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Museum Store Artist of the Month Marty Mitchell
April 1 to April 30, 2018

Category:  Museum Store

My work explores questions about how we are acculturated and socialized, and therefore, how we view our environment as we are trained by society. I focus on the sense of autobiography within a landscape context.   more >>


Art Bites Inside the Exhibition: Hopper’s World: Cape Cod, New York, and Beyond
April 4, 2018 12:15 PM

Category:  Art Bites

Drawn largely from the CRMA’s own collection, Hopper’s World takes its inspiration from the settings Edward Hopper was drawn to during his lengthy career: New York City, Cape Cod, Paris, Monhegan Island and Ogunquit, Maine; and other New England locales. Join Associate Curator Kate Kunau for a discussion of how the exhibition came together and its relation to Edward Hopper’s work.   more >>


Free First Thursday
April 5, 2018 05:00 PM - 08:00 PM

Category:  General

Enjoy all of our exhibitions for FREE this Thursday from 5:00 PM-8:00 PM.   more >>


Kindred Spirits: Edward Hopper, Grant Wood, and Marvin Cone
April 12, 2018 07:00 PM

Category:  Lecture

Join Executive Director Sean Ulmer as he discusses the remarkable Edward Hopper works in Edward Hopper: Selections from the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York in the context of works by Grant Wood and Marvin Cone. See and discover how all three artists approached similar subject matter. What was it about this subject matter that fascinated all three artists? In what ways did they arrive at similar ends and in what ways did they differ?   more >>


Guided Meditation: Awakening & Intention
April 12, 2018 06:00 PM

Category:  Guided Meditation

It’s interesting to see what an inspirational word or phrase can spark and open within us. We will each draw from a collection of uplifting axioms using them as a key to mindfully open doors to the next. Where will the guiding forces of Awakening & Intention lead us? Let’s gather and find out…   more >>


Slow Art Day 2018
April 14, 2018 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM

Category:  General

One day each year, people all over the world visit local museums and galleries to look at art slowly. Participants look at five works of art for 10 minutes each and then meet together to talk about their experience. That’s it. Simple by design, the goal is to focus on the art and the art of seeing.   more >>


Pajama Storytime: Rome Antics
April 19, 2018 06:30 PM

Category:  Pajama Story Time

Ancient Rome was founded on April 21st, so we will celebrate with some stories of Ancient Roman myths. Then we’ll play a fun game with Roman numerals that will result in some really silly artwork.   more >>


Art Lover’s Book Club "Shocking Paris: Soutine, Chagall and Outsiders of Montparnasse" by Stanley Me
April 19, 2018 04:00 PM

Category:  Art Lover's Book Club

Soutine arrived in Paris while many painters were experimenting with cubism, but he had no time for trends and fashions; like his art, Soutine was intense, demonic, and fierce. In constant fear of the French police and the German Gestapo, plagued by poor health and bouts of depression, Soutine was the epitome of the tortured artist. Rich in period detail, Stanley Meisler's Shocking Paris explores the short, dramatic life of one of the most influential artists of the twentieth century.   more >>


Birds of Prey: Iowa Raptor Project Interactive Experience
April 21, 2018 01:00 PM

Category:  Family

Checkout two of Iowa’s birds of prey, in person, at the CRMA! The Iowa Raptor Project will lead an interactive program so you can learn more about these fascinating creatures, what part they play in the art world, and about how to get involved to help Iowa’s raptors.   more >>


Doodlebugs: The City Skyline
April 24, 2018 10:45 AM

Category:  Doodlebugs

The landscape looks different when you’re in a city with lots of tall buildings. Make artwork today inspired by skyscrapers in big cities.   more >>


Night Owls : Iowa Raptor Project Interactive Experience
April 26, 2018 06:00 PM

Category:  Family

The Iowa Raptor Project is bringing a Great Horned Owl and an Eastern Screech Owl for you to observe up close! We’re celebrating James Audubon’s birthday by learning about how birds have inspired art and culture, and how the Audubon Society played a huge part in that.   more >>


Doodlebugs: Looking Out My Window
April 27, 2018 10:30 AM

Category:  Doodlebugs

Looking Out My Window Today’s story will have us looking at what’s happening on the other side of windows. Then we’ll create window art of their own.   more >>


Art Bites:Inside the Exhibition: Flight Pattern: Birds in Art
May 2, 2018 12:15 PM

Category:  Art Bites

In flight or at rest, birds have long fascinated artists. Often used as symbolic objects for particular virtues, families, or countries, birds in art can carry meaning far beyond their forms.   more >>


