CF Authors Festival

The Cedar Falls Authors Festival was founded in 2017 to celebrate six nationally-known, best-selling Cedar Falls authors, past and present. The year-long festival was such a success that the founders, with the help of the Hearst Center, are launching “Cedar Falls Authors Festival: Volume II.” Partners include the Cedar Falls Public Library, Hartman Reserve Nature Center, Cedar Falls Tourism and Visitors Bureau, and the City of Cedar Falls.

All events in Mae Latta Hall unless otherwise noted. For a full listing of authors/dates, click here.

Our Passport to the Arts Series is back this summer during the months of June, July and August. For a list of events in participation with this series and more info on how to enter, click here. Thanks to the Cedar Falls Public Library, Cedar Falls Community Main Street, College Hill Partnership and Cedar Falls Visitor and Tourism for their collaboration in this.

Click here for a list of Hearst Center events included in this change to win a prize!

Over the past year, we have hosted several virtual events. Now’s your time to catch up on the one’s you missed or simply want to watch again. Click here to view all things virtual!

[Artwork by Janice Marin, as part of past exhibition/virtual talk, Teacher l Student]

In conjunction for Teacher l Student Exhibition
Thursday, April 1 at 6:00 p.m.

Janice Marin is a painter and first-generation Canadian with Argentinian blood. She received a BFA from The Ontario College of Art and Design University and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she studied under Molly Zuckerman-Hartung. She is an Adjunct Lecturer at Colorado Mesa University, and an art teacher at Excel Academy of South Shore in Chicago. For more, visit

Molly Zuckerman-Hartung is a painter, writer and teacher who grew up in Olympia, Washington. She is a Senior Critic in Yale School of Art, Department of Painting and Printmaking. She has shown at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, the 2014 Whitney Biennial, the Program at ReMap in Athens, Greece, Kadel Willborn in Karlsruhe, Germany and many others. In 2013 she received a Louis Comfort Tiffany Award. For more, visit

Wednesday, March 24 from 6:00–7:00 p.m.
Zoom link here!

Aaron Wilson and Tim Dooley have been collaborating for over a decade. The partnership began as teaching colleagues at UNI where they are both printmaking professors. The artist-team have exhibited work across the US, and have been featured in a number of publications, such as The Complete Engraver, Princeton Architectural Press, Printmaking: A Complete Guide to Materials and Processes, and A Survey of Contemporary Printmaking. Wilson earned his BFA from Wright State University and his MFA from Ohio University. Dooley earned a BS in International Affairs and a BFA in Studio Art from Florida State University; and an MFA in Printmaking from the University of Tennessee. For more info on these artists, click here.

[Image courtesy of the Moberg Gallery]

February 23 @ 6:00 p.m. via Zoom

Join us to hear from three of the Red House Studio artists: Angela Waseskuk, Noah Doely and Abby Hedley, as they talk about their current work and upcoming projects. Find the link to the live program here + via our Facebook soon.

In February of 2020, the Hearst launched a visiting artist/studio program referred to as “The Red House Studios” located next door to the Hearst on Seerley Boulevard. The space houses three artists studios for practicing artists as well as the UNI Alumni Studio, a sponsored space awarded to a recent grad as a landing pad from which to continue building a body of work.

Art, Race and Ethics Conversations With Artists
Guest Artist: Nate Young
November 12 from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

This virtual event is part three of a three part series and includes audience Q&A. Free, no registration required, link information is available here.

