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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 >>




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