The Cedar Rapids Museum of Art was established in 1905 by the Cedar Rapids Art Club, which started exhibiting art for the public in the gallery in the new Carnegie Library. When the library moved to a new location, the building was renovated to become the new Cedar Rapids Museum of Art which formally opened its door in 1989.
The museum has the largest collection of works by Grant Wood, Bertha Jaques, Marvin Cone and Mauricio Lasansky in the world. It also has a significant collection of ancient Roman portrait busts in its Riley Collection. Grant Wood’s studio, where the artist lived and worked between 1924 and 1935, is now part of the museum and is open to the public. There is also a significant collection of the works of Marvin Cone, Grant Wood’s friend and collaborator, in the Museum. That collection includes some of his best abstracts and landscapes. The museum focuses on 20th century American Art and has more than 7,000 works of art. There are also popular art classes for children and adults.
410 3rd Ave SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401, website, Phone: 319-366-7503
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