Hearst Center for the Arts | Kim Behm | Cedar Falls, Iowa

Cedar Falls Exhibits

Cedar Falls Historical Society
Victorian Home and Carriage House Museum
Open February - mid-December
Tuesday-Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Sunday: 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
308 West 3rd Street, Cedar Falls
Currently or coming up on exhibit:
February 15, 2023 thru December 20, 2024 - The Rosenthals: The Show Must Go On!  Vaudeville! Before radio, TV, YouTube and TikTok, entertainers crisscrossed the United States via railroad and by Model T, bringing music, laughs and sometimes outlandish acts to stages in towns and cities of all sizes.  Cedar Falls hosted vaudevillians in its theatres, but Cedar Falls was also home to the nationally know Vaudeville couple: Lew and Mabel Rosenthal. Lew and Mabel worked under the name of "Rose & Severns" and played venues from coast to coast and into Canada. Their home on Grand Blvd. was always open to their fellow vaudevillians, whether for a day or two, or longer for those down on their luck. Learn about this fascinating couple and their and life together, in our featured exhibit for 2024. 

Ice House Museum
Open May thru Mid-October:
Saturday & Sunday: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
121 Center Street (access from frontage road at 1st & Clay Streets), Cedar Falls.
See the introductory film on the first floor as you explore the ice harvesting industry through hands-on interactive exhibits. Learn about the full process—from cutting ice on the river to preserving food in the kitchen. Then travel through the second story River Walk to learn how the Cedar River has shaped business, culture, and recreation in Cedar Falls.

Little Red Schoolhouse Museum
Open May thru September: 
Saturday & Sunday: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
1st and Clay Streets, Cedar Falls.

Hearst Center for the Arts
Monday: Closed
Tuesday & Thursday: 10:00 am - 9:00 pm 

Wednesday & Friday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
304 W. Seerley Boulevard, Cedar Falls
Currently or coming up on exhibit:

April 20 - May 19, 2024 - CEDAR FALLS STUDENT ART EXHIBITION 2024
Public Reception: Sunday, April 21 from 1:00-4:00pm. 
See what the kids are up to in this annual student art exhibition! The Hearst Center's tradition of
celebrating students and teachers continues this spring with an exhibition of work created in the art rooms of Cedar Falls Community Schools. Pottery, painting, and works on paper abound!

May 30 - July 14, 2024 - BIG IDEAS, TINY ART 2024
Competition Opens: Friday, March 1, 2024
Submission Deadline: Friday, May 24, 2024
Opening Reception: Thursday, May 30 from 5:30-7:30pm.
Challenge yourself with a big idea - made tiny! This art competition and exhibition presents a unique opportunity for artists in Iowa to conceptualize an artwork with specific size requirements, using fine art mediums and techniques, and exhibit it for free to the public.

This exhibition features works by African American artists who have helped to shape the contemporary art conversation in the Bay Area and beyond. The show covers a wide range of prints that include an array of abstract and formal imagery. Narratives that speak to personal experiences and political perspectives are woven throughout.
At the heart of this show is a Berkeley based fine art print studio-Paulson Fontaine Press-who over the past two decades has developed an unparalleled roster of internationally celebrated artists-artists like Martin Puryear, Kerry James Marshall, and the Gee's Bend Quilters-who characterize the fresh perspectives that are today's avant-garde.
Personal to Political: Celebrating the African American Artists of Paulson Fontaine Press was organized by Bedford Gallery at the Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek, CA.

John Page - View original etchings as part of the Hearst Permanent Collection.

Gary Kelley | Sleepy Hollow - View the original pastels in the Hearst Permanent Collection as part of the 1990 novel, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow: Original Book Illustrations by Gary Kelley.

James Hearst Interpreting the Farmstead | The Hearst Legacy Site - View original works of art selected from the Hearst Permanent Collection, as part of this grant funded project.


University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art 
Monday - Friday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Kamerick Art Building, 27th Street and Hudson Road, UNI, Cedar Falls

Currently or upcoming on exhibit:
January 16 - May 12, 2024 - AMERICAN ABSTRACTION
Abstract art in an American context often focuses on the idea of pure abstraction or non-representational art, especially the works by Abstract Expressionist or Minimalist painters. American Abstraction presents a variety of approaches to abstraction by American artists. Among the works on display are prints, paintings, and sculptures by various artists from the second half of the 20th century and early 21st century: Andy Warhol, Romare Bearden, Louise Nevelson, Robert Motherwell, Doña Rosa, and more. 

March 18 - April 11, 2024 - 2024 Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition
Presented jointly by the UNI Gallery of Art and UNI Department of Art. This competitive exhibition showcases outstanding recent artworks by students enrolled in classes in the UNI Department of Art. The juror for this year's competition is Jake Manternach, senior designer for the Chicago White Sox and a 2017 UNI Alum from the Art Department. Manternach made a selection of 60 works of art from the 233 student entries and also chose a number of merit awards and honorable mentions.


UNI Museum
Fall and Spring Semester
Monday - Thursday 7:00 am - midnight; Fri 7:00 am - 7:00 pm; Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday noon - midnight
Summer Session
Monday - Thursday 7:00 am - 8:00 pm; Friday 7:00 am - 5:00 pm; Saturday noon - 5:00 pm; Sunday noon - 8:00 pm
Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls
Currently or coming up on exhibit:
Through December 31, 2030 - Panoramic photographs of UNI 
Located in Rod Library 218, this curated collection of panoramic photographs gives a glimpse of life on campus during the early 20th century