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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 NPL: Wild Blue Yonder
June 26, 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! 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 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 >>


Museum Store Artist of the Month: Doug Hanson
July 1 to July 31, 2019

Category:  Museum Store

Doug Hanson has been a working artist for almost four decades. After beginning his career as a sculptor, he now devotes himself to making functional pottery.   more >>


Free Summer at the CRMA!
July 2 to September 1, 2019

Category:  General

It's Free Summer at the CRMA! Enjoy browsing our 16 galleries all summer long. Thank you to our generous sponsors: Cedar Rapids Bank and Trust, Transamerica, True North, UFG, and media sponsor The Gazette.   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 >>


Family Fun Day -The Hue of Blue
July 13, 2019 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM

Category:  Family

Discover all the magic of the color blue today at the CRMA! Delve into the Blue, our exhibition of Iowa artists whose works all focus on this color. Some of them will even be here to chat with you! Explore our mini exhibition of artwork created by the CRMA's Summer Camp participants. Then it's your turn! Rest "azure-d," it's "cyan-tifically" proven that you can't be "blue" with scavenger hunts, science experiments, make-and-take art projects, and more! It's no "pigment" of your imagination--it's free for the whole family!   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 >>


Kick Up Your Heels-Celebrate the Fine Art of Shoes
July 18, 2019 05:00 PM - 06:30 PM

Category:  Fundraiser

Enjoy an evening of libations, creative cuisine and artful camaraderie! There will be in-gallery highlights from docents and a preview of the 125th anniversary events planned for the CRMA by Executive Director Sean Ulmer. Then stay to hear Associate Curator Kate Kunau give a talk on the history of the high heel in the Museum’s Auditorium at 7:00 PM   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 >>


Doodlebugs at the Hiawatha Library: The Hue of Blue
July 26, 2019 10:30 AM

Category:  Doodlebugs

Check out all the cool tints and shades of blue you can create by mixing it with other colors!   more >>


Doodlebugs at the Marion Public Library: The Hue of Blue, Part 2
July 30, 2019 10:45 AM

Category:  Doodlebugs

Where is blue hiding? We’ll do some science experiments to uncover many of the ways blue is used where you wouldn’t expect it.   more >>


Doodlebugs at the North Liberty Public Library: The Hue Of Blue
July 31, 2019 10:30 AM

Category:  Doodlebugs

Check out all the cool tints and shades of blue you can create by mixing it with other colors!   more >>


Frond Fabric Weaving Workshop for Kids at the CRMA
August 1, 2019 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM

Category:  Art Classes

Find our fine friends from Frond here for fun with fiber art! Kids 8yrs & up, you are welcome for this no-sew fabric weaving project. This project requires no sewing, glue, or special skills beyond using scissors and your imagination. Frond’s artist-designed textiles are provided, and you turn them into works of art! And since the finished pieces will be mounted on canvas you can show them off in your home or anywhere you like!   more >>


Museum Store Artist Of the Month: Sara Benesh
August 1 to August 30, 2019

Category:  Museum Store

I love journals as a medium since I know the artistic process doesn’t end with me. Every aspect of each journal is carefully thought out-from the repurposed leather that allows me to choose the exact design of the exterior to the splash of color that make the end pages- meant to delight and surprise the eye when opening each one. Each piece is an invitation to its new owner to explore and create. Every journal is hand sewn with love and intended for use with your daily adventures; great or small, neat or far, or wherever they may take you.   more >>


Fabric Painting & Embellishment Workshop for Adults
August 2, 2019 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM

Category:  Art Classes

Start with Frond’s unique artist designed fabrics and add paint to create a personalized work of art. Mount it onto a canvas before you leave and you can display it in your home or wherever you’d like. Registration fee includes Frond fabric, instruction, paints, embellishments, tools, and a glass of wine or tea. This low-key workshop is perfect for date night, spending time with a friend, or as a creative outlet at the end of your week. $15/project. For more information, contact Frond at 319-261-1011, visit www.fronddesignstudios.com, or contact them through Facebook at Frond Design Studios. Ages 21 & up.   more >>


Art Bites: Artist Talk, "Into the Blue"
August 7, 2019 12:15 PM

Category:  Art Bites

Join several artists featured in the Into the Blue exhibition to discuss their artworks and how they responded to the color-centric exhibition call.   more >>


Guided Meditation at the GWS: Checking In with Self: Identify & Elevate
August 8, 2019 06:00 PM

Category:  Guided Meditation

Tune-ups, touchstones and mile-markers are helpful on life’s journey. Let’s pause, examine and elevate what’s evolving with resonance. 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 >>


