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July: Artist of the Month Darrell Wahlstrom
July 1 to July 31, 2017

Category:  Museum Store

Darrell Wahlstrom has been painting abstract art for many years and his watercolor and acrylic paintings are inspired by jazz music. In his work, Darrell uses his handling of the paint—the colors, the tones, and the textures—with his imagination to create a new reality for both the artist and the viewer.   more >>


Family Fun Day! Summer 2017
July 2, 2017 12:30 PM - 03:30 PM

Category:  Family

Stop in to check out the new watercolor-themed exhibitions, and do some make-and-take art projects of your own. You’ll also get to see the work of our talented summer campers in their own exhibition of projects they did over the course of their week at camp. It’s for all ages! Free.   more >>


Art Bites: Inside the Exhibition: Uncharted Waters: The Fine Art of Watercolor Painting
July 5, 2017 12:15 PM

Category:  Art Bites

Join Associate Curator Kate Kunau for a walk through this new exhibition, celebrating the great variation in watercolor painting. Unpredictable and challenging, watercolors provide opportunity for variety of dependent on the desires of the artist. Uncharted Waters showcases some of the most dynamic and varied watercolors in the CRMA’s collection.   more >>


Doodlers’ Drop-In series: Summer 2017
July 13, 2017 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Category:  Doodler's Drop In

Doodlers’ Drop-In series: Teens & tweens, drop in to doodle with us on Thursdays this summer. For a couple of hours each week we’ll get together and draw or sketch.   more >>


Guided Meditation at the Grant Wood Studio:Creative Charge: Sparking Your Inner Fireworks
July 13, 2017 06:00 PM

Category:  Guided Meditation

Noelle Holmes of Illuminations Healing Arts Center will lead you through a guided meditation. Contact Education Director Erin Thomas at ethomas@crma.org or 319.366.7503 ext. 203 to register. Cost is $10 for ages 13 and up.   more >>


Pop & Paint
July 19, 2017 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Category:  Pop & Paint

Think of it like a teen version of Cork & Canvas. Join the CRMA’s Education Director Erin Thomas as she leads kids ages 11-17 through a messy abstract art project (mostly outdoors) involving acrylic paint, canvas, spray paint, and a garden hose. Dress accordingly! Hosted by the Hiawatha Public Library, all art materials and soda will be provided. Free. Space is limited, so preregistration is required.   more >>


Doodler's Drop-In at the Marion Public Library
July 20, 2017 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Category:  Doodler's Drop In

Teens & tweens, drop in to doodle with us on Thursdays this summer. For a couple of hours each week we’ll get together and draw or sketch.   more >>


Art Lover's Book Club: Mad Enchantment by Ross King
July 20, 2017 04:00 PM

Category:  Art Lover's Book Club

“From bestselling author Ross King, a brilliant portrait of legendary artist Claude Monet and the story of his most memorable achievement, the water lilies."   more >>


Page-Turner Art for Adults
July 24, 2017 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM

Category:  Art Classes

Inspired by the CRMA’s exhibition, Page-Turner: Books and Reading in Art, you’ll see that books are more than just stories captured on paper. They’re raw materials that, when combined with a little imagination, can be transformed into fantastic artwork! Choose from several possible projects that you can complete during this two-hour workshop. Hosted by the Hiawatha Public Library and led by the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art’s Education Director Erin Thomas. Adults of all ages are welcome!   more >>


Doodlebugs at the Marion Library: It's A Monster!
July 25, 2017 10:45 AM

Category:  Doodlebugs

It’s a Monster! Turn blobs of paint into monsters after some inspiration from a very silly story about goofy monsters   more >>


Doodlers Drop-In at the Cedar Rapids Public Library
July 27, 2017 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Category:  Doodler's Drop In

Teens & tweens, drop in to doodle with us on Thursdays this summer. For a couple of hours each week we’ll get together and draw or sketch!   more >>


