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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.

The ARTery voted Best of the Hop! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Micaela Booth   
Friday, 09 January 2015 11:43

(ROCK ISLAND, IL –January 8th ) – Our guests at the December Gallery Hop voted, and decided The ARTery was worthy of the “Best of the Hop” title! The ARTery is a staple in all of our Gallery Hop events, and always go above and beyond for the sake of the Hop. They are also major contributors to The District’s “Dirty Art” event. The District could not be more grateful for all of the support they provide.

The ARTery opened its doors in February 2009 sharing space with MidCoast Fine Arts Gallery West. What makes the gallery unique is that it is completely artist owned and operated. The gallery showcases paintings, photography, jewelry, ceramics, and home furnishings. Their no-commission policy has attracted more than fifty artists to the gallery.

Every month The ARTery hosts pARTies that feature music, refreshments, and the company of your favorite artists. These pARTies are hosted with MidCoast Gallery West. The month of January’s pARTy is Friday, January 9th from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. This will be the opening reception for Carol Steinmetz & Bill Marsoun. Bill was one of the featured artists in Gallery Hop, located at The Quad City Botanical Center.

The ARTery is located at 1629 2nd Avenue, Rock Island, Illinois, and is open Wednesday through Saturday 11:30 a.m. through 5:30 p.m. If you’re interested in renting commission-free space to display and sell your art, or would like more information feel free to contact Carolyn Krueger, Owner, Manager, & ARTist at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call (309) 781-7668. You can also visit their website at

Senior Star at Elmore Place Hosts Vino Van Gogh™ Event PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Christina L. Maggio-Kellerstrass   
Thursday, 08 January 2015 08:56

Paint and be merry at Senior Star with featured local artist Beth Peters


DAVENPORT, IA (January 7, 2015) –Senior Star at Elmore Place is pleased to be the host venue of the Quad Cities Vino Van Gogh™ event from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, January 15 at 4500 Elmore Avenue.

Participants will enjoy an evening to paint Centennial Bridge, a well-known landmark in the Quad Cities, with featured native and local artist, Beth Peters.  No previous painting experience is required and participants will be shown step by step how to create their own paintings.  “This is an event that everyone can enjoy as art is such a wonderful expression of communication,” said Marc Strohschein, executive director of Senior Star at Elmore Place.  “We are excited to be the host site for this event and look forward to families and friends joining us as we enjoy a great sense of community camaraderie.”

Vino Van Gogh™ started several years ago by a few friends who shared a passion for wine, friendship, art and their community.  Vino Van Gogh™ solely hosts events at local venues where artists and guests live and work. Their concept is based on the idea that they can bring engaging, unique fun events for the community to enjoy at existing neighborhood wine and coffee bars, restaurants and other venues.  Unlike other art edu-tainment (education + entertainment) companies, they support the businesses in local communities, not compete with them for your business.  Their contract instructors are artists, school teachers and others who have a passion for art.  Using the Vino Van Gogh techniques™ for instruction, they make it simple for even those with no background in art to create their own work-of-art in just one sitting. 

Participants are asked to bring their own wine and beverages, and light refreshments will be served by Senior Star.  Due to the popularity of this event, RSVPs are requested no later than January 13 as space is limited.  Tickets are $38 per person.  To register visit

For more information about Senior Star at Elmore Place or to schedule a tour, call 563.484.5114 or visit the web site at

About Senior Star at Elmore Place

Senior Star at Elmore Place, a Senior Star community, features 236 modernly decorated apartments spanning across 20 acres of beautifully landscaped property with many customized amenities to offer its residents three distinctive living experiences:  independent living, assisted living and memory care.  For more information, visit

Quilt Exhibit Postponed PDF Print E-mail
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Written by G A H C   
Wednesday, 07 January 2015 15:07

Due to an unexpected illness the Messipi Threads River Quilt exhibit will not be opening Jan. 6th as previously scheduled. We hope to have it at the museum and ready for visitors by this weekend. Thank you for your understanding.

Join us on Sun. Jan. 11th for both the Messipi Threads River Quilt exhibit and Kaleidoscopia!

German American Heritage Center, 712 W Second Street, Davenport , IA  52802

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