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At Work: The Art of Labor
February 19, 2017

At Work: The Art of Labor The idea of the American dream – the opportunity for prosperity, success, and upward mobility for everyone regardless of the circumstances of their birth – centers around the concept of hard work. In theory, those who are willing to put in long hours of labor will be rewarded with a richer and better life for themselves and their children. Due to its importance in the American psyche, it is perhaps not surprising that a significant amount of American art focuses on depicting work in its various guises. More Info >>

America on Paper: Prints from Associated American Artists
February 4 - May 14, 2017

America on Paper: Prints from Associated American Artists February 4 – May 14, 2017 More Info >>

Carved: Woodcut and Woodblock Prints from the Collection
January 14 - April 30, 2017

Carved: Woodcut and Woodblock Prints from the Collection January 14 – April 30, 2017 More Info >>

Into the Woods: The Forest as Artistic Inspiration
October 1, 2016 - January 15, 2017

Artists have been drawn to forests for centuries, finding great stimulation in wooded spaces. Forests can represent many things; they can be places of fairy tale enchantment, of haunting and danger, a metaphor for the mystery of the subconscious, a place of industry, or simply a place to celebrate the beauty of nature’s bounty. In literature, entering a forest is often the beginning of a voyage of self-discovery and this three-gallery exhibition examines how a variety of artists interpret and respond to the forest in both 2D and 3D media. Drawn from the permanent collection. More Info >>

Rodin: Portraits of a Lifetime. Selections from the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Collections
June 4 - September 11, 2016

At the peak of his career, French sculptor Auguste Rodin was regarded as the greatest sculptor since Michelangelo. Leaving behind nineteenth-century academic traditions, Rodin focused on conveying the vitality of the human spirit. Today we see Rodin’s pioneering sculpture as a crucial link between traditional and modern art. This exhibition showcases twenty selections from the collections of Iris & B. Gerald Cantor, including portrayals of nineteenth-century luminaries such as authors Victor Hugo and Honoré de Balzac, and composer Gustav Mahler. The exhibition includes bas reliefs, portrait busts and full length sculptures, ranging in height from less than a foot to seven feet high. During the last four decades, the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Foundation has loaned individual works and entire exhibitions to museums in more than 160 cities in Australia, Canada, Japan, Singapore, and the United States. The Cedar Rapids Museum of Art is honored to continue this tradition. More Info >>

Ladies of the Club: Female Portraiture from the Collection
May 14 - August 28, 2016

The female image has beguiled artists for millennia. From the ancient Egyptian busts of Nefertiti to Leonardo da Vinci’s enigmatic Mona Lisa, artists have attempted to capture the features and personality of female sitters in oils, marble, and every other imaginable media. Complementing portraits in the exhibitions of work by Diego Lasansky and Auguste Rodin, Ladies of the Club celebrates the female portraits in the CRMA’s collection, from Marvin Cone’s evocative paintings of his wife, Winnifred, to Mauricio Lasansky’s sensitive prints of his wife and daughter Emilia and Maria Jimena to Andy Warhol’s iconic images of the mourning Jackie Kennedy. More Info >>

Diego Lasansky: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
April 30 - October 2, 2016

Diego Lasansky, grandson of famed printmaker Mauricio Lasansky, is a painter and printmaker in his own right. While still a student at the University of Iowa (BFA 2016), his work has already garnered local, national, and international attention. Prior to his formal college education, Diego Lasansky learned about artistic processes not only from his grandfather, but also from his uncles, three of whom are professional artists. Growing up within this exceptional artistic milieu allowed the young Diego to learn the masterful techniques he employs. Lasansky’s work is figurative, and, like his grandfather, tends to focus on subjects readily available to him—such as family members—and those of historical and personal significance, such as Goya, Rembrandt, and Martin Luther. Early success came to Diego Lasansky in his series Portrait at Eighteen, a set of 50 intaglio self-portraits, each with distinct differences from the rest in the series. The exhibition at the Cedar Rapids Museum of More Info >>

Grant Wood and Marvin Cone: Barns, Farms, and America’s Heartland
February 6 - May 15, 2016

In celebration of the 125th anniversary of the births of Grant Wood and Marvin Cone, the CRMA is presenting an exhibition of both artists’ work, focusing on the images of barns, farms, and the Iowa landscape for which they are beloved. Born in 1891, Wood and Cone began their lifelong friendship in Cedar Rapids in 1906 and attended Washington High School together. The two artists subsequently traveled to Europe in 1920 and, in the summers of 1932 and 1933, were active forces in the Stone City Art Colony, which brought together an important group of regional artists. Both became known for their evocative portrayals of the Midwestern landscape and this exhibition focuses on Wood and Cone’s shared interest in the rolling hills of the Iowa countryside and the farms of the people who inhabit them. This exhibition is made possible by the Hotel-Motel Tax Fund, the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts, members of More Info >>