Nate Young is currently based out of Chicago, Illinois. He received his MFA degree from the California Institute of the Arts in 2009, and a BA from Northwestern College in Minnesota in 2004. His recent solo exhibitions include re:collection, VISArts in Richmond, VA (2017); Cleromancy, moniquemeloche, Chicago (2017); Luce Gallery in Turin (2016); Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadephia (2015). His work has been included in group exhibitions including Galerie Lelong, New York (2016); Richard Gray Gallery in Chicago (2014); the Soap Factory’s Minnesota Biennial (2013).  He has served as the artist-in-residence at The Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia, and awarded fellowships including the Knight Arts Challenge Fellowship from the Knight Foundation (2014); the Bush Fellowship for Visual Arts (2010); and the Jerome Fellowship for Emerging Artists (2014). Young is the co-founder and director of the artist-run exhibition space, The Bindery Projects, in Minneapolis. He is represented by moniquemeloche and he is an Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Art, Race and Ethics Conversations With Artists
Guest Artist: Donna Charging
October 22 from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Join Lenore Metrick-Chen, professor of art and social history, curator and art critic, for a candid, online conversation with noted artist Donna Charging, whose work relates to both historical and contemporary racial and ethical issues. For more information on this artist visit her website.

This virtual event is part two of a three part series and includes audience Q&A. Free, no registration required, link information is available here

Donna R. Charging grew up on the Wind River Indian Reservation in Fort Washakie, WY. She attended Drake University in 2000-21 and has a BFA in Studio Art from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Donna attended the MA in Community Arts program at the Rhode Island School of Design in 2005. She is an enrolled member of the Three Affiliated Tribes (Mandan/Hidatsa/Arikara), and her mother is a member of the Eastern Shoshone tribe. Donna currently lives and works in New York, NY. 

Pop-Up Party for Marjorie Nuhn
Thursday, September 24 from 5:00-6:00 p.m .

Join us on the front lawn of the Hearst Center to celebrate the current show! Enjoy a sparkling or hard cider, splash some paint inspired by Marjorie’s palette, and relax safely outdoors in good company. Bring a buddy and we’ll see you there! This event is free and open to the public, will be socially distanced, please bring a mask!

Passport to the Arts 2020

Passport to the Arts is a partnership of organizations offering FREE events for you to enjoy this summer. Attend five (5) eligible events listed in the calendar below and post a selfie to this Facebook page (Passport to the Arts Cedar Falls) of you attending each of the five events. Do so before the deadline of September 14 to be entered into a drawing for a chance to WIN a prize basket valued at $200. See below for details of how to enter and a printable calendar of eligible events!

Reading W/Local Author

Join Professor of English at Luther College and Local Author, David Faldet as he does a virtual reading including scenes set in the Cedar Valley area from his novel, King: A Mystery (Resource Publications, 2019).

SPECIAL THANKS to David for taking the time to create this experience for everyone. As many of you know, he was going to do an author reading at the Hearst on May 14th, but due our closure until at least May 15th, we decided to take it online.

Book Reading With David Faldet

Good Morning & Happy Sunday!Join Professor of English at Luther College and Local Author, David Faldet as he does a virtual reading including scenes set in the Cedar Valley area from his novel, King: A Mystery (Resource Publications, 2019). SPECIAL THANKS to David for taking the time to create this experience for everyone. As many of you know, he was going to do an author reading at the Hearst on May 14th, but due our closure until at least May 15th, we decided to take it online. ENJOY!

Posted by Hearst Center for the Arts on Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Nature Art Projects

This year we took our Annual Earth Day Celebration VIRTUAL on April 21, 2020 via our Facebook with art and educational activities for the whole family. This virtual experience was made possible in conjunction with our partners from Green Iowa AmeriCorps at UNI and Cedar Falls Public Library.

Did you miss this virtual event?! Visit our Virtual Earth Day page to find all the activities we participated in that week!

Virtual FTRS This Month

“For 19 years, the Final Thursday Reading Series has happened on the last Thursday of each month in Cedar Falls without fail. Through illnesses, snowstorms and last minute changes, we’ve never missed a month. And though the current COVID-19 outbreak makes a physical event impossible, FTRS will be going online. Click here for FB event!

On Thursday, March 26, this website will post a video by the scheduled featured reader, Andrew Farkas. There will also be an “open mic” section of sorts. If you would like to share no more than five (5) minutes of your own creative work, please video yourself reading and upload it to a publicly accessible site like YouTube. Email the link to Jim O’Loughlin by Wednesday, March 25 to ensure that your contribution can become part of the event.

