In September of 2020, artist John Fleming and the City of Cedar Rapids will install Portraits of
Iowa inside the Cedar Rapids U.S. Cellular Center. We are looking
be suspended within the sculpture, photos that capture the essence of Cedar Rapids and
Please scroll down for more information about the sculpture and how to participate as a
How to submit
You may submit up to 5 photos, here in this green box.
Upload color jpg’s, 2MB max per image. Please, no closeups of people. If we receive an
over-abundance of images, we apologize in advance if one of yours is not selected.
Submissions will be accepted until July 10th.
We are looking for photographs that offer a local’s perspective—
anything that might suggest the essence of Cedar Rapids, or of Iowa.
Rather than the overly beautiful tourist photos that fill brochures and marketing materials,
we’re looking for everyday, ordinary, real places and things.
You don’t need to be a professional photographer or own a special camera.
A smartphone will work just fine, perhaps even better.
Go for a walk in your neighborhood and start taking pictures!
Please contact Sylvia Brueckert:
Planner, Community Development & Planning Department of the City of Cedar Rapids
In addition to our installation inside the U.S. Cellular Center, we’d like to assemble a gallery show
with all 340 portraits.
At the very least, considering the current times,
we’ll put together a virtual exhibition online.
About the Artist
John Fleming is a nationally recognized artist living in Seattle,
Washington. He enjoys working closely with local communities
to create site-specific installations that evoke a sense of place.
To see more of his work, please visit www.johnflemingartist.com
Don’t worry about formatting
Once we choose all the images for our collection, we will crop and adjust them so they work
together in the 36-foot-tall sculpture. Each photo will be printed onto clear acrylic sheets
varying in size
from 8 to 18 inches.