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American POP! Opens This Saturday PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Emily Timmons   
Friday, 03 May 2013 13:37

Davenport, Iowa (May 2, 2013)— Andy Warhol. James Rosenquist. Roy Lichtenstein. These are the names of American Pop Art. Beginning Saturday, May 4 the Figge Art Museum welcomes American POP! Featuring selections from the CU Art Museum at the University of Colorado Boulder, this exhibit presents key works from the bold and outrageous Pop Art movement.

In the 1960s, artists embraced the vibrant urban landscape and economic boom following World War II. Pop Art glorified and parodied the “things” of everyday life, adopting images from mass media, cartoons and advertisements. An extroverted and energetic movement, Pop Art depicted everything previously considered unworthy of notice in the art world. Artist and critic Max Kozloff noted that in Pop Art, “Anything goes, just as anything goes on the street.”

While critics prophesied Pop Art would die a quick death, these familiar, often amusing images were an instant hit with the public and paved the way for artists to explore our relationship with the media and our everyday landscape. Today, Pop Art stands as a cultural critique of materialism in America.

This exhibition will run until September 8, 2013 and is sponsored by the Iowa Arts Council and Butler Insurance Services, Inc. 

Companion Events (sponsored by Scott County Regional Authority)

Art Talk 

Thursday, May 9 at 7:00 p.m.  

Explore the newly installed exhibition American POP! and stick around for a free gallery talk by Figge curator Rima Girnius, PhD. that focuses on the artwork and artists involved.  


Artists Talk about American POP!

Thursday, May 16 at 7:00 p.m.
Experience American POP! through the eyes of four local artists as they discuss the artworks from their point of view.

Pushing the Envelope: Family Gallery
Through August 11, 2013
In conjunction with the American POP! exhibition, bring your family to explore the phenomenon of Pop Art through this hands-on exhibition.

Studio 1: Pop Art Soup

July 6-October 20

Based on the special exhibition, American Pop, this Studio 1 installation will feature an entertaining video about artist  Andy Warhol, a look at some of the iconic images that transformed the art of a generation and lots of fun art projects that use color and imagination in the Pop Art tradition.  Families will enjoy the enriching activities and information in this Pop Art Studio 1 experience.

Docent-led Exhibition Tours

Saturdays and Sundays in May, 1:30pm

Free with membership or paid admission.

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. To contact the museum, please call 563.326.7804, or visit

Free on Thursdays; Free with membership or paid admission all other days


Artist-in-Residence Vivian Hyelim Kim Leads Collage Painting Workshop PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Adam Prado   
Friday, 03 May 2013 13:28

WEST BRANCH, IOWA— Visual artist Vivian Hyelim Kim, Artist-in-Residence at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site, will present a collage painting workshop at West Branch High School on Thursday, May 16. Participants will learn and experiment with paper folding and cutting techniques. The final pieces will be patterned on a canvas background painted by participants.

The workshop is a partnership between the National Park Service and the West Branch Community School District. It begins at 6:30 p.m. on May 16 and lasts 90 minutes. It is free to attend and all materials are provided. Participants may take their finished products with them.

Reservations are required. To reserve call park ranger Kristin Gibbs at (319) 643-7866. The workshop is appropriate for ages 13 to adult and is limited to 20 participants.

Vivian Hyelim Kim was born in South Korea and was raised in the U.S. She received her MFA in Painting from Pratt Institute in New York and BFA from Arizona State University Herberger College of Fine Arts. She has had solo shows at Chashama Gallery in New York City and in Seoul, South Korea. Ms. Kim will be the park’s Artist-in-Residence through May 25.

Herbert Hoover National Historic Site and the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum are in West Branch, Iowa at exit 254 off I-80. Both are open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Time. For more information go online at or call (319) 643-2541.

Herbert Hoover National Historic Site

110 Parkside Drive

PO Box 607

West Branch, Iowa 52358

319 643-2541 phone

319 643-7864 fax

Twitter: @HooverNPS

Facebook: HerbertHooverNHS

Behind the scenes tour PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lynn Bartenhagen   
Friday, 03 May 2013 13:15


The Muscatine Art Center holds tens of thousands of objects in its collection. Like many museums, only a small percentage – as little as one percent – of the collection is on view at any given time.

