Cedar Rapids Museum of Art and Grant Wood Studio

Cedar Rapids Museum of Art and Grant Wood Studio The Cedar Rapids Museum of Art houses more than 8000 works of art spanning many eras. The Grant Wood Studio is open from April-December. With more than
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It is a member of Historical Artists' Homes and Studios. The mission of the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art is to excite, engage, and educate through the arts.

Rachel's Sights to See at the Cedar Rapids Art Museum!  #4, Near Great Bend, Kansas by Thomas Agran.Rachel enjoys this b...
06/27/2024

Rachel's Sights to See at the Cedar Rapids Art Museum! #4, Near Great Bend, Kansas by Thomas Agran.

Rachel enjoys this beautiful art piece because of what she interprets it as. She views it as a persons' point of view from looking out of an airplane window. It is symbolic of the midwest landscape you may view from way up high. The different types of greens and toned colors that Agran uses helps convey the message that this is an overview of land from beyond great heights. This work of art it now on display in our "Big" exhibition!

06/26/2024

A video of the type of experiment we did on day 3 of summer camp!

Summer camp day 3! We do some really cool things of we do say so ourselves! Part of our day was doing science experiment...
06/26/2024

Summer camp day 3! We do some really cool things of we do say so ourselves! Part of our day was doing science experiments. We did the red cabbage indicator experiment, and then we mixed watercolor paints to try to match the results from the experiment. Some chose test tubes and others chose color wheels.

Rachel's Sight to See at the Cedar Rapids Art Museum!  #3, Loosened Up by Kathy Butterly. Rachel loves to look at this a...
06/26/2024

Rachel's Sight to See at the Cedar Rapids Art Museum! #3, Loosened Up by Kathy Butterly.

Rachel loves to look at this art piece because of the feeling of calmness it gives off. It's as if this if this piece of art is actually "loosened up." The details of the colorful and chaotic lines leading into the chill red eyelids with the google eyes is a unique touch that really bring it all together.

We ❤️ CRMA! Day 3 of Color Magic summer camp. Thank you to our sponsors for making this a great week!
06/26/2024

We ❤️ CRMA! Day 3 of Color Magic summer camp. Thank you to our sponsors for making this a great week!

It's time to enroll in one or all days of Color Magic: Pre-Camp! Wednesday, 7/24: Opposite Day - Complementary colors, m...
06/26/2024

It's time to enroll in one or all days of Color Magic: Pre-Camp!

Wednesday, 7/24: Opposite Day - Complementary colors, mini and massive artworks, bumpy or smooth textures... contrasting creations await!

Summer art camp for kids ages 3-6 and their adult companions. We will make two different colorful masterpieces AND visit the exhibition galleries every day, and each day is different! If your budding artist enjoys messy art-making and open-ended exploration with a variety of materials, join us!

Each session is $25/child and will be held at the CRMA from 10:00 AM-12:00 PM. Registration deadline: July 7, or when all spots are filled. To register, contact Education Director Erin Thomas at [email protected] or 319-366-7503.

Rachel's Sights to See at the Cedar Rapids Art Museum!  #2, The Artist in his Studio by Daryl Trivieri. Rachel enjoys th...
06/25/2024

Rachel's Sights to See at the Cedar Rapids Art Museum! #2, The Artist in his Studio by Daryl Trivieri.

Rachel enjoys this art piece by Trivieri simply because of how silly and colorful it is. At first glance, you may not notice and think that this work of art is solely purple but if you look closely it has some colorful strokes of pink, blue, yellow, and green! Mix that with the energetic expressions of the geckos painting art and it creates a super fun and enjoyable art piece to look at. Fun fact, this painting glows in the dark!

Our latest Grant Wood in Focus: "Grant Wood: The Early Years" is up! You can watch it here or go to Youtube and check ou...
06/25/2024

Our latest Grant Wood in Focus: "Grant Wood: The Early Years" is up! You can watch it here or go to Youtube and check out all of our videos.