Joanne Ribble: Artist and Advocate
January 16 - May 1, 2016

Joanne Ribble: Artist and Advocate Community volunteer, arts advocate, and Museum supporter, Joanne Ribble (1931-2012) was less well known as an artist in her own right. Equally adept at painting and drawing, Ribble held both a bachelor of fine arts degree from American University in Washington, D.C., and a master of fine arts degree from the University of Iowa. Born in Fargo, North Dakota, she worked as a fashion designer in St. Louis, Atlanta, and Chicago before moving to Cedar Rapids. Always active in the local arts scene, Ribble was first elected to the Museum’s Board of Directors in 1981 and later served as a member of the Board of Trustees. She served on the Board for much of the past 30 years and, along with her husband Don (1930-2015), always remained actively involved with the Museum. An accomplished artist, Ribble was extremely modest about her artwork and many did not know that she had not only received extensive formal training but was also actively making wo More Info >>

Ryan Bentzinger: nAMUH
October 2, 2015 - January 17, 2016

For the past few years, 26-year-old Iowa City artist Ryan Bentzinger has been working on a science fiction story and illustrating it with vibrant watercolors. With the aim of created a heavily-illustrated book entitled nAMUH (nAMUH is Human backwards), Bentzinger has taken an almost-cinematic approach to illustrating his story, akin to the graphic novel, using watercolor as his medium. Ryan Bentzinger: nAMUH is a solo exhibition presenting the prologue and first chapter of that story which comprises 74 of the total 197 watercolors created for the recently-completed book. While each work represents a scene in the story, each also serves as an accomplished, engaging watercolor painting, where the artist pushes the medium to its limits. His gruesome-yet-endearing characters live in a post-apocalyptic world and the viewer journeys with them on their adventures in this watercolor world. More Info >>

Out of This World: Science Fiction and Fantasy Art
September 12, 2015 - January 3, 2016

For the first time in its history, the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art presents an exhibition of science fiction and fantasy art. This influential art form, which includes images of space travel, super heroes, and dragons amongst others, is relatively uncommon in art museums. Out of This World coincides with the 40th anniversary of ICON, Iowa’s longest running science fiction and fantasy convention. This three-day gathering brings together fans of these related genres each year for a variety of fun and educational programs. More Info >>

Living with Pots: Ceramics from the Eric Dean and Todd Thelen Collection
August 15, 2015 - April 10, 2016

Eric Dean and Todd Thelen have been collecting ceramics seriously for a dozen years and over that time have amassed a collection of more than 2,000 pieces, representing some of the most important names in the field of ceramics. Their home in Iowa City is filled with these pots, which inspired the title of this exhibition, Living with Pots. More Info >>

Midwest Summer: Light and Warmth
June 6 - September 13, 2015

This exciting exhibition presents recent work by many of Iowa’s best-known artists. Juried by Kate Kunau, the CRMA’s new Associate Curator of Collections and Exhibitions, each participating artist lives in the state of Iowa. More Info >>

Expressions of Home: The Watercolors of Lela Powers Briggs
May 16 - August 30, 2015

The career of Lela Powers Briggs exemplifies the life of many Iowa women artists of her generation. Largely self-taught, Briggs was a keen observer of the world around her and documented her life in a series of paintings and drawings of farm and domestic scenes, animals, historic buildings, landscapes, and portraits. Although her artistic compass was limited to Iowa and family vacation destinations, her work shows bold explorations of style unusual in the 1930s and 1940s. More Info >>

The ABCs of Children's Book Illustration: Selections from the Zerzanek Collection of the Cedar Rapids Public Library
February 14 - May 17, 2015

The ABCs of Children’s Book Illustration presents several works from the Zerzanek Collection of Original Art from Children’s Literature. The exhibition is organized not by artist or date of production but rather in the form of an ABC book, spread out on the wall. While most of the illustrations are from published books, others were drawn specifically for the Library and have never been published. Still others were made for well-known books but for one reason or another were not included in the final version. Also in the exhibition are some pieces of correspondence that include original drawings, for example a letter from H. A. Rey with an image of Curious George, and another from Dr. Seuss with an original drawing of his dog Owlser. On display are also a few retirement wishes Miss Zerzanek received from various authors and illustrators, again including original artwork. In all cases, these works exemplify a golden age of children’s literature and illustration and are truly a treasure More Info >>

Drawn to Illustration: Selections from the Collection of the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art
February 14 - May 17, 2015

To complement the exhibition of children’s book illustration from the Zerzanek collection, the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art presents a small exhibition drawn from its own collection of illustration. While not focused on children’s book images, this exhibition includes book and magazine illustration by the likes of Grant Wood, John Sloan and Marvin Cone, to name just a few. This exhibition demonstrates that illustration stretches far beyond children’s books and encompasses a wider arena. This exhibition is made possible by Rockwell Collins, the Program Grant Fund of the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation, members of the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, and contributors to the Museum’s Annual Fund. More Info >>

Drawing on History: Jeni Reeves’ Illustrations for "Voice of Freedom: A Story about Frederick Douglass"
January 17 - May 3, 2015

Accompanying The ABCs of Children’s Book Illustration and Drawn to Illustration is a solo exhibition of the art of Cedar Rapids painter and children’s book illustrator Jeni Reeves. The exhibition focuses on one of her books, "Voice of Freedom: A Story about Frederick Douglass," and traces its evolution from concept to reality, highlighting the many stages in between. It serves as a perfect complement to the other illustration exhibitions on view as well as highlighting the multitude of steps necessary for the production of a children’s illustrated book. More Info >>

