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    Artists First: College Art Faculty of the Quad Cities PDF Print E-mail
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    Written by Natalie Dunlop   
    Friday, 12 September 2014 08:23

    Davenport, Iowa (September 10, 2014) – Starting Saturday, artwork by over forty Quad City area art professors will be on display at the Figge Art Museum for the new exhibition Artists First: College Art Faculty of the Quad Cities.

    The Figge frequently partners with colleges and universities in the region to engage students with projects, such as the College Invitational exhibition, College Night, brown bag lunches with visiting artists, classes in the studios and intern and volunteer opportunities. The college art professors are the unsung partners in these projects.

    The Artists First exhibition will focus on the talents and achievements of these professors as working artists. Works from art professors at Ashford University, Augustana College, Black Hawk College, Eastern Iowa Community College, Knox College, Monmouth College, St. Ambrose University and Western Illinois University will be featured. (The art faculty of the University of Iowa will have their biennial exhibition at the Figge in March 2015).

    The artwork on display in this exhibition was selected by guest curators Pamela White, professor of Museum Studies at Western Illinois University and former director of the University of Iowa Museum of Art, and Leslie Bell, artist and retired art professor at St. Ambrose.

    Artists First will be on view through November 2 and is presented through a grant from Quad City Arts.


    Companion Programming:

    Opening Reception

    5:30 p.m. Thursday, September 18

    7 p.m. Curator Talk


    Artists First PechaKucha Night

    Thursday, October 9

    5:30 p.m. $5 Burger baskets

    6:30 p.m. $Special PechaKucha presentations featuring contributing artists

    Art Talks

    1:30 p.m. Sundays, October 12 and 26

    Contributing artists will take turns discussing their works, as well as the rewards and difficulties of being teaching artists at the college level


    Panel Discussion

    1 p.m. Saturday, October 18

    Panel discussion with artists focusing on the topics of creativity and teaching

    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 and free to all on Thursday evenings from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. To contact the museum, please call 563.326.7804, or visit www.figgeartmuseum.org.


    Brucemore’s Autumn Landscape Hike PDF Print E-mail
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    Written by Tara Richards   
    Friday, 12 September 2014 07:51

    Embrace the harvest season by exploring 26 acres and over 125 years of history during Brucemore’s Autumn Landscape Hike—Thursday, September 18 at 5:30 p.m. Witness the subtle and spectacular dressings of the autumnal landscape highlighted by the dusky plum and rusty barn red colors of the season. Discover current landscape issues, the role of public use, and the seasonal chores required to preserve the historic grounds. See how planting choices with sensitivity to native species and seasonal display affect the overarching impact of a landscape design. Seek advice from Brucemore gardeners and ask questions on topics ranging from particular plantings to landscape designs. Admission is $15 per person and $12 per Brucemore member. Space is limited; purchase tickets online at www.brucemore.org or by calling (319) 362-7375.

    The Autumn Landscape Tour 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, visit www.brucemore.org 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 www.brucemore.org.


    Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition Celebrating Sports Arrives at Rock Island Public Library this Week PDF Print E-mail
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    Written by Lisa Lockheart   
    Thursday, 11 September 2014 14:52

    Rock Island, IL: Hometown Teams hits home this week as the traveling exhibit from the Smithsonian Museum on Main Street program officially arrives at the Rock Island Public Library's Main Branch, 401 19th Street, Rock Island, IL. For six weeks, from Sept. 13 to Oct. 25, the Rock Island Library will serve as the new home for "Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America,” as well as a number of local sports history exhibits and programs.

    The exhibit will be available for viewing on Saturday, Sept. 13, following an 11:00 am opening day ceremony. Events include an official tape break by local athletes, performances by a drum line and pep band from Moline High School, an 11:00 am baseball story time and craft in the Children's Room with a visit from Rascal the River Bandit, and a "tailgate" celebration with hot dogs, chips and Cracker Jacks in the library parking lot off 20th Street. The exhibit will be open for tours following the opening ceremony, which is free and open to the public.

    Offered in collaboration with the Illinois Humanities Council, the Smithsonian exhibit is arranged in seven parts on the library's first and second floors. “Hometown Teams” covers the big picture concepts of how sports shapes our lives, unites us, and celebrates who we are as Americans. Highly interactive exhibit sections highlight the connection between sports and popular culture, the 'fields of glory' where hometown teams play, the fan experience, what's involved in playing the game, rooting for the home team, and the future of sports, including a current revolution in sports.

