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Figge announces Haitian art exhibition PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Susan Horan   
Monday, 19 September 2011 09:03

(Davenport, Iowa – September, 2011) The Figge Art Museum will open the exhibition Restoring the Spirit: Celebrating Haitian Art on Saturday, September 17, 2011. Organized by the Figge Art Museum, the exhibition features works from the museums extensive Haitian Collection and will run through January 15, 2012.

Located in the Caribbean on the western third of the island of Hispaniola, Haiti has endured a turbulent and often bloody political history that has left the republic destitute and vulnerable to environmental disasters. Colonial rule and a series of corrupt and exploitative governments squandered the natural riches of the land and depleted its financial resources. Despite such hardships Haiti has developed a flourishing artistic tradition that speaks to the vitality of Haitian culture. Ranging from vibrant paintings to sculpture created from reused oil drums, the exhibition Restoring the Spirit- Celebrating Haitian Art pays homage to Haiti’s rich visual traditions and the indomitable spirit of the Haitian people in the face of adversity.

Restoring the Spirit: Celebrating Haitian Art is the Figge’s second exhibition of Haitian art; the 2006 exhibition, Edouard Duval-Carrié: Migration of the Spirit, featured works by Miami based Haitian artist Edouard Duval-Carrié.  Works by Duval-Carrié will be featured in the current exhibition and the artist will host an Art Talk at the Figge on Thursday, October 13.  For further information on the exhibition and related programming, visit

The Figge’s Haitian Collection is one of the first and most comprehensive collections of Haitian art in the United States.  The collection was established through a gift from Davenport native Dr. Walter E. Neiswanger and charts the growth and development of the country’s rich artistic tradition from its origins in the 1940s through today.

Support for Restoring the Spirit has been provided by the Iowa Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, and Ralph and Jennifer Saintfort.

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,


Figge Art Museum Offers Free Admission on Smithsonian Magazine's Seventh Annual Museum Day PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Susan Horan   
Monday, 19 September 2011 09:00

Davenport, IA — On Saturday, September 24, 2011, the Figge Art Museum will participate in the seventh annual Museum Day. The Museum will join other participating museums and cultural institutions nationwide to open their doors free of charge to all visitors who download the Museum Day Ticket from Museum Day is a celebration of the dissemination of knowledge to anyone and everyone interested, without a price tag, emulating the free admission policy of the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington, DC-based facilities.

With support from CITGO, Museum Day 2011 is poised to be the largest to date, outdoing last year’s record-breaking event. In 2010, museum goers downloaded 227,747 tickets resulting in more than 500,000 museum-goers visiting over 1,300 venues in all 50 states, Washington, DC and Puerto Rico.

Museum Day will give visitors the opportunity to see the Figge’s new “Restoring the Spirit: Celebrating Haitian Art” exhibition. Also on view will be “Turn of the Century Posters from the Krannert Art Museum Collection” and “Everything, All at One, Forever,” as well as the Museum’s permanent collection and the ongoing exhibition “ A Legacy for Iowa: Pollock's Mural and Modern Masterworks from the University of Iowa Museum of Art”.  For more information about Figge exhibitions, please visit


The Museum Day Ticket is available to download at

A list of participating museums is available at Visitors who present the official pass will gain free admission for two people to participating museums and cultural venues. One ticket is permitted per household, per email address. For more information about Smithsonian magazine Museum Day 2011 and links to participating museums’ and supporters’ sites, please visit


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 throughSaturday, 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,

About Smithsonian Media
Smithsonian Media comprises Smithsonian magazine, Air & Space, goSmithsonian, Smithsonian Media Digital Network and the Smithsonian Channel. Smithsonian Media’s flagship publication, Smithsonian magazine, is one of the nation’s largest magazines with a circulation of more than 2 million and nearly 7 million readers. Smithsonian Media is a division of Smithsonian Enterprises, the revenue-generating business unit of the Smithsonian Institution. The Smithsonian Institution is the world’s largest museum and research complex consisting of 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park and nine research facilities. Approximately 30 million people from around the world visited the Smithsonian in 2010.


Handmade City Holiday Show 2011 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Handmade City   
Friday, 16 September 2011 13:44
Hello Fellow Artists & Art Lovers!

We are happy to announce our next event will be December 3rd, 2011 at Rozz-Toxx in Rock Island, Illinois.

Applications for event have opened on our website. Space is limited so if you, or someone you know, would like to apply please do so ASAP!

