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Summer Art Guide

The Cedar Rapids area is full of blockbuster art exhibits and award winning art festivals. Whether you are an art enthusiast or a more casual observer go see the following art events in the Cedar Rapids, Iowa area this summer.

Consistently named among the top tier of juried art events nationwide, the Marion Arts Festival presents fifty artists, offering fine art and fine craft to an audience of 12,000. This is a great girlfriends getaway! Make time to stop in all the boutiques and shops around Marion’s City Square or sign up for the 5K or half marathon to start your day right. Don’t miss purchasing a ceramic bowl made by local students and benefiting the area food bank, go early for the best selection. See you May 21, 2016 in Marion City Square Park! 

Overalls All Over: In honor of Grant Wood’s 125th birthday, Cedar Rapids will install 25, six-foot-tall fiberglass statues of the farmer and daughter from American Gothic. Local artists have created unique designs for each statue. On display May 8-September 4, 2016.

Immortal: Warhol's Last Works: A son of Slovak immigrants, Andy Warhol became arguably the most documented artist of the 20th century. The National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library in Cedar Rapids will display large-scale prints from two series: Myths, created in 1981, and Cowboys and Indians, created in 1986. Two pieces from Flash Suite, a series made in 1968 documenting the John F. Kennedy assassination, will also be included. We’re thrilled to have this exhibit in Cedar Rapids from May 14-October 2, 2016.

Rodin: Portraits of a Lifetime. Selections from the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Collections: At the peak of his career, French sculptor Auguste Rodin was regarded as the greatest sculptor since Michelangelo. Leaving behind nineteenth-century academic traditions, Rodin focused on conveying the vitality of the human spirit. Today we see Rodin’s pioneering sculpture as a crucial link between traditional and modern art. This exhibition at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art showcases twenty selections from the collections of Iris & B. Gerald Cantor, including portrayals of nineteenth-century luminaries such as authors Victor Hugo and Honoré de Balzac, and composer Gustav Mahler. It is an honor for Cedar Rapids to host this exhibit June 4 - September 11, 2016.

Auguste Rodin, The Creator, modeled about 1900; Musée Rodin cast II/IV in 1984, bronze; Coubertin Foundry, 16 x 14 ¼ x 2 ½ inches, lent by Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Foundation. L2016.013.

Auguste Rodin, The Creator, modeled about 1900; Musée Rodin cast II/IV in 1984, bronze; Coubertin Foundry, 16 x 14 ¼ x 2 ½ inches, lent by Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Foundation. L2016.013.

NewBo Art Fest is Cedar Rapids’ premier art show, focused on Midwest artists. It is a day of great musical performances, amazing and fascinating art, and great people making things happen! A Labor Day weekend tradition continues in the hip New Bohemia neighborhood, Sunday, September 4, 2016.

 

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