Art, Galleries & Museums
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Written by Paula Neuhaus   
Monday, 22 October 2012 15:18
[DUBUQUE, IA.] Art Gumbo, a quarterly soup dinner that supports local art projects with community-supported micro-funding, is now accepting applications from individual artists or creative for the winter funding cycle. Art Gumbo applications are available now through Thursday, December 20. Applications are available at The first seven eligible applications received by 11:59 p.m. on December 20 will qualify to compete for funding.

Art Gumbo is an independent community-based initiative that funds local arts projects using money collected at quarterly soup dinners. During each Art Gumbo funding cycle, artists or arts organizations are invited to submit a brief project proposal that
demonstrates an impact on the Dubuque community. The public is invited to attend and vote for their favorite proposal. A $10 donation at the door entitles the attendee to a locally prepared soup dinner and the opportunity to review all submitted proposals and to vote for their favorite. The Art Gumbo fund’s nightly proceeds will be awarded to the two proposals that receive the most votes. The proceeds are split in a 70/30 fashion.

The next Art Gumbo Soup Dinner is scheduled for Thursday, December 27, 6-8 p.m. at St. Mark Community Center, 1201 Locust Street in Dubuque.

Download the application at or contact Paula Neuhaus or Megan Starr at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Quilt Exhibition to Open at the Figge PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Susan Horan   
Monday, 22 October 2012 13:30

Davenport, IOWA (October 2012) — The Figge Art Museum is pleased to present Quilts: Masterworks from the American Folk Art Museum, a special exhibition of 27 priceless quilts from the collection of the American Folk Art Museum (AFAM), opening November 3, 2012, and continuing through February 3, 2013.


Featured will be classic examples of many major quilt types from the beginning of the 19th century to the end of the 20th century, including wholecloth, whitework, pieced, appliqued and album quilts, and a selection of Amish and African American pieces, all drawn from the AFAM’s celebrated collection.


As curator Elizabeth V. Warren explains, “The present exhibition highlights the best of the best, quilts that represent the finest examples in a variety of techniques, time periods and regions.” The Figge will present an array of public programs and films in conjunction with the exhibition (see below).


The American tradition of quiltmaking dates back to colonial times when English immigrants sewed heavy woolen bedcovers for the New England winters. As a greater variety of fabrics and threads became available, and the practice of sewing bedcovers spread through the nation, quiltmaking evolved into a rich and diverse artistic tradition.


While countless quilts were used and washed into oblivion, many remarkable examples have survived, and are now admired both for their visual beauty and their extraordinary craftsmanship. The quilting tradition—using remnants of fabrics from clothing and other sewing projects, gathering together for the quilting bee, and adorning the bed with the finished quilt—has come to epitomize the domestic side of the “pioneer spirit” in America. Today, quilting is a vibrant art form practiced by an estimated 20 million men and women around the world.


Quilts: Masterworks from the American Folk Art Museum was organized by the American Folk Art Museum, New York.



Associated Programming


Quilters Appreciation Day

Thursday, January 17, 2013


Quilt Appraisals • 10 am-7 pm

Quilt appraiser Janette Dwyer will be available to conduct written and/or verbal appraisals. Each appraisal will take between 30-45 minutes and will cost $40 for a written appraisal (with a monetary value) or $25 for a verbal appraisal. A portion of the proceeds from each appraisal will be used to support Quilts programs. Visitors must schedule their appointment in advance—space is limited. Contact Heather Aaronson to schedule an appointment: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 563.326.7804 x2045.


Warm Up with Quilts • 5-7 pm, Free

Drop in and create family-friendly art activities inspired by Quilts.


“Quilts as Art—or Not” • 7 pm

Presenter: Tim Schiffer

Figge’s Executive Director Tim Schiffer will discuss the myriad ways in which we look at quilts—from works of fine art to historical artifacts or crafts—and how quilts reflect the cultural context of the time and place in which they were made.


Quilt Workshop

Saturday, December 1 • 10 am-5 pm

Drop in and create family-friendly art activities inspired by the Quilts exhibition! Free with membership or paid admission.


Celebrating Black History Month

10 am-5 pm Saturday, February 2, 2013

Contemporary and antique African American quilts will be featured in a one-day display in Studio 4.


Quilts: Masterworks from the American

Folk Art Museum Tour • 11 am

Join a Figge docent for a tour of the Quilts exhibition.


Quilting a Community • Noon-2 pm

Figge Studios

Participants will use various materials to design a square for a quilt that will be assembled after the event as a community project.


