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Art @ the Airport PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Dawn Wohlford-Metallo   
Friday, 08 July 2011 12:09

WHAT:   Quad   City   Arts Art @ the Airport

WHEN:          now through August 31st  

WHERE:       Quad City International Airport Gallery,   2200 69th Ave. ,  Moline ,  IL    

WHO:             Steve Banks, painting & sculpture and Aaron Tinder, painter  

In July and August, Art @ the Airport features sculptures and paintings by

Steve Banks of   Davenport   is an artist whose work is about finding meaningful identity and individuality within popular culture. In his work, he strives to make energetic images that explore relationships and interactions through compositional juxtapositions. His image-making process is fueled by curiosity regarding the process of partial cultural assimilation. Bank’s images address how the search for individuality often leads to how we attempt to form interpersonal connections while our souls simultaneously float in an isolating sea of cultural white noise.

Aaron Tinder of   Indianola ,  Iowa  , is an artist and professor at   Grand   View   University  . His work revolves around the exploration of personal narratives as a resident of the rural  Midwest  and how they collide with political and social themes. Tinder’s work combines multiple layers of images and symbols which are forced to reconcile into compositions filled with spatial tension; encouraging a visual narrative-based conversation.

Both of these artists address the human connection to culture; popular, political and social.  Once focuses on the personal narrative as a Midwest  resident, while the other focuses on the overall complex of identity and culture for the general public.

Don’t miss this is exhibit just because you don’t have a plane to catch-the lights in the gallery are always on and the airport offers free parking for the first hour. Meet a friend for lunch and enjoy the art!   Quad   City   International airport gallery is easy to access with one hour of free parking to allow plenty of time to browse the exhibit.

  Quad   City   Arts is a nonprofit local arts agency dedicated to the growth and vitality of the   Quad City region through the presentation, development, and celebration of the arts and humanities. All Quad City Arts programs are funded in part by Festival of Trees, Quad City Arts Partners and operating grants from the Illinois Arts Council (a state agency) and the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs. This gallery and exhibit is generously sponsored by the Quad City International Airport.

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ART TALK AT FIGGE HIGHLIGHTS ICONIC AMERICAN CHAIRS PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Susan Horan   
Thursday, 07 July 2011 12:07

Tour special exhibition of American Chairs with docents

The Figge Art Museum presents the art talk “Goldilocks’ Dilemma” at 7 pm Thursday, July 7. The talk is offered in conjunction with the special exhibitionThe Art of Seating: 200 Years of American Chair Design. Sandy Fritz, Judie Lance, Lois Nichols, Stephanie Rapahel-Nakos will talk about their favorite chairs: a Shaker rocking chair (c.1840), an office chair designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for his Johnson Wax Company building in Racine, Wisconsin, and a “Texas Longhorn Chair” (ca. 1890) made with actual horns. The talk lasts 30 minutes. 

The Art of Seating will be on view at the Figge through September 4. The exhibition is developed by the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville and the Jacobsen Collection of American Art, and organized by International Art & Artists, Washington, D.C. For additional exhibition-related programs, please visit the Figge website at www.figgeart.org.

Admission to the museum and tour is $7. Admission is free to Figge members and institutional members.

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LEARN HOW YOU CAN BECOME A TOUR GUIDE AT THE FIGGE PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Susan Horan   
Thursday, 07 July 2011 12:06

Information session offered July 13

The Figge Art Museum is offering a free information session on the museum’s Candidate Docent Training Program at 10:30 am Wednesday, July 13. Docents are volunteers who lead exhibition tours for schoolchildren and adults. Museum staff will explain the program requirements and answer questions prospective docents may have about the program. The information session will last about an hour.

The Candidate Docent Training Program consists of short art history lectures, gallery talks, and group activities to learn how to talk about and interpret works of art on display in the Figge galleries. The program runs 9:00-11:30 Wednesday, September 7-December 14. The program is taught by Figge Curator of Education Ann Marie Hayes-Hawkinson, guest lecturers, and Figge docents who serve as mentors.

The information session is free, but reservations are appreciated. To make a reservation, call Ann Marie Hayes-Hawkinson at 563.326.7804 x7887.

For more information about the Figge’s Docent Program, please visit the Figge website at www.figgeart.org.

 
FIGGE BRINGS ART TO THE BALLPARK PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Susan Horan   
Wednesday, 06 July 2011 23:26

Davenport, Iowa – July, 2011– The Figge Art Museum is partnering with the Quad Cities River Bandits to host “Art in the Ballpark” on Sunday, July 10 as the River Bandits take on the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. During the game, kids can do two art activities led by the Figge Art Museum: Paint Like Pollock—where kids will paint and splatter on a giant canvas, just like the artist Jackson Pollock—and Rascal Mosaic—where kids can help color a super-sized mosaic of the River Bandits’ logo. Both activities are family-friendly and open to children of all ages. This community art project is offered in conjunction with the River Bandits’ U.S. Bank Family Sunday.

The completed wall-size Paint Like Pollock mural and the Rascal Mosaic will be on view in the Figge Studios on Saturday, July 16 during the museums’ Free Family Event. The Free Family Event runs from 1-3 pm and is sponsored by John Deere. After the event, the mural and mosaic will be returned to the Bandits for future display at the ballpark.

In addition to viewing the completed project, guests at the July 16 Free Family Event will get to take part in several family-friendly art activities, all of which connect to the Figge’s newest exhibition: The Art of Seating: 200 Years of American Chair Design. During the event, families can create their own miniature chair sculptures, become sleuths and solve “The Great Chair Repair,” help decorate numerous community chairs, get their picture taken in a super-sized art chair, enjoy studio snacks and participate in all the other fun family activities the museum offers—all for FREE!

This Family Free Event is great opportunity for those who have not yet visited the museum to explore the galleries and studios through guided activities and tours. Contact the Figge Art Museum at 563.326.7804 for more information.

 
Figge Awarded Humanities Iowa Grant PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Susan Horan   
Tuesday, 05 July 2011 15:01

The Figge Art Museum is pleased to announce that it has received a grant from Humanities Iowa. The Figge was recently awarded a $5,000 grant for its upcoming exhibition “Turn of the Century Posters from the Krannert Art Museum Collection” (Sept. 3, 2011 – Jan. 8, 2012).

“Turn of the Century Posters” documents the emergence of fine art posters and other forms of advertising art within European visual culture at the turn of the twentieth century. The exhibition highlights