CEDAR RAPIDS MUSEUM OF ART
Free summer admission: Sunday (7/1) to Sept. 2, 410 Third Ave. SE, thanks to sponsors Cedar Rapids Bank & Trust, Transamerica, TrueNorth and UFG. Admission also is free to the Grant Wood Studio, 810 Second Ave. SE, thanks to a grant from the Esther and Robert Armstrong Charitable Trust. Details: Crma.org
AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM OF IOWA
If Objects Could Talk
See how everyday objects turn into historic records. To July 27; 55 12th Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids.
AMANA ARTS GUILD & HERITAGE MUSEUM
1918: Pacifistic Patriots of the Amana Society During World War I Art Project
Area artists created works based on photos of the Amana Boys; Heritage Museum includes WWI artifacts. Open all year; Amana Arts Guild, 1210 G St., High Amana, and Amana Heritage Museum, 705 44th Ave., Amana.
CEDAR RAPIDS MUSEUM OF ART
Setting the Table: The Art of Still Life
Still life emerged as a genre of painting in the early 17th century in Europe. Including all kinds of man-made or natural objects, cut flowers, fruit, vegetables, fish, game, etc., from the CRMA collection. To Sept. 2.
The Grand Tour: Europe Through Artists’ Eyes
From the Greek Parthenon to the great cathedrals of France, European monuments have inspired artists for hundreds of years. Named for the traditional trip of Europe undertaken by mainly upper class young men of means in search of art, culture and the roots of Western civilization. To Sept. 16
Malvina Hoffman: A Sculptor’s Journey
From the museum’s collection of works by 20th century sculptor Malvina Hoffman. The exhibit traces her artistic roots from her teenage creations through her apprenticeship with Auguste Rodin, and into her arrival as an independent artist. To Aug. 31; 410 Third Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids.
Morphing Murals of the Drawing Legion
Main Gallery exhibition showing how the Floods of 2008 continue to inform Mel Andringa’s creative thinking; to July 29 and possibly through newbo evolve festival, Aug. 3 to 5.
Group show of historically engaged artists John Paul Schafer, Sam Watkins, Song Park, Gays Against Guns and Jave Yoshimoto
I Was There
ARTICLE CONTINUES BELOW ADVERTISEMENT
Documentary photos of the local music scene by Mike Weber and Shadow Fox Photography; 1103 Third St. SE, Cedar Rapids; free admission.
GILDED PEAR GALLERY
Features works by Midwest artists Jim Ochs, Ann Royer and Priscilla Steele, interpreting the human form. While all three artists draw upon historical inspirations, each strays from realism to dissect the body into lines, blocks of color and blurring features. The exhibition largely features works on paper and canvas, but also features sculptures by Royer, who pulls inspiration from the caves of Lascaux. To Aug. 24; 808 Third Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids.
Tallgrass to Knee High: A Century of Iowa Farming
Historical highlights of farming in Iowa and the Midwest. To Oct. 28; 210 Parkside Dr., West Branch
Iowa Ceramics Center & Glass Studio
Resident Artist Exhibitions
Each Resident Artist at the Iowa Ceramics Center and Glass Studio will be exhibiting a body of work made during their time at the facility in the Cherry Building, 329 10th Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids.
Lars Voltz: None, to July 7. Vessels built upon dynamic forms, diversely bodied clay and turbulent, colorful wood-fired surfaces assert a continued geologic impact on our understanding of the conditions of contemporary life. Closing reception: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. July 5.
A Touch of Grant Wood: Family Clay Workshop
In 1925, Grant Wood decorated a sleeping porch at Brucemore. Learn about Wood’s design, then use his work to inspire your own clay tile.
Time: 10 a.m. to noon July 10; Ceramics Center class at Brucemore, 2160 Linden Dr. SE, Cedar Rapids. All material and supplies will be provided; children under age 9 must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets: $18, Brucemore.org
NATIONAL CZECH & SLOVAK MUSEUM & LIBRARY
Ubuhle Women: Beadwork and the Art of Independence
Showcasing a form of bead art developed by women living and working together in rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The six featured artists call their “paintings in beads” ndwangos. They work on a black background fabric, and by stretching this textile like a canvas, they transform flat cloth into a contemporary art form colored with Czech glass beads. To Sept. 17.
Guts & Glory: The War Train that Shaped a Nation
Multimedia exhibition highlights how Czech and Slovak soldiers stranded in Russia banded together to provide crucial support for the Allied cause. To Dec. 31, museum’s Petrik Gallery; 1400 Inspiration Place SW, Cedar Rapids.