Guardians of Grain: Bamana and Dogon Door Locks
November 22, 2014 - July 26, 2015

In 1987, Emilia and Mauricio Lasansky gave the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art a collection of 54 African door locks. Created by the Bamana (or Bambara) and Dogon peoples of Mali, wooden door locks used to be common on houses, vestibules, chicken coops, and especially granaries. Today they are rare, replaced by padlocks, discredited by Islamic practices, or sold for the growing trade in African art. Created to be functional with spiritual references, these door locks have a strong sculptural appeal for western art audiences, even when viewers do not know their original cultural context. The shapes, forms, and incised designs have a powerful aesthetic presence and speak of the deep human need to manipulate and decorate even the most mundane pieces of daily life. On view for the first time in many years, this exhibition presents the breadth and depth of the Lasansky gift and celebrates the diverse forms that these locks took. More Info >>

Shadows of History: Photographs of the Civil War from the Collection of Julia J. Norrell
October 11, 2014 - January 18, 2015

The American Civil War (1861-1865) was this country’s deadliest war. More than 620,000 people died from combat, accident, starvation, and disease. The total casualties from the Civil War are nearly equal to all other American wars combined. The Civil War was also the first conflict to be extensively documented by photography. The public had never before seen such powerful images of human devastation and the destructive impact of war. Inspired by the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art presents this focused collection developed in recent years by Washington D.C. collector Julia "Judy" Norrell. The photographs included capture a wide range of subjects, from geographical views, landscapes, and portraits of soldiers and officers at rest, to the death and destruction in the aftermath of battles. Early tintypes, ambrotypes, albumin silver prints, and salt prints by photographers George Barnard, Isaac H. Bonsall, Mathew Brady, Alexander Gardner, James F. More Info >>

Carl Van Vechten: Photographer to the Stars
September 20, 2014 - January 4, 2015

Born in Cedar Rapids, Carl Van Vechten (1880-1964) developed an interest in music and theater at an early age. He left Iowa in 1899 to attend the University of Chicago, where he explored art, music, and opera. He became interested in writing and contributed to the University of Chicago Weekly. When he moved to New York in 1906, he was hired as the assistant music critic at The New York Times. He eventually became the first American critic of modern dance at The New York Times, in a period when Isadora Duncan, Anna Pavlova, and Loie Fuller were performing in New York. He left his newspaper position in 1914 but continued to write, publishing several collections of essays relating to music and ballet. His first novel, Peter Whiffle, was published in 1922. More Info >>

Grant Wood: American Impressionist
June 14 - September 21, 2014

While Grant Wood is best known as an American Regionalist painter, he only arrived at his “signature” mature style around 1930. In the remaining 12 years before his untimely death in 1942, Wood produced several seminal works, although his total output was limited due to his teaching at the University of Iowa and his role as director of WPA art projects in Iowa. More Info >>

Marvin Cone on My Mind: The Ceramics of Dean Schwarz
March 15 - November 2, 2014

Painter, writer, and teacher Dean Schwarz is best known as a potter. Born in Cedar Rapids, Schwarz developed his interest in ceramics while a student at the University of Northern Iowa. Serving in the US Navy in the early 1960s, Schwarz took the opportunity to visit as many potter’s studios as he could, especially in Japan. Studying with Bauhaus potter Marguerite Wildenhain in California in the mid-1960s was especially influential. Schwarz taught at Luther College in Decorah for more than 23 years, as well as co-founded South Bear School, a summer arts school also in Decorah, Iowa. It was during his youth in Cedar Rapids that he first became aware of the work of Marvin Cone. Recently, Schwarz has created a distinct series of pots inspired by Cone’s paintings. This exhibition pairs many of Marvin Cone’s paintings with several of Schwarz’s pots, creating a unique conversation between the two media and the two artists. This exhibition is made possible in part by a Program Fund Grant More Info >>

Papier Français: French Works on Paper
February 15 - May 25, 2014

While best known for its exemplary collection of American art, the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art also possesses an extensive collection of French works, mostly works on paper. Due largely to the generosity of Peter O. Stamats, this collection stretches from the 17th century prints of Jaques Callot documenting the disasters of war, through the Rococo works of Jean-Honoré Fragonard in the 18th century, to landscapes and city life in the 19th century, and modernist works by Picasso, Braque, and others in the 20th century. More Info >>

Conger Metcalf
January 18 - May 11, 2014

Born in Cedar Rapids, Conger Metcalf began his art studies at the Stone City Art Colony, after which he enrolled at Coe College and studied under Marvin Cone. After graduating from Coe in 1936, Metcalf studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, which was to become his home, although he always maintained close ties to Cedar Rapids. During his service in World War II and on subsequent trips afterward, Metcalf studied the European masters, who were very influential on his work. This exhibition, celebrating the 100th anniversary of Metcalf’s birth in 1914, looks at the CRMA’s extensive holdings of his art. More Info >>

