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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 >>


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 >>


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 >>


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 >>


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 >>




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