410 Thirds Ave SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401
410 Thirds Ave SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401
|Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, & ||10:00 am - 4:00 pm|
|Thursday ||10:00 am - 8:00 pm|
|Sunday ||noon - 4:00 pm|
Seniors (62 and older) $4
College Students (with ID) $4
Children (18 and under) Free
CRMA Members Free
Terence Pitts, Executive Director
Kristan Hellige, Communications Coordinator
The 63,000 square foot museum displays temporary exhibitions of contemporary art and hold the world's largest collection of works by Grant Wood and Marvin Cone, works by Mauncio Lasansky and the Riley Collection of ancient Roman portrait busts.
The mission of the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art is to excite, engage, and educate our community and visitors through our collection, exhibitions, and programs.
Inspired by the extraordinary art gathered together at the World’s Colombian Exposition in Chicago, community leaders from Cedar Rapids formed an art club in 1895. Ten years later, when they were offered a specially designed gallery in the new Carnegie Library, the club incorporated as the Cedar Rapids Art Association and began exhibiting art in a gallery in the newly built Carnegie Library. The first painting was acquired for the collection in 1906. Local artists were often important members, helping arrange exhibitions, lectures, and special events. Among the most active members in the early 1920s were artists Grant Wood and his close friend Marvin Cone. Receiving Federal support from 1930 to 1935, the Association also ran the highly regarded Little Gallery, directed by Ed Rowan, who later helped run the Public Works of Art Project.
In the early 1960s, the Art Association acquired and renovated a building for itself in a nearby downtown location—the Torch Press Building—providing 16,000 square feet of space on four floors. The Association renamed itself the Cedar Rapids Art Center and hired its first professional director since Rowan’s Depression-era tenure. In 1981, the Art Center earned accreditation by the American Association of Museums.
The Cedar Rapids Public Library moved to a new building in the mid 1980s, vacating the Carnegie building where the Art Association was first established. The City of Cedar Rapids offered the original Carnegie building and some adjacent land to the Art Center. A successful campaign raised $10 million for the renovation of the Carnegie building and the construction of a 42,000 square foot addition designed by Charles W. Moore (1925-1993) and Centerbrook Architects. The new Cedar Rapids Museum of Art was formally opened with John Carter Brown (then Director of the National Gallery of Art) cutting the ribbon in December 1989. The CRMA remains an AAM accredited museum to this day.
In 2002, the CRMA was given the building that houses the original studio of Grant Wood. Located just three blocks from the Museum, the loft studio, known by its fictitious address of 5 Turner Alley, was designed and constructed by Wood, who lived and worked there between 1924 and 1935. It was here that he painted American Gothic (1930)—now part of the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago—and many of his most famous paintings. The Grant Wood Studio is open to the public for guided tours several days per week.
The Cedar Rapids Museum of Art houses more than 5,600 works of art spanning many eras—from Roman antiquity to the present. The collection is particularly strong in American art, especially from the first half of the 20th century. There are a number of artists the Museum holds in great depth—including the world's largest collection of works of art by Grant Wood. The Museum also possesses a strong collection of Roman portrait busts donated by Tom and Nan Riley, and an extensive print collection from the 15th century forward primarily donated by Peter O. Stamats.
Please visit www.crma.org for more information about the CRMA's permanent collection.
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