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Art Bites: Curator's Choice
September 5, 2018 12:15 PM

Category:  Art 21

Join Associate Curator Kate Kunau with a surprise Art Bites of her choice.   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 >>


Guided Meditation at the Grant Wood Studio, Stepping Into Art
September 13, 2018 06:00 PM

Category:  Guided Meditation

Your favorite works of art…oh how they enthrall and captivate! Imagination morphs into inner-docent as we allow our creative consciousness to lead us into our most cherished pieces. Will Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” enrapture? Or Da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” unveil the secrets behind her smile? Join us on this meditative journey and find out…   more >>


Doodlebugs @MPL—The Very Messy Color-pillar
September 25, 2018 10:45 AM

Category:  Doodlebugs

We’ll read a story about a Glasswing butterfly, and get messy adding color to our own butterfly creations.   more >>


The Artist-Soldier Experience during World War I
September 27, 2018 07:00 PM

Category:  Lecture

At the beginning of World War I, many artists--both American and European--believed they were given the opportunity of a lifetime: to experience war on an epic scale. Those experiences could serve as inspiration in the creative process, but the opportunities for artists varied. Some served in the ranks while others were commissioned by governments, both at home and abroad. These opportunities and the artworks produced by artists will be discussed, revealing how art was used as therapy, as communication, and as weapons during the Great War.   more >>


Art Bites: Inside the Exhibition - One War, One Man, One Hundred Years with artist Michael Wilson
October 3, 2018 12:15 PM

Category:  Art Bites

Join artist Michael Wilson as he discusses his exhibition One Man, One War, One Hundred Years, based on the memories of his great-uncle Herb Thordsen. A talented oil painter, Wilson was inspired by memories of Thordsen, his great-uncle’s memorabilia, and the one-hundredth anniversary of the WWI armistice.   more >>


Guided Meditation: Travel on the Ticket of Transition
October 11, 2018 06:00 PM

Category:  Guided Meditation

October can be electric with the changing of the seasons, turning of the leaves, Halloween festivities. This time of the year issues each of us a ticket to take a ride and travel the course of transition. Let’s bring the elements of presence, reflection and celebration of the convergent unfolding within us (and around us) as we journey.   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 >>


Draw Me a Zoo: Free Family Fun Day at the CRMA
October 20, 2018 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM

Category:  Family

Join us for free art-making activities for all ages and free gallery admission to celebrate the opening of our newest exhibition, If We Ran the Zoo: Animals in Children’s Book Illustration. There will be fun make-and-take animal-themed art projects, free gallery admission, scavenger hunts, balloon animals with Mark Garvey, an art tools “petting zoo,” and even a special appearance by Clifford the Big Red Dog. Bring the whole family!   more >>


Doodlebugs at the Marion Public Library—Going Batty
October 23, 2018 10:45 AM

Category:  Doodlebugs

October 23, 10:45am: Doodlebugs @MPL—Going Batty This fall Doodlebugs will visit the zoo and meet a variety of artistic and silly animals, inspired by our newest exhibition, If We Ran the Zoo: Animals in Children’s Book Illustration (10/6/18-1/13/19). Join us each month to read a silly animal story and do a fun animal art project! o What happens when a black bat discovers colors? This silly book will inspire today’s cool art project. o 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 >>


Page-turner Mixed Media Workshop-ages 16 & Up
October 25, 2018 06:00 PM

Category:  Art Classes

Turn your favorite children’s book into a work of art at this fun workshop. Old books will be supplied (or you can bring your own to take apart) and we will transform them with decoupage and some extra goodies.   more >>


Doodlebugs at the Hiawatha Public Library—Night Owls
October 26, 2018 10:30 AM

Category:  Doodlebugs

We’ll read a silly story about night animals who are afraid of the dark, and then make some not-so-spooky artwork.   more >>


George Seurat: A Collaborative Discussion Forum with the Revival Theatre Company
October 30, 2018 07:00 PM - 08:00 PM

Category:  Lecture

Join the Revival Theatre Company and the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art for a panel discussion on George Seurat.   more >>


Gala 2018
November 2, 2018 05:30 PM

Category:  General

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


Art Bites: If We Ran the Zoo: Animals in Children’s Book Illustration
November 7, 2018 12:15 PM

Category:  Art Bites

Join Associate Curator Kate Kunau to walk through the newest exhibition, If We Ran the Zoo: Animals in Children’s Book Illustration. Drawn from the Zerzanek Collection of Original Art from Children's Literature on loan to the CRMA from the Cedar Rapids Public Library, If We Ran the Zoo looks at the various ways animals have shaped children’s literature, from simple science books to loyal pets to fantastical, talking companions.   more >>


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

Category:  Guided Meditation

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


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

Category:  General

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


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

Category:  Museum Store

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


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

Category:  Museum Store

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


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

Category:  Doodlebugs

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


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

Category:  Doodlebugs

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


Art Bites: Ceramics Center 10 Year Anniversary
December 5, 2018 12:15 PM

Category:  Art Bites

The CRMA celebrates ten years of collaborating with the Iowa Ceramics Center and Glass Studio. In 2009, the CRMA began meeting with artists who had completed residencies at the Ceramics Center and acquiring a piece of their work—often completed during their residency—for the Museum’s collection. Join us for an Art Bites all about the exhibition celebrating this collaboration!   more >>