Quilts Lecture • 2 pm

Presenter: Myrah Green, PhD

Dr. Myrah Green is the Distinguished Lecturer of Art at City College and has taught textile arts for 20 years, as well as all levels of quilt making for more than a decade. Her quilts can be found in many private collections including the Smithsonian's Anacostia Community Museum in Washington, D.C. Dr. Green will be speaking about the Quilts exhibition, as well as her own experiences with quilting, textile arts and the history of African American quilts.


Documentary Film Series

Why Quilts Matter: History, Art & Politics

Sunday, December 2 and Sunday, January 6 • 2:30-4 pm

Ep. 1: Quilts 101—Antique and Contemporary Quilts

Ep. 2: Quilts Bring History Alive

Ep. 3: The Quilt Marketplace


Sunday, December 9 and Sunday, January 13 • 2:30-4 pm

Ep. 4: What is Art?

Ep. 5: Gee’s Bend: “The Most Famous Quilts in America”

Ep. 6: How Quilts Have Been Viewed and Collected


Sunday, December 16 and Sunday, January 20 • 2:30-4 pm

Ep. 7: Empowering Women One Quilt at a Time

Ep. 8: Quilt Nation: 20,000,000 and Counting!

Ep. 9: Quilt Scholarship: Romance and Reality


Time is running out to join us on our trip to enjoy The Christmas Schooner musical in Chicago on Saturday, December 8th! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kelly Lao   
Thursday, 18 October 2012 07:51
Our trip includes the bus ride to Chicago, where we will have lunch in the city and stroll through the Christmas Markets in addition to seeing this heartwarming holiday musical! Reservations are needed now to hold tickets at the theater! Please call 563-322-8844 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it today!

At the Mercury Theater in Chicago. Reserve your tickets today.  Members: $100, non-members: $110.

Figge Features Artworks from Local College Students PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Susan Horan   
Tuesday, 16 October 2012 09:43

Davenport, IA (October 2012)- With its strong commitment to art and education, the Figge Art Museum is pleased to announce another installation of its annual exhibition, College Invitational, on display in the Mary Waterman Gildehaus Community Gallery from October 20, 2012 through January 6, 2013. This exhibition celebrates the talents and successes of community art students, as well as the faculties and institutions that support them. Included artworks are selected by professors from the art department at each participating institution and this year’s exhibition features 47 works from promising artists at: Augustana College, Black Hawk College, Eastern Iowa Community College, Knox College, Monmouth College, St. Ambrose University and Western Illinois University.

The museum invites interested parties to attend an opening reception on Saturday, October 20 from 2-4 pm. An introduction from the Figge’s new Director of Education Melissa Hueting will be followed by commentary from the student artists, college faculty and staff. Light hors d’oeuvres will be served.

The opening reception is free to the public. Photography is allowed in the exhibition.

About the Figge Art Museum

The Figge Art Museum, formerly the Davenport Museum of Art, opened August 6, 2005. The award-winning building designed by architect David Chipperfield holds a collection of approximately 3,500 works that reflect artistic styles and developments from the Renaissance to contemporary art, with particular strengths in American Regionalist, Mexican Colonial, and Haitian art.  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, Sundays 12-5 p.m. and Thursdays 10 a.m.- 9p.m. To contact the museum, please call 563.326.7804, or visit our website,


Gov. Branstad, Lt. Gov. Reynolds, Ambassador Quinn to announce Borlaug statue artist PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tim Albrecht   
Tuesday, 16 October 2012 09:33

(DES MOINES) – Governor Terry Branstad and Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds will join Ambassador Kenneth Quinn, chair of the Dr. Norman E. Borlaug Committee, in announcing the artist selected to fabricate and deliver a statue of Dr. Norman E. Borlaug to the U.S. Capitol Building’s National Statuary Hall in Washington, D.C. Details are as follows:

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

2 p.m.

Governor’s Formal Office

State Capitol Building

Background: The Borlaug Committee was established in March 2011 when the state legislature passed and Gov. Terry Branstad signed House Joint Resolution 16, which provided for the creation and placement of a statue of Borlaug in the U.S. Capitol Building as one of two statues of notable Iowa citizens. The Borlaug statue will replace a statue of Sen. James Harlan. The other statue is of Gov. Samuel Kirkwood.

Borlaug’s work in plant breeding led to unprecedented increases in food production and helped avert famine around the world. His success is believed to have saved up to a billion people from starvation. Borlaug was the recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, a Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal.

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