Some Assembly Required: Collage and Assemblage
October 19, 2013 - January 26, 2014

In the 19th century, before the emergence of the term collage, the gluing together bits of paper—tickets, photographs, printed texts—was largely a craft, a technique used for scrapbooks and other domestic memorabilia. In the early 20th century, however, European artists such as Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso started to incorporate bits of paper into their paintings, elevating the activity of collage into a fine art. Collage was born. Assemblage, the three-dimensional equivalent of collage, was not far behind. Drawn exclusively from the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art’s collection—with the exception of one seminal loan—this exhibition looks at how diverse collage and assemblage art can be, especially in the hands of American artists. This exhibition has been made possible in part by the Richard D. Pinney Exhibition Fund and a Program Fund Grant from the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation. More Info >>

Bertha Jaques: Eye on America
September 28, 2013 - January 5, 2014

Jaques’ full impact on printmaking and photography at the dawn of the 20th century is still under-recognized and ripe for reappraisal. Born in 1863, this series of three exhibitions celebrate the 150th anniversary of Jaques’ birth and allows insights into not only her superb botanical etchings, but also many of her etchings from her travels across the globe, as well as her travels here in the United States. More Info >>

From Houdini to Hugo: The Art of Brian Selznick
June 15 - September 29, 2013

Continuing its long tradition of presenting children’s illustrated literature as an art form, the CRMA is hosting an exhibition of the art of Brian Selznick to coincide with the completion of the new Cedar Rapids Public Library. Selznick has illustrated more than 25 children’s books, both those written by him as well as by other authors. These include subjects as diverse as school life to farm life, from dinosaurs to dulcimers, from opera singer Marian Anderson and writer Walt Whitman to aviatrix Amelia Earhart and first lady Eleanor Roosevelt. More Info >>

Bertha Jaques: Eye on the World
May 25 - September 15, 2013

Bertha Jaques, a one-time Cedar Rapidian, was a pioneering printmaker who not only succeeded in a field dominated by male artists, but also helped to promote etching in America as a writer, teacher, and co-founder of the Chicago Society of Etchers. Traveling extensively between 1902 and 1912, Jaques often recorded the sites she saw on her travels, from Europe to Japan. These were not generally the tourist attractions, but rather the hidden sites of the places she visited, seeking to capture the true essence of those places. This exhibition focuses on these revealing images of her world travels. More Info >>

Taking Shape: Recent Acquisitions in the Fine Art of Craft
March 9, 2013 - February 23, 2014

Building upon the foundation of A Show of Hands, the 2010-2012 exhibition celebrating the growth of the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art’s ceramics collection, Taking Shape continues this investigation by presenting recent acquisitions not only in ceramics, but in many of the decorative arts. While ceramics still dominate the Museum’s acquisitions in this field, Taking Shape also includes work in glass, wood, and metal. Most of these are by contemporary artists, although older work has also been acquired in an effort to show the continuum within a medium. More Info >>

I AM: Prints by Elizabeth Catlett
February 16 - May 26, 2013

Both a sculptor and printmaker, Catlett was the first woman to earn a master of fine arts degree in sculpture from the University of Iowa. While there, she was influenced by artist Grant Wood and extolled her students to works with subjects they knew best. For Catlett, that meant both the black experience as well as that of being a woman in a male dominated society and art world. More Info >>

The Restless Spirit: American Art from the Collection
February 16, 2013 - October 23, 2016

The result of a multi-year project investigating how museums across the country have created innovative approaches to the presentation of American art, this exhibition takes a different look at the CRMA’s diverse holdings of American art. The Restless Spirit is a revolving four-gallery presentation that takes in-depth looks at recurring themes in American art. As part of the new approach, entire galleries are dismantled and reinstalled on a periodic basis, approximately every six to eight months, allowing repeat visitors the opportunity to see multiple themes in American art in depth and to consider how these themes resonate with each other. Previous themes dealt with the freedom of religion, the settlement and expansion of the young country, the nation going to war, and citizens exercising their right to vote. The themes currently on view include The Nation Plays, The Nation Performs, The Nation Travels, and The Nation Travels Abroad. More Info >>

Bertha Jaques: Botanical Prints and Photographs
January 19 - May 12, 2013

Accomplished printmaker and photographer Bertha Jaques is perhaps best known for her prints of wildflowers and ferns. Her interest in this subject matter grew out of her desire to present something that was not only beautiful to behold, but also promoted wildflower preservation. Jaques’ interest in environmental issues was only one way in which she was a pioneering woman artist. Not only did Jaques succeed in a field dominated by male artists, she helped popularize etching in America. Jaques’ full impact on printmaking and photography at the dawn of the twentieth century is still under-recognized and ripe for reappraisal. More Info >>

Marvin Cone: An American Master
September 29, 2012 - January 20, 2013

Like his good friend Grant Wood, Cedar Rapids native Marvin Cone was one of Iowa's most important artists. Cone's influence in Cedar Rapids is attested to by the multitude of students he taught in his 42 years at Coe College. More than that, Cone's work is reflective of several aspects of American art and his place in the greater discussion of American art remains under-recognized. This large, 7-gallery exhibition attempts to rectify that oversight, not only reassessing Cone's work in general but also contextualizing it in the larger picture of American art. This is the first major solo exhibition of Cone's work since 1980. More Info >>