If you haven’t made video of yourself reading before, here’s a short segment with good tips – click here. Also, click here for an interview (conducted before the current situation) with Andrew Farkas. Hope you’ll be able to participate in the first Virtual FTRS.” – Jim O’Loughlin

So I Could Be Macbeth

EDIT: This event has been cancelled!

One year later and we’re back for part two. – Join us on March 19 at 7:00 p.m. in Mae Latta Hall! A night of songs and monologues performed by actors who would never otherwise get cast in the given role thanks to their age, gender, ability, size, or race. These pieces may help us all see wider definitions of what it means to be [insert label here] — and that our current definitions are too small.

Directed by Orion Risk; creative direction and graphics by Jacqueline Kehoe; music by Patrick Marchant. Produced by Scene D in conjunction with the Hearst Center.

Local Food and Film Festival

March 7 from 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
FREE admission and fun for the entire family! Meet local producers, purchase local food, attend a short film or a food preservation class, and browse the galleries. Childrens’ activities sponsored by the Hearst Center. Local food & non-profit vendors from 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Garden Class: Food Preservation from 11 a.m.–noon Film: Overload: America’s Toxic Love Story and discussion from 1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.

Piano Fundraiser Concert

Join us in Mae Latta Hall on March 1 at 1:30 p.m. for a Piano Funderaiser concert featuring performances by our friends Jean Hilbert and Kelly Parker, musicians and educator-extraordinaries. We are raising funds for needed work and action repair on our Steinway D! All free will donations collected during the concert will help fund the repairs so that students, performers and aficionados can continue to play and enjoy our Steinway for years to come.

Friends of the Hearst will MATCH ALL DONATIONS up to $2,500. Any donations made at the Hearst between now and March 1, will be MATCHED up to $2500!

If you cannot make the performance but would like to contribute to the Steinway repair fund, you can do so by mailing your donation to the Hearst Center at: 304 West Seerley Blvd, Cedar Falls, IA 50613. Please make checks payable to the Hearst Center and note PIANO in the memo line!

Click here to read a feature from KWWL, Abby Turpin and here for a feature from The Courier. Watch this video to learn more about the Steinway.

Dazzle Hour

Join us in our galleries for a Dazzle Hour on February 13 at 5:00 p.m. enjoy refreshments and beverages while creating scratch art! This event is in conjunction with the exhibition, The Prints of William Kentridge and Phillip Chen

Poetry @ the Hearst

Final Thursday Reading Series kicks off its Winter/Spring session on Thursday, January 20th. Guest Authors are editors and contributors from the North American Review (issue launch).

The Final Thursday Reading Series is collaboration of Final Thursday Press, the Hearst and the UNI College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences. Thank you to Sidecar Coffee Roaster and Hansen’s Dairy for beverages. Open mic sign up begins at 7:00 p.m. with it starting at 7:15 p.m. and featured authors take the stage at 8:00 p.m.

Red Herring Theatre

Join us this Thursday, January 15 at 6:30 p.m. (doors will open at 6:00 p.m.) as Red Herring Theatre presents Daisy in Mae Latta Hall. Daisy tells the story of the first televised negative campaign ad, used by the Johnson team against Goldwater in 1964. Directed by Rita Waggoner and written by Sean Devine. Sponsored by Jones Law Firm.

(Note: Regular presentations by Red Herring start at 7:00 p.m. Due to the length of this performance, it will be starting at 6:30 p.m.)

This event is free and open to the public!

More Music in Mae Latta

Join us on the second Thursday of the month for this series of special concerts with members of CVAGA (Cedar Valley Acoustic Guitar Association). Guest musicians play and chat with the audience about the music that inspires them. Concerts begin at 7:00 p.m. Free and open to the public!

January 9: Guest Musician: Rick Vanderwall presents a special songwriters concert Join Rick Vanderwall, Karla Ruth, Raldo Schneider, Joel Sires and Amie Rivers for live music and discussion about the process of songwriting.