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

Category:  Pajama Story Time

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


Bookish Christmas ornaments
December 8, 2018 01:00 PM

Category:  Family

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


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

Category:  Guided Meditation

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


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

Category:  Book Signing

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


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

Category:  Doodlebugs

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


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

Category:  Art Lover's Book Club

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


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

Category:  Book Signing

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


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

Category:  Doodlebugs

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


Art Bites:Curator’s Choice with Associate Curator Kate Kunau
January 2, 2019 12:15 PM

Category:  Art Bites

Associate Curator Kate Kunau has been at the CRMA for over three and a half years and in that time has found many fascinating finds in the collection. In this Art Bites, the topic is a surprise of her choosing!   more >>


Guided Meditation: Be Where You Want To Be… (CRMA)
January 10, 2019 06:00 PM

Category:  Guided Meditation

January in Iowa is no joke. With cold, ice, and more cold, we tend to hunker down and wait it out… But in the warmth of the museum walls we can venture through vision and sail off to anywhere we want to be. As your creative mind jets you to warm and colorful locales…we’ll also consider what we would like to invite and activate within this New Year. The blank canvas of 2019 awaits…   more >>


For Goodness Snakes! with Wickiup Outdoor Learning Center
January 12, 2019 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Category:  Family

Help us say goodbye to the animals in our exhibition, If We Ran the Zoo: Animals in Children's Book Illustrations with a reptile party!   more >>


Pajama Storytime: Martin’s Dream
January 17, 2019 06:30 PM

Category:  Pajama Story Time

Martin Luther King, Jr Day is coming soon, so we’ll read some stories about his dream for our country, and then make an art project to take home. It’s free for kids & their adult companions. Wear your PJ’s and bring a stuffed friend to cuddle with!   more >>


Doodlebugs at HPL: Shake it All About!
January 25, 2019 10:30 AM

Category:  Doodlebugs

Our friend Carol Rezabek returns to teach us some silly steps that President Kennedy danced with his friends. That’s what it’s all about! Doodlebugs is a free preschool series for families, but if you have a daycare or school group, contact us about setting up a private Doodlebugs class designed just for you!   more >>


Doodlebugs at MPL: Stars & Stripes
January 29, 2019 10:45 AM

Category:  Doodlebugs

Learn about the American flag’s symbols and colors in today’s story, and then experiment with red, white, and blue paint to see what happens when they get mixed up. Doodlebugs is a free preschool series for families, but if you have a daycare or school group, contact us about setting up a private Doodlebugs class designed just for you! For more info, contact CRMA Education Director Erin Thomas at 319.366.7503 or ethomas@crma.org.   more >>


Art Bites: American Visionary: John F. Kennedy’s Life & Times
February 6, 2019 12:15 PM

Category:  Art Bites

American Visionary: John F. Kennedy’s Life & Times with Associate Curator Kate Kunau It’s not quite Presidents’ Day but the CRMA is already celebrating our newest exhibition: American Visionary: John F. Kennedy’s Life and Times. Join Associate Curator Kate Kunau for a discussion of how this landmark exhibition (organized in 2017 to celebrate the centenary of Kennedy’s birth) emphasizes the importance of the press in crafting a presidential image.   more >>


Grant Wood Birthday Party at the Marion Library
February 7, 2019 07:00 PM - 08:00 PM

Category:  Family

We’re taking Grant Wood’s birthday celebration to the Marion Public Library! Join us for cake, art, history, and more. Free and open to all ages; no reservation necessary. For more information, contact Madeline Jarvis at the Marion Public Library at 319-377-3412.   more >>


Guided Meditation at CRMA: Activate Your Heart
February 14, 2019 06:00 PM

Category:  Guided Meditation

Paint The Town Red Take a moment to put your finger on the pulse of your own beloved heart-space and see what it’s wanting to say to you. After we give it a listen….we’ll envision extending an expression of love out into our community…and beyond.   more >>


Art Lovers Book Club Just Kids by Patti Smith
February 21, 2019 04:00 PM

Category:  Art Lover's Book Club

Patti Smith’s offers a never-before-seen glimpse of her remarkable relationship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe in the epochal days of New York City and the Chelsea Hotel in the late sixties and seventies. An honest and moving story of youth and friendship, Smith brings the same unique, lyrical quality to Just Kids as she has to the rest of her body of work.   more >>


Pajama Storytime: Presidents in Pajamas
February 21, 2019 06:30 PM

Category:  Pajama Story Time

What does bedtime at the White House look like? Celebrate Presidents’ Day the P.J.S. way—with some fun stories about past presidents and a patriotic project you can take home. It’s free for kids & their adult companions. Wear your PJ’s and bring a stuffed friend to cuddle with.   more >>