Charles Barth: A Kaleidoscope of Culture
September 8, 2012 - January 6, 2013

Both a painter and a printmaker, Barth's work is strongly influenced by the Mexican culture he sees all around him during his time there every year. Inspired by the rich and diverse culture of Mexico, Barth creates new tableaus, rich in color and full of vitality. This solo exhibition, his first at the CRMA since 1991, coincides with the recent release of a major monograph on his work, Charles Barth: A Kaleidoscope of Culture, which gives the exhibition its name. More Info >>

Clary Illian: A Potter's Potter
August 25, 2012 - February 17, 2013

Ely, Iowa, resident Clary Illian first started making ceramics in the early 1960s, shortly after graduating from the University of Iowa's highly-respected ceramics department and a two year residency with world renowned British ceramicist Bernard Leach. Since then, Illian has created a body of work which not only celebrates the utilitarian qualities she pursues, but also demonstrates her ability to infuse each of her pieces with their own unique character and personality. More Info >>

Looking Forward: New Architecture in Downtown Cedar Rapids
June 2 - September 9, 2012

Focusing on eight civic projects from a variety of downtown locations and serving various functions, the exhibition will allow a snapshot into some of the exciting changes happening in the downtown area. The projects included: The U.S. Federal Courthouse, the Juvenile Justice Center, the Cedar Rapids Public Library, the Central Fire Station, the NewBo City Market, the Amphitheater, as well as the major renovations to the Jean Oxley Linn County Public Service Center and the Cedar Rapids Convention Complex. More Info >>

Looking Back: Vintage Post Cards of Downtown Cedar Rapids
May 12 - August 26, 2012

As a companion to an exhibition featuring eight new building projects in downtown Cedar Rapids, this exhibition presents more than 115 vintage post cards of the way Cedar Rapids looked 100 years ago. Lent from a single local private collection, these small, inexpensive forms of communication illuminated the Cedar Rapids that was, highlight its architectural accomplishments, some of which survive to this day. As a set, these post cards bring the past glory of Cedar Rapids to life. More Info >>

Lure of the Local: Collecting the Corridor, 2006-2011
February 4 - May 13, 2012

Beginning with its first acquisition in 1906, the Cedar Rapids Art Association (now the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art) has valued art of its own time, often from local origins. Over the last century, the collection has grown to more than 7,000 works of art, including several works by local artists Grant Wood and Marvin Cone. Over the past five years, a concerted effort has been made to ensure that the Museum collection continues to reflect the artistic outputs of artists living in and near the Corridor. More Info >>

Raising Expectations
October 15, 2011 - July 29, 2012

University of Iowa jewelry professor, Kee-Ho Yuen selected an eclectic mix of functional and sculptural metal pieces made by members of the Iowa Metals Guild. The work in this show explores contemporary and traditional technologies and materials, ranging from advanced 3-D computer modeling to traditional fabrications and enameling. More Info >>

Seeing and Remembering: Portraits and Their Stories
September 24, 2011 - January 15, 2012

Portraiture is one of the oldest forms of art in history, with likenesses of individuals having been made for more than 5,000 years. Portraits, in their many guises, still fascinate us. The exhibition looks at the different genres within portraiture as seen from the vantage point of the artist. More Info >>

An American Masterpiece: Charles Willson Peale's George Washington
September 3, 2011 - February 5, 2012

For five extraordinary months, the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art will be displaying an American treasure: Charles Willson Peale’s portrait of George Washington, on loan from the Brooklyn Museum. Commissioned in 1776 by John Hancock, President of the Continental Congress, this was Peale’s second full-scale life portrait of Washington, and the first to portray him as Commander in Chief of the Continental Army. More Info >>

Shout Freedom! Photo League Selections from the Columbus Museum of Art
May 21 - September 4, 2011

The Photo League (1936-1951) was a non-profit organization of photographers based in New York City and committed to the transformative power of photography to effect social change. Its members included Berenice Abbott, Lewis Hine, Lisette Model, Aaron Siskind, W. Eugene Smith, Paul Strand, and Weegee, some of the most important American artists of the 20th century. In 2001, the Columbus Museum of Art (Ohio) acquired a major collection of work by 70 members of the Photo League, which served as the basis for the 55 black-and-white vintage photographs in this exhibition. More Info >>

Like Mother, Like Son: The Photography of Joan Liffring-Zug Bourret and David B. Heusinkveld
April 30 - August 21, 2011

This exhibition explores how each of these artists, both mother and son, approaches nature. While nature is a lesser known aspect of Joan’s oeuvre, David has focused almost exclusively on it. It is interesting to see how mother and son tackle the same subject, but in entirely different ways. More Info >>

