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Terra Nova: Ten Years
November 3, 2018 - October 6, 2019

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. This mutually beneficial arrangement allowed the artists to establish themselves in a museum collection and receive professional experience with curators while growing the CRMA’s collection of 3D art. The exhibition will display artwork from every resident from 2009 to 2018, a testament to the fruitfulness of this collaboration. More Info >>

If We Ran the Zoo: Animals in Children's Book Illustration
October 6, 2018 - January 13, 2019

Stories about animals have always been a staple of children’s literature. One of the earliest known books aimed at children, the 17th century publication Orbis sensualium pictus, taught children the alphabet by mimicking animal noises. This trope continued in the early- and mid-20th century, called the Golden Age of 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 Info >>

One Man, One War, One Hundred Years
September 15 - December 30, 2018

Iowa artist Michael Wilson was inspired to create this body of work after finding World War I pictures and memorabilia of his beloved great-uncle Herb Thordsen, who served as a machine-gunner in the 321st Machine Gun Battalion. Timed to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the November 11th, 1918 armistice (the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month”), One distills the Great War down to the level of one man and the history he shared with his young great-nephew. More Info >>

Flight Pattern: Birds in Art
March 1, 2018 - March 30, 2019

In flight or at rest, birds have long fascinated artists. Often used as symbolic objects for particular virtues, families, or countries, birds in art can carry meaning far beyond their forms. From John Buck’s vibrant woodcut of the extinct dodo bird to Laurie Hogin’s fantastically feathered creations, Flight Pattern celebrates the great variety of avian art in the CRMA collection. More Info >>

Grant Wood: From Farm Boy to American Icon
November 19, 2016

Grant Wood: From Farm Boy to American Icon November 19, 2016 – ongoing More Info >>

Marvin Cone: An American Vision
November 19, 2016

Marvin Cone: An American Vision More Info >>

Beyond the Prairie: Midwestern Art from the Collection
November 19, 2016

Beyond the Prairie: Midwestern Art from the Collection November 19, 2016 - ongoing More Info >>

Mauricio Lasansky: Master Printmaker
May 30, 2009

*This is an ongoing, permanent collection exhibition. Best known for large-scale prints in which he uses multiple plates and full ranges of color, Lasansky combines a spectrum of graphic techniques including etching, drypoint, aquatint, and engraving. More Info >>

Art in Roman Life
May 30, 2009

* This is an ongoing, permanent collection exhibition. Art in Roman Life is exhibition of more than 50 works, including 21 Roman portrait busts donated to the CRMA by Tom and Nan Riley. More Info >>