On Thursday, May 9, 2013, the Muscatine Art Center will offer behind-the-scenes tours for those interested in seeing the storage area and learning how the staff documents, cares for and manages the collection. Two rounds of tours will be offered. The first tour is from 4 to 5:15 p.m., and the second from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. Space is limited to 12 people per tour, and registration is taken on first come, first served basis.

Don’t miss this opportunity to see stored treasures from the Art Center’s permanent collection. Join a tour group for a truly unique experience as you hear about how the museum operates from the inside out and have your individual questions answered by staff.


  • Rarely seen “cool stuff” from the Art Center – art objects and artifacts that tell fascinating stories about Muscatine and/or the region.
  • Main collection storage areas and hidden storage areas in the Musser Museum.
  • Textile and print storage.
  • The original Musser Carriage House and Musser Museum basement.
  • Explanation of how museums keep track of collections.


  • Tours are limited to a maximum of 12 people. Please indicate the tour time you would like to be a part of.
  • Tours are for adults and children over 12 years of age (12-16 year olds need to be accompanied by an adult).
  • Tour duration is approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes.
  • As a courtesy to other participants, please be on time.
  • Physical accessibility is somewhat limited with the full behind-the-scenes tour including narrow stairs. Please notify us at the time of booking of any special requirements.
  • For security reasons, you may not take mobile phones, cameras, videos, other electrical equipment, bags, food or drinks on the tour. All personal items must be checked before the tour departs.

Call NOW to reserve a place in the Muscatine Art Center’s Behind-the-Scenesexperience!


What: Muscatine Art Center’s Behind-the-Scenes Tour

Who: Hosted by MAC staff

When: Thursday, May 9, 2013

Times: 4:00-5:15 and 5:30-6:45 PM

Where: The Muscatine Art Center

Admission to these tours is FREE.

Please contact Katy Doherty, Program Coordinator, with any questions or concerns at

563-263-8282 or by email at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

The Muscatine Art Center is located at 1314 Mulberry Avenue in Muscatine, Iowa. Hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Thursday evenings until 7:00 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Admission is free. Donations are appreciated. Go to for more information about programs and events and to download a class brochure.




36th Annual DubuqueFest Fine Arts Festival Offers Music, Art, & Culture PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Paula Neuhaus   
Tuesday, 30 April 2013 12:36

DubuqueFest Fine Arts Festival celebrates its 36th year as Iowa’s oldest all arts festival held in the heart of historic downtown Dubuque, May 17-19. Under the direction of collaborative partners, musician and promoter Aaron Hefel, and arts administrator Paula Neuhaus, the weekend is packed full of free music, art, and culture for all ages. The Dubuque County Fine Arts Society, a non-profit arts organization, launched the multi-faceted all arts festival in 1977 to promote the arts and to revitalize the downtown area by community building through arts and culture development. After 36 years of success DubuqueFest honors great traditions and adds contemporary twists.

The weekend features a fine art fair, a vinyl record fair, a local author book fair, live music and performance on two stages, children’s hands-on art activities, an Old House Tour by the Old Home Enthusiasts, a book release and reading by the Dubuque Area Writers Guild, a community chalk mural project, pottery demonstrations, and featuring artist Tim Olson’s community photography project, “The World’s Longest Panoramic Portrait of a Three Day Outdoor Arts Festival.”

All events are free and open to the public. (The Old House Tour is a ticketed event.) Here are some highlights of what the weekend offers. For a full schedule of events visit

DubuqueFest Fine Arts Festival Event Calendar May 17-19, 2013 Town Clock Plaza & Washington Park in Downtown Dubuque

Please note: All DubuqueFest Fine Arts Festival events are free and open to the public. The Annual Old House Enthusiasts Tour is off-site from the festival and is a separate ticketed event hosted by the Old House Enthusiasts in conjunction with DubuqueFest.