Evening Sky Painting at the Hiawatha Public Library
August 9, 2019 06:00 PM

Category:  Art Classes

Follow us Into the Blue as the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art’s Education Director Erin Thomas guides you in creating a mixed media work of art to take home. Inspired by the CRMA’s newest exhibition, Into the Blue, we’ll use a variety of art materials to create images or evoke feelings of the night sky, of course using many shades of blue. Focus on the stars and moon, nocturnal animals, aurora borealis, or anything else your imagination can dream up. Preregistration is required. To register or for questions, contact [insert info here]. [fee?] Grab your paintbrush or glue stick and get ready for some messy, artsy fun!   more >>


Blank Canvas Blues Workshop
August 15, 2019 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM

Category:  Art Classes

Does a blank canvas fill you with dread or indecision? Are you unsure how to start? This workshop is for you! This is a stress-free mixed media workshop where you can let your mind wander, let your creativity simmer, and not worry about making mistakes. It's great for anyone, from beginners to long-time artists. Inspired by some of the Iowa artists featured in our exhibition, Into the Blue, we'll experiment with some of their creativity-boosting ideas. You’ll leave with a completed piece to display in your home. Space is limited and pre-registration is required; to sign up, contact Education Director Erin Thomas at 319-366-7503 x203 or ethomas@crma.org. $10.   more >>


Art Lovers Book Club: Lydia Cassatt Reading the Morning Paper by Harriet Scott Chessman
August 15, 2019 04:00 PM

Category:  Art Lover's Book Club

Harriet Scott Chessman takes us into the world of Mary Cassatt's early Impressionist paintings through Mary's sister Lydia, whom the author sees as Cassatt’s most inspiring muse. Chessman hauntingly brings to life Paris in 1880, with its thriving art world. The novel’s subtle power rises out of a sustained inquiry into art’s relation to the ragged world of desire and mortality. Ill with Bright’s disease and conscious of her approaching death, Lydia contemplates her world narrowing. With the rising emotional tension between the loving sisters, between one who sees and one who is seen, Lydia asks moving questions about love and art’s capacity to remember. Chessman illuminates Cassatt’s brilliant paintings and creates a compelling portrait of the brave and memorable model who inhabits them with such grace. Lydia Cassatt Reading the Morning Paper includes five full-color plates, the entire group of paintings Mary Cassatt made of her sister.   more >>


Doodlebugs at MPL: Picasso’s Blue Period
August 27, 2019 10:45 AM

Category:  Doodlebugs

Picasso’s Blue Period Many famous artists have gone through a “blue period” when they mostly used blue colors. We’ll look at some of these monochromatic works and create one of ourown.   more >>


Doodlebugs at the NLCL: Picasso’s Blue Period
August 28, 2019 10:30 AM

Category:  Doodlebugs

Many famous artists have gone through a “blue period” when they mostly used blue colors. We’ll look at some of these monochromatic works and create one of our own.   more >>


A talk with Jack Balas
August 29, 2019 07:00 PM - 08:00 PM

Category:  Lecture

Jack Balas is a Colorado-based artist specializing in figurative paintings and drawings in oil and watercolor. For the last 15 years, he has focused on depictions of the male figure, and is keen to present them in a variety of personal and societal scenarios that project them far beyond the traditional role of portraiture. Employing painted language in the form of titles, phrases, and paragraph-stories, the works take on the strategies of annotated documents, maps and calendars, and yet by their very depiction the men found in them also take on the politics of visibility – queer visibility and male visibility in general.   more >>


Doodlebugs at the HPL: Blueprint for Blue Prints
August 30, 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! Cyanotype is a form of printmaking that uses the sun. The finished piece turns blue, which is where the term “blueprint” comes from. We will be trying it for ourselves!   more >>


Art Bites: Director's Choice
September 4, 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 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 >>


Pajama Storytime: Not-So-Spooky Monsters
September 13 to September 13, 2019 06:30 PM - 07:30 PM

Category:  Pajama Story Time

What’s that under your bed? What’s that thing in your closet? Don’t worry—it’s not what you think. When we read some books about not-so-spooky monsters, you’ll find that it wasn’t that scary after all. And we’ll even make some not-so-creepy critters to take home. Pajama Storytimes are free for kids and their adult companions. Wear your PJ's and bring a stuffed friend to cuddle with.   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 >>


Art Lover’s Book Club There's a Mystery There: The Primal Vision of Maurice Sendak by Jonathan Cott
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 >>


Pajama Storytime: Night at the Museum
September 19, 2019 06:30 PM

Category:  Pajama Story Time

What happens at the museum after dark? We’ll read some silly stories about art heists and artwork run amok, and then we’ll create a take-home art project perfect for the dark. Pajama Storytimes are free for kids and their adult companions. Wear your PJ's and bring a stuffed friend to cuddle with.   more >>


Doodlebugs at the Marion Public Library: Night Animals
September 24, 2019 10:45 AM

Category:  Doodlebugs

Learn about nocturnal creatures in a super cool book, and then make some of your own glowing night animals. —Sponsored by International Paper   more >>


Doodlebugs at the NLCL: Art of the Dark
September 25, 2019 10:30 AM

Category:  Doodlebugs

Check out some famous nighttime art, like Van Gogh’s Starry Night, and then swirl up your own midnight masterpiece. —Sponsored by International Paper   more >>


