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Figge Art Museum Awarded Humanities Iowa Grant PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Natalie Dunlop   
Wednesday, 05 December 2012 09:08

Davenport, Iowa (December 2012) – The Figge Art Museum is pleased to announce it has received a grant from Humanities Iowa. The Figge was recently awarded a $5,000 grant for its upcoming exhibition Marking Territory: Cartographic Treasures of the Mississippi Valley and the World Beyond which will be on display from March 3, 2013 – June 16, 2013.

Marking Territory is a Figge-curated exhibition that draws upon the map collection of the University of Iowa Libraries as well as a private collection. Featuring a selection of 25-plus historic maps that range from early representations of the world to more detailed examinations of America’s vast interior west of the Mississippi, the exhibition explores how maps communicate highly complex ideas about identity, politics and culture. The exhibition will be part of the Figge’s ongoing exhibition series Visions of Iowa. Established in 2009, the series provides a platform for showcasing art that provides a historical and contemporary perspective on the people and places that make up Iowa.

The exhibition will be supplemented with extensive educational programming such as lectures, gallery talks and family events. Funding from Humanities Iowa will be used to support educational programming for the exhibition.

Humanities Iowa is an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities and brings the humanities to the public through grant making, publications, and through interactive programming and events; views and opinions expressed by the exhibition and its educational programming do not necessarily reflect those of Humanities Iowa or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

For more information and museum hours, contact the Figge at 563.326.7804 or visit



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Written by Jenna Smith   
Monday, 03 December 2012 15:45

DAVENPORT — Premier Exhibitions, Inc. and the Putnam Museum announced today that Bodies Revealed will open Saturday, March 9, 2013 at the Putnam Museum in Davenport, IA.  Bodies Revealed will provide the public with an opportunity to see inside carefully preserved real anatomical specimens and learn the detailed structure and function of the human body.

“The Bodies Revealed exhibit is a unique opportunity to SEE the impact of our lifestyle choices - what and how much we eat, whether we smoke, how often we exercise. We are surrounded by messages about the importance of healthy living – for many of us though, seeing is believing that ““an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”” At a time when health policy is on our collective minds, we are excited for the Quad Cities area to take advantage of this exhibit’s unique look at the wonders of the human body.” – Kim Findlay, CEO/President of the Putnam Museum.

“Trinity is happy to help the Putnam bring this fascinating educational opportunity to the Quad-Cities,” said Rick Seidler, President and CEO of Trinity Regional Health System, a sponsor of the Bodies Revealed exhibit. “The body is such a complex system; it will be a real eye-opener for people to see exactly how ongoing exposure to unhealthy habits can impact it.”

Trinity and the Putnam Museum are collaborating to coordinate a variety of activities in conjunction with the exhibit, including educational seminars, physician presentations, and prevention and awareness events. Trinity healthcare providers also will help serve as guides during the run of the exhibition.

The Exhibition takes visitors through galleries providing an up-close look inside the skeletal, muscular, reproductive, respiratory, circulatory and other systems of the human body. Many of the whole body specimens are dissected in vivid athletic poses, allowing the visitor to relate to everyday activities. In addition, authentic human specimens illustrate the damage caused to organs by over-eating and lack of exercise. A healthy lung is featured next to a black lung ravaged by smoking in a vivid comparison more powerful than any textbook image.

The human body specimens in the exhibition are preserved through a revolutionary technique called polymer preservation. In this process, human tissue is permanently preserved using liquid silicone rubber that is treated and hardened. The end result is a rubberized specimen, preserved to the cellular level, showcasing the complexity of the body's many bones, muscles, nerves, blood vessels and organs. The full-body specimens can take more than a year to prepare.


The Exhibition is currently receiving worldwide acclaim attracting nearly 15 million visitors from cities around the world.

Premier Exhibitions, Inc. is a major provider of Museum quality touring exhibitions throughout the world.

WHAT: Bodies Revealed

WHEN: Saturday, March 9 – July 14

WHERE: Putnam Museum, 1717 W. 12th Street, Davenport, IA 52804

TICKETS: Mark your calendars, tickets will go on sale February 2013. Because of its popularity and attendance, the Putnam urges guests to purchase advance tickets to ensure admittance to the opening of the Exhibition. Tickets to the Exhibition will be available for purchase in February, at or by calling 563-324-1933.

Discounted prices are available to groups. Exhibition hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 12 Noon to 4 p.m.

Bodies Revealed will be brought to the Putnam Museum through generous support from Trinity Regional Health System; Deere & Co.; and the Quad-City Times.

‘Art from Life’ Exhibit Comes to Rock Island Public Library in December PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lisa Lockheart   
Monday, 26 November 2012 15:42

The Rock Island Public Library will host a free public art show of works by East Moline artist Glorie Iaccarino from Monday, Dec. 3 throughFriday, Dec. 28 in the second-floor art gallery space of the Main Library, 401 19th Street. A public reception for her exhibit, "Art from Life; Life from Art: a Harmonious Partnership,” is scheduled from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm on Saturday, Dec. 8, also at the Main Library.

