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Grant Wood Studio and Armstrong Visitor Center reopening

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The Grant Wood Studio and Armstrong Visitor Center will be reopening for the season on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 12:00 p.m. Admission to the Studio is free for everyone during regular Studio hours thanks to a grant from the Esther and Robert Armstrong Charitable Trust.

Organizers say Grant Wood comes to life in this light-filled, inspirational loft known as the Grant Wood Studio located right in Cedar Rapids.

Wood lived and worked in the Studio from 1924 through 1935. Those who work at the studio say Wood's spirit is still very much alive as visitors observe the decorative details and craftsmanship that went into transforming the loft into a studio, performance space, and living quarters.

Visitors can stand in the very spot where Wood painted some of his most famous works, including American Gothic (1930). The experience continues with a visit to the nearby Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, which houses the world's largest collection of artworks by Grant Wood.

Grant Wood Studio hours through December 2012: Saturday Noon to 4:00 p.m. Sunday Noon to 4:00 p.m.

The mission of the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art is to excite, engage, and educate through the arts. The Museum's collection contains more than 7,000 works of art by hundreds of artists, including the world's largest collection of works by Grant Wood. For more information on exhibitions or related programs call the Museum at 319.366.7503 or visit the Museum's web site

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