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Figge to host talk on Sculpted Fiber exhibition PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Susan Horan   
Wednesday, 23 May 2012 10:29

On Thursday, May 24, the Figge will host an Art Talk that explores the topic of sculpted fiber.  Figge Associate Curator Rima Girnius will introduce the artists represented in the exhibition, Sculpting with Fiber, and Rowen Schussheim- Anderson, fiber artist and Professor of Art at Augustana College, will explain the materials and techniques used to create the works on display. The Art Talk begins at 7pm and is offered in conjunction with Thursdays at the Figge.

Sculpting with Fiber showcases fiber works created during the 1960s and 1970s. Prompted by the feminist inquiry into the social constraints imposed on women, fiber artists challenged the distinctions made between craft and fine art. They appropriated the very techniques and materials that had been associated with domestic labor and transformed them into abstract, non-representational compositions that implied rather than described narratives. Using coarse and raw natural fiber like hand-spun wool, sisal and jute ropes over the fine silk and linen threads of conventional tapestries, artists built out from the two-dimensional plane and into the three-dimensional space of sculpture.

The works included in Sculpting with Fiber are on loan to the Figge Art Museum from the Deere & Company corporate art collection.  This is the third exhibition from the John Deere Collection at Figge since 2010. The corporate collection, acquired during the mid to late 20th century, contains artworks from countries where Deere & Company conducts business. The collection features art from East Asia, northern Africa, Eastern Europe and the Americas. In addition to textiles, the collection includes oil paintings, works on paper, photography, and sculpture. By exhibiting their collection at the Figge, Deere & Company gives the community unique access to rarely viewed works of art.

Sculpting with Fiber is one of two exhibitions on view at the Figge featuring Fiber.  Interplay: Material, Method and Motif in West African Art, an exhibition included in the Legacies for Iowa: A University of Iowa Museum of Art Collections Sharing Project will be on view at the Figge through October 21, 2012.  Interplay explores the dynamic intersections of materials, methods and motifs in four West African contexts.  Pieces included in this exhibition are from the University of Iowa Museum of Art's permanent collection.

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,

Family Museum Receives Grant for Upcoming Gallery Renovation PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Elly Gerdts   
Wednesday, 23 May 2012 08:30

Bettendorf, IA – On May 16, 2012 in Des Moines, Iowa, the Community Attraction and Tourism Board and the Vision Iowa Board voted in favor of a $195,000 grant to help support the Family Museum’s upcoming gallery renovation project Rethink, Reshape, Reinvent. The entire project cost is estimated at $1.3 million.

Rethink, Reshape, Reinvent is a project more than two years in the making with the purpose to renovate and reuse the Family Museum’s existing 7,100 square feet of exhibit gallery space in order to provide a new set of learning experiences and environments specifically designed to meet the needs of young learners age 8 and younger and their adult caregivers. After renovation, The Museum’s new learning environments will encompass approximately 7,690 square feet, with an additional 2,000 square feet devoted to the traveling exhibit gallery.

Support from the community, both public and private, has been committed by the City of Bettendorf, the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust, the Alcoa Foundation, the Family Museum of Arts and Science Foundation, the Dorothea LeClair Bequest, Modern Woodmen of America, the Scott County Board of Supervisors, the Riverboat Development Authority, the 3M Foundation, Miriam Kelm, the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend, the Scott County Regional Authority, and Friends of the Family Museum.


Braley to Recognize Congressional Art Competition Winner PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Giertz   
Wednesday, 23 May 2012 07:49

Washington, DC – Tomorrow, Tuesday May 22nd, 2012, Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01) will visit North Fayette High School to recognize the 2012 winner of the Iowa First District Congressional Art Competition, Kelsey Feldman.

The Congressional Art Competition, first held in 1982, is a nationwide high school arts competition sponsored by the US House of Representatives.  One winning piece of artwork from each House district is selected to be displayed in the Cannon Tunnel of the US Capitol Building in Washington for the following year.  In addition to having her artwork displayed in the Capitol, Feldman will receive two round-trip airline tickets to Washington, DC.

