Visual Arts Commission
The Visual Arts Commission exists to select and preserve visual art in public places for the public good. The Commission seeks to incorporate visual art into various dimensions of city planning, encourages the efforts of local artists, and provides advice and assistance in the fielding of public arts competitions. By enhancing the vitality and identity of the community, the Commission strives to enhance the quality of life of those who live in or visit the city of Cedar Rapids. The Commission desires the involvement of the community in selecting, dedicating, preserving and in some cases financing the artwork.
Call for Artists: Pocket Plaza
The City of Cedar Rapids is seeking artists to create work to be displayed at the new pocket plaza, located on 2nd St SE, between 2nd and 3rd Avenues SE. The selected artist will receive $1,500 for their work. Submissions are due March 9, 2020.
This project includes art in two locations: a banner mural consisting of 4 panels to be installed on the side of the building currently occupied by Cobble Hill restaurant, and 5 panels to be installed in frames along the fence. Images of the area are included in the Call for Artists, below.
Call for Artists
For more information, email email@example.com or call 319-286-5428.
Artist Contact List
Are you a local artist? Would you like to receive Calls for Artists from the City for public art projects?
Please send your name, number, and email to firstname.lastname@example.org to be placed on our Artist Contact List.
General Meeting & Member Information
Meetings are held at 3:30 pm on the 2nd Thursday of each month at City Hall, 101 First Street SE, unless otherwise announced
The Visual Arts Commission consists of 7-9 members. Members are appointed by the Mayor for rotating 3-year terms. Terms are indicated in parenthesis and expire on June 30th of the corresponding year.Current Members
- M. Kayt Conrad (2021) - Chair
- David Van Allen (2021) - Vice Chair
- Anne Johnson (2020)
- Jonathan Berger (2021)
- Elizabeth Burgin (2021)
- Maria Moore (2020)
- Elizabeth Rhoads Read (2022)
- Lynn Ocken (2022)
- John Soukup (2021)
Cedar Rapids Public Art Viewer
The City of Cedar Rapids welcomes gifts but reserves the right to evaluate their appropriateness before accepting them. Applications can be sent to City Hall, 101 First Street SE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401 or emailed to the Community Development Department at email@example.com.
To help keep the community connected to public art the City offers a program for residents to adopt art. For more information contact the Department of Community Development at 319-286-5041.