Current Exhibitions

21 etchings

21 Etchings and Poems
On loan from the Syracuse University Art Collection
On view through September 9, 2018
Closing Reception: September 6, 2018 from 5:30-7 p.m.
21 Etchings and Poems was a landmark publication (1960) that had a profound impact on contemporary art and culture. As a first-of-its-kind collaborative project, 21 Etchings and Poems paired poets with visual artists, under the direction of artist Peter Grippe. Each print includes a poem-etched in the poets' handwriting, incoporated into a design by the artist. Partnerships for the project include well-known artists and poets such as Peter Grippe and Dylan Thomas, Willem de Kooning and Harold Rosenberg, Letterio Calapai and William Carlos Williams, and Franz Kline and Frank O'Hara, among others.

See You, See Me: An Interactive Drawing with Thread
Inspired by the collaborative spirit of the work on view as part of 21 Etchings and Poems, visitors to the gallery are invited to participate in this meditative artwork by the group Art Can Help, which highlights the intimacy of shared common space and the power of human connection. This interactive drawing performance will be ongoing during the reception.

This exhibition is made possible in part with support from the Cedar Falls Art and Culture Board.


dave wieland photography

Dave Wieland Photography
On view through September 23, 2018
Dave Wieland, Cedar Falls resident and City Council member, exhibits images from his long history as a photographer. Images include a visual record of the destruction of 9/11, taken shortly after the attack on the World Trade Center, as well as historic images of a three-alarm fire in downtown Waterloo in December 1958.

River Series by John Page

Virtual Exhibitions

River Series by John Page
(Click to view)

John Page is a Michigan-born American artist. Educated at the Minneapolis School of Art (now Minneapolis College of Art and Design), Art Students League of New York, University of Michigan, and the University of Iowa, he taught for many years at the University of Northern Iowa.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow: Original Book Illustrations by Gary Kelley (Click to view)



Upcoming Exhibitions


ASSEMBLY: The Work of Dazzle Camouflage
October 5 - November 25, 2018
Dazzle Camouflage is the break-up of an object by constrasting shapes on its surface-for example, when the patterns of venetian blinds are cast across an object, or, in tennis, when teh shadows of a chain link fence make it hard to find the ball in the grass. Tihs same approach was widely used to make it confusing for German submarines to target Allied ships during World War I. The wartime camouflage of ships depend on the collaborative work of many hands-both women and men, both military and civilian-including people who were trained as artists, graphic designers, architects, stage designers, strategic experts, and so on. Using historic imagery, dazzle plans and other artifacts from the collection of author and designer Roy Behrens(a widely known camouflage scholar), this exhibition focuses on the delivery of those people, and the ingenious results of their efforts in designing naval camouflage.

Introduction And Post-Screening Q&A with Documentary Filmmaker Rick Beyer
Date: October 14, 2018 from 2-4 p.m.14
Film runtime: 1 hour, 8 minutes; Mae Latta Hall
The Ghost Army tells the story of a hand-picked group of American GI’s that undertook a bizarre mission during WWII: create a traveling road show of deception on the battlefields of Europe, with the German Army as their audience. The 23rd Headquarters Special Troops used inflatable rubber tanks, sound trucks, and dazzling performance art to bluff the enemy again and again, often right along the front lines. Many of the men picked to carry out these dangerous deception missions were artists. Some went on to become famous, including the painter Ellsworth Kelly and fashion designer Bill Blass. In their spare time, they painted and sketched their way across Europe, creating a unique and moving visual record of their war. Their secret mission was kept hushed up for nearly50 years after the war’s end. Since the release of this award-winning film, Rick Beyer has gone on to produce a New York Times bestselling book, The Ghost Army of World War II, to host annual tours in Europe that pertain to the unit’s assignments,and to speak and screen his film at venues throughout the U.S.

This special event is made possible in part with support from the Cedar Falls Art and Culture Board.

Deception by Design: A Discussion with Roy Behrens
Date: November 8, 2018 at 11 a.m. in Mae Latta Hall
This event is free but requires an RSVP.
For more information, please visit or call 319.273.8641.
Join Roy Behrens for a discussion centered on the recent documentary film Deception by Design (2015). Through rarely seen archives, interviews with leading experts and arresting visual graphics, this documentary reveals the untold story of how artists were recruited by the military to fool the enemy in modern warfare. In addition to providing the materials for ASSEMLY, Roy Behrens is an internationally recognized camouflage scholar and author of FALSE COLORS: Art, Design and Modern Camouflage; CAMOUPEDIA: A Compendium of Research on Art, Architecture and Camouflage; and SHIP SHAPE: A Dazzle Camouflage Sourcebook.

Resistance + Rescue: Photographs by Judy Ellis Glickman
October 5 - November 25, 2018
Opening Reception: October 5 from 5:30-7 p.m.
Hosted in collaboration with the UNI Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education, in commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of the rescue of the Jews of Denmark.

Through images and symbols, the horrors of the Holocaust are familiar to us all. Yet, too few of us are aware of the remarkable story of the flight of the Jews out of Denmark to safety in Sweden in the fall of 1943. This exhibition of photography by Judy Ellis Glickman reopens a time in our history when the bravery of a few overcame the brutality of so many. Without words, Glickman tells the story of the Rescue through pictorial observations. Using subtle manipulations of the photographic process, she captures the many emotions of the Rescue, as well as a stark reminder of what Hitler’s Final Solution did achieve. Glickman also presents the concentration camps as cruel, empty places. In these images, we are reminded that without the courage of the Danish government and its people, the fate of Denmark’s Jews.






James & Meryl Hearst Center for the Arts
304 W. Seerley Boulevard
Cedar Falls, Iowa, 50613
Gallery Hours
Mondays | Closed
Tuesday & Thursday | 10:00am-9:00pm
Wednesday & Friday | 10:00am-5:00pm
Saturday & Sunday | 1:00pm-4:00pm
Hearst Center for the Arts is part of the Department of
Municipal Operations & Programs, City of Cedar Falls.
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