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Kick Up Your Heels: The Fine Art of Shoes
May 18 - September 1, 2019

The humble shoe, one of the most basic items of human clothing, has been the focus of some of the most outrageous fashion ideas. Inspired by the exhibition Killer Heels: The Art of the High Heeled Shoe from the Brooklyn Museum, Kick up Your Heels celebrates the unique design elements in contemporary women’s shoes. More Info >>

John Beckelman: Horizon Suite
April 4 - October 27, 2019

Horizon Suite attempts to gently entice the viewer into the inner landscapes and interior spaces of our imagination and memory. Beckelman finds a curious intersection between the seemingly enduring and timeless character of earth and the fleeting yet wonderful impermanence of the world in which we live. More Info >>

Bruce Beasley: A New Direction
April 4 - October 27, 2019

Beasley selects virtual reality gestures that “sing” and then prints monumental versions of these onto canvas. Beasley then studies the printed gestures and cuts them into fragments – “visual words,” as he calls them. Finally, he moves these fragments around like so many puzzle pieces, twisting, rotating, flipping, and adjusting until an arrangement becomes the wall collages currently on view More Info >>

American Visionary: John F. Kennedy’s Life and Times
February 2 - May 19, 2019

American Visionary: John F. Kennedy’s Life and Times brings together seventy-seven images culled from the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, Getty Images, private collections, and the Kennedy family archives. The dramatic scope of Kennedy’s life is evident in these photographs—from his first congressional bid as a decorated war hero in 1946, his fairytale marriage to Jacqueline Bouvier in 1953, his run for the White House in 1960 and role as commander in chief, to the tragedy of his death in Dallas in 1963. These images remain as vivid evidence of John Kennedy’s imprint upon the American conscience. More Info >>

Power and Protest: Political Photographs and Prints
January 12 - April 28, 2019

American politics have been contentious for as long as America has existed. Drawn from the CRMA’s own collection of photographs and prints, Power and Protest celebrates the glossy official images of political power, the behind-the-scenes work to keep people there, and the demonstrations, marches, and rallies that spoke to that power. Power and Protest was designed as a complement to the John F. Kennedy exhibition and both emphasize the role art has had in shaping the political views of our nation. More Info >>

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 >>

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 >>