Doodlebugs at the Hiawatha Public Library: Art of the Dark
September 27, 2019 10:30 AM

Category:  Doodlebugs

Check out some famous nighttime art, like Van Gogh’s Starry Night, and then swirl up your own dark masterpiece. —Sponsored by International Paper   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 >>


Opening Reception for Haunted: Marvin Cone’s Ghosts and Up All Night: The Art of the Dark
October 3, 2019 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM

Category:  Opening Reception

Please join us for an opening reception for our two new exhibitions. Remarks will begin at 5:30 PM with a tour of the galleries at 6:00 PM. Light refreshments will be served.   more >>


Guided Meditation @5TA: All Souls Day
October 10, 2019 06:00 PM

Category:  Guided Meditation

Exploring a hybrid meditative twist on Halloween and older traditions of honoring that which has passed, we’ll touch on the memories of the people, places and moments that have shaped us through goodness. No tricks…all treats. Perhaps we’ll have some candy, after.   more >>


Torchlight Tours
October 11, 2019 08:00 PM - 09:00 PM

Category:  Family

Take a special docent-led gallery tour in the dark by the light of [electric] torchlight. Highlighting our exhibitions Up All Night: Art of the Dark and Haunted: Marvin Cone’s Ghosts, get a unique view of the artwork and a deeper look into the artists’ perspectives.   more >>


Art Lovers Book Club:Stories of Art and Artists edited by Diane Secker Tesdell
October 17, 2019 04:00 PM

Category:  Art Lover's Book Club

Stories of Art and Artists gathers two centuries of classic stories from around the world. From Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “The Artist of the Beautiful” and Albert Camus’s “The Artist at Work” to Bernard Malamud’s “Rembrandt’s Hat” and Aimee Bender’s “The Color Master,” the tales collected here range from haunting fables about the power of art to vivid portraits of those who create.   more >>


Free Third Thursdays On Third
October 17, 2019 05:00 PM - 08:00 PM

Category:  General

Join us for free admission every third Thursday of the month from 5:00 PM-8:00 PM. All exhibitions are free!   more >>


Not-So-Spooky Monsters
October 17, 2019 06:30 PM

Category:  Pajama Story Time

What’s that under your bed? What’s that thing in your closet? Don’t worry—it’s not what you think. When we read some books about not-so-spooky monsters, you’ll find that it wasn’t that scary after all   more >>


Night at the Museum Family Fun Night
October 18, 2019 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM

Category:  Family

It’s a night at the museum! Family Fun Night celebrates our fall exhibitions Up All Night: Art of the Dark and Haunted: Marvin Cone’s Ghosts. Come dressed in your favorite costume for tricks and treats like make-and-take masterpieces that glow under black light, scavenger hunts, and night-owl projects you can take home! It’s free for all ages so bring the whole family!   more >>


Doodlebugs at the Marion Public Library: Scared of the Dark
October 22, 2019 10:45 AM

Category:  Doodlebugs

Are there creepy creatures lurking in the dark? We’ll find out in today’s not-so-scary-after-all story. You can even make a creeper to take home!   more >>


Doodlebugs at the North Liberty Community Library: Eerie Art
October 23, 2019 10:30 AM

Category:  Doodlebugs

Today’s subject is ghosts... but don’t be scared. These are messy “ghosts” that are fun to make, and you can take them home, haunt-free.   more >>


Doodlebugs at the Hiawatha Public Library: Eerie Art
October 25, 2019 10:30 AM

Category:  Doodlebugs

Today’s subject is ghosts... but don’t be scared. These are messy “ghosts” that are fun to make, and you can take them home, haunt-free.   more >>


Boo! A Visual History of Monsters
October 27, 2019 01:00 PM

Category:  Lecture

Inspired by the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art’s new exhibitions Haunted: Marvin Cone’s Ghosts and Up All Night: The Art of the Dark and Theater Cedar Rapids’ production of Dracula, CRMA Associate Curator Kate Kunau will lead a discussion on the rich and varied traditions of how ghosts, witches, and vampires were depicted throughout art history.   more >>


CRMA Gala 2019
November 1, 2019 05:30 PM

Category:  Fundraiser

Excitement is growing for the event of the season! Mark your calendars now for a spectacular evening at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art GALA benefiting educational and outreach programming at the CRMA.   more >>


Art Bites: "Up All Night: The Art of the Dark"
November 6, 2019 12:15 PM

Category:  Art Bites

Join Associate Curator Kate Kunau for a walk through the dark in our exhibition Up All Night: The Art of the Dark! Night scenes in art are less common that their daytime counterparts and are often the way for artists to add drama to their creations. Drawn from the CRMA’s collection, Up All Night dazzles with works by Grant Wood, Thomas Hart Benton, M.C. Escher, Roger Shimomura, and Betye Saar, among others.   more >>


