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Former slave's eulogy for Lincoln to highlight Lincoln's Birthday celebration in Springfield PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Dave Blanchette   
Friday, 23 January 2015 11:40
"Doing honor to the memory of our friend and liberator”

Frederick Douglass’ impassioned eulogy to Lincoln to be presented by nationally-acclaimed actor at annual Abraham Lincoln Symposium banquet February 12

    SPRINGFIELD, IL- When Frederick Douglass spoke, people listened. He was a former slave who purchased his freedom and became one of Abraham Lincoln’s most vocal critics and supporters at the same time. And when Douglass delivered a eulogy to the 16th President at the dedication of a memorial in 1876, the speech he made has come to be known as the most stirring remembrance of Lincoln’s legacy ever made.

    That impassioned speech will be presented on Lincoln’s 206th birthday, Thursday, February 12, by a nationally-acclaimed actor at the annual Abraham Lincoln Association Symposium Banquet. Fred Morsell, a veteran star of stage and screen, will headline the banquet and perform Frederick Douglass’ famous speech, Eulogy to Lincoln. The New York Times praised Morsell’s performance of a Douglass speech on PBS saying, “the standing ovation given to Mr. Morsell, whose sonorous voice stems in large part from his background as lyric baritone, is clearly and deservedly heartfelt.”

    The banquet will be held at the President Lincoln Hotel in Springfield on Thursday, February 12. The reception starts at 6 p.m. followed by a dinner at 7 p.m. Tickets are $85 each and can be obtained online at or by calling (866) 865-8500.

Parts of Douglass’ speech continue to echo through time: “…under his wise and beneficent rule we saw ourselves gradually lifted from the depths of slavery to the heights of liberty and manhood…we saw that the handwriting of ages, in the form of prejudice and proscription, was rapidly fading away from the face of our whole country; under his rule, and in due time, about as soon after all as the country could tolerate the strange spectacle, we saw our brave sons and brothers laying off the rags of bondage, and being clothed all over in the blue uniforms of the soldiers of the United States responding to the call of Abraham Lincoln, and with muskets on their shoulders, and eagles on their buttons, timing their high footsteps to liberty and union under the national flag…

“Any man can say things that are true of Abraham Lincoln…He was a mystery to no man who saw him and heard him. Though high in position, the humblest could approach him and feel at home in his presence. Though deep, he was transparent; though strong, he was gentle; though decided and pronounced in his convictions, he was tolerant towards those who differed from him, and patient under reproaches. Even those who only knew him through his public utterance obtained a tolerably clear idea of his character and personality.”

    The Abraham Lincoln Association (ALA) will also celebrate President Lincoln’s birthday with its annual Abraham Lincoln-Benjamin P. Thomas Symposium that will begin on Wednesday, February 11 at 7 p.m. at The Old State Capitol State Historic site with a keynote address by Dr. Matthew Holden, Jr., the Wepner Distinguished Professor in Political Science at the University of Illinois Springfield. His presentation is titled The End and the Beginning: Emancipation and Counter-Emancipation.

The Symposium on Lincoln’s presidency in 1865 continues on Thursday, February 12 at the Old State Capitol State Historic Site in Springfield. The 11 a.m. speakers will be James B. Conroy, author of Our One Common Country: Abraham Lincoln and the Hampton Roads Peace Conference of 1865 and fellow of the Massachusetts Historical Society and Chris DeRose, award-winning author of Congressman Lincoln: The Making of America’s Greatest President, as well as several other books. A round table featuring all of the Symposium speakers begins at 2:30 p.m. at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library. These Symposium events are free and open to the public.

The Thomas F. Schwartz Symposium luncheon, which begins at 1 p.m. Thursday, February 12 at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, features speaker Dr. Ronald White, Jr., author of A. Lincoln: A Biography a New York Times bestseller and Lincoln’s Greatest Speech: The Second Inaugural, a New York Times notable book. The luncheon is $25 per person and reservations can be made online at or by calling (866) 865-8500.