Wizards of Pop! Sabuda & Reinhart
January 22 - May 1, 2011

Wizards of Pop! Sabuda & Reinhart includes more than 80 images from 16 picture and pop-up books. The book art reveals a variety of media and techniques — with picture book illustrations in batik, marbleized paper mosaic, and delicate cut-paper, and pop-up books rendered in pencil, marker, watercolor, acrylic, and linoleum block print. The exhibition features imaginative two-dimensional artworks, as well as innovatively engineered three-dimensional pages. More Info >>

Taking Wing: Children’s Book Illustrations of Birds, Bats, and Flying Bugs from the CRPL
December 23, 2010 - April 17, 2011

In conjunction with the pop-up book exhibition Wizards of Pop! and continuing its long tradition of presenting children’s book illustration as an art form, the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art is pleased to present Taking Wing: Children’s Book Illustrations of Birds, Bats, and Flying Bugs from the Cedar Rapids Public Library. More Info >>

A Show of Hands: Ceramics from the Collection
December 4, 2010 - July 29, 2012

A Show of Hands celebrates the growing section of decorative arts in the CRMA's collection, and shares with the public for the first time the extraordinary art produced by these artists. While individual pieces have been included in group exhibitions in the past, a separate, dedicated exhibition of ceramics from the collection has never happened at the CRMA. More Info >>

China: Insights. New Photography from the People's Republic
October 9, 2010 - January 2, 2011

This exhibition brings together the work of seven photographers from mainland China, each of whom have undertaken the creation of a long-term documentation of one or more aspects of Chinese culture that he or she feels reflects something new about China now—whether that is something emerging or something vanishing. More Info >>

Goya's Disasters of War
September 4 - December 12, 2010

Goya’s Disasters of War series has often been hailed as the earliest form of war reporting, preceding the Civil War photography of Matthew Brady and the photojournalism seen in the long succession of wars throughout the 20th and into the 21st centuries. This series of prints captures all the gruesome horror that war brings with it, from battle scenes, to rape, to mass executions. More Info >>

River of Words: IOWA Environmental Poetry and Art Exhibition 2010
August 8 - August 31, 2010

The Cedar Rapids Museum of Art is pleased to host the third annual River of Words® exhibition opening August 8, 2010 in the North Carnegie Library at the Museum. This year saw a swelling of interest among Iowa students in the international competition that is designed to help youth explore the natural and cultural history of the place they live, and to express what they discover through poetry and art. More Info >>

The Grant Wood Window: Drawings for the Veterans Memorial Stained Glass Window Commission
June 19 - November 14, 2010

In conjunction with the reinstallation of the restored historic window designed by Grant Wood for the Veterans Memorial Building on May’s Island, the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art will display for the first time the complete set of original drawings used for the fabrication of the window. More Info >>

From Monet to Picasso: The Riley Collection
May 22 - September 19, 2010

Local collectors Tom and Nan Riley have been quietly creating an extraordinary collection of European art of the late 19th and the early 20th centuries. With significant but little-known works by Monet, Renoir, Degas, Pissaro, Chagall, Cassatt, Dufy, Matisse, Léger, Mondrian, Miró, Dali, Braque, and Picasso, the Riley Collection has become one of the most significant private collections in the state of Iowa. More Info >>

The Sky’s The Limit: Marvin Cone’s Clouds
May 1 - August 22, 2010

This exhibition of thirty works from the 1910s to the 1940s traces the many ways and styles Cone used to capture the ethereal and transitory qualities of clouds, as well as their majesty and power. More Info >>

Less is More: The Vogel Gift of Minimal and Conceptual Art
January 23 - May 2, 2010

He was a postal clerk. She was a librarian. With their modest means, the couple managed to build one of the most important contemporary art collections in the United States. Less is More will exhibit the entire Vogel gift to Iowa for the first time. More Info >>

Drawn to Drawing
January 2 - April 18, 2010

Beginning with the purchase of a Jasper Johns drawing in 1958 for the then high sum of $175, the Kramarsky’s went on to amass a collection of more than 4,000 works of art. Every so often, the collector and his wife donate some drawings to a lucky museum in the country. The Cedar Rapids Museum of Art is truly fortunate to have been the recipient of these tantalizing drawings in 2009, on view here for the first time in Cedar Rapids. More Info >>

Norman Rockwell: Fact & Fiction
September 12, 2009 - January 3, 2010

In the 65 years since his visit, numerous anecdotes and stories have arisen about the artist's time in Cedar Rapids and the creation of this work. This exhibition uses these five, newly conserved and restored watercolors, along with numerous photographs taken by local photographer Wes Panek for Rockwell, to investigate the many facts and fictions associated with Rockwell's visit and this set of watercolors. More Info >>

The American Century
September 12, 2009 - September 9, 2012

In this new installation of the permanent collection, the many movements of twentieth-century American art will be highlighted. More Info >>

River of Words: IOWA Environmental Poetry and Art Exhibition 2009
August 1 - August 23, 2009

The Cedar Rapids Museum of Art is pleased to host the second annual River of Words® exhibition opening August 1, 2009 in the North Carnegie Library at the Museum. This year saw a swelling of interest among Iowa students in the international competition that is designed to help youth explore the natural and cultural history of the place they live, and to express what they discover through poetry and art. More Info >>

