Current Exhibitions

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J. Murray: Color Poem Collages 2000-2018
May 23-July 7, 2019
Artist Reception: June 20 from 5-6:30 p.m. including a Gallery Talk with J. Murray at 6 p.m.
Artist, traveler, and teacher J. Murray became enamored with poems-specifically poems about color-during his formative years making art and studying poetry with James Hearst. Inspired by musical harmonies, color theory and autobiography, Murray relies on scraps of paper, fabric and string to create highly structured canvases. The artst invites you to use both visual and tactile senses in the gallery; his works are meant to be picked up and read like newspapers.

Murray describes his work as an "ode to the endless elementary art watercolor rainbows made by countless children in the days of their youth."


Collaborations: First Fifty 2019
May 28-July 14, 2019
Opening Reception: May 28 from 6-7:30 p.m.
This exhibition includes the first fifty collaborative ready-to-hang artists that arrived at the Hearst Center on May 15. View the variety of work created by the collaborators around the Cedar Valley.






River Series by John Page

Virtual Exhibitions

River Series by John Page
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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

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travis gingerich

The Mask of Lincoln
July 20-September 25, 2019
This exhbition is organized by the Smithsonian Institution. Drawn from the National Portrait Gallery's unrivaled collectionof Lincoln portraits, this poster exhibition charts Lincoln's passage from a fresh face Illinois congressman to a troubled visage as he led the fight for the Union.





Travis Gingerich: Parables in Clay

July 19-August 16, 2019
Dazzle Hour with the artist: Thursday, July 25 from 5-6 p.m.
Gingerich, Hearst instructor and ceramics lab technician, graduated from UNI in 2016 with a B.F.A. This exhibition presents new and recent figural works in stoneware.






Formal/Informal: Innovations in Portraiture
August 2 - September 15, 2019
Opening Reception: August 2 from 5-6:30 p.m.
On loan from the Syracuse University Art Collection
This exhibition explores the historical development of photographic portraiture, via work by portraitists Berenice Abbott, Edward Steichen and Paul Stand, as well as contemporary photographers Larry Fink, Rena Small and Lucien Clergue, among others.

In conjunction with this exhibition:
Lunch and Learn
Thursday, August 8 from 12-1 p.m.
Gain a little perspective in our room sized camera obscura and join Lynn Brant for a short talk about this classic camera.

Artist Talk: Contemporary Portraiture with Sandra Louise Dyas
Thursday, August 22 from 6-7 p.m.
Sandy Dyas is a visual artist living in Iowa City. With an eye for the strange and beautiful Dyas' work focuses on the Midwest and the places and people who inhabit it.

Tintype Workshop
Saturday, September 13 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. ($45)

Clayton Fowler
September 6 - October 27, 2019
Clayton Fowler (1912-1984) was an artist, art historian, lecturer and instructor who taught at both UNI and St. Lawrence University in New York.

Teddi Finegan: Weavings in Wool
September 27 - November 3, 2019
Opening Recepetion: Sunday, September 29 from 1-3 p.m.


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.
City of Cedar Falls