The Abraham Lincoln Association Symposium is co-sponsored by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, The University of Illinois Springfield, The Old State Capitol State Historic Site and the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency. For more information about the Abraham Lincoln Association, visit

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This Weekend: A special program at GAHC PDF Print E-mail
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Written by G A H C   
Friday, 23 January 2015 11:34

German American Heritage Center Presents:

Iowa Op Platt with Kathi Hofmann onSunday, January 25, 2015 at 2pm
This Sunday at GAHC we are showing a film from German Television about Scott County and its impressive German Heritage. The film is in German but we will be providing handouts in English of what is being said! Follow along or just enjoy the views of Scott County as seen by Germans!
Iowa op Platt
is part of a series produced by the German NDR (Norddeutsche Rundfunk) TV station. Yared Dibaba and Julia Westlake traveled all around the USA as well as to Africa, Australia and South America talking to people with family connections to northern Germany and the Low German dialect.  In 2006 they visited Iowa. This 45-minute film features farmers Glenn Sievers and Bill Stohrjohan. Jack Schinkel, Lee Moeller and other members of the American Schleswig Holstein Heritage Society join them in Walcott.  Erna Cielecki shows them around the I-80 Truck stop. They also stop in Davenport at the German American Heritage Center.  DeWitt resident Karl Maass meets Yared and Julia in Manning, Iowa, at the Hausbarn he helped rebuild.
Mark your calendars for next weekend too! We are hosting Tami from Cotton Creek Mill in West Branch as she shares the history of her "signature" quilts and demonstrates new quilt products on Sunday, Jan. 31 at 2pm!

Yuriko Yamaguchi: Interconnected in Art, Nature, Science and Technology PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Natalie Dunlop   
Friday, 23 January 2015 11:05

Davenport, Iowa (January 21, 2015) – Starting Saturday, the Figge Art Museum will present the work of artist Yuriko Yamaguchi in the exhibition titled: Yuriko Yamaguchi: Interconnected in Art, Nature, Science and Technology.


A native of Japan and longtime resident of Washington D.C., Yamaguchi creates organic, web-like sculptures from nets of wire and resin forms cast from dried curls of potatoes, onion ends, leaves and seed pods found in nature. She scours the neighboring woods and local grocery stores in search of these aesthetically pleasing forms that she dries and cuts up until they bear only a passing resemblance to their former selves. She then creates a silicon rubber mold from the material she collects and mixes liquid resin with color dye, which she then pours into the mold.

Biological in origin but no longer natural, the resin pieces that she produces embody the delicate balance that exists between various dualities: the familiar vs. the unfamiliar, synthetic vs. natural, realism vs. abstraction, death and decay vs. life and rejuvenation. Through her art, she seeks to explore the constantly fluctuating but ever-present “interconnections” that bind us to one another and to the natural world.

According to Yamaguchi, “I [create] works that remind people that we are all connected in many overlapping webs woven out of the common forces that affect the human condition: family origin, economic stressors, religious beliefs, nature, time, place and technology. After all, we are only human beings who were born and will die, only to be replaced by others in the community of man.”

Yamaguchi takes on a holistic world view that sees all existence as intrinsically interrelated. Social concerns, politics, technology, ecological issues and other aspects of our reality must not be understood in isolation, but within a broader context and her work resists definitive interpretations.

Yamaguchi currently teaches sculpture at George Washington University. She has exhibited her work both nationally and internationally, including the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., the Field Museum in Chicago, Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, the Ise Contemporary Art Museum in Japan and many others. Her artwork also is included in major museum collections both in the U.S. and abroad.

This exhibition will be on view January 24-May 31, 2015 and an exhibition catalogue will be available in the Museum Store. 

This project is made possible by a grant to EICCD from the U.S. Institute of Museum & Library Services.

Companion Programming:

Opening Reception & Artist Talk

Friday, January 23, 2015

5:30 p.m. Opening Reception

7 p.m. Yuriko Yamaguchi Talk

Mingle with artist Yuriko Yamaguchi and fellow Figge members at the opening reception. Yamaguchi will speak at 7 p.m. and provide insight into her artistic process.

Artist Talks

7 p.m. Thursday, May 7

Area artists will reflect on the work of Yuriko Yamguchi

Weekend Tours

1:30 p.m. February 1, 7, 15, 28

About the Figge Art Museum

The Figge Art Museum is located on the riverfront in downtown Davenport at 225 West Second Street. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday and Sundays 12-5 p.m. Thursdays the museum is open until 9 p.m. Admission to the museum and tour is $7. Admission is free to Figge members and institutional members and free to all on Thursday evenings from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. To contact the museum, please call 563.326.7804, or visit


Richard Ross: Girls in Justice and Juvenile in Justice PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Natalie Dunlop   
Thursday, 15 January 2015 15:17
Davenport, Iowa (January 14, 2015) – The Figge Art Museum is partnering with Augustana College to present Girls in Justice and Juvenile in Justice, a nationally acclaimed project by photographer Richard Ross.

