With 16 galleries full of stunning works of art and a regular rotation of exhibitions, there’s always something new to see at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art. Whether it’s bright and whimsical prints, famed Grant Wood paintings or works by contemporary regional artists, something is sure to grab your attention.
The Artwork of Grant Wood
Grant Wood is an undeniable draw at the Museum, as it is the home to the world’s largest collection of the famed 20th century artist’s work. On any given day, visitors to the CRMA may see a selection of his work, from paintings and sketches, to jewelry and a sculpted bench.
If you happen to be visiting the Museum between March and July of 2018, you will notice a completely new collection of Grant Wood’s works as the Museum is lending 27 of his works to the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York for a Grant Wood retrospective. The new installation at CRMA will have several Grant Wood pieces that have not been on display recently.
The Museum has an extensive collection of other notable artists including the works by Wood’s friend and colleague Marvin Cone, who was a master of painting clouds, among other things. The collection of 21 Roman busts at the CRMA is the only such collection in the state of Iowa. You certainly can’t miss the huge ceramic heads — created by famed artist Jun Kaneko — that make their home on the 3rd Avenue side of the Museum.
Take Part of the CRMA Home
Before you leave, don’t forget to stop by the Museum Store for the most unique collection of gift items in town, including original works of art, greeting cards, books, jewelry and much more. There’s a great selection of kids’ items, as well as a rotation of products relating to whatever exhibitions are on view at the Museum.
Depending on when you visit, you may stop by the Grant Wood Studio from April to December on Saturdays and Sundays from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Have one of the friendly and knowledgeable docents show you around the place to get a feel for how one of the most famous Cedar Rapidians lived and worked.
Special exhibitions are always fleeting, so make sure to plan a visit before you miss out. Along with the permanent collection galleries, there will be 10 temporary exhibitions at the Museum throughout the year.
Visit crma.org to see what's coming up on the program calendar. Activities for toddlers, classes for big kids, lectures and book club meetings -- there's always something going on at CRMA!