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Uncharted Waters: The Fine Art of Watercolor Painting
June 3 - September 10, 2017

Watercolor is a painting method that spans human history. Beginning with paintings on cave walls, watercolor’s great versatility allows it to be used for such diverse projects as ancient Egyptian tomb decorations, Asian silk paintings, and medieval illuminated manuscripts. Unpredictable and challenging, watercolors provide the opportunity for a variety of artworks dependent on the desires of the artist. With wonderfully varied examples drawn from the Museum collection, this exhibition celebrates the great range of the medium. More Info >>

Letters to My Ancestors: The Watercolors of Tara Moorman
May 13 - August 27, 2017

Cedar Rapids-based artist Tara Moorman has long been known for her exquisite watercolor paintings. This exhibition displays a new series, inspired by old photographs of Moorman’s relatives found at her mother’s home. Moorman describes her ancestors with Garrison Keillor’s phrase, “all the women are strong, all the men are good-looking, and all the children are above average.” Using the photos as inspiration for her paintings allowed Moorman to have a conversation of sorts with her ancestors and momentarily step into their world. More Info >>

Page-Turner: Books and Reading in Art
March 1, 2017 - March 31, 2018

From Marvin Cone’s enchanting paintings of his daughter Doris engrossed in a book to Mary GrandPre’s charming illustrations for the blockbuster Harry Potter series, books and reading have inspired artists in a variety of ways for generations. This exhibition casts a wide net, including objects created out of books, books from artist’s collections, name plates and illustrations from books, and, of course, images of people reading. This exhibition’s long run will allow for a wide variety of reading-related programming over the course of the year. 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 >>

Iowa + Taiwan: The Fourth Iowa Metals Guild Exhibition
October 22, 2016 - August 6, 2017

The CRMA will be hosting a juried exhibition of metal arts, open to all artists who currently reside in Iowa, received their metal arts education in Iowa, or have taught metal arts in Iowa. Jurors will be led by Kee-Ho Yuen, professor in studio arts at the University of Iowa. From large-scale sculpture to the most delicate jewelry, this exhibition will showcase the great artistry present in Iowa’s metalworkers. Click HERE to view the exhibition online 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 >>