Each year in the United States there are nearly 150,000 minors as young as 10 years old booked into confinement facilities for reasons ranging from truancy to violent crime. Many have histories of abuse, abandonment and addiction. Over the past eight years, Ross has traveled to juvenile detention facilities across the country, photographing young prisoners and recording their stories. The result is large-scale photographs which focus on the young people Ross has encountered, accompanied by their own personal stories.

The more recent photographs by Ross include the young women he met in juvenile detention centers all over the United States. The images, along with the heart-wrenching personal stories, will be featured at the Figge in Girls in Justice for the first time publically. The exhibition will open Saturday in the fourth-floor gallery, and will be on view until March 15.

Ross’s earlier work with both young men and women will be included in Juvenile in Justice at Augustana Teaching Museum of Art beginning March 9. The photographs put a face on juvenile detention centers and allow the viewer a glimpse into the lives of these inmates. The exhibition will be on display through April 18.

Both exhibitions are funded through a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

Ross holds the title of Distinguished Professor of Art at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His work has been exhibited internationally, and monographs of his work have been published, including in Museology and The Architecture of Authority. Ross has published two books in conjunction with this project: Juvenile in Justice, with a foreword by Ira Glass, host of NPR’s This American Life; and Girls in Justice, with a foreword by Marian Ross Edelman, founder of the Children’s Defense Fund. Both books will be available in the Figge Museum Store.

Companion Programming:


Film: What I Want My Words to Do to You

6 p.m. Thursday, January 29 • John Deere Auditorium

This documentary of a writing workshop led by playwright Eve Ensler takes an unprecedented look into

the minds and hearts of the women inmates of New York’s Bedford Hills Correctional Facility.


Any One of Us: Words from Prison

7 p.m. Thursday, February 19

Augustana students will perform a collection of stories written by women in prison moving toward healing

and change as they use their voices to impact policy, laws and treatment of incarcerated women.


Closing Reception/Artist Talk

Thursday, March 12

5:30 p.m. Closing Reception • 7 p.m. Artist Talk

Mingle with Figge members and photographer Richard Ross before joining Ross in the Figge auditorium

for a talk about his experiences.


Exhibition Tours

1:30 p.m. Sunday, January 25, February 22

1:30 p.m. Saturday, January 31



Juvenile in Justice Opening Reception

4 p.m. Friday, March 13

Augustana Teaching Museum of Art, Centennial Hall

Richard Ross will be present at the reception to chat with attendees.


Panel Discussion

7 p.m. Tuesday, March 24

Augustana Teaching Museum of Art, Centennial Hall

A panel discussion on issues of juvenile injustice as it relates to the Quad-Cities area.

About the Figge Art Museum

The Figge Art Museum is located on the riverfront in downtown Davenport at 225 West Second Street. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday and Sundays noon to 5 p.m. Thursdays the museum is open until 9 p.m. Admission to the museum and tour is $7. Admission is free to Figge members and institutional members, and free to all on Thursday evenings from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. To contact the museum, please call 563.326.7804, or visit

About Augustana Teaching Museum or Art

The Augustana Teaching Museum of Art is in Centennial Hall on Augustana’s campus at 3701 7th Avenue. The museum consists of a permanent collection of 4,250 art objects and also sponsors a rotating series of gallery exhibitions and programs during its annual season, serving more that 35,000 visitors each year. Hours are noon to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday when school is in session. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information about the museum please call 309.794.7469, or visit


New Artist to be Featured at Quad City Gallery PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Pat Bereskin   
Tuesday, 13 January 2015 14:26

Atom Studio + Gallery is honored to introduce the captivating portrait work of artist Mark William Szemkus.  This special exhibition will be on display beginning the evening of January 30th from 6 to 9 at the gallery in Bucktown Center for the Arts, located at 225 E. 2nd St. in Davenport. The public is invited to visit the show, which is being featured for three weeks and to view other original artwork by local working artists.

Mark William Szemkus created art throughout his childhood and up until his college years.  Three years ago, he began working in graphite and charcoal by sketching the human figure at “A Fine Line” with Atom Studio + Gallery artists Jason Frank and Brad Bisbey.  In November of 2012, he began using the medium of acrylic paint and discovered he possessed a special talent for capturing a likeness through portraiture.  He later traded in acrylic for oil colors in October of 2013.  Mark has attended workshops with Jeff Hein and Casey Baugh (during which he painted his piece titled Ana #3).

January 1st, Atom Studio + Gallery launched our new wedding & gift registry to provide an original, personal, and timeless option to celebrate any special occasion. We also offer classes for artists of all ages and abilities, with gift certificates available – a great gift for the hard to shop for.

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