Kelsey’s painting, Streetlight, was selected from 64 entries as the best eastern Iowa has to offer.  Kelsey is a junior at North Fayette High School.  The winning artwork, a list of winners, and a gallery of all the submissions can be viewed here:

TOMORROW, Tuesday May 22nd, 2012


3:00pm Recognize Kelsey Feldman, 2012 Congressional Art Competition Winner

North Fayette High School

600 N. Pine St.

West Union, Iowa


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Iowa museums celebrate Governor’s Proclamation with Iowa Museum Week! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tara Richards   
Wednesday, 23 May 2012 07:42

On Thursday, June 7th Governor Terry Branstad will proclaim June 11-17, 2012 as Iowa Museum Week.  During this week, Iowa’s museums will raise awareness of their programs and celebrate what makes them unique community assets.  Iowa’s ninety-nine counties are home to hundreds of historical societies and specialized museums as well as to major regional collections in art, history, agricultural, botanical and living collections.  Iowa’s museums are important community assets, attracting  visitors to area hotels, restaurants, and recreational areas;  providing education and outreach for all ages; driving both incoming tourism revenue and job creation; and contributing to the overall quality of life that makes Iowa’s communities great places to live, work, and raise a family.

Governor Branstad has recognized the importance of Iowa’s museums in his proclamation, stating that Iowa Museum Week will celebrate the crucial role of Iowa’s museums in preserving the historical fabric and memory of our state through preservation of artifacts and archives; in providing educational resources and programs which expand learning opportunities for all ages; in contributing to a vibrant community and state economy through job creation, purchase of goods and services, and by attracting tourism revenue to the community and state; and in their significant role in enhancing community quality of life.

A 2011 survey of 174 Iowa museums (about half of all Iowa museums) found that they maintain 5.4 million artifacts of all types.  They employ 1,464 individuals and depend upon 28,416 volunteers.  Surveyed Iowa museums served 4.2 million visitors in 2010 and provided 11,105 public programs.  Those museums participating in the survey had a total operating budget of $57 million in 2010, portions of which derived from individuals, community, county, state and federal sources.

Brucemore, Iowa’s only National Trust Historic Site, will offer buy one get one free mansion tours in honor of Iowa Museum Week June 12 through 17. Mansion tours are offered March through December, Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 3:00 p.m. Tours begin on the hour and last approximately 50 minutes. Admission is $7.00 for adults, $3.00 for children between the ages of 6 and 18, and free to Brucemore members. Purchase tickets in the Brucemore Store and Visitor Center. Please contact Brucemore at (319) 362-7375 or visit for more information.

Iowa’s museums are supported in their missions by the Iowa Museum Association, a statewide association of museums including art centers and art museums, botanical gardens, children's museums, historic sites, historical societies, living history sites, nature centers, natural history museums, planetariums, science and technology centers, and zoos.

The mission of the Iowa Museum Association is to provide quality training and development to Iowa museum professionals and volunteers, advocate for support of Iowa’s museums, and build a strong community of museums and museum supporters in Iowa.

For more information on Iowa museums or the Iowa Museum Association, please visit or contact Cynthia Sweet at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Architecture and Autos PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kelly Lao   
Friday, 18 May 2012 15:00
Davenport, IA- The German American Heritage Center will host Matt Gaul as he presents “Autos meet Architecture” on Sunday May 20th at 2pm. His talk will take us through the green architecture of German auto firms and how they incorporate iconic symbols off the road and into the landscape! Matt Gaul is a recent graduate in Architecture at Iowa State University and alum of Bettendorf High School. Admission is $5 adults, $4 seniors, $3 children 5-17, and free for members and will be held on the 4th floor of GAHC at 712 W 2nd St Davenport, IA. This event is sponsored in part by Brake, Hayes, Miller, Mahon Architects. Please call 563-322-8844 or visit for more information.

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