Galleries & Art Museums

Left: Lisa Towers, Then Make It Fabulous, gold, copper, and silver leaf, 39 x 31 inches. Right: Mike Doland, Self Portrait #1, acrylic on canvas, 30 x 24 inches. Dubuque Museum of Art, Portraits of the Pandemic.

DUBUQUE MUSEUM OF ART, 701 Locust St., Dubuque. (563) 557-1851. Portraits of the Pandemic: An Exhibition of Self-Portraits by Local Artists. This collection of self-portraits made during the pandemic by artists in Dubuque and surrounding counties in Iowa, Wisconsin, and Illinois also aims to examine how the pandemic and the subsequent effects to our social and physical interactions have reshaped our lives. Available to view in person through February 7, 2021.

CEDAR RAPIDS MUSEUM OF ART, 410 3rd Ave. S.E., Cedar Rapids. (319) 366-7503. Masks required. Mary Zeran: 10 Years. Local artist Mary Zeran celebrates a decade of making abstract art. Through January 3. 125! 125 Masterworks from the Collection. In honor of the museum’s 125th anniversary, this exhibition presents a selection top artworks from the collection, ranging from pieces by Marvin Cone and Grant Wood to African-American artist Henry Ossawa Tanner and American Impressionist Frederick Carl Frieseke. Through January 17, 2021. Beyond the Prairie: Midwestern Art from the Collection. Longtime museum favorites share gallery space with contemporary artworks in this changing exhibition showcasing the work of artists inspired by life in Iowa and surrounding states. Ongoing.

ICON GALLERY, 58 N. Main St., Fairfield (641) 469-6252. ICON Biennial Art Auction. Over 100 artworks donated by local and national artists are available for bidding in this fundraiser for ICON Gallery. Through Dec. 16.

DES MOINES ART CENTER. 4700 Grand Ave., Des Moines. (515) 277-4405. Ticketed entry, masks required. Black Stories. The exhibition features a compelling mix of works by a wide range of international, national, and regional Black artists. Visitors can expect to see works by well-known names such as Jean-Michel Basquiat and Kerry James Marshall, noted up-and-comers like Jamaica-born Ebony G. Patterson, and acclaimed Central Iowa-based artists Jordan Weber and Mitchell Squire, who also serve as co-curators. October 3–January 17. Iowa Artists 2020: Rachel Cox. In her Mors Scena series, Iowa City photographer Rachel Cox documents the decor of funeral homes to explore how these staged environments reflect the grieving process. October 16–January 3.

FIGGE ART MUSEUM, 225 W. 2nd St., Davenport. Reservations required! Call (563) 345-6632.  Seen and Heard: The Art of Empowerment. This exhibition features women artists who asserted their artistic empowerment despite social and cultural barriers. Through May 2, 2021.  Seating by Design. Innovative furniture designs created by former students of the University of Iowa’s 3D Design MFA, MA, and BFA programs are featured. Through January 17, 2021. For America: 200 Years of Painting from the National Academy of Design. Co-curator Jeremiah William McCarthy, Curator at the National Academy of Design, says: “This exhibition presents the way artists see the world alongside the way they see themselves inhabiting that world. It’s an unprecedented look at the history of American painting written by its makers.” February 20, 2021—May 16, 2021. Blakelock: By the Light of the Moon. Forgeries, mental illness, intrigue, and rapid fame—the dramatic circumstances of Ralph Albert Blakelock’s life often overshadow the merits of his work. By the Light of the Moon will feature eight exceptional artworks by Blakelock from the museum collection. November 21-March 14.

PUBLIC SPACE ONE, 225–229 N. Gilbert St., Iowa City.

MUSCATINE ART CENTER, 1314 Mulberry Ave., Muscatine. (563) 263-8282. Open with reduced hours. Visitors are asked to wear masks. Till Death: Wedding and Mourning Traditions. Featuring stunning historic gowns. Through November 1.

HENDERSON’S GALLERY, 53 W. Broadway, Fairfield. (641) 209-1988.

HOYT-SHERMAN THEATRE, 1501 Woodland Ave., Des Moines. (515) 244-0507. Notable artworks in Hoyt-Sherman’s collection are on view.


OLSON LARSON GALLERIES, 203 5th St, West Des Moines. (515)-277-6734. 

UI MUSEUM OF ART, Iowa Memorial Union, Black Box Theater, Iowa City. (319) 335-1727.

PUBLIC SPACE ONE, 120 N. Dubuque St., lower level of Wesley Building, Iowa City. (319) 331-8893.

ART CENTER OF BURLINGTON, 301 Jefferson St., Burlington. (319) 754-8069.

IOWA ARTISANS GALLERY. 207 E. Washington, Iowa City. (319) 351-8686.

MARVIN CONE GALLERY. Coe College, 1220 First Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids. (319) 399-8500. 

UNITY GALLERY, MUM Library, N. Highway, Fairfield.

CSPS, 1103 3rd St. SE, Cedar Rapids. (319) 364-1530.

JANALYN HANSON WHITE GALLERY. Mount Mercy University, 1330 Elmhurst Dr. NE, Cedar Rapids, IA. (319) 363-8213.

AMERICUS DIAMOND, corner of Main St. and Burlington, Fairfield. Featuring the artwork of Christopher Kufner.

CATICH GALLERY, Galvin Fine Arts Center, St. Ambrose University, 518 W. Locust St., Davenport. 563-333-6444.

ANOMALY GALLERY, 105 N. Court, Ottumwa. (641) 777-8446.

FORT MADISON ART CENTER, 1314 Mulberry Ave. (319) 372-8780.

DUBUQUE MUSEUM OF ART, 701 Locust St., Dubuque. (563) 557-1851.

INDIAN HILLS ART GALLERY, Indian Hills Community College, Ottumwa. (641) 683-5144.

OCTAGON CENTER FOR THE ARTS, 427 Douglas Ave., Ames. (515) 232-5331.

AMANA ARTS GUILD. 1 block north of Highway 220, High Amana. (319) 622-3678.

SIOUX CITY ART CENTER, 225 Nebraska St., Sioux City. (712) 279-6272. Grant Wood’s Corn Room Mural. The Corn Room mural was one of four murals commissioned by Omaha businessman Eugene Eppley for his hotels in Council Bluffs, Cedar Rapids, Waterloo, and Sioux City. Originally part of the historical Martin Hotel, the Corn Room was created by Grant Wood in 1927, then lost for decades under paint and old wallpaper, only to be rediscovered in 1979. Ongoing.