Doodlebugs at the Hiawatha Library: Lot's of Dots
July 28, 2017 10:30 AM

Category:  Doodlebugs

Not sure you’re an artist yet? Turns out, a dot is a great way to start! Make a fabulous dot to take home while helping to make a dot painting as a group.   more >>


Art Bites: Director’s Choice with Executive Director Sean Ulmer
August 2, 2017 12:15 PM

Category:  Art Bites

Join Executive Director Sean Ulmer as he surprises us with a unique Art Bites of his choice.   more >>


Doodlers Drop in at the CRMA
August 3, 2017 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Category:  Doodler's Drop In

Doodlers Drop-In series: Teens & tweens, drop in to doodle with us on Thursdays this summer. For a couple of hours each week we’ll get together and draw or sketch. Bring the materials you like to use, and we’ll provide a few other media to try out. If you’re interested in low-commitment art projects that can be as public or anonymous as you wish, even if you don’t consider yourself an artist but you have the creative ‘bug’ to produce something, this is for you. These weekly sessions are just for fun, to inspire you. You can share your work with others or look through your peers’ work when you meet up. You can join in at any time, and attend as many of the drop-ins as you like, and invite your friends to come with you. (But no grownups allowed!) It’s free! Check our website or social media to find out where to meet us each week. Thursday, August 3, 1-3pm @CRMA   more >>


The Science of Watercolors-Sold Out
August 3, 2017 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Category:  Art Classes

Find out what happens when art & science collide! Local artist Sara Rieger will lead kids ages 5-10 yrs through scientific experiments with watercolor paints and other materials that will create amazing results. Explore lots of tricks and techniques including making watercolor paintings with straws, yarn, and rubbing alcohol.   more >>


Watercolors 101 Workshop
August 5, 2017 01:00 PM - 03:00 AM

Category:  Art Classes

Are you an adult interested in learning how to paint with watercolors? Join local artist Sara Rieger for a workshop on the basics. Explore the watercolorist’s toolbox and painting techniques including opacity, color, blending, and brushwork. Using a method of drawing called blind contour you’ll create a still life or self-portrait for practicing and growing your watercolor painting skills. If you're a beginner, or looking to brush up on your watercolor skills, or a watercolor painter who just wants to paint in the company of other creative people, this fun, no-pressure workshop is perfect for you.   more >>


Guided Mediation at the Grant Wood Studio, Tempering the Heat
August 10, 2017 06:00 PM

Category:  Guided Meditation

Noelle Holmes of Illuminations Healing Arts Center will lead you through a guided meditation. Contact Education Director Erin Thomas at ethomas@crma.org or 319.366.7503 ext. 203 to register. Cost is $10 for ages 13 and up.   more >>


Doodlers Drop-In at the Vets Memorial Building
August 10, 2017 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Category:  Doodler's Drop In

This week’s Doodlers’ Drop-In is at the Veteran’s Memorial Building, located on Mays Island between 1st & 2nd Ave bridges (and the entrance is off the 2nd Ave bridge). Drop-Ins can hang out and sketch in the lobby in front of Grant Wood’s stained glass window, peruse and draw in the galleries, or grab a seat in the stands inside the coliseum. The building is full of ornate architectural details and is full of historical beauty. Join us!   more >>


Doodlers Drop-In at the Hiawatha Public Library
August 17, 2017 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Category:  Doodler's Drop In

Doodlers’ Drop-In series: Teens & tweens, drop in to doodle with us on Thursdays this summer. For a couple of hours each week we’ll get together and draw or sketch. Bring the materials you like to use, and we’ll provide a few other media to try out. If you’re interested in low-commitment art projects that can be as public or anonymous as you wish, even if you don’t consider yourself an artist but you have the creative ‘bug’ to produce something, this is for you. These weekly sessions are just for fun, to inspire you. You can share your work with others or look through your peers’ work when you meet up. You can join in at any time, and attend as many of the drop-ins as you like, and invite your friends to come with you. (But no grownups allowed!) It’s free! Check our website or social media to find out where to meet us each week. Thursday, August 17, 1-3pm @HPL   more >>