Doodlebugs at the HPL: Ouch!
February 22, 2019 10:30 AM

Category:  Doodlebugs

Boo-boos feel so much better with a kiss and a Band-Aid, don’t they? After our story, we’ll use some adhesive bandages as stickers in an art project you can take home. Doodlebugs is a free preschool series for families, but if you have a daycare or school group, contact us about setting up a private Doodlebugs class designed just for you! For more info, contact CRMA Education Director Erin Thomas at 319.366.7503 or ethomas@crma.org.   more >>


Doodlebugs at MPL: Doodlebugs Flight School
February 26, 2019 10:45 AM

Category:  Doodlebugs

We’re taking to the skies in today’s story about a helicopter, and then we’ll create artwork that’ll make your head spin! Doodlebugs is a free preschool series for families, but if you have a daycare or school group, contact us about setting up a private Doodlebugs class designed just for you!   more >>


Museum Store Artist of the Month: Robert Fox
March 1 to March 31, 2019

Category:  Museum Store

Robert Fox has been taking black and white photographs for more than 40 years using traditional methods. All the prints in the Museum Store are gelatin silver prints, hand made by Robert Fox. Currently he uses a variety of cameras depending upon the subject matter.   more >>


Guided Meditation at CRMA: Calling In the Light
March 14, 2019 06:00 PM

Category:  Guided Meditation

Knowing winter will eventually release its hold…we seize an opportunity to claim visions of warmth. Conjuring the luminous life-giving rays of the sun, we’ll beckon spring and call in the light. Noelle Holmes of Illuminations Healing Arts Center will lead you through this guided meditation, perfect for anyone from beginners to experienced meditators   more >>


Art Lover’s Book Club: Broad Strokes
March 21, 2019 04:00 PM

Category:  Art Lover's Book Club

Historically, major women artists have been excluded from mainstream art. Aligned with the resurgence of feminism in pop culture, Broad Strokes offers an entertaining corrective to that omission. Art historian Bridget Quinn delves into the lives and careers of 15 brilliant female artists in text that's smart, feisty, educational, and an enjoyable read. Replete with beautiful reproductions of the artists' works and contemporary portraits of each artist by renowned illustrator Lisa Congdon, this is art history from 1600 to the present day for the modern art lover, reader, and feminist.   more >>


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

Category:  Pajama Story Time

We’ll read about Picasso’s dachshund Lump and make a silly doggie art project. It’s free for kids & their adult companions. Wear your PJ’s and bring a stuffed friend to cuddle with.   more >>


Doodlebugs at MPL: Swimming in Art
March 26, 2019 10:45 AM

Category:  Doodlebugs

Dive into an ocean story with us today. And our art project will definitely make a splash! (No really, and it’s gonna be messy!) Doodlebugs is a free preschool series for families, but if you have a daycare or school group, contact us about setting up a private Doodlebugs class designed just for you! For more info, contact CRMA Education Director Erin Thomas at 319.366.7503 or ethomas@crma.org.   more >>


Doodlebugs at HPL: Ahoy, Doodlebugs!
March 29, 2019 10:30 AM

Category:  Doodlebugs

Come sail away with us on a sea-faring adventure, and then we’ll create wind-powered water[color] works of art! Doodlebugs is a free preschool series for families, but if you have a daycare or school group, contact us about setting up a private Doodlebugs class designed just for you! For more info, contact CRMA Education Director Erin Thomas at 319.366.7503 or ethomas@crma.org.   more >>


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 >>


Pajama Storytime: Building a Bedtime Story
April 25, 2019 06:30 PM

Category:  Pajama Story Time

We’ll explore our super-cool building and the art of architecture at tonight’s P.J.S.! Storytime and simple art project are free for kids & their adult companions. Wear your PJ’s and bring a stuffed friend to cuddle with.   more >>


Doodlebugs at Hiawatha Public Library: Mirror, Mirror
April 26, 2019 10:30 AM

Category:  Doodlebugs

Take some time to reflect on the magic of mirrors with today’s story, and then make a mirrored work of art to take home. Doodlebugs is a free preschool series for families, but if you have a daycare or school group, contact us about setting up a private Doodlebugs class designed just for you! For more info, contact CRMA Education Director Erin Thomas at 319.366.7503 or ethomas@crma.org.   more >>


Doodlebugs @MPL: Doodlebugs in Space!
April 30, 2019 10:45 AM

Category:  Doodlebugs

Strap in for a galactic adventure in today’s story, and our make-and-take art project is out of this world! Doodlebugs is a free preschool series for families, but if you have a daycare or school group, contact us about setting up a private Doodlebugs class designed just for you! For more info, contact CRMA Education Director Erin Thomas at 319.366.7503 or ethomas@crma.org.   more >>


Guided Meditation @5TA: Opening Your Creative Treasure Trove
May 9, 2019 06:00 PM

Category:  Guided Meditation

Diving deep into the mysteries of our inner innovative sanctum, we’ll locate and open our creative treasure trove. Come see what inspired thoughts and visions emerge. Watch out! You just might surprise yourself! Noelle Holmes of Illuminations Healing Arts Center will lead you through this guided meditation, perfect for anyone from beginners to experienced meditators.   more >>


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 >>


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 >>




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