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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 >>


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 >>


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 Iowa City Public 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 >>


Guided Meditation at The Grant Wood Studio: Heart Mosaic
June 13, 2019 06:00 PM

Category:  Guided Meditation

Mosaics are created from random, broken or found objects. We’ll take the metaphoric wild and often disparate aspects of our story and arrange them, purposefully, against the backdrop of our heart. Watch as beauty emerges from intentional resituating and repurposing. Noelle Holmes of Illuminations Healing Arts Center will lead you through this guided meditation, perfect for anyone from beginners to experienced meditators. Contact Education Director Erin Thomas at ethomas@crma.org or 319.366.7503 ext. 203 to register at least 24hrs prior to session. This program is for ages 13 and up. Fee: $10 payable to Noelle Holmes.   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 >>


Art and Beer Paring at Lion Bridge,
June 18, 2019 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM

Category:  General

Art comes in many forms. The Lion Bridge Brewing Company and the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art are once again combining their areas of expertise to demonstrate how art, beer, and food can be united to create a wonderful and unique experience. Join us for a one of a kind pairing of small plates, beer, and art at the Lion Bridge Brewing from 3:00 PM-9:00 PM on Tuesday, June 18. Pairings are based on the Into the Blue: An All-Iowa Juried Exhibition, a color-specific celebration of Iowa artists exhibition at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art this summer. A brief program by the CRMA will occur at 6:00 PM. No tickets are required. Order the suggested 'blue' food pairings à la carte, or order a four course meal. Blue Corn Chips & Salsa Blue Crab Cakes Blue Cheese Sliders Blueberry Panna Cota Pairings will be available while supplies last.   more >>


Art Lovers Book Club: Duchamp: A Biography by Calvin Tomkins
June 20, 2019 04:00 PM

Category:  Art Lover's Book Club

Duchamp is widely considered one of the most important artists of the twentieth century, yet his personal life remained an enigma throughout his avidly scrutinized career. Tomkins, from his unique vantage point as both an accomplished art critic and a friend of Duchamp’s since the late 1950s, presents a piercing portrait of Duchamp, adeptly analyzing his art and career while also recounting his personal life, influences and relationships. This thoroughly researched, eminently readable book is by far the most authoritative Duchamp biography.   more >>


Museum Store Member’s Days
June 20 to June 23, 2019

Category:  Museum Store

CRMA members will receive 20% off 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 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 >>


Art Bites: Into the Blue, Free
July 3, 2019 12:15 PM

Category:  Art Bites

Join Associate Curator Kate Kunau to walk through our summer juried exhibition, Into the Blue. Drawn from a pool of over 220 Iowa artists and 486 submitted artworks, Into the Blue looks at how Iowa artists respond to one particular color in a variety of styles and media.   more >>


Guided Meditation at the GWS: Embracing Wonder: Open Heart, Open Road
July 11, 2019 06:00 PM

Category:  Guided Meditation

Whether contextualized by summer travel of plotting your personal trajectory, we’ll explore the concept of the loose grasp and how we might invite deeper surrendered sensing into daily “being.” Noelle Holmes of Illuminations Healing Arts Center will lead you through this guided meditation, perfect for anyone from beginners to experienced meditators. Contact Education Director Erin Thomas at ethomas@crma.org or 319.366.7503 ext. 203 to register at least 24hrs prior to session. This program is for ages 13 and up. Fee: $10 payable to Noelle Holmes.   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 >>


Art Lovers Book Club The Lost Diaries of Frans Hals by Michael Kernan
July 25, 2019 04:00 PM

Category:  Art Lover's Book Club

Notebooks from a seventeenth-century Dutch painter turn up in a twentieth-century garage--and Columbia University graduate student Peter Van Overloop could be famous, if he can prove their authenticity.   more >>


Guided Meditation at the Grant Wood Studio: Life’s Rolling Tides: Moving With Change
September 12, 2019 06:00 PM

Category:  Guided Meditation

One of the many by-products of change is grief. Let’s take a moment to sit with this often avoided part of ourselves and explore what it has to say… what it needs. Noelle Holmes of Illuminations Healing Arts Center will lead you through this guided meditation, perfect for anyone from beginners to experienced meditators. Contact Education Director Erin Thomas at ethomas@crma.org or 319.366.7503 ext. 203 to register at least 24hrs prior to session. This program is for ages 13 and up. Fee: $10 payable to Noelle Holmes.   more >>


Paranormal Case Files of the CRMA
September 14, 2019 01:00 PM

Category:  Lecture

Have you ever wondered what paranormal investigators do? What tools they use? How they analyze the evidence they collect and make sense of it? Join paranormal investigator Greg Reisner of the Johnson County Paranormal Team as he walks you through the process of a typical case. Plus we’ll explore some of the historical hauntings associated with the CRMA’s property, and examine some of the evidence collected by Greg’s team during their investigation of our very own museum. Free. May not be suitable for young children.   more >>


An extraordinary, path-breaking, and penetrating book on the life and work and creative inspirations
September 19, 2019 04:00 PM

Category:  Art Lover's Book Club

An extraordinary, path-breaking, and penetrating book on the life and work and creative inspirations of the great children's book genius Maurice Sendak, who since his death in 2012 has only grown in his stature and recognition as a major American artist.   more >>


Art Bites: Haunted, Marvin Cone's Ghosts
October 2, 2019 12:15 PM

Category:  Art Bites

Join Associate Curator Kate Kunau for some pre-Halloween discussion of ghosts in Marvin Cone’s series of paintings. Ghosts are an unusual topic for an artist to tackle and Cone did so in a series of paintings and drawings that anticipate his turn to abstraction later in his career.   more >>




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