Illuminated Canvas Workshop
November 7, 2019 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM

Category:  Art Classes

Let there be light! In this workshop the CRMA will provide you with all the materials to create a work of art that lights up! Paint your favorite quote, starry scene, or even your name, and then add another dimension to your project with tiny fairy lights. Children (ages 8+) to adults can complete this simple yet dazzling project that you can display in your home or give as a gift. Space is limited and pre-registration is required; to sign up, contact Education Director Erin Thomas at 319-366-7503 x203 or ethomas@crma.org. $15.   more >>


Guided Meditation @5TA: Opening Doors to the New
November 11, 2019 06:00 PM

Category:  Guided Meditation

2020…we salute you as we create an intentional moment to usher you in! Our meditative journey will perch us next to a roaring fire where we metaphorically burn and combust the old and invite the new dream as it arises from the flame of possibility.   more >>


5th Anniversary of Guided Meditation at the Grant Wood Studio: Art Becomes Us
November 14, 2019 06:00 PM

Category:  Guided Meditation

We’ll conjure images and evoke emotions as we spirit ourselves, meditatively, to where some of our favorite works of art were created. As we immerse in those imagined moments of inception, let’s see what creative spark becomes ignited within us. With the Grant Wood Studio serving as our launch-pad…it’s sure to be an inspired ride!   more >>


Art Lovers Book Club de Kooning: An American Master by Mark Stevens
November 21, 2019 04:00 PM

Category:  Art Lover's Book Club

Willem de Kooning is one of the most important artists of the twentieth century, a true “painter’s painter” whose protean work continues to inspire many artists. In the thirties and forties, along with Arshile Gorky and Jackson Pollock, he became a key figure in the revolutionary American movement of abstract expressionism. Of all the painters in that group, he worked the longest and was the most prolific, creating powerful, startling images well into the 1980s. This is an authoritative and brilliant exploration of the art, life, and world of an American master.   more >>


Pajama Storytime: Museum by Moonlight
November 21, 2019 06:30 PM

Category:  Pajama Story Time

Tonight’s stories are about the moon and stars, so get ready for a stellar adventure into the night sky and create a moonscape to take home. Pajama Storytimes are free for kids and their adult companions. Wear your PJ's and bring a stuffed friend to cuddle with.   more >>


Doodlebugs at the Hiawatha Public Library: Pajama Party!
November 22, 2019 10:30 AM

Category:  Doodlebugs

Wear your jammies and join the party! There are definitely NO bedtime stories here, so get ready for some goofy fun!   more >>


Artists Market, It’s All About the Art
November 24, 2019 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM

Category:  Museum Store

Guests to the museum will enjoy a special opportunity to meet and talk with all the artists in one place. They will be able to purchase works of all shapes, sizes, and disciplines: paintings, prints, functional work, pottery, sculpture, stained glass, collage, fiber art, jewelry and accessories…perfect for the gift-giving season   more >>


Doodlebugs at the Marion Public Library: Day & Night
November 26, 2019 10:45 AM

Category:  Doodlebugs

We’re learning opposites today, like day & night, dark & light, black & white. And making artwork that’s a delight!   more >>


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

Category:  Doodlebugs

We’re learning opposites today, like day & night, dark & light, black & white. And making artwork that’s a delight!   more >>


Museum Store Sunday 2019!
December 1, 2019 12:00 PM - 04:00 PM

Category:  Museum Store

On Sunday, December 1, 2019, nearly 800 Museum Stores representing fifty states, ten countries, and three continents will offer a special shopping experience in one-of-a kind stores. Our Museum Store is participating! Join us for the global event of Museum Store Sunday (MSS) on December 1st. The first 50 customers will receive a custom made Museum Ornament. Take advantage of this special offer and see all the unique items we have in the Museum Store!   more >>


Art Bites: Unwrapped: Gifts from the Peter Norton Family Christmas Project
December 4, 2019 12:15 PM

Category:  Art Bites

Join Associate Curator Kate Kunau to walk through one of the CRMA’s most unique exhibitions, "Unwrapped: Gifts from the Peter Norton Family Christmas Project, 1988-2018." Peter Norton of Norton Antivirus Software fame, is a contemporary art collector as well as an active participant in various civic and philanthropic activities. In 1988, the Norton Family Christmas Project began commissioning artists to create original, multiple-edition works that were mailed as holiday greetings to friends, colleagues, and selected institutions   more >>


Member’s Days at the Museum Store
December 5 to December 8, 2019

Category:  Museum Store

Mark your calendar for Members Days on December 5th through the 8th! CRMA members will receive 20% off all purchases—including consignment—on these four days   more >>


Guided Meditation at the Grant Wood Studio: Reflect, Recharge, Revel
December 12, 2019 06:00 PM

