The Iowa Ceramics Center and Glass Studio (iCCGS) located in the historic Cherry Building, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa is pleased to invite the public to the upcoming dedication and reception of their gallery space as ‘The David and Lijun Chadima Gallery’, honoring the Chadima family in celebration of the Center’s Ten Year Anniversary in the Cherry building. David Chadima will give a dedication speech beginning at 5:45 pm. This event is free and open to the public.
As part of the dedication celebration, the gallery will feature a new exhibition featuring work by the winner of the River 2 River Juried Art Show, Lauren Baird-Scheele. The exhibition will include works from Lauren’s show entitled “Beauty Mark”. In this show, Lauren’s workexplores beauty standards, body image and self-acceptance through detailed portraits in clay. Lauren’s work will remain in the David and Lijun Chadima gallery from September 5th through September 28th.
Throughout 2019, iCCGS will celebrate its growth and development over the last 10 years — marking a decade of teaching, learning and creating together. The dedication of the Center’s gallery connects the growth of ICCGS to its home in the historic Cherry Building, and to its generous owners – David and Lijun Chadima.
History of the Center and the Cherry Building:
The Cherry Building, originally built as a dairy manufacturing plant, has a rich history in Cedar Rapids. When David Chadima’s father, Robert, purchased the Cherry Building in 1976, his vision was to make it a creative space for both entrepreneurs and artists. In 1999, David and Lijun Chadima purchased half the building from Robert, and continued the legacy of making the Cherry Building a creative space for businesses in the community. After the devastating flood of 2008, the Ceramics Center began looking for a new place to set down roots – and with the help of the Chadima family, the historic Cherry Building became its home.
Since moving into the Cherry Building, iCCGS has prospered and grown by leaps and bounds, adding a fused glass department, a large variety of classes and workshops, 24/7 studio rental spaces, an outdoor wood kiln and a large gallery space.
Upon Robert Chadima’s passing in 2017, David and Lijun became the sole owners of the Cherry Building and dubbed the building “a unique place in Cedar Rapids where Creativity works!” iCCGS is excited to rename their gallery in honor of David and Lijun Chadima—who have nurtured this creative vision.
ICCGS is a non-profit facility whose purpose is to promote understanding, appreciation and professional development in the ceramic and glass arts. ICCGS is organized and operated by Iowa Art Works, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization supported by earned income, grants, private contributions and memberships.