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Letters to My Ancestors: The Watercolors of Tara Moorman

May 13 - August 27, 2017

Tara Moorman, Anna and her Girls, circa 1932, 2014, watercolor, on loan from the artist, L2017.014.

Letters to My Ancestors:The Watercolors of Tara Moorman:

May 13 – August 27, 2017                                                                                       


Cedar Rapids-based artist Tara Moorman has long been known for her exquisite watercolor paintings. This exhibition displays a new series, inspired by old photographs of Moorman’s relatives found at her mother’s home. Moorman describes her ancestors with Garrison Keillor’s phrase, “all the women are strong, all the men are good-looking, and all the children are above average.”  Using the photos as inspiration for her paintings allowed Moorman to have a conversation of sorts with her ancestors and momentarily step into their world. 

This exhibition is made possible by the CRST International Donor-

Advised Fund and the GreatAmerica Financial Services Corporation

Donor-Advised Fund, both funds of the Greater Cedar Rapids

Community Foundation. Exhibition season support has been

provided by the Hotel-Motel Tax Fund, the Program Grant Fund of

the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation, the Iowa Arts

Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs and

the National Endowment for the Arts, members of the Cedar Rapids

Museum of Art, and contributors to the Museum’s Annual Fund.


Tara Moorman
on 07/03/17
Toni, thank you! Can't wait to see you in Cedar Rapids in August!
Toni Hughes
on 05/19/17
I have known Tara since childhood-- watched her talent grow, enjoyed her unique vision of the world, and consider her my lifelong friend. I would encourage anyone to view this collection and discover how her "family" will touch your heart. Congratulations Tara, you have done Patty and Peggy Jo proud. Can't wait to see for myself.

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