Grant Wood: The Early YearsJoin CRMA Executive Director Sean Ulmer as he takes a look at the early works by artist Grant Wood. Wood’s American Gothic (1930...

It's time to enroll in one or all days of Color Magic: Pre-Camp! Summer art camp for kids ages 3-6 and their adult compa...
06/24/2024

It's time to enroll in one or all days of Color Magic: Pre-Camp!

Summer art camp for kids ages 3-6 and their adult companions. We will make two different colorful masterpieces AND visit the exhibition galleries every day, and each day is different! If your budding artist enjoys messy art-making and open-ended exploration with a variety of materials, join us!

Each session is $25/child and will be held at the CRMA from 10:00 AM-12: 00 PM. Registration deadline: July 7, or when all spots are filled. To register, contact Education Director Erin Thomas at [email protected] or 319-366-7503.

Monday, 7/22: Taste the Rainbow—Make masterpieces that look good enough to eat!

Tuesday, 7/23: Color Laboratory—Let your child’s inner mad scientist out to discover new colors!

Wednesday, 7/24: Opposite Day—Complementary colors, mini & massive artworks, bumpy or smooth textures… contrasting creations await!

Thursday, 7/25: Rainbow Weather—Raindrops, clouds, even the sky itself can be filled with colors—just look up!

Rachel's Sights to See at the Cedar Rapids Art Museum!  #1, Young Corn by Grant WoodRachel loves this art piece by Grant...
06/24/2024

Rachel's Sights to See at the Cedar Rapids Art Museum! #1, Young Corn by Grant Wood

Rachel loves this art piece by Grant Wood because of how the painting draws you in. It takes you through the hilly lush farmland while it takes a more positive look into the age of the Great Depression, which is when Wood painted this masterpiece. It also has a special place in her heart because her family owns a print of Young Corn displayed in her downstairs basement. It gives her a feeling of home. A must see for sure!!

Day 1 of Color Magic summer camp! The kids explored ROYGBIV in a scavenger hunt this morning.
06/24/2024

Day 1 of Color Magic summer camp! The kids explored ROYGBIV in a scavenger hunt this morning.

Tiny Art Photos are coming in. Show us yours!
06/24/2024

Tiny Art Photos are coming in. Show us yours!

Here's my contribution to the Tiny Art Project! Area libraries are hosting tiny art shows where the public can share their itty bitty art (3" x 3")! This one is called Tiny Split Head.....a shrunk down version of my series from last year. It will be on display in The Commons of the downtown CR library July 1-28, then all artwork from all 3 libraries will be on display at the CR Museum of Art August 1-10.

Artwork of the Week: Dutch Windmill by Bertha Jaques,Born Bertha Clausen in Covington, Ohio in 1863, Bertha Jaques lived...
06/24/2024

Artwork of the Week: Dutch Windmill by Bertha Jaques,

Born Bertha Clausen in Covington, Ohio in 1863, Bertha Jaques lived in Cedar Rapids from 1885 to 1889. She and her husband then moved to Chicago. She did not come to printmaking until she was in her 30's when, in 1893, she attended the Chicago Columbian Exposition where she saw prints by such notable artists as James Abbott McNeill Whistler, James Tissot, and Anders Zorn. She became immediately interested in the etching technique and her surgeon husband, William K. Jaques (an 1883 graduate of Cornell Collge whom she met in Mount Vernon, Iowa) fashioned tools out of surgical instruments so that she could etch copper plates. With the purchase of a printing press, Jaques made her first etching in Chicago in 1894. Her interest in the print never waned and her home and studio were the setting of many artistic events. Jaques was one of the founders of the Chicago Society of Etchers in 1910, serving as its secretary/treasurer for 27 years. During her 46-year career, she created 461 prints and more than 1,000 cyanotype photographs. Although largely self-taught, Jaques was an influential teacher and mentor, authoring a book, Concerning Etchings, in 1912. She was also an accomplished poet and self-published a number of volumes of her poetry.