    Local exhibits carry through the exhibit themes, with display panels on the Rock Island Independents football team, the Tri-Cities Blackhawks and QC Thunder basketball teams, Illinois high school and college teams, historic stadiums and fields, including Douglas Park. Local residents have also loaned memorabilia for display from their own sports pasts. Artifacts include a Quad City Thunder trophy and uniforms from the DeLong family, a 1937 game ball from St. Joseph's School (a predecessor to Alleman High School), and items from Dennis Nelson's two games as a replacement NFL referee.

    Other free events include a number of free programs on the exhibit's local theme of the "Small Town Roots of Big Time Sports." Programs at the Rock Island Main Library include:

    Tuesday, Sept. 16: Start your Engines - Motorsports in the Quad Cities,

    2:30 pm, Rock Island Main Library, 401 19th Street. History of QC auto racing, with Roger Ruthhart.

    Monday, Sept. 22: Women Who Played Baseball, 6:30 pm, Rock Island Main Library, 401 19th Street, Rock Island. A look at barnstorming 'bloomer girl" baseball teams before World War II, with Illinois Humanities Council road scholar Barbara Gregovich.

    Thursday, Sept. 25: Small Stadium, Big Time Football; RI Independents of the NFL, 6:30 pm, Rock Island Main Library, 401 19th Street. A look at the Rock Island Independents, their place in national football history, and a little about how football has changed, with retired Rock Island High School coach Vic Boblett. Rock Island Main Library, 401 19th Street

    Saturday, Sept. 27: Places Where We Play Stadium Bus Tour, 9:30 am to noon.  Guided bus tour embarks and returns to Rock Island Main Library, 401 19th Street, with visits to Rock Island High School's Almquist Field, Moline High School's Wharton Field House and Browning Field, and Augustana College's Ericson Field. Reservations are required for bus arrangements. Call the Rock Island Library at 309-732-7345 or sign up online via calendar, www.rockislandlibrary.org

    Saturday, Oct. 4 -The Inspirational Life of Duke Slater,11:00 am, Rock Island Main Library, 401 19th Street, Rock Island. Visiting author and University of Iowa graduate Neal Rozendaal reveals the life story of fellow Hawkeye Frederick "Duke" Slater, a former resident of Clinton, Iowa. Slater was a true game changer of the NFL, becoming the league's first black lineman of when he joined the Rock Island Independents in 1922.

    Batter Up! Three-I League and Professional Baseball in the Quad Cities, Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014, 6:00 pm, Rock Island Main Library, Historian Bill Kemp speaks on the area baseball teams that played in the professional Illinois-Indiana-Iowa League, also known as the Three-I League.

    Tuesday, Oct. 14:Classic Arena, Big Time Basketball: Tri-City Blackhawks of the NBA. 6:30 pm, Rock Island Main Library. Prof. Curtis C. Roseman presents on the history of the Tri-Cities Blackhawks team of Moline, a charter member of the National Basketball Association.

    Thursday, Oct. 16: Rock Island: Center of the Softball Sixties, 6:00 pm, Rock Island Main Library. Historian and lifelong softball fan Tom McKay presents on the teams, players, and organizational efforts that made Rock Island a center of fast-pitch softball for nearly a decade.

    Monday, Oct. 21: Girls Got Game: Title IX & New Opportunities for Women, 6:00 pm, Rock Island Main Library. Dr. Jane Simonsen of Augustana College leads a panel discussion on the historic act that changed America forever, with remarks by Quad Citians who benefited from it first-hand.

    Rock Island Library and the surrounding community were expressly chosen by the Illinois Humanities Council to host Hometown Teams as part of the Museum on Main Street program—a national/state/local partnership to bring exhibitions and programs around the country. As the central host of Hometown Teams, Rock Island Library has also partnered with the Moline Public Library, the Rock Island County Historical Society, and the Karpeles Manuscript Museum to extend historical exhibits and programs around the Quad Cities. The Moline Library will display memorabilia from the Quad Cities Open and John Deere Classic, and offera free program, "From the Quad Cities Open to the John Deere Classic: Big Time Professional Golf in the Quad Cities." Long-time tournament volunteer John Wetzel presents the program at 6:30 pm on Sept. 30 at the Moline Public Library, 3210 41st Street.