Under the Big Top: The Circus in Art
June 20 - August 16, 2009

In celebration of Iowa’s importance in the development of the circus (the Ringling brothers were from McGregor, Iowa), the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art will install two galleries of circus imagery from its own collection. More Info >>

Grant Wood: In Focus
June 20, 2009 - October 23, 2016

Culled from the Museum’s extensive collection of work by Grant Wood, this single-gallery installation will serve as a brief overview of the artistic achievements of this important American painter. More Info >>

Treasures from the National Collection
June 20, 2009 - March 11, 2012

With the closure of their entire facility due to the devastating floods of 2008, the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library has installed a gallery of their artistic treasures at the CRMA. From textiles to paintings to cut crystal, many extraordinary works of fine, folk, and decorative art will be on view. More Info >>

Malvina Hoffman: Rodin's Last Student
May 30, 2009 - November 14, 2010

In 1985 and 1986, the CRMA received a large number of plaster and bronze works by Malvina Hoffman. In 2003, Hoffman's magnificent Bacchanale Frieze was permanently installed in the Museum's Carnegie Wing. A substantial exhibition of her work, however, hasn't happened for some time. More Info >>

John Buck: Iconography
May 30 - August 16, 2009

An overview of the Iowa-born, Montana-based, John Buck’s 40-year career in printmaking and sculpture, the exhibit includes over 60 works including prints, large-scale sculpture, wooden constructions (shadow boxes) and glass and wood works created at Pilchuck. More Info >>

Christian Marclay's Telephones
March 14 - May 31, 2009

Cleverly conceived and artfully edited, Christian Marclay's 7 1/2-minute video, Telephones, comprises a succession of brief film clips that creates a humorous narrative of its own in which the characters, in progression, dial, hear the phone ring, pick it up, converse, react, say goodbye and hang up. More Info >>

American Narratives: Photographs by Thomas C. Jackson
March 14 - May 31, 2009

American Narratives: Photographs by Thomas C. Jackson will focus on a different medium altogether, photography, which Jackson came to only recently. The splicing together of his separate, seemingly-unrelated photographs creates fascinating and intriguing new narratives. More Info >>

Persian Visions: Contemporary Photography from Iran
February 21 - May 10, 2009

In the first survey of contemporary Iranian photography to travel to the United States, Persian Visions features 20 artists who use the camera as a tool for cultural expression and self-exploration. More Info >>

Mary GrandPré: Harry Potter and Beyond
November 1, 2008 - February 1, 2009

Illustrator of several children's titles, GrandPré is perhaps best known for her illustrations of the American version of J. K. Rowling's series of Harry Potter books. The Cedar Rapids exhibition will be her first in many years and will feature works from all aspects of her career: children's books, Harry Potter books, magazine covers, and poster design. More Info >>

The Year of the River: Flood Photography from The Gazette
August 30, 2008 - February 22, 2009

From Marengo to Vinton, from Palo to Cedar Rapids, and from Coralville to Iowa City, The Gazette photographers logged countless hours capturing images of the people and places impacted by the extraordinary flooding that occurred. While some images they shot documented the magnitude of the rising waters, many other photographs sought out the human side of the catastrophe. More Info >>

River of Words® IOWA Environmental Poetry and Art Exhibition 2008
August 30 - September 21, 2008

Every year, River of Words® conducts an international poetry and art contest for children aged 5 to 19 in grades K-12, in affiliation with The Library of Congress Center for the Book. This free contest is designed to help youth explore the natural and cultural history of the place they live, and to express what they discover through poetry and art. Entries not chosen as finalists or grand prize winners in the international contest are returned to IOWATER, where they are judged in a statewide IOWA River of Words competition. More Info >>

All-Stars: American Sporting Prints from the Collection of Reba and Dave Williams
May 31 - October 12, 2008

In conjunction with the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art will present two complimentary sports-related exhibitions. The first—focusing on sports in America from the late 19th century to the 1980s. More Info >>

The ESPY Collection
May 31 - October 12, 2008

The ESPY Collection was created in 2001 when photographer Rick Chapman was asked by ESPN to create a series of portraits of the recipients of the ESPY Awards. More Info >>

Mothers in Art: Mother's Day at 100
March 29 - June 11, 2008

Mothers in Art: Mother's Day at 100 celebrates the 100th anniversary of the modest origins of the holiday in 1908 by presenting a number of works from the Museum's own collection that represent the ways mothers have been depicted in the history of art. More Info >>

American Artists Abroad, 1900-1950
February 2 - May 11, 2008

American Artists Abroad will be an exhibition drawn from the CRMA's permanent collection and will present and contextualize the achievements of a number of American artists traveling and studying abroad in a post-1900 world. More Info >>

Laurie Hogin: The Forest of the Future
September 22, 2007 - January 13, 2008

View nature in a whole new light through the contemporary works of Chicago-based artist Laurie Hogin. More Info >>

Ulfert Wilke: A Centennial Celebration
September 1, 2007 - February 3, 2008

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of his birth in 1907 and the 20th anniversary of his death in 1987, the CRMA organized this small but enlightening exhibition of works by painter, printmaker, and calligrapher Ulfert Wilke. More Info >>