Image Caption: Bertha Jaques, Dutch Windmill, 1901, etching on paper, 9 5/16 x 11 7/8 inches, gift of the Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation, 89.3.60.

Not currently on view.

The Grant Wood Studio is open this weekend from noon until 4:00 PM and it is free! Docent guided tours begin on the hour...
06/22/2024

The Grant Wood Studio is open this weekend from noon until 4:00 PM and it is free! Docent guided tours begin on the hour and half hour. You will hear the story of the space, how Grant Wood altered it and information about this famous works that were painted there.

Please note that while the Armstrong Visitor Center is handicap accessible the Studio is not.

We have an updated version of our One Night Stand covering Calry Illian's Pedestal Bowl. We learned the sound was giving...
06/21/2024

We have an updated version of our One Night Stand covering Calry Illian's Pedestal Bowl. We learned the sound was giving people issues.

Join Executive Director Sean Ulmer as he discusses Clary Illian’s Pedestal Bowl from about 2003.ONE NIGHT STAND WITH THE CRMA One work of art. By one artist...

Our latest One Night Stand is up and running. It is fantastic and gives you a glimpse inside not only the "Dollhouse" bu...
06/21/2024

Our latest One Night Stand is up and running. It is fantastic and gives you a glimpse inside not only the "Dollhouse" but also Yinka Shonibare's work.

Join Curator of Collections and exhibitions Julia Jessen as she discusses Yinka Shonibare’s Untitled (dollhouse with furnishings), 2002 edition. ONE NIGHT ST...

Happy Flat File Friday with Grant Wood! Today we are looking at a Steve Keister artwork. Steve Keister was born in Lanca...
06/21/2024

Happy Flat File Friday with Grant Wood! Today we are looking at a Steve Keister artwork.

Steve Keister was born in Lancaster PA 1949, he earned a BFA and an MFA from Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia. He is currently a New York based artist and the recipient of a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship and a Gottlieb Foundation Grant, among other awards. Keister first gained attention in the late-1970s and early 1980s for suspended planar sculptures with glowing florescent interiors. Currently, his focus is primarily on sculpture utilizing animal like forms.

Image Caption: Steve Keister, Untitled, 1996, acrylic and graphite on paper, 4 3/8 x 6 ¼ inches, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection: Fifty Works for Fifty States, 2009.018.a-.b.

Tonight Miss Erin snapped this beautiful photo in North Liberty! Perfect timing for our summer art camp which begins on ...
06/21/2024

Tonight Miss Erin snapped this beautiful photo in North Liberty! Perfect timing for our summer art camp which begins on Monday based on our exhibition ROY G. BIV: A Rainbow of Color.

06/20/2024
Color Laboratory at Color Magic Pre-Camp! Deadline to register is July 7th. Visit our website for more information.Desig...
06/18/2024

Color Laboratory at Color Magic Pre-Camp! Deadline to register is July 7th. Visit our website for more information.

Design credits: Rachel

"Taste the Rainbow" at Color Magic Pre-Camp! Deadline to register is July 7th. Visit our website for more information.De...
06/18/2024

"Taste the Rainbow" at Color Magic Pre-Camp! Deadline to register is July 7th. Visit our website for more information.

Design credit: Rachel

Doodlebugs at  today!Pic credits: Rachel
06/18/2024

Doodlebugs at today!

Pic credits: Rachel

New program alert!Living SmallThursday, July 18, 6pmAt the Grant Wood Studio—810 2nd Ave SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401 Free...
06/18/2024

New program alert!
Living Small
Thursday, July 18, 6pm
At the Grant Wood Studio—810 2nd Ave SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401
Free
Join the Small House Society’s Greg Johnson for a talk about tiny home living. Learn about the perks and challenges of living in a tiny home from someone who has done it, and find out how to connect with the tiny home community in the Corridor.
This program will be held at the Grant Wood Studio, where the artist created many ingenious space-saving solutions for tiny living. Due to the Studio’s pint sized footprint, attendance is limited to just 25 people, and spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis. In keeping with the theme of intentional minimizing, you can opt out of using a chair, and instead bring a cushion to sit on the floor.
This program is brought to you, in part, by support from sponsors of the CRMA’s exhibition, Tiny Wonders: Small-Scale Works from the Collection, on view May 18-September 1, 2024.