Art Lover's Book Club: "The Anatomy Lesson" by Nina Siegal
August 17, 2017 04:00 PM

Category:  Art Lover's Book Club

A single day in Amsterdam, 1632. The Surgeons’ Guild has commissioned a young artist named Rembrandt to paint Dr. Nicolaes Tulp as he performs a medical dissection. In the swirl of anticipation and intrigue surrounding the event, we meet an extraordinary constellation of men and women whose lives hinge, in some way, on Dr. Tulp’s anatomy lesson.   more >>


Watercolors 101-Back by Popular Demand!-sold out
August 20, 2017 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Category:  Art Classes

Are you an adult interested in learning how to paint with watercolors? Join local artist Sara Rieger for a workshop on the basics. Explore the watercolorist’s toolbox and painting techniques including opacity, color, blending, and brushwork. Using a method of drawing called blind contour you’ll create a still life or self-portrait for practicing and growing your watercolor painting skills. If you're a beginner, or looking to brush up on your watercolor skills, or a watercolor painter who just wants to paint in the company of other creative people, this fun, no-pressure workshop is perfect for you. Preregistration is required. Contact Education Director Erin Thomas at ethomas@crma.org or 319-366-7503. For ages 17 & up; $10.   more >>


Doodlebugs at the Hiawatha Library Mix It Up!
August 25, 2017 10:30 AM

Category:  Doodlebugs

We’ll read Eric Carle’s The Mixed Up Chameleon and create some of our own mixed- mixed-up critters by mixing different colors together.   more >>


Doodlebugs at the Marion Library: Painting the Night Sky
August 29, 2017 10:45 AM

Category:  Doodlebugs

Stargazers, join us to create a watercolor night sky complete with stars and constellations.   more >>


September: Artist of the Month Barbara Bernier
September 1 to September 30, 2017

Category:  Museum Store

Barbara Bernier is a self-taught paper marbler and has been producing marbled paper for more than 20 years. Practicality is a way of life for Barbara, so while the designs and colors are visually exciting, it is imperative to her that the papers also serve a useful purpose. Like any hand-crafted or handmade paper, marbled paper is a unique piece of art on its own. However, Barbara often uses the visually-stunning paper in book bindings and handmade journals to add an elegant look and feel.   more >>


Art Bites Inside the Exhibition: Malvina Hoffman: A Sculptor’s Journey
September 6, 2017 12:15 PM

Category:  Art Bites

Join Associate Curator Kate Kunau for a walk through the new exhibition of 20th century sculptor Malvina Hoffman. Drawing from the CRMA’s deep collection of Hoffman’s work, this two-gallery exhibition explores her lengthy and varied career as a sculptor of the human form. From her early bust of her father Richard to her famous commission from the Field Museum to create their “Hall of Man,” Malvina Hoffman: A Sculptor’s Journey traces Hoffman’s artistic roots from her teenage creations through apprenticeship with Auguste Rodin and into her arrival as an independent and gifted artist.   more >>


Page -Turner Art for Kids
September 9, 2017 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Category:  Family

Kids ages 6 & up are invited to join us in making some book-based art projects inspired by the CRMA’s exhibition, Page-Turner: Books and Reading in Art. Create an accordion book, a diorama book, or a waterfall book. You’ll start off with an old book that you can cut apart and add things to, creating something completely new and totally customized with your own artwork. You can use your book to tell the story of your summer vacation, your family tree, a fairy tale you love, or anything else your imagination can come up with. We recommend that adult chaperones plan to stay with the younger children.   more >>


Guided Meditation at the Grant Wood Studio, Allowing in the Softness
September 14, 2017 06:00 PM

