Current Exhibitions

Dazzle Camouflage

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.

In conjunction with this exhibition
Lunch + Learn!
Deception by Design: A Discussion with Roy Behrens
Date: November 8, 2018 at 11 a.m. in Mae Latta Hall
A light lunch is provided. This event is free but requires an RSVP due to limited seating. Call 319.273.8641 to reserve your spot today!
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 ASSEMBLY, 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.

Dazzle Hour!
Date: November 16, 2018 from 5-6 p.m.
Stop in for drinks and art making after work!


Resistance and Rescue

Resistance + Rescue: Photographs by Judy Ellis Glickman
October 5 - November 25, 2018
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.

In conjunction with this exhibition
Resistance + Rescue Film Series
November 1 at 10 am and 7 p.m.
“Miracle at Midnight” (1998, 1:30 min.) Action, adventure, comedy. A Danish family tries
to help their Jewish neighbors escape from the Nazis.

November 15 at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.
“Across the Waters” (2016, 1:34 min.) Drama, history, war. The gripping tale of the Danish Jews’ escape to Sweden in October 1943.


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


Marguerite Wildenhain: Travel Drawings
December 7, 2018 - January 20, 2019

Recent Acquisitions
December 14, 2018-January 20, 2019






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