Past


.223 Caliber Recoil  

.223 Caliber Recoil

August 2, 2018 - September 30, 2018

Decorah artist David Kamm's .223 Caliber Recoil is a powerful series of drawings and objects created in response to Sandy Hook, other school shootings, and the ongoing epidemic of gun violence in America. Says the artist, “In December 2012, Adam Lanza shot to death 20 children, six and seven years of age, along with six adult staff members, at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. As horrible as it was, the Sandy Hook massacre was not an aberration, but rather one in an endless series of mass killings and school shootings that have come to characterize life in the United States. I am not anti-gun. For many years I hunted the fields and hills of Northeast Iowa, and as a young boy I was named outstanding rifle student in a hunting class sponsored by the NRA. However, I am very much against gun violence.

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I Was There: Photographs by Mike Weber  

I Was There: Photographs by Mike Weber

June 7, 2018 - July 1, 2018

Mike Weber is a Cedar Rapids photographer who got his start photographing events for his high school newspaper, and went on to serve as photo editor for the Kirkwood Communiqué. Over the past decade, he’s focused his attention on two objectives: mastering traditional film photography, and documenting the local Iowa music scene, while emphasizing the importance of live music.

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Morphing Murals: Recent Paintings by the Drawing Legion  

Morphing Murals: Recent Paintings by the Drawing Legion

June 7, 2018 - July 29, 2018

Contemplating the tenth anniversary of the flood that struck Cedar Rapids in 2008, Mel Andringa began to explore his artistic output of the past decade, questioning how it had been influenced by the event. He found himself returning to painting and drawing, activities that he had largely given up, years ago, for conceptual art, performance and storytelling.

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Dispatches: Artists Engage the Historical Moment  

Dispatches: Artists Engage the Historical Moment

June 7, 2018 - October 31, 2018

This summer and fall, as part of a national project called the 50 State Initiative, organized by the For Freedoms Federation, Legion Arts will be spotlighting artists who intentionally engage with the messy world around them, whose artworks invite reflection and discussion ― of values, place, patriotism. This first installment includes gallery works by John Paul Schafer, Sam Watkins, Song Park, Gays Against Guns, and Jave Yoshimoto, as well as films by Brent Watkins and Robert Epstein. Alongside Mel Andringa’s reflections on natural disaster, these artists have trained their eye on gun violence, civil rights, the women’s movement, gay rights, gentrification, war, peace, and the plight of refugees and immigrants.

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Natural Currency: Paintings by John Dilg  

Natural Currency: Paintings by John Dilg

October 4, 2018 - December 2, 2018

John Dilg, who teaches painting and drawing at the University of Iowa, says of the works in this show, “ My imagery derives from a life-long meditation on my relationship to the land and its vulnerability in human hands. In terms of the fragility our contemporary land possesses, my concern acts to foster the views of regret and the sense of latent danger that often appear in the paintings.

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State Change: Mixed media works by Emily Jalinsky  

State Change: Mixed media works by Emily Jalinsky

October 4, 2018 - October 28, 2018

Emily Jalinsky began the works on view in State Change while she was simultaneously pregnant, and traveling the chateaus of France. She sees the works as reflecting a feeling of transcending those spaces, immersed in the dense, repetitive use of gold crown molding and expansive patterns, and at the same time capturing a sense of awe and reverence. However, if one can transcend, then one can spiral as well. Since the birth of her child, Emily has used her artwork to channel through the swings of the mind and body. Addressing the state of mind in which art is made, as well as the effect art has the viewer’s mental state, are among Emily’s objectives as she creates works on paper, assemblages and print installations.

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Muro (Wall): Video documentation by Bosco Sodi  

Muro (Wall): Video documentation by Bosco Sodi

October 4, 2018 - October 28, 2018

For his first public performative installation in London, Mexican artist Bosco Sodi built a wall, 2 meters high by 8 meters long, in the forecourt of The National Theatre on London’s South Bank. A part of Art Night, an event curated by the Hayward Gallery on July 7, 2018, Muro was made up of 1600 clay bricks, fabricated in Mexico with the help of local craftsmen, and individually signed by the artist.

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Eye Dance by Bob Campagna  

Eye Dance by Bob Campagna

July 11, 2019 - September 1, 2019

Eye Dance is a four-decade survey of the work of photographer Bob Campagna. Campagna, a Cedar Rapids native, has lived in Colorado since 2007, although he continues to visit and frequently work in his home state. Beginning in the early 1980s, as an artist and teacher, Campagna has turned his camera on the people and landscapes of Eastern Iowa, on the structures and places lining Route 66, on the residents of the Meskwaki Settlement. Utilizing a variety of photographic media and techniques, and assorted display formats, his exhibit constitutes a unique, multifaceted exploration of Middle America in our time.

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Colorways by Michael Rutherford  

Colorways by Michael Rutherford

July 11, 2019 - September 1, 2019

Colorways comprises paintings by Michael Rutherford, a self-taught artist who grew up in Iowa, majored in political science at Buena Vista University, and currently lives in Packwood, a tiny town near Fairfield. His paintings, subtle and atmospheric, draw on memories and experience, while also incorporating the random marks and symbols he happens to encounter in everyday life.

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