Category:  Guided Meditation

As 2019 winds to a close we’ll gather to pause and reminisce. What blessings did the year present? How did they help you to unwrap the gift of life that sits within you? How will you choose to share that gift with others? Noelle Holmes of Illuminations Healing Arts Center will lead you through this guided meditation, perfect for anyone from beginners to experienced meditators.   more >>


Legends & Folklore of Winter with Chad Lewis
December 13, 2019 07:00 PM

Category:  General

Sip a cup of cocoa or cider and join us for chilling and mysterious folklore perfect for this time of year, sponsored in part by the Hiawatha Public Library.   more >>


Doodlebugs at the Marion Public Library: Moonlight Masterpiece
December 17, 2019 10:45 AM

Category:  Doodlebugs

Today we’ll read a super-cool story about the moon, and then create a lunar work of art that will add some sparkle to your night   more >>


Doodlebugs at the North Liberty Community Library: Moonlight Masterpiece
December 18, 2019 10:30 AM

Category:  Doodlebugs

Today we’ll read a super-cool story about the moon, and then create a lunar work of art that will add some sparkle to your night.   more >>


Pajama Story Time: The Night Before...
December 19, 2019 06:30 PM

Category:  Doodlebugs

You may know the classic poem, “The Night Before Christmas,” but the books we’re reading tonight will put a new twist on it! These silly stories feature characters like pirates and dinosaurs! Don’t miss these goofy bedtime stories and a take-home art project perfect for this time of year. Pajama Storytimes are free for kids and their adult companions. Wear your PJ's and bring a stuffed friend to cuddle with   more >>


Doodlebugs at the Hiawatha Public Library: Aurora Borealis
December 20, 2019 10:30 AM

Category:  Doodlebugs

Check out the beautiful Northern Lights in today’s book, and then create your own magical night sky full of color!   more >>


Art Bites: Ooh La La: French Works from the Riley Collection
January 8, 2020 12:15 PM

Category:  Art Bites

Join Associate Curator Kate Kunau to discuss a world-class art collection from a local Cedar Rapids family. This selection of Tom and Nan Riley’s art includes a wide range of works, from Impressionist Claude Monet to Post-Impressionist Georges Seurat, to early modernist Marc Chagall. Ooh La La is a once-in-a lifetime chance to see these artists up close and personal!   more >>


Guided Meditation at the Grant Wood Studio: Opening Doors to the New
January 9, 2020 06:00 PM

Category:  Guided Meditation

2020…we salute you as we create an intentional moment to usher you in! Our meditative journey will perch us next to a roaring fire where we metaphorically burn and combust the old and invite the new dream as it arises from the flame of possibility.   more >>


Pajama Storytime: The View from the Top
January 16, 2020 06:30 PM

Category:  Doodlebugs

Climb all the way to the top of the Eiffel Tower with some goofy—but true—stories, and then we’ll paint a spectacularly speckled picture of this legendary landmark. Wear your PJ’s and bring a stuffed friend to cuddle with. We’ll meet in the galleries for stories at 6:30 pm, surrounded by the artwork in the galleries,and then create a work of art to take home. It's free for kids & their adult companions.   more >>


Doodlebugs at the Marion Public Library: Express Yourself!
January 28, 2020 10:45 AM

Category:  Doodlebugs

Learn about the Expressionists—like Jackson Pollack and Georges Rouault. Create your own art that expresses how you feel and who you are.   more >>


Doodlebugs at NLCL: Look, No Hands!
January 29, 2020 10:30 AM

Category:  Doodlebugs

French artist Auguste Renoir had terrible arthritis later in his life, but that didn’t stop him from creating art. Try painting in a surprising way today, just like he did!   more >>


Public reception for "Across the Atlantic" and "Ooh La La"
January 30, 2020 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM

Category:  Opening Reception

In celebration of the first exhibitions during our 125th anniversary year, the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art is holding a public reception for our landmark exhibition "Across the Atlantic: American Impressionism through the French Lens" and its companion exhibition "Ooh La La: French works from the Riley collection."   more >>


Doodlebugs at the Hiawatha Public Library: Look, No Hands!
January 31, 2020 10:30 AM

Category:  Doodlebugs

French artist Auguste Renoir had terrible arthritis later in his life, but that didn’t stop him from creating art. Try painting in a surprising way, just like he did!   more >>


Art Bites: Across the Atlantic: American Impressionism through the French Lens
February 5, 2020 12:15 PM

Category:  Art Bites

Join Associate Curator Kate Kunau to walk through this extra-large exhibition of French and American Impressionism as she explains the layout, narrative, and highlights of the show, which includes works by Edgar Degas, Mary Cassatt, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and John Singer Sargent. A can’t-miss for anyone interested in Impressionism!   more >>


Bonjour, Artistes! Family Fun Day at the CRMA
February 8, 2020 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM

Category:  Family

Stop by today for free admission to our newest exhibitions, "Across the Atlantic: American Impressionism through the French Lens" and "Ooh La La: French Works from the Riley Collection". There will be scavenger hunts and make-and-take art projects for all ages, inspired by the greats--Degas, Monet, Renoir, and more! Say "bonjour" to a day full of fun for all ages!   more >>


