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Norman Rockwell: Fact & Fiction Opens at the CRMA in September

August 18, 2009

Cedar Rapids, Iowa—The Cedar Rapids Museum of Art (CRMA) is excited to present Norman Rockwell: Fact & Fiction opening on Saturday, September 12, 2009!

In 2007, the citizens of Cedar Rapids rallied together to purchase a series of watercolors destined for the auction block in New York. These five watercolors, by acclaimed 20th century American artist Norman Rockwell, depicted scenes associated with an election day and were created specifically for the November 4, 1944 issue of the Saturday Evening Post.  To complete the Post commission, Rockwell traveled to a quintessential Midwestern town, Cedar Rapids, to study local citizens as models for his series of images. 

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, an oil painting from the Norman Rockwell Museum, 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.

Fact & Fiction will give its viewers a chance to see how Rockwell came to complete these five watercolors, as they will also be able to compare the final pieces with the black & white photographs from which he worked when he returned to his studio in Vermont. You won’t want to miss your opportunity to see inside the mind of this great artist!

Norman Rockwell: Fact & Fiction will be on display through January 3, 2010. For more information, please visit or call 319.366.7503.


The mission of the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art is to excite, engage and educate our community and visitors through our collection, exhibitions and programs. The Museum’s collection contains more than 5,600 works of art by hundreds of artists, including the world's largest collection of works by Grant Wood. For more information on exhibitions or related programs call the Museum at 319.366.7503 or visit the Museum's web site at The CRMA is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, with extended hours and free general admission from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday. The CRMA is also open noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, but closed Monday and major holidays.