Category:  Guided Meditation

Noelle Holmes of Illuminations Healing Arts Center will lead you through a guided meditation. Contact Education Director Erin Thomas at ethomas@crma.org or 319.366.7503 ext. 203 to register. Cost is $10 for ages 13 and up.   more >>


Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder
September 18, 2017 06:30 PM

Category:  Lecture

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but it also has a lot to do with the beholder's cultural standards. Images of today’s beauty idols like the Kardashians, Beyoncé, and hundreds of Instagram celebrities are omnipresent in society. But before our media-soaked age it was largely artists who documented the beauty archetypes of the time.   more >>


Art Lovers Book Club The White Road: Journey into Obsession by Edmund de Waal
September 21, 2017 04:00 PM

Category:  Art Lover's Book Club

In The White Road, bestselling author and artist Edmund de Waal gives us an intimate narrative history of his lifelong obsession with porcelain, or "white gold."   more >>


The Art of Being Me
September 23, 2017 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Category:  Art Classes

Body positivity is for everyone! Teens and tweens are invited to challenge body ideals and accept their bodies as they are. We will use collage and other art techniques to create affirming and empowering self-portraits. This workshop is led by Bekah Andrews, a family and marriage therapist who is also addicted to art journaling   more >>


Doodlebugs: Big Mouth
September 26, 2017 10:45 AM

Category:  Doodlebugs

Starting with a silly book about a frog with a BIG mouth, you’ll make a funny pop-up picture of your own mouth that opens as big as you want!   more >>


Doolebugs:Shake Your Booty
September 29, 2017 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

Category:  Doodlebugs

Shake Your Booty Listen to a hilarious book all about derrieres, and Carol Rezabek from the Dancer’s EDGE will teach you some funky dance moves to shake your booty.   more >>


Art Bites, Living Proof: Visualization of Hope
October 4, 2017 12:15 PM

Category:  Art Bites

Inside the Exhibition: Join Associate Curator Kate Kunau for a discussion of the CRMA’s newest exhibition, Living Proof: Visualization of Hope.  Living Proof Exhibit, an organization based out of the Quad Cities, welcomes all cancer survivors or patients of any artistic skill level living within a 200-mile radius of the Quad Cities to submit artwork for the annual exhibition celebrating the creative spirit of those whose lives have been impacted.    more >>


Guided Mediation: Fall Into Celebration
October 12, 2017 06:00 PM

Category:  Guided Meditation

The air is crisp, the leaves are changing and life is charged and electric! We will embrace the magic of the golden glow of autumn & celebrate this season of transformation!   more >>


Tears Beneath My Skin Documentary
October 14, 2017 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Category:  Cinema

Wrapping Ourselves in God's Love, a support group of African-American breast cancer survivors, will present their documentary "Tears Beneath My Skin". Additionally, they will display the sister quilt they created. Each panel of the quilt depicts the story of a cancer survivor. A book Embracing the Sunrise of Every New Day filled with inspirational words from survivors will be available. Gaye Shannon- Burnett will lead a discussion after the documentary as well as discuss the creating of the quilt and book. Funding for this event has been provided by Living Proof Exhibit.   more >>


Life Drawing & Painting 101 Workshop
October 15, 2017 12:30 PM - 03:30 PM

Category:  Art Classes

Artist and instructor Lisa Towers will get you started with the basics of painting or drawing the human form. These workshops complement the CRMA’s exhibition, Figure Study: The Body in Art, open 9/30/17 to 1/14/18. You can participate in one, two, or all three workshops! Participants are asked to bring their own drawing/painting materials Preregistration and prepayment is required no later than 4pm on Thursday before each session, but space is limited so register early by calling the CRMA at 319-366-7503 or emailing ethomas@crma.org. Each session is $50, which includes a professional artist-instructor and live nude model. This class is for ages 18+.   more >>