“French and American Impressionism,” lecture by Associate Curator Kate Kunau
February 9, 2020 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM

Category:  Lecture

Join Associate Curator Kate Kunau for a deep dive into the similarities and differences between French and American Impressionism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.   more >>


Across the Atlantic Exhibition Tour for February 11
February 11, 2020 01:00 PM

Category:  Tours

Join us for any of these public exhibition tours to provide visitors with conversation-based insights and experiences focusing on selected artworks and artists. No reservations are necessary, but space is limited and available to visitors on a first-come, first-served basis. Free with paid museum admission.   more >>


Guided Meditation at the Grant Wood Studio: Random Acts of Kindness Meets Midwest Values
February 13, 2020 06:00 PM

Category:  Guided Meditation

We will claim a moment to root down and contemplate what nurtures compassion and well being within the hearts of Midwesterners   more >>


13% off in Museum Store for Grant Wood's Birthday on Grant Wood merchandise
February 13, 2020

Category:  Museum Store

Grant Wood is associated with the American movement of Regionalism, Wood was an active painter from a young age until his death, and although he is best known for his paintings, he worked in a large number of media, including lithography, ink, charcoal, ceramics, metal, wood and found objects. This year on his birthday, February 13th please join us in the Museum Store to receive a 13% discount on all Grant Wood related merchandise.   more >>


Special Tour: Grant Wood, Impressionist
February 13, 2020 07:00 PM

Category:  Tours

On Grant Wood’s birthday, join this docent-led tour of some of the Impressionistic works by Grant Wood currently on view. See how this American master turned to Impressionism—the prevailing style in the early twentieth century—before arriving at his mature, signature style after 1930. No reservations are necessary, but space is limited and available to visitors on a first-come, first-served basis. Free with paid museum admission.   more >>


Members’ Night Feb. 2020
February 14, 2020 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM

Category:  Members' Nights

With your CRMA membership, you are able to visit the "Across the Atlantic" exhibition as many times as you like during its run in Cedar Rapids (February 1-April 26). However, as a special thank you, we will have special after-hours events for members starting at 5 pm on the following days. Light refreshments will be served, and special discounts will be available in the Museum Store. Come join fellow members for a less-crowded, more intimate viewing of the exhibition. 5-7 pm.   more >>


Pajama Storytime: Under the Big Top
February 20, 2020 06:30 PM

Category:  Pajama Story Time

Ever wondered what it might be like to perform in a traveling circus? Join us for daring feats, thrilling stunts, and maybe a little clowning around.   more >>


Free Third Thursdays on Third-February 2020
February 20, 2020 05:00 PM - 08:00 PM

Category:  General

Join us on the third Thursday of the month (on Third Avenue) for free admission to the entire museum from 5 pm to 8 pm. Enjoy all that the CRMA has to offer, including our special temporary exhibitions "Across the Atlantic: American Impressionism through the French Lens" and "Ooh La La: French Works from the Riley Collection."   more >>


Art Lovers Bookclub:Ross King, The Judgment of Paris:
February 20, 2020 04:00 PM

Category:  Art Lover's Book Club

While the Civil War raged in America, another revolution took shape across the Atlantic, in the studios of Paris: The artists who would make Impressionism the most popular art form in history were showing their first paintings amidst scorn and derision from the French artistic establishment.   more >>


“Across the Atlantic: Stravinsky’s Dumbarton Oaks Concerto,” with Tim Hankewich, and Kate Kunau
February 23, 2020 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM

Category:  Lecture

Join Maestro Tim Hankewich and Curator Kate Kunau as they discuss various aspects surrounding Igor Stravinsky’s Dumbarton Oaks Concerto.   more >>


Doodlebugs at the Marion Public Library: Drawing with Scissors
February 25, 2020 10:45 AM

Category:  Doodlebugs

Learn how to draw with scissors like Henri Matisse as we learn more about shapes & colors.   more >>


Doodlebugs @NLCL: Color Outside the Lines
February 26, 2020 10:30 AM

Category:  Doodlebugs

Meet Fernand Leger, a French artist who literally colored outside the lines. We’ll make layered artwork with shapes and colors, and add the lines LAST!   more >>


Across the Atlantic Exhibition Tour Feb 26
February 26, 2020 03:00 PM

Category:  Tours

Join us for any of these public exhibition tours to provide visitors with conversation-based insights and experiences focusing on selected artworks and artists. No reservations are necessary, but space is limited and available to visitors on a first-come, first-served basis. Free with paid museum admission.   more >>


Discovering Oil Pastels with Kimberly Machovec-Smith
February 27, 2020 06:00 PM - 07:30 PM

Category:  Art Classes

Explore the medium of oil pastels with artist Kimberly Machovec-Smith. 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.   more >>


Doodlebugs at the Hiawatha Public Library: Color Outside the Lines
February 28, 2020 10:30 AM