Fine Art Fair

Saturday, 10am-5pm & Sunday, 10am-4pm in Washington Park
Our juried fine art fair in Washington Park features the work of 70 artists & artisans. We invite you to meet the artists, learn about process & inspiration, and invest in original hand crafted pieces. Shop for hand-blown & fused glass, ceramics, metal work, free form sculpture, painting, jewelry, fiber, fabric, photography, mixed media, textiles, copper work, hand turned wood, watercolors, leather work, wearable art, & more! It’s an art gallery in the park!

Wheel Thrown Pottery Demonstrations by Mississippi Mud Studios
Saturday, 10am-5pm & Sunday, 10am-4pm in Washington Park
Potter Gary Carstens and friends of Mississippi Mud Studios offer wheel-thrown pottery demonstrations. You can try too!

“The World’s Longest Panoramic Portrait of a Three Day Outdoor Arts Festival” with artist Tim Olson
Saturday, 10am-5pm & Sunday, 10am-4pm throughout Washington Park
You're invited to find Tim & his old-timey camera during the fest & pose for this panoramic portrait! Photographer and artist Tim Olson will use a 1935 vintage studio camera to create a hundred foot long portrait of DubuqueFest. During the festival, Olson will roll his camera along a path that winds through Washington Park and, at intervals of approximately ten minutes in time and ten feet in distance, he will stop and make a single exposure. The 250+ photographs will be stitched together to create a single, highly detailed panoramic portrait of the festival. Look for Tim & his camera during the festival and join him to pose for the portrait! This project is made possible by funding from the Iowa Arts Council.

Children’s Creation Station
Saturday, 10am-5pm & Sunday, 10am-4pm in Washington Park
Parents and children are invited to get creative with hands-on projects. This year we feature the art of sand painting. Sand paintings have a long established cultural history in numerous social groupings around the globe. Get your face painted and join us in the Story Bubble for storytelling for all ages! Story Bubble is made possible by a partnership with Great Midwestern Educational Theatre Company.

Community Chalk Collaborative Illustration
Saturday, 11am-2pm in the Town Clock Plaza
Join artists and volunteers as they lead you in creating an illustration that explores community creativity. This sidewalk mural invites everyone to be an artist!

Trainwreck Productions Sketches in the Park: Taming of the Shrew
Saturday & Sunday, 12 pm in Washington Park
Trainwreck Productions bring a scene from William Shakespeare’s comedy Taming of the Shrew, full of physical comedy and stage combat, to life in Washington Park. TWP bring this highlight of their comedy set at Flora Park Playground to DubuqueFest. See the entire play (free!) at Flora Park all weekend. Visit for full details.

Dubuque Area Writers Guild Annual Book Release Reception Gallery 2013: “Facets of Time”
Friday, 6pm at Dubuque Museum of Art
The Dubuque Area Writers Guild invites you to the reading & release reception for Gallery: Facets of Time, an anthology of original work featuring local writers and artists. Celebrate an evening of words, refreshments, and readings by selected contributors. Books will be available for purchase at the reception, the local author book fair in the Roshek Building on Saturday, and at the art fair information booth in Washington Park throughout the weekend.

Record Fair
Saturday, 10am-5pm in Roshek Building Lobby (Enter on 7th Street)
The Record Fair will showcase local retailers and private collectors offering vinyl records & 45s for sale or trade. Vendors will offer everything from high-end, out-of-print rarities, to more common titles at bargain prices. The fair will slant heavily toward vinyl sales and awareness of the record stores in the region, but vendors will offer CDs, cassettes, DVDs, books, apparel and many other goodies.

Local Author Book Fair
Saturday, 10am-5 pm in Roshek Building Lobby (Enter on 7 th Street)
Our newest addition to DubuqueFest! Shop our book fair comprised of 20 local authors. Meet the authors, pick up some new books, get them signed, and learn about the writing life from your favorite local authors. The fair is features books for children, photography, fiction, non-fiction, memoir, poetry, humor, comic books, and more! This event is hosted by River Lights Bookstore for DubuqueFest.