Mixed Media Mantras Workshop
October 19, 2017 06:00 PM - 08:30 PM

Category:  Art Classes

Join the CRMA’s Education Director Erin Thomas in making a mixed media art project on canvas to illustrate an affirmation or mantra that is important to you. Inspired by the CRMA’s current exhibition, Figure Study: The Body in Art, you will leave with a finished canvas piece to hang in your home to remind you to stay positive, boost your self-confidence, celebrate yourself, or simply be present in the moment. This workshop is brought to you by the Hiawatha Public Library. To register, go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mixed-media-mantras-workshop-tickets-37011025975. This program complements the CRMA’s current exhibitions, "Figure Study: The Body in Art" and "Living Proof: Visualization of Hope". Associate Curator Kate Kunau will be giving a gallery tour to describe the purpose of the exhibition and how the way in which we look at the human body has changed over the centuries.   more >>


Art Lovers Book Club: Master of the Prado
October 19, 2017 04:00 PM

Category:  Art Lover's Book Club

New York Times bestselling author Javier Sierra takes you on a grand tour of the Prado museum in this historical novel that illuminates the fascinating mysteries behind European art-complete with gorgeous, full-color inserts of artwork by da Vinci, Boticelli, and other master artists.   more >>


Life Drawing & Painting 101 Workshop session 2
October 22, 2017 12:30 PM - 03:30 PM

Category:  Art Classes

Artist and instructor Lisa Towers will get you started with the basics of painting or drawing the human form. These workshops complement the CRMA’s exhibition, Figure Study: The Body in Art, open 9/30/17 to 1/14/18.   more >>


The Beauty of the Other: Non-Ideal Figures in Western Art
October 26, 2017 07:00 PM

Category:  Lecture

If the idea of what makes a human beautiful varies according to the viewer’s cultural standards, so to does what makes a human the opposite. While most artists concentrate their efforts on depicting the great beauties of their age and ideal types, some are also intrigued by “the other.” Join Associate Curator Kate Kunau for an informative discussion of how different non-ideal figures are portrayed in western art history.   more >>


Doodlebugs: Skin Deep
October 27, 2017 10:30 AM

Category:  Doodlebugs

Skin Deep Look at the rainbow of colors our skin comes in! Our book compares them to some yummy treats, so we’ll be finger-painting portraits with food.   more >>


Life Drawing & Painting 101 Workshop session 3
October 29, 2017 12:30 PM - 03:30 PM

Category:  Art Classes

Artist and instructor Lisa Towers will get you started with the basics of painting or drawing the human form. These workshops complement the CRMA’s exhibition, Figure Study: The Body in Art, open 9/30/17 to 1/14/18. You can participate in one, two, or all three workshops! Participants are asked to bring their own drawing/painting materials Preregistration and prepayment is required no later than 4pm on Thursday before each session, but space is limited so register early by calling the CRMA at 319-366-7503 or emailing ethomas@crma.org. Each session is $50, which includes a professional artist-instructor and live nude model. This class is for ages 18+.   more >>


Doodlebugs: Dem Bones
October 31, 2017 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Category:  Doodlebugs

It’s the time of year when skeletons come out to play! Use your X-ray vision and join the party with an art project about the bones in our bodies.   more >>


Art Bites: Figure Study: The Body In Art
November 1, 2017 12:15 PM

Category:  Art Bites

Inside the Exhibition: Join Associate Curator Kate Kunau to walk through the CRMA’s new exhibition, Figure Study: The Body in Art.  Artists have long been fascinated by the human body and this exhibition draws from the CRMA permanent collection to celebrate the diversity of bodies both in artistic media and body type.   more >>


CRMA Gala 2017
November 3 to November 3, 2017 05:30 PM

Category:  Fundraiser

Celebrate with fun friends, creative cuisine, and lovely libations throughout the evening as you peruse a spectacular silent auction and a lavish live auction, each filled with amazing art and exciting experiences you won’t want to miss.   more >>