Guided Meditation at GWS Embracing Change As Growth
May 10, 2018 06:00 PM

Category:  Guided Meditation

When we know how to flex and co-create with ever emerging external conditions, life takes on new flow.   more >>


Mixed Media Workshop
May 11, 2018 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 that is important to you. 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.   more >>


Art Lovers Book Club: The Secret Lives of Color
May 17, 2018 04:00 PM

Category:  Art Lover's Book Club

The Secret Lives of Color encompasses unusual stories about seventy-five shades, dyes, and hues. From the brown that changed the way battles were fought to the white that protected against the plague, The Secret Lives of Color traces the trajectory of how colors have been used throughout history.   more >>


Pajama Storytime: Night at the [Art] Museum
May 17, 2018 06:30 PM

Category:  Pajama Story Time

It’s International Museum Day tomorrow so help us start the party early! We’ll read some silly stories about what happens in an art museum after dark, and then we’ll explore our own art museum with a scavenger hunt and art projects.   more >>


Mixed Media Mantras workshop for teens & tweens @ Hiawatha Public Library
June 6, 2018 12:30 PM - 02:30 PM

Category:  Family

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. 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.   more >>


Art Bites Setting the Table: The Art of Still Life
June 6, 2018 12:15 PM

Category:  Art Bites

Join Associate Curator Kate Kunau to discover the world of the still life. Emerging as an independent genre in the seventeenth century, still life paintings were highly symbolic and included all kinds of man-made or natural objects - cut flowers, fruit, vegetables, fish, game, etc. - that reflected the values of the society and artists that created them. Setting the Table explores the still life works in the CRMA’s collection and the vivid stories they tell.   more >>


CRMA Summer Art Camp 2018
June 18 to June 22, 2018 08:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Category:  Summer Camp

This year’s theme, inspired by our summer exhibition, The Grand Tour: Europe Through Artists’ Eyes, will feature projects for your child in a wide range of media, spanning centuries, and highlighting the culture, landscape and peoples of several European countries.   more >>


Art Lovers Book Club: The Painter of Souls
June 21, 2018 04:00 PM

Category:  Art Lover's Book Club

An extraordinary story of passion, art, and intrigue, this novel journeys to a time and place in Italy where desire reigns supreme and salvation is found in the strangest of places. Beauty can be a gift or a wicked temptation. So it is for Filippo Lippi growing up in Renaissance Florence. Not only can he see the beauty in everything, he can capture it through his paintings. To survive, Pippo Lippi, orphan, street urchin, budding rogue, must first become Fra Filippo Lippi, Carmelite friar, man of God. His life will take him down two paths at once. Who is he really?   more >>


Pop & Paint for teens & tweens @ Hiawatha Public Library
July 13, 2018 12:30 PM

Category:  Family

Think of it like a teen version of Cork & Canvas. Join the CRMA’s Education Director Erin Thomas as she leads teens & tweens through a messy abstract art project (mostly outdoors) involving wood, spray paint, dish soap, and a garden hose. Dress accordingly!   more >>


Art Lovers Book Club: Kenneth Clark: Life, Art and Civilisation
July 19, 2018 04:00 PM

Category:  Art Lover's Book Club

Kenneth Clark's thirteen-part 1969 television series, Civilisation, established him as a globally admired figure. He would burnish his image with two memoirs that artfully omitted the more complicated details of his life. Now, drawing on a vast, previously unseen archive, James Stourton reveals the formidable intellect and the private man behind the figure who effortlessly dominated the art world for more than half a century: his privileged upbringing, his interest in art history beginning at Oxford, his remarkable early successes.   more >>


Art Lovers Book Club:Dreaming with His Eyes Open: A Life of Diego Rivera
August 16, 2018 04:00 PM

Category:  Art Lover's Book Club

This fascinating biography of Diego Rivera, the brilliant Mexican artist and revolutionary (and twice-married husband of Frida Kahlo), captures the explosively passionate nature that made Rivera one of this century's most gifted and controversial painters.   more >>


Art Lovers Book Club: The Art of Rivalry: Four Friendships, Betrayals, and Breakthroughs in Modern
September 13, 2018 04:00 PM

Category:  Art Lover's Book Club

Pulitzer Prize–winning art critic Sebastian Smee tells the fascinating story of four pairs of artists: Manet and Degas, Picasso and Matisse, Pollock and de Kooning, Freud and Bacon whose fraught, competitive friendships spurred them to new creative heights. The Art of Rivalry follows these eight celebrated artists, each linked to a counterpart by friendship, admiration, envy, and ambition. All eight are household names today. But to achieve what they did, each needed the influence of a contemporary, one who was equally ambitious but possessed sharply contrasting strengths and weaknesses.   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 >>




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