Dance, Dance, Dance: The Dancer in Art
June 2 - September 2, 2007

Dance, Dance, Dance: The Dancer in Art blends the invigorating movements of dancers of the 20th century with the captivating creations of artists of that same period More Info >>

Stan Wiederspan: Box Chapel
April 28 - August 5, 2007

Cedar Rapids artist and former Cedar Rapids Art Association director Stan Wiederspan has embarked upon a radically new series of paintings: hyper realistic acrylic paintings representing ordinary cardboard boxes. More Info >>

Hidden Treasure: Original Children's Book Illustration from the Cedar Rapids Public Library
January 27 - May 13, 2007

Unbeknownst to many in the Cedar Rapids community and eastern Iowa in general, the Cedar Rapids Public Library (CRPL) possesses an extraordinary collection of original children's book illustrations. The Cedar Rapids Museum of Art (CRMA) is partnering with the CRPL to present a major exhibition of this little-known collection to a much broader audience. More Info >>

The Young and the Restless: Children in Art
January 13 - April 15, 2007

As a companion exhibition to Hidden Treasure: Original Children's book Illustration from the Cedar Rapids Public Library, the CRMA searched its collection for images of children. Not surprisingly, image of the child and children have figured frequently in art, from individual portraits to candid images of children at play and characters in narratives. More Info >>

About Face: Portraiture from the Collection
November 25, 2006 - August 1, 2007

Focusing on images of individuals and groups, About Face: Portraiture from the Collection will operate in tandem with the portraiture section of Midwestern Visions--an exhibition of Midwestern art currently on display at the CRMA. Spanning a greater geography and a greater time frame than Midwestern Visions, About Face will address ways in which portraiture evolved through time, analyzing consistencies of portrayals and noting divergences. More Info >>

Midwestern Visions: Grant Wood, Marvin Cone and Beyond
September 23, 2006 - June 11, 2008

In this new installation, Grant Wood and Marvin Cone, while still possessing major roles, will be joined by a wide variety of other Midwestern artists from the collection, to provide a fuller and more complete picture of the Midwest's contribution to the history of American art. More Info >>

Cedar Rapids Day into Night
September 22, 2006 - January 7, 2007

Cedar Rapids: Day Into Night, was conceived as a companion exhibition to Midwestern Visions. Earlier in the spring of 2006, the CRMA announced a call for entries of artworks that address some aspect of life in Cedar Rapids or Linn Country. More Info >>

Rembrandt Magnified: Print Images from a Master
August 25 - December 31, 2006

While known as a master painter-- having created such works as The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes (1632); The Night Watch (1642); Aristotle Contemplating the Bust of Homer (1653); The Return of the Prodigal Son (after 1660); and many self-portraits---Rembrandt is also considered to be one of the greatest printmakers of all time. He created more than 300 prints and was one of the first artists to experiment with etching and drypoint techniques. More Info >>

Cat Chow: Material Girl
June 9 - September 3, 2006

Chicago- and New York-based contemporary artist Cat Chow puts a new spin on the intersection of art and fashion. Wearable yet sculptural, her creations often use elements of fashion—such as zippers, measuring tapes, and bobbins—to explore a variety of social and political issues. More Info >>

Face to Face: Portraits from the Print Collection
April 14 - August 13, 2006

Face to Face features 34 works from the Museum's extensive collection of prints, including works by Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, Paul Cezanne, and Andy Warhol. More Info >>

The Quiet Landscapes of William B. Post
February 17 - May 21, 2006

William B. Post, a pioneer photographer from 1890 to 1910, was a leading figure of the American pictoralist group. Turning his camera to the landscape of rural Maine, Post's rich and subtle platinum print photographs encourage a contemplative response and a spiritual communion with nature. More Info >>

Bertha Jaques: Botanicals
February 17 - May 21, 2006

Bertha Jaques was a cofounder of the highly influential Chicago Society of Etchers, established in 1910. A one time resident of Cedar Rapids (1885-1889), she created more than 450 different prints during her lifetime. More Info >>

The Abstract Impulse
December 2, 2005 - April 2, 2006

Culled from the CRMA's growing collection of prints created after 1950. The Abstract Impulse explores the potential of abstraction in the hands of post-WWII artists. More Info >>

Inspired by Nature: American Landscape Painting 1900-1945
November 23, 2005 - November 5, 2006

Presenting one of the oldest traditions in the history of art---landscape painting---this exhibition explores how American artists responded to the influence of French Impressionism. More Info >>

The Human Touch: Dain Rauscher Collection
June 11 - July 25, 2005

The exhibition features 38 works of art from the RBC Dain Rauscher corporate art collection in Minneapolis. For the first time, pieces from the collection are touring to cities across the country where the firm has branch offices. Cedar Rapids is the first stop on the tour. More Info >>

Joan Liffring- Zug Bourret: From A Life of Photography
February 3 - May 22, 2005

Many images are being shown for the first time in a museum as part of this exhibition, including a new, one-of-a-kind photogram, Twig, Bone and Moth Wings, 2003 created in memory of Liffring-Zug Bourret's late grandson Jordan Heusinkveld of Amana. More Info >>