    Karpeles Manuscript Museum in Rock Island will showcase relics from professional baseball's past, including contracts from Babe Ruth, an 1839 baseball book, and examples of early equipment, including a padded glove, catcher's mask and ball. The Rock Island County Historical Society will host a display on a local baseball player, William "Baby Doll" Jacobsen. After starting with the Rock Island Islanders in 1909, Jacobson went on to set 13 American League records as a St. Louis Browns center fielder.

    The Butterworth Center, Moline, IL, has also dedicated its Evenings at Butterworth fall series to Hometown Teams, offering programs on women in boxing, the physical training goals of the Turners Society, and a look at sports in art. (www.butterworthcenter.com.) Outside the Quad Cities, the Andover Historical Museum, Andover, IL, has developed an exhibit on the "Terrible Swedes" baseball team. For information, call 309-476-8228 or 309-845-0168.

    “Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America” is part of Museum on Main Street, a unique collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES), state humanities councils, and local host institutions. Support for Museum on Main Street has been provided by the United States Congress. Support for the Illinois Humanities Council provided by National Endowment for the Humanities and the Illinois General Assembly.

    Local sponsors include the Illinois Humanities Council, Rock Island Community Foundation, Modern Woodmen of America, Rock Island Public Library Foundation, and Sedona Staffing, along with media sponsorships from WHBF TV/CBS 4, Townsquare Media  (ESPN Quad Cities 93.5, The HAWK 104.9, 97X WXLP, and B100 ), Mickle Communications, The Dispatch/Rock Island Argus and the River Cities Reader. In kind support has been received from Bill's Moving and Storage, Victory Enterprises, and Midwest Graphics Management.

    The exhibit's final Illinois stop after Rock Island is with the Friends of Hancock County, Carthage, IL, from Nov. 1 to Dec. 14. A short video about the exhibition can be viewed at http://s.si.edu/1bSRDZd.

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    Behind the Scenes Collections Storage Tour PDF Print E-mail
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    Written by Lynn Bartenhagen   
    Thursday, 11 September 2014 09:54

    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, September 11, 2013, the Muscatine Art Center will offer behind-the-scenes collection storage tours for those interested in seeing the storage area and learning how the staff documents, cares for and manages the collection. The tour is from 5:30 to 6:45 P.M.  Space is limited to 12 people  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 15 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-Scenes experience!


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

    Who: Hosted by MAC staff

    When: Thursday, May 9, 2013

    Times: 5:30-6:45 PM

    Where: The Muscatine Art Center

    Admission to this tour is FREE.

    Please contact Melanie Alexander, Director, 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 www.muscatineartcenter.org for more information about programs and events and to download a class brochure.

    Featured Artworks by John Weyl PDF Print E-mail
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    Written by Lynn Bartenhagen   
    Thursday, 11 September 2014 09:10

    The Muscatine Art Center is pleased to announce the opening “Featured Artworks by John Weyl.” Weyl’s work will be on display in the Musser Museum Gallery, 1314 Mulberry Ave., Muscatine, from Thursday, Sept. 4 through Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. A reception and artist’s talk will be held Sunday, Oct. 5 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the Musser Mansion. Admission is free.

    Burlington, Iowa artist John Weyl’s work includes prints, painting,  and  jewelry, however he is particularly known for his “Mono-Prints”.  While technically a print, each mono-print is an individual, no two are alike. His abstract work is expressed with freeform shapes and rendered with an energetic color palette.  His geometric work interlaces strong forms with quiet color.

    Born and raised in Burlington, Iowa, Weyl attended Burlington Schools through junior college. He continued his education at the University of Northern Iowa, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in art education.  After one year of teaching art and meeting his future wife in Estherville, IA, Weyl served two years in the U.S. Army.  In 1962 he began teaching junior high school art in Burlington for the next four years.

    In 1966 Weyl began his 31-year career, teaching art at Southeastern Community College in West Burlington, Iowa.  During these years he continued to produce his own art, as well as returning to the University of Northern Iowa to earn a Master’s degree in Art.  Since his retirement from teaching in 1997 Weyl has continued to be active with his own work.

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