live auction filled with art and experiences you won’t want to miss.   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 >>


Guided Meditation: The Gathering (5TA)
November 8, 2018 06:00 PM

Category:  Guided Meditation

Fall harvest…Thanksgiving…November invites us to gather. We reap what we’ve sown. Set tables for inviting. And there is an inward element of “gathering,” as well as a pull to recall all that was gifted and created. Let the gathering of our meditation circle open up a deeper sense of how we each wish to embody this season of giving and thanks.   more >>


"One" artist Michael Wilson Meet-and-Greet
November 11, 2018 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM

Category:  General

Meet Michael Wilson amongst his works in his one-man exhibition, One Man, One War, One Hundred Years on Sunday 11/11/18 at 2pm. Wilson was inspired after finding WWI pictures and memorabilia that belonged to his great-uncle. This exhibition distills the Great War to the level of one man and the history he shared with his young great-nephew. Wilson’s rich, sepia-toned oil paintings of his great-uncle’s experiences are accented with red poppies to emphasize the lives lost. Free with paid gallery admission; veterans get in free with ID. The exhibition runs through December 31st.   more >>


It's All About the Art Artist Market 2018
November 18, 2018 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM

Category:  Museum Store

Join us for our Fifth Annual Artist Market!   more >>


Museum Store Sunday 2018!
November 25, 2018 12:00 PM - 04:00 PM

Category:  Museum Store

Our Museum Store is participating in a special shopping experience! Join us for the global event of Museum Store Sunday (MSS) on November 25th   more >>


Doodlebugs at the Marion Public Library—Hisssssterical Snake Art
November 27, 2018 10:45 AM

Category:  Doodlebugs

Today’s story of a hilarious French boa constrictor is the inspiration for our silly snake projects.   more >>


Doodlebugs at the Hiawatha Public Library—Leapin’ Lizards!
November 30, 2018 10:30 AM

Category:  Doodlebugs

What color is a chameleon? Any color he wants to be! Join us and make your own magical color-changing lizard.   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 >>


Pajama Storytime: Holiday Edition
December 6, 2018 06:00 PM

Category:  Pajama Story Time

Gather around the fireplace for some holiday stories and a make-and-take art project inspired by the season. Free for kids & their adult companions. Wear your PJ's and bring a stuffed friend to cuddle with.   more >>


Bookish Christmas ornaments
December 8, 2018 01:00 PM

Category:  Family

•Bring the whole family for some make-and-take art projects that will deck your halls this Christmas. We’ll repurpose some old books and give them new life as Christmas ornaments. Free for kids & their adult companions. Geared for ages 6 and up.   more >>


Guided Meditation: Celebrating Conscious Completion (5TA)
December 13, 2018 06:00 PM

Category:  Guided Meditation

This last month of the year completes a cycle of being. With mindfulness at the helm we will creatively step through what we walked in 2018; the awareness of Gratitude that emerges from gifts and lessons traveled; explore and invite what our hearts are calling us to intend and create in the upcoming year.   more >>


Book Signing and Talk with Tim Fay creator of the Wapsipinicon Almanac
December 15, 2018 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM

Category:  Book Signing

You won’t want to miss the newest—and final—edition of the Wapsipinicon Almanac. Tim Fay, the creator, will be here talking about his letter press printed magazine.   more >>


Doodlebugs @MPL—Polar Opposites
December 18, 2018 10:45 AM

Category:  Doodlebugs

Today we’ll read a book about polar bears who live in the Arctic, and penguins who live in the Antarctic. Then we’ll create polar bear portraits!   more >>


Art Lovers Book Club: Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson
December 20, 2018 04:00 PM

Category:  Art Lover's Book Club

Walter Isaacson brings Leonardo da Vinci to life in this exciting new biography that is a study in creativity: how to define it and how to achieve it.   more >>


What is it Grandma? Book signing and chat with Jane Melloy and Mary Campbell
December 20, 2018 06:30 PM

Category:  Book Signing

CRMA docent Jane Melloy has written a children's book, accompanied by illustrations created by her friend Mary Campbell. Meet Jane and Mary at the Museum on Thursday, December 20 for a book chat and signing beginning at 6:30pm. You can pick up your very own copy of the book, "What is it, Grandma?" from the Museum Store, just in time for the holidays. And don't forget--CRMA Members get a 10% discount!   more >>


Doodlebugs at the Hiawatha Public Library—Animal Tracks
December 28, 2018 10:30 AM

Category:  Doodlebugs

Have you ever seen animals’ footprints in the snow? Track those critters, and then create critter tracks yourself.   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 >>


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 >>


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 CRMA: 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 >>


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

Category:  Pajama Story Time

We’ll read about Picasso’s dachshund 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 >>


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 >>


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 >>


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 >>


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 >>


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 >>


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 >>


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 >>


CRMA Summer Art Camp 2019 Dive 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 >>




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