From Advertising to Art

American Trade Cards

Join us for an opening reception on Friday, November 22 from 5:00-6:30 p.m. for our current exhibition, From Advertising to Art: 19th Century Trade Cards and the Unfettered American Imagination, on view November 19, 2019-January 5, 2020. Don’t miss the gallery talk with Dr. Lenore Metrick-Chen on at 6:00 p.m. during the reception.

The Hearst Center for the Arts is featuring over two hundred original 19th century American advertising cards in this upcoming exhibition.

The 2-by-6 inch trade cards reflect a time of cultural change and cultural anxiety as America shifted from an agrarian to an industrial economy and into an emerging world power. By 1876, trade cards circulated widely and were becoming the dominant method of advertising. In the course of advertising all sorts of new commodities, card artists created wildly inventive new visual languages of montage and proto-surrealism in which human forms merged with animals, vegetables, machines and fruit.
Trade card advertising coincided with the years surrounding the first Chinese Exclusion Laws banning Chinese immigration. During this time, every ethnic group was considered fair game for satire and stereotyping in advertising. Despite the small population of Chinese people in America, hundreds of trade card images depicted Chinese figures. An underlying theme of the exhibition explores the variety of responses to cultural change during this era, from demonizing and dehumanizing to a carnivalesque sense of magic, alongside a shifting visual culture from the Victorian moralizing realistic style towards Modernism.

From Advertising to Art was originally curated by Dr. Lenore Metrick-Chen. Metrick-Chen’s ongoing study of the impact of Chinese in Western art recently culminated in her publication, Collecting Objects/Excluding People: Chinese Subjects and American Visual Culture, 1830 – 1900 .

Lunchtime Concert

lunchtime concert

Join us in Mae Latta Hall as TetraCor, The Uni horn quartet performs under the direction of Yu-Ting Su. Performance is from noon – 1 p.m. Don’t forget to bring your lunch! FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!

Food Co-op Author Talk

John Steinman Authors Talk

Jon Steinman’s only Iowa stop will be here in our community. Find out why “Grocery Story: The Promise of Food Co-ops in the Age of Grocery Giants” is making waves across the country, and why the largest grocers exert influence over the global food supply, which impacts all of us here in the Cedar Valley.

Grocery stores exert considerable influence over the global food supply and in the communities we live. How do the largest grocers today maintain their grip on foodmakers, communities, and eaters? As part of his North American book release tour, author Jon Steinman offers up a preview of his new book including disturbing trends emerging among the dominant grocers. As Jon will share, community-owned grocery stores are more important today than ever before.

Doors open at 6:30PM, Speaker at 7:00PM

Poetry @ the Hearst 

Final Thursday Reading Series continues this month on October 24th with Crystal Gibbins, co-editor of Waters Deep: A Great Lakes Poetry Anthology.

About book: Waters Deep: A Great Lakes Poetry Anthology brings together thirty-five contemporary poets that have been inspired and shaped by the Great Lakes. These poems invite and encourage readers to appreciate and explore more deeply this unique and complex region—the woods, watersheds, grassy plains, hills, bluffs, iron and copper ranges, towns, cities, snow belts and rustbelts. From layers of history and human culture to natural landscapes and built environments, the perspectives and styles of the poets in Waters Deep are as varied and powerful as the lakes themselves. 

Additional info about this series: The Final Thursday Reading Series is back with another great slate of featured regional authors and, as always, an open mic where you can share your own creative writing. Q&A follows each reading. Open mic at 7:15 p.m., featured author at 8:00 p.m.. Free and open to the public. Last Thursday of the month at 7:00 pm, Mae Latta Hall

Theatre @ the Hearst 

Red Herring Theatre

Red Herring Reader’s Theatre Presents Compleat Female State Beauty 
Thursday, October 10 at 7:00 p.m.
Written by Jeffrey Hatcher and directed by L.C. Kent; Sponsored by the Jones Law Firm

It’s 1661 and the most famous portrayer of female roles on the London stage is a performer named Kynaston. But after Charles II changes the law to allow women to act, Kynaston’s world is turned upside-down. He loses his livelihood, his lover and his sense of self. Meanwhile, those around him—
including the King’s mistress, Nell Gwynn—rise to stardom.