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DubuqueFest Fine Arts Festival Presents An Emerging Artist Showcase PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Paula Neuhaus   
Wednesday, 10 April 2013 12:51

Nash Gallery, 371 Bluff Street in Cable Car Square, will host an emerging artist showcase exhibit and reception on Friday, April 19 from 7-9 p.m. This multi-genre exhibit features the work of nine emerging artists from the art departments of Clarke University and Loras College. Featured artists include Sara Steuer, Kalli Olberding, Randi Westervelt, Samantha Sewell and Mark Fuentebella from Loras College and Emily Cram, Traci Bauer, Gwen Gross, and Kayla Carlson from Clarke University. The artists’ work include explorations in photography, installation, collage, mixed media/conceptual, painting, illustration, drawing, ceramics, and sculpture.

The exhibit and opening reception serves as a fundraiser for DubuqueFest Fine Arts Festival 36th annual all-arts festival scheduled for May 17-19 in downtown Dubuque. The artists will donate 10% of all sales made on opening night to the festival. DubuqueFest t-shirts and signed, limited edition silk-screened posters by artist Rich Rossignol will be available for purchase. The public is invited to attend. Refreshments and treats will be served. A $10 donation is suggested for adults and $5 for students who show their current college ID.

Nash Gallery has recently moved to their new home above Monks Kaffee Pub, 371 Bluff Street. The entrance is at the rear of building. For more information visit DubuqueFest Fine Arts Festival and Nash Gallery are affiliates of the Dubuque County Fine Arts Society.


Brucemore’s Historic Neighborhood Walk PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tara Richards   
Wednesday, 10 April 2013 08:48

Did you know the land surrounding Brucemore was originally developed as the first golf course in Cedar Rapids? Or that the world-famous artist Grant Wood designed windows, murals, and woodwork, leaving his mark on the interiors of several Cedar Rapids homes? Listen to fascinating stories about the rich history and architecture of the neighborhood just outside Brucemore's gates on the Historic Neighborhood Walk – Thursday, May 9 at 6:00 p.m. Admission is $15 per person and $12 per Brucemore member and includes a Historic Neighborhood Tour flipbook. Space is limited; purchase tickets online at or by calling (319) 362-7375.

The Historic Neighborhood Walk is part of Brucemore’s Thursday Night Lineup. Every Thursday night Brucemore will feature a different specialty tour focusing on topics for all interests, including arts and culture, Midwestern industry, gardening, landscape design, architecture, preservation, behind-the-scenes at Brucemore, and growing up in the early twentieth century. For more information on the Thursday Night Lineup or the May schedule, visit or call (319) 362-7375.

About Brucemore

Experience Brucemore, an unparalleled blend of tradition and culture, located at 2160 Linden Drive SE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. At the heart of the historic 26-acre estate stands a nineteenth-century mansion filled with the stories of three Cedar Rapids families.  Concerts, theater, programs, and tours enliven the site and celebrate the heritage of a community.  For more information, call (319) 362-7375 or visit


FREE Figge Family Day PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Emily Timmons   
Wednesday, 10 April 2013 08:47

Davenport, Iowa (April 9, 2013) — Find the fastest route to the FREE Figge Family Day, "Maps–Adventure, Fun and Family" on Saturday, April 13. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., families can explore the world of maps while enjoying free admission to the museum.

Kids can craft 3-dimensional treasure maps, sculpt the QC Riverfront in clay, or sketch a scenic view of the river from the Wintergarden.

Tales of travel will be read during story-time in the Library from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. along with facts and fun with X Marks the Spot in Studio 1. Don’t forget to take the Map Folding Challenge at the Studio 4 Map Station, where families can examine real mapmaking tools and trace their path through the museum using a gallery map to win a special prize. Snacks will be provided.

This event is sponsored by John Deere, and is a companion event to the exhibition Marking Territory: Cartographic Treasures of the Mississippi River and the World Beyond which is on display until June 16, 2013.

In anticipation of the exhibition No Shoes, No Shirt, No Service by Chicago-based artist Juan Angel Chavez, the Figge will be collecting recycled materials for the artist to use in his installation artwork, opening on June 29, 2013. Best known for reusing salvaged materials, Chavez creates sculptures that sometimes fill an entire gallery. Some of the requested objects include: clothing, stuffed animals, wood flooring, buckets and lids.  For a complete list of acceptable materials, please visit the Figge’s website.

Interested parties may drop off their donation between 10:00 – 12:00 on Saturday, April 13 on the Figge Plaza (rain-out location: Figge Lobby). The first 50 people who bring acceptable materials to donate will receive a special “thank you” gift from the Figge.


2013 Brand Boeshaar Scholarship Recipients PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Emily Timmons   
Wednesday, 10 April 2013 08:44

Davenport, Iowa (April 9, 2013) — Since 2000, the Brand Boeshaar Scholarship Program has awarded $576,000 to graduating seniors in eastern Iowa and western Illinois who wish to study fine arts, design or art education in college. To be considered for this prestigious and very competitive $12,000 scholarship, applicants must submit a completed application, high school transcript, two letters of support, and a portfolio of 12 works. The program is funded by the Brand Boeshaar Foundation Fund, managed by the Figge Education Department, and administered by the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend.

The Figge Art Museum is pleased to announce…

2013 Brand Boeshaar Scholarship Recipients

The Lillian L. Brand Scholarship: Joshua Byrne, Davenport Central High School

The Isabelle M. Brand Scholarship: Marina Kruger, Moline High School

The Lucille Brand Boeshaar Scholarship: Emily Grooms, Moline High School

The William Brand Boeshaar Scholarship: Grant Chaddick, Riverdale Senior High School

2013 Brand Boeshaar Scholarship Honorable Mention

Brand Boeshaar Scholarship Honorable Mention: Chris Miller, Moline High School

Brand Boeshaar Scholarship Honorable Mention: Lilia Torres, Moline High School

Thursday April 11, 6 p.m.

The public is invited to an awards ceremony and reception at the museum in acknowledgement of the students.  Admission to the museum is free after 5 p.m.

Summer Drawing Program

The Summer Drawing Program gives talented high school art students a college-level experience while helping them prepare their portfolios for college admission and scholarships. This two-week course is the only program of its kind in the Quad Cities for aspiring young artists who plan to major in Art.  Applications and portfolios for this summer program are due April 20th. 2013 Portfolio drop-off days:  10 am – 5 pm Friday, April 19 and 10 am – 1 pm Saturday, April 20

For questions, please contact Heather Aaronson, education program coordinator, at 563.326.7804 x2045 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


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