"Art is a universal language. Our connection to nature is a universal bond,” says Ms. Iaccarino. Her work includes nature photography, digital art cards, watercolors, acrylics and pen and ink. “I believe that artists draw much of their inspiration from nature and their own lives. So that as art mirrors life, I believe that art can illuminate the power of ‘life’ by using it in advocacy in order to positively inspire and actually transform lives. Art draws from life and life is more fulfilling and vibrant because of art. It’s a harmonious partnership,” adds Ms. Iaccarino.

A Quad City native, Ms Iaccarino has spent the last twenty years as a working artist, art instructor and community advocate. She currently is serving as an executive board member of the Watertown Community Empowerment Coalition, on a residency advisory board, and a newly forming Continuing Education advisory board. Among other projects, she created the Eco Arts Council, initiated an “Earth Corner” program for elementary students, and has provided arts workshops at local libraries, public schools and non-profit youth groups. Iaccarino also created and facilitated a program entitled "The Mobile Art Clinic," which provided healing art and self-awareness programming to at-risk youth and early childhood day-care clients.

From January through March 2013, the Rock Island Library art gallery will feature works by Rock Island schoolchildren, starting with elementary schools in January, high school artworks in February and junior high schools in March.

For more events at the Rock Island Public Library, pick up a winter program brochure or monthly events calendar at any Rock Island Library, check the library calendar or news sections at, or sign up for news by email. For questions, please call 309-732-7323 (READ.)


Celebrate the Season and the Spirit of Giving at the Family Museum’s WinterFest PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Elly Gerdts   
Monday, 19 November 2012 13:55

Bettendorf — The Family Museum will continue its tradition of WinterFest on Sunday, December 2, from noon – 5:00 pm. There will be a host of joyful family activities for everyone including dance performances of the Nutcracker from the Family Museum LimeLight dancers, holiday music performed by the Pleasant Valley High School Tuba and Euphonium Ensemble, refreshments, fun activities such as snowpeople sculptures and handmade ornaments, and a visit from Santa from 2:00-4:00 PM. Admission to this event and the Family Museum’s hands-on gallery is free with the donation of a non-perishable food item or monetary donation to a local food pantry. This event is sponsored by the DHCU Community Credit Union.

A huge, 300 square foot train set will be set up again this year, and each passenger on the mini Polar Express will be enjoying hot chocolate in their seats with all of the lights burning bright and the smokestacks going full blast as the train winds its way on its journey to the North Pole.

The centerpiece window dressing is the last set of animated figurines from the Petersen Harden Von Maur store in Davenport.  Created by the (George) Silvestri Art Manufacturing Company, this Santa’s House scene includes a Living Room with a decorated tree and fireplace, a Kitchen with a very busy stove, a Workshop where elves are busy making toy trains, and a snowball battle in the woods among the elves who are gathering firewood.  The display was built in Chicago during October of 1966, and was donated to the Family Museum in 1990 when the store was sold.

The Family Museum is located at 2900 Learning Campus Drive. For more information, please call (563) 344-4106 or visit


Picturing Identity: The Allure of Portraiture Exhibition Opens Saturday PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Natalie Dunlop   
Friday, 16 November 2012 15:24

Davenport, IOWA (November 2012) – The newest exhibition at the Figge Art Museum opens this Saturday, November 17 and runs through February 17, 2013. Picturing Identity: The Allure of Portraiture features 20th century examples of portraits that address changes in the perceived nature of personal identity and its representation.


Curated by Dr. Rima Girnius of the Figge, portraits feature celebrities and historical figures whose public roles question the traditional function of portraiture and how we often remember people not as they were but as they appeared to be through images.


Much of the power ascribed to portraiture has depended on the artist’s ability to vividly capture the nuances and peculiarities of a person’s physical appearance and character. Portraits were deemed successful when the image resembled the original to such a degree that the person represented appeared to be momentarily present before the viewer’s eyes.

Culled from the Figge’s collection as well as significant loans from private collections and the University of Iowa Museum of Art, the portraits in this exhibition serve as a reminder of portraiture’s continuing importance as an artistic genre.


The Figge is offering FREE admission on Saturday, so don’t miss your opportunity to see this exhibition on its opening day. Also be sure to keep in mind the upcoming companion events (see below) being offered in conjunction with Picturing Identity: The Allure of Portraiture.


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 9pm. 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 our website,



Companion Events

Evening Art History Talk “History of Portraiture”
7 p.m. Thursday, November 29, 2012
Free with membership or museum admission
Presenter Alycia Reed, PhD candidate, will discuss “The Good, the Bad and the Mundane: Western Portraiture in the Late Twentieth-Century”. This lecture is offered in conjunction with the Figge’s exhibitions Portrait of Maquoketa - The Dimensional View and Picturing Identity: The Allure of Portraiture.

On the Face of It – Portraits Family Day
11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, January 12, 2013
Free with membership or museum admission
Bring your face to the Figge for some quality family time at our Portraits Family Day! Studio art activities, story time, refreshments and much more are sure to make this day a picture-perfect memory! This free family day is planned in conjunction with these special exhibitions: Portrait of Maquoketa – The Dimensional View and Picturing Identity: The Allure of Portraiture.
Sponsored by John Deere

Picturing Identity: The Allure of Portraiture Curator Lecture
7 p.m. Thursday February 7, 2013

Free with membership or museum admission

Join exhibition curator Rima Girnius, PhD, as she discusses the history of portraiture, and its continuing importance as an artistic genre.


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