Letters to My Ancestors: The Watercolors of Tara Moorman

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Tara Moorman, Anna and her Girls, circa 1932, 2014, watercolor, 26 x 21 inches, on loan from the artist, L2017.014..
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Tara Moorman, Of Lace and Light, Charlie and Anna in Chanute, circa 1914, 2015, watercolor,18 ½ x 16 ¼ inches, on loan from the artist, L2017.008.
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Tara Moorman, One Handsome Devil, Robbert Stubblefield circa 1880, 2014, watercolor, 14 ¼ x 10 ½ inches, on loan from the artist, L2017.003.

Letters to My Ancestors: The Watercolors of Tara Moorman

May 13, 2017 – August 27, 2017

Cedar Rapids-based artist Tara Moorman has long been known for her exquisite watercolor paintings. This exhibition displayed 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.

This exhibition is made possible by the CRST International Donor-Advised Fund and the GreatAmerica Financial Services Corporation Donor-Advised Fund, both funds of the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation. Exhibition season support has been provided by the Hotel-Motel Tax Fund, the Program Grant Fund of the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation, the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts, members of the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, and contributors to the Museum’s Annual Fund.