"The Wood Problem" docudrama and panel discussion
November 9, 2017 06:00 PM

Category:  General

This original docudrama about Grant Wood by Iowa Playwright Workshop’s Scott Bradley will be followed by a panel discussion with Bradley, University of Iowa Art History Professor Joni Kinsey, and Grant Wood Art Colony founder Jim Hayes. In the docudrama’s creation, Bradley uses archival research about Iowa’s most famous artist, Grant Wood, to create a new work of art. Guests will have the opportunity to see many of Wood’s works of art in the museum’s Grant Wood exhibition before they travel to New York to be included the Whitney’s Grant Wood: American Gothic and other Fables exhibition (March 2—June 10, 2018).   more >>


Guided Meditation: Gratitude Leading Us To Grace
November 9, 2017 06:00 PM

Category:  Guided Meditation

Gratitude Leading Us To Grace As we thoughtfully touch on all that we have been gifted with, let the gratitude these blessings inspire lead us into a state of grace.   more >>


Art Therapy Session
November 16, 2017 06:00 PM

Category:  Art Classes

This Mindfulness and Expressive Painting art therapy session will provide participants with a safe place to express feelings and reduce stress in a supportive environment where those affected by cancer can share with others who have gone through similar experiences.   more >>


Art Lovers Book Club: Egypt-Omania
November 16, 2017 04:00 PM

Category:  Art Lover's Book Club

For forty years, Bob Brier, one of the world's foremost Egyptologists, has been amassing one of the largest collections of Egyptian memorabilia and seeking to understand the pull of Ancient Egypt on our world today. In this original and groundbreaking book, with twenty-four pages of color photos from the author's collection, he explores our three-thousand-year-old fixation with recovering Egyptian culture and its meaning.   more >>


Doodlebugs: Give Me A Hand
November 17, 2017 10:30 AM

Category:  Doodlebugs

Gimme a Hand We’re engaging ALL our senses to enjoy today’s story and art project! Get ready to listen with our eyes and talk with your hands as we learn about American Sign Language.   more >>


Artist Market 2017
November 19, 2017 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM

Category:  Museum Store

The Artists Market, It’s All About the Art is our annual artists market. The art market will have paintings, prints, functional art, sculpture, glass, collage, fiber art and jewelry. Hope to see you here!   more >>


Museum Store Sunday
November 26, 2017 12:00 PM - 04:00 PM

Category:  Museum Store

Join us for the NEW  global event of Museum Store Sunday (MSS) on November 26. CRMA members will receive 20% 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: A Loose Tooth
November 28, 2017 10:45 AM

Category:  Doodlebugs

Is Mrs. Watson actually a three-hundred –year old alien who steals baby teeth from her students? Our silly story will solve the mystery. Then we’ll use toothbrushes to make some very cool art!   more >>


Art Bites, Director's Choice
December 6, 2017 12:15 PM

Category:  Art Bites

Executive Director Sean Ulmer will surprise us with an Art Bites of his choice. Don’t miss the surprises he has in store for us!   more >>


Art Therapy Lecture
December 9, 2017 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Category:  Lecture

The lecture will include information on the art therapy profession, such as education and training requirements for entry into the field, scope of practice, and specific examples of how art therapy is used with a variety of populations, including those affected by cancer.   more >>


Guided Meditation: Be A Light In The Light
December 14, 2017 06:00 PM

Category:  Guided Meditation

Be A Light In The Night During this month of the longest day of night we allow ourselves to be mindful of the Love that we hold within...and the Light that Love can bring to this world. Let us gather and shine together!   more >>




Ongoing Events


Grant Wood Studio Opens for the 2017 Season
Category:  Grant Wood Studio
April 1, 2017

The Grant Wood Studio, located at the fictional address of #5 Turner Alley, was the home and art studio of Grant Wood. The studio is open to the public every Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4pm, excluding holidays. See the very spot where American Gothic, one of the most recognized works of art in the world, was created.
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