Category:  Doodlebugs

Meet Fernand Leger, a French artist who colored outside the lines. We’ll make layered artwork with shapes and colors, and add the lines LAST!   more >>


Art Bites, "Across the Atlantic" Spotlight: landscape painting
March 4, 2020 12:15 PM

Category:  Art Bites

Landscape painting is central to the Impressionist movement, but how much do you know about the genre as a whole? Join Associate Curator Kate Kunau for a discussion on where the genre of landscape began and how the Impressionist movement shaped it for the future.   more >>


Special Tour: Saving Daylight
March 7, 2020 01:00 PM

Category:  Tours

Before you spring forward, reflect on the importance of sunlight to the Impressionists in this docent-led gallery tour. No reservations are necessary, but space is limited and available to visitors on a first-come, first-served basis. Free with paid museum admission.   more >>


“Across the Atlantic: Women Impressionists,” by Sean Ulmer, Executive Director.
March 8, 2020 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM

Category:  Lecture

Join Executive Director Sean Ulmer as he discusses some of the various women artists involved in the Impressionist movement. In addition to considering the four most famous women Impressionists (Mary Cassatt, Berthe Morisot, Eva Gonzalès, and Marie Braquemond), Ulmer will consider other female Impressionists on both sides of the Atlantic, including those in the Across the Atlantic exhibition.   more >>


Member Night March 2020
March 11, 2020 05:00 PM

Category:  Members' Nights

With your CRMA membership, you are able to visit the "Across the Atlantic" exhibition as many times as you like during its run in Cedar Rapids (February 1-April 26). However, as a special thank you, we will have special after-hours events for members starting at 5 pm on the following days. Light refreshments will be served, and special discounts will be available in the Museum Store. Come join fellow members for a less-crowded, more intimate viewing of the exhibition. 5-7 pm.   more >>


Guided Mediation at the Grant Wood Studio: Light and Shadow
March 12, 2020 06:00 PM

Category:  Guided Meditation

As we Spring ahead for daylight saving’s time we will step through the interplay between the polarities of Light & Shadow and how they advise what moves us.   more >>


Grant Wood "Native Son" lecture with Sue Taylor
March 12, 2020 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM

Category:  Lecture

Join us for a talk with notable art history scholar Sue Taylor. In this lecture, Sue Taylor will focus on famous as well as lesser known pictures by Wood, and show how his ambivalent family relationships, especially with father and mother, affected his art, all his life.   more >>


Pajama Storytime: Museum Heist
March 19, 2020 06:30 PM

Category:  Pajama Story Time

Learn about this Paris museum’s famous portrait, the Mona Lisa, and when it was stolen. Then we’ll create our own portraits for an “exhibition,” and don a disguise before we stage a heist!   more >>


Free Third Thursdays on Third- March 2020
March 19, 2020 05:00 PM - 08:00 PM

Category:  General

Join us on the third Thursday of the month (on Third Avenue) for free admission to the entire museum from 5 pm to 8 pm. Enjoy all that the CRMA has to offer, including our special temporary exhibitions "Across the Atlantic: American Impressionism through the French Lens" and "Ooh La La: French Works from the Riley Collection."   more >>


Art Lovers Book Club: Jean Renoir, Renoir, My Father
March 19, 2020 04:00 PM

Category:  Art Lover's Book Club

In this delightful memoir, Jean Renoir, the director of such masterpieces of the cinema as Grand Illusion and The Rules of the Game, tells the life story of his father, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, the great Impressionist painter. Recounting Pierre-Auguste's extraordinary career, beginning as a painter of fans and porcelain, recording the rules of thumb by which he worked, and capturing his unpretentious and wonderfully engaging talk and personality, Jean Renoir's book is a wonderful double portrait of father and son.   more >>


“Across the Atlantic: French Film in the Brinton Collection,” by Michael Zahs.
March 22, 2020 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM

Category:  Lecture

Michael Zahs, star of the recent documentary Saving Brinton, will speak about early French film and its impact in the United States   more >>


Doodlebugs at the NLCL: Dancing with Degas
March 25, 2020 10:30 AM

Category:  Doodlebugs

Create some oil-pastel ballerinas, just as Edgar Degas drew, and then learn some beautiful ballet steps with our friend Carol Rezabek from the Dancer’s Edge!   more >>


Doodlebugs at Hiawatha Public Library: Dancing with Degas
March 27, 2020 10:30 AM

Category:  Doodlebugs

Create some oil-pastel ballerinas, just as Edgar Degas drew, and then learn some beautiful ballet steps with our friend Carol Rezabek from the Dancer’s Edge!   more >>


Doodlebugs @MPL: Good Point!
March 31, 2020 10:45 AM

Category:  Doodlebugs

We’ll look at Georges Seurat’s famous Sunday Afternoon painting and create Pointillist works of art. Make it a “point” to be there!   more >>