A reminder that Guided Meditation at the Grant Wood Studio: Freedom To Play is Thursday, July 11th.
06/17/2024

A reminder that Guided Meditation at the Grant Wood Studio: Freedom To Play is Thursday, July 11th.

A reminded that Free Summer begins Tuesday, July 2nd.
06/17/2024

A reminded that Free Summer begins Tuesday, July 2nd.

A reminder that Art Bites: Thinking Big: Large-Scale Works from the Collection, Free is Wednesday, July 3rd.
06/17/2024

A reminder that Art Bites: Thinking Big: Large-Scale Works from the Collection, Free is Wednesday, July 3rd.

Artwork of the Week: “Last Look” by Peggy Cyphers Many of Peggy Cyphers works from this period are composed of two secti...
06/17/2024

Artwork of the Week: “Last Look” by Peggy Cyphers

Many of Peggy Cyphers works from this period are composed of two sections, a top and a bottom. She relates this construction to living things with the top section containing a consciousness and the bottom section containing a rooted, fossilized history. Swaths of orange move across the upper part of the work, echoed by three, small, curved lines in the textured lower section.

Peggy Cyphers was born in Baltimore and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting from Maryland Institute College of Art and her Master of Fine Arts degree in painting from the Pratt Institute. She is co-founder of the Broad thinking Curatorial Project. The main goal of this project is to encourage innovative ideas “for the continued existence of all living things on the planet and beyond.” Cyphers finds inspiration for her paintings in nature. Her references vary from animals to images of a distant star nebula.

Image Caption: Peggy Cyphers, Last Look, 1986, mixed media and oil on wood, gift of Dorothy and Herbert Vogel: Fifty Works for Fifty States, 2009.012.

This work is currently on view in our “ROY G. BIV: A Rainbow of Color” exhibition.

Malvina Hoffman was   in 1885. Malvina Hoffman was the fourth of six children of the concert pianist and composer, Richa...
06/15/2024

Malvina Hoffman was in 1885.
Malvina Hoffman was the fourth of six children of the concert pianist and composer, Richard Hoffman, and fellow pianist Fidelia Marshall Lamson Hoffman. She studied with several artists in New York before traveling to Paris in 1910 where she successfully convinced Auguste Rodin to accept her as a student. It was from Rodin that Hoffman learned a naturalistic, sometimes rugged approach to form. In Paris, she associated with numerous leading artists and intellectuals including Gertrude Stein, Henri Matisse, and Anna Pavlova, and her bronze sculptures of the Russian ballet star won her much fame and numerous commissions. In 1929, Hoffman received a telegram from Stanley Field, president of the Field Museum in Chicago. Field proposed a sculpture project of different ethnicities meant to “reveal man to his brother.” Titled the “Hall of Man,” its 104 bronze sculptures depicted people from diverse worldwide cultures. Hoffman spent four years traveling the world, voyaging from China to Hawaii, from the Balkans to Afghanistan and everywhere in between to create the artworks. The “Hall of Man” opened in 1933 in time for the Century of Progress International Exposition, also known as the Chicago World’s Fair.

While produced in her studio during the years of World War II, this work might have its origins in a vacation Hoffman and her husband made in 1930 to San Sebastian, Spain. While there, Hoffman modeled a Basque type for the “Hall of Man” prior to her world tour. This work might have been the result of other sketches and models she made at that time.

Malvina Hoffman, Basque Sailor, 1943, Painted plaster, gift of the Charles Lamson , , Hoffman Family, 85.10.59.

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