Julien Dubuque International Film Festival’s “Best of Fest Screening”
Sunday, 12pm-3pm, Dubuque Museum of Art
Julien International Film Festival presents a “Best of Fest Screening featuring a favorite or two from their 2013 film festival. Special guest filmmakers will talk about their experiences working on the films and the film festival.

Amusements for Children by LT Amusements
Saturday & Sunday 10am-4pm
7th Street & Washington Park
Climbing wall, bouncing castle, super slide, and more!


Friday May 17 – Town Clock Stage

5:00 pm
River Glen – Folk and bluegrass meet contemporary rock and urban styles.

6:30 pm
The Fast Clydes –Class rockabilly, pompadours and all, will get your toes tapping and your hips twisting.

8 pm
Soulsa! – Dubuque’s hottest Salsa orchestra will get your dancing with Latin rhythms straight from the soul.

Saturday May 18 – Town Clock Stage

10 am
Northeast Iowa School of Music Recital - Instrumental ensemble performs on the Main Stage.

12 pm
Dubuque Senior High Jazz Studio – Your favorite jazz renditions from the DSHS jazz band.

Unstrung Heroes – Folk songs about Dubuque and life in a river town.

The Shams Band – Bluegrass, folk, and rock playfully brought together by this Chicago outfit.

Maps and Atlases – At times hyper and kinetic, other times, lush and melodic indie rock from Chicago on Barsuk Records.

9 pm
The Heavenly States – This Oakland to Austin indie pop group have been a Dubuque favorite for years. Their brand of intensely fun and personal music filled with loud guitars, driving rhythms, and violin will get you dancing!

Saturday May 18 – Washington Park Gazebo

11 am
Dubuque Fiddlers – Youth string ensemble under the direction of Ann Duchow.

Trainwreck Productions – This local found-space theatre group bring a scene from William Shakespeare’s comedy Taming of the Shrew, full of physical comedy and stage combat, to life in Washington Park.

Peter Fraterdeus – Traditional folk and Irish tunes from our local troubadour.

Nate Jenkins – Indie folk originals and covers with soulful intensity.

3 pm
Julien Chamber Choir – Indie folk originals and covers with soulful intensity.- Local chamber choir singing in perfect harmony!

Sunday May 19 – Town Clock Stage
10 am
Dubuque Dance Studio – High-energy modern dance performance from Dubuque’s premier youth ensemble

12 pm
Dubuque YM/YWCA Dance Team
The talented young people from the Y Dance Team show off their skills!

12:30 pm
PanrhythmiX – Steel drum youth ensemble celebrate the sounds of the Caribbean.

2 pm
Youth Musical Showcase, hosted by Mary Mabusth
Area teens take their bands and talents to the stage! Everyone wins in a showcase!

Sunday, May 19- Washington Park Gazebo

12 pm
Trainwreck Productions Sketches in the Park: Taming of the Shrew
Trainwreck Productions bring a scene from William Shakespeare’s comedy Taming of the Shrew, full of physical comedy and stage combat, to life in Washington Park. TWP bring this highlight of their comedy set at Flora Park Playground to DubuqueFest. See the entire play (free!) at Flora Park all weekend. Visit for full details.

12:30 pm

Peter Fraterdeus & Dan Caraway:  Celtic music on guitar and violin.

2 pm
Denny Garcia
Bluesy troubadour sings about about life on the road and the river.

3:30 pm
Dubuque Chorale
Voices, voices, and more voices!

Visit to stay up to date!


Wedding program at GAHC PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kelly Lao   
Monday, 29 April 2013 14:07
Davenport, IA- Cross Atlantic Marriages! On Sunday, May 5th at 2pm the German American Heritage Center presents “Altar-Cations” a mixed marriage panel discussion. One spouse is German, the other American and they will share with us the trial, tribulations, and triumphs of their marriages! This event is part of our  programming for Vintage Vows & Veils, an exhibit featuring over thirty wedding gowns from 1875 to present!

Admission is $5 Adults, $4 Seniors, $3 Kids, and free for members. GAHC is located off of the Centennial Bridge at 712 W 2nd St. Davenport. For more information call 563-322-8844 or visit

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