Art Bites, Artist Spotlight: Mary Cassatt
April 1, 2020 12:15 PM

Category:  Art Bites

Our temporary exhibitions have given us an embarrassment of riches: so many Mary Cassatt works in one place! Join Associate Curator Kate Kunau for a discussion of Cassatt’s life and work, and what the pieces on display tell us about her phenomenal career.   more >>


Slow Art Day 2020
April 4, 2020 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. Simple by design, the goal is to focus on the art and the art of seeing.   more >>


“Degas in New Orleans,” by Dorothy Johnson, Roy J. Carver Professor of Art History, University of Io
April 5, 2020 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM

Category:  Lecture

Edgar Degas is famed for his paintings of young ballet dancers and horse races, but a lesser known aspect of his work is the time he spent in New Orleans. Degas traveled to the city in 1872 to see the American side of his mother’s family, who worked as cotton and textile merchants. The painter saw this six-month stay as a return to his roots and produced eighteen paintings during his time there. Join Dorothy Johnson, Roy J. Carver Professor of Art History at the University of Iowa to discuss this unfamiliar aspect of Degas’ career.   more >>


Member Night April 2020
April 7, 2020 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM

Category:  Members' Nights

With your CRMA membership, you are able to visit the "Across the Atlantic" exhibition as many times as you like during its run in Cedar Rapids (February 1-April 26). However, as a special thank you, we will have a special after-hour event for members starting at 5 pm. Light refreshments will be served, and special discounts will be available in the Museum Store. Come join fellow members for a less-crowded, more intimate viewing of the exhibition. 5-7 pm.   more >>


Guided Meditation at the Grant Wood Studio: Water and Bloom
April 9, 2020 06:00 PM

Category:  Guided Meditation

Spring renewal is emerging all around us! Following Mother Nature’s lead… What shall we choose to water? Where and how are we called to bloom?   more >>


Pajama Storytime: Notre Dame
April 16, 2020 06:30 PM

Category:  Pajama Story Time

Notre Dame Cathedral is famous for its gargoyles, bells, stained glass windows, and also for a certain hunchback… Stop in for some stories and a cool craft inspired by this Gothic landmark.   more >>


Free Third Thursdays on Third-April 2020
April 16, 2020 05:00 PM - 08:00 PM

Category:  General

Join us on the third Thursday of the month (on Third Avenue) for free admission to the entire museum from 5 pm to 8 pm. Enjoy all that the CRMA has to offer, including our special temporary exhibitions "Across the Atlantic: American Impressionism through the French Lens" and "Ooh La La: French Works from the Riley Collection."   more >>


“Light, Color, & Dance: The Genius of Loie Fuller,” by Carol Rezabek.
April 19, 2020 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM

Category:  Lecture

Born in Illinois, Loie Fuller became one of Europe’s most wildly celebrated dancers. She was the only female entertainer to have her own pavilion at the 1900 Exposition Universelle in Paris. Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec featured her in a number of his prints, August Rodin commissioned a series of photographs of the dancer with plans to sculpt her; and the Lumière brothers released a film about her in 1897. Fuller’s famed Serpentine Dance, personified Art Nouveau in elegant flowing lines of her billowing silk gowns, which she moved using bamboo dowels sewn into her sleeves. As she danced “colored lights were projected onto the flowing fabric, and as she twirled, she seemed to metamorphose into elements from the natural world: a flower, a butterfly, a tongue of flame.”   more >>


Special Tour: eARTh Day
April 22, 2020 12:30 PM

Category:  Tours

Celebrate Earth Day through the eyes of the Impressionists. This docent-led gallery tour focuses on nature’s beauty, as well as the physical record of the French and American landscapes captured on canvas. No reservations are necessary, but space is limited and available to visitors on a first-come, first-served basis. Free with paid museum admission.   more >>


Doodlebugs at the Hiawatha Public Library: Shake it Up!
April 24, 2020 10:30 AM

Category:  Doodlebugs

Inspired by Toulouse-Lautrec’s poster advertising confetti, we’ll shake things up a bit and make confetti-splattered pictures to take home.   more >>


Doodlebugs at the Marion Public Library: Make an Impression
April 28, 2020 10:45 AM

Category:  Doodlebugs

Claude Monet may be the most famous Impressionist, but everybody who was anybody learned this style of painting. And now, Doodlebugs will be Impressionists too!   more >>


Guided Meditation at the Grant Wood Studio: Color's Influence
May 14, 2020 06:00 PM

Category:  Guided Meditation

Whether we’re looking at an artist’s palette, a prismatic spectrum, or the hues associated with the chakras…we can recognize the nature of color’s influence and expression. Meditation will guide us how we each connect with color and how it speaks to us and through us.   more >>


Pajama Storytime: Happy Birthday, CRMA!
May 21, 2020

Category:  Pajama Story Time

Celebrate the museum’s 125th birthday with us! We’ll read birthday books together and then make party favors to take home!   more >>




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