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‘One of the true icons of American art’: Cedar Rapids is hosting two major exhibitions of Edward Hopper’s artwork

Thanks to an exchange with the New York’s Whitney Museum, CRMA will present two Edward Hopper exhibitions, opening Saturday. Visitors may enjoy the exhibits for free on Saturday.
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‘The Wood Problem’ explores the tension between Grant Wood and the University of Iowa

On Thursday, Nov. 9 at 6 p.m., a portion of The Wood Problem will be presented as a staged reading at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art. The reading will be followed by a panel discussion with Bradley, Grant Wood Art Colony Founder Jim Hayes and University of Iowa Art History Professor Joni Kinsey. The event is free. […]

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Love, loss and the keeping of secrets infuse Moorman’s ethereal family portraits

When you step into the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art’s second floor gallery filled with Tara Moorman’s watercolors, the first thing you might notice is that these paintings seem to emanate light. What might be less obvious is that the paintings are themselves emanations from the past. […]

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Artists unite for The Hook’s ArtLOUD debut tonight

The Hook’s ArtLOUD!: Stories of Loss and Found Cedar Rapids Museum of Art — Saturday, Jan. 28 at 8 p.m. One year ago, Cedar Rapids poet Akwi Nji had a GoFundMe campaign and a wild dream to unite writers and performers across eastern Iowa in The Hook, a creative storytelling platform that, according to its […]

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Free summer admission at Cedar Rapids Museum of Art

The Cedar Rapids Museum of Art (CRMA) is excited to treat the community to another summer of free admission until Sept. 6. The CRMA houses the world’s largest collection of regionalist master Grant Wood’s work and is located smack-dab in the thick of downtown Cedar Rapids (410 Third Avenue SE). What’s on exhibit? There are […]

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UI alum’s forthcoming graphic novel tackles social issues with watercolors that are as gentle as they are powerful

The origin story for Ryan Bentzinger’s nAMUH could be summed up this way: right place, right time. As a University of Iowa student studying studio art in 2009, he was in the right place when UI professor Chungi Choo suddenly appeared one day and announced she needed an assistant. Choo, in addition to keeping him […]

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Interview: artist Ryan Bentzinger talks nAMUH and drawing Science Fiction

nAMUH Cedar Rapids Museum of Art — Oct. 3 through Jan. 17 Tonight from 5-7 p.m. the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art will host an opening reception for a new exhibition by Iowa City artist, Ryan Bentzinger. The exhibition is a series of illustrations taken from the prologue and first chapter of Bentzinger’s forth-coming novel, […]

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