More details to follow very soon!

Help spread the word, we are looking forward to another great event.

Handmade City

All-Access Mansion Pass: The Nooks and Crannies Tour of Brucemore PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tara Richards   
Tuesday, 13 September 2011 12:41

Learn the history of Cedar Rapids’ most well-known, evocative, and imagination-capturing residence, as if the walls themselves can tell their story. Explore every room in the mansion during the Nooks and Crannies Tour, Brucemore’s most popular specialty tour, Saturdays, October 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29 at 9:30 a.m.

This 90-minute tour is guided by Brucemore staff who open the doors to the Skinner pipe organ room, point out architectural marvels and oddities in the attic, and bring the Tahitian Room to life with rain dripping off the tin ceiling. Visitors have the opportunity to roam each floor, peek behind all doors, and satisfy their curiosity through the expanded access to the mansion and the extremely knowledgeable Brucemore staff. Not only will the quirky and curious aspects of the mansion be revealed, but also the superior craftsmanship and ongoing preservation projects of this historic structure.

Reservations for Nooks and Crannies Tours are required. Space is limited. Call (319) 362-7375 or visit the Brucemore Store. Admission is $15 per person and $12 for Brucemore members.  The tour is not recommended for children under 10 or individuals who have difficulty walking or climbing stairs.

Brucemore, Iowa’s only National Trust Historic Site, is located at 2160 Linden Drive SE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52403.



Iowa Battle Flag Conservation Project talk by Sheila Hanke PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lynn Bartenhagen   
Tuesday, 13 September 2011 12:24

In 1892, the 24th General Assembly of Iowa passed an act requiring that the “adjunct-general and the curator of the historical collections......shall cause the colors, standards and battle flags borne by Iowa regiments and batteries during the war of the rebellion to
be placed in hermetically sealed glass cases, in such a manner as to display them to the best advantage, and to preserve them as far as possible from all injury thereto." This action was completed on August 10, 1894, the thirty-third anniversary of the Battle of Wilson's Creek.

For over a hundred years these flags along with flags from Iowa units who served in the Spanish American War and World War I have been honorably displayed in the rotunda of the capitol building in Des Moines, Iowa. These rare artifacts represent the service and sacrifice of thousands of Iowans and are seriously endangered from years of improper display, and a lack of attention and clear  assignment of responsibility for their care.

In January 2000, the battle flag collection was studied by a professional flag conservator with funds appropriated from the capitol restoration funds by the 78th General Assembly. The conservator recommended a strategy to study and stabilize the flags, retrofit exhibit cases in the capitol for rotational display, and to provide for on-going care. Later that year, $150,000 was appropriated to begin work. Actual work on the flag collection began in January 2001, with the stabilization treatment and physical documentation being completed on-site by the Collections Manager/Flag Conservator.

The State Historical Society of Iowa’s current Collections Manager/Flag Conservator and Historian, Sheila Hanke, will be presenting a talk about the Iowa Battle Flag project at the Muscatine Art Center on Sunday, October 9 at 2:00PM in the Music Room. Sheila is responsible for overseeing the stabilization and documentation of individual flags. She oversees policies, procedures and registration relating to the flag collection. Sheila also manages the conservation laboratory and supervises technical staff. She oversees the development of interpretive exhibitions and related publications.

Those in attendance of the talk will be able to view the progress of the historic conservation of Iowa’s military and territorial flags and will learn more about Iowa in the Civil War. For much of the 9 year preservation project, the public has been able to see the conservator at work in the laboratory through tours and video conferencing. The customized laboratory has provided a secure location for these national treasures to be documented, preserved and interpreted. These flags represent not only Iowa’s history but Iowa’s role in a pivotal event in our nation’s history. The preservation effort ensures that future generations will know the stories of the men and women who served this nation. By building a secure conservation laboratory, the State Historical Society of Iowa has provided the public with a unique look into the preservation process while protecting the flag collection.

The talk will be a 45 minute presentation on the history of the grassroots effort to launch the project, the flag collection and the conservation process.

What: Iowa Battle Flag Conservation Project talk by Sheila Hanke
When: Sunday, October 9, 2011
Time: 2:00PM
Where: The Muscatine Art Center’s Music Room

Admission to this program 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 open to the public Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 10AM to 5PM, Thursday from 10AM to 7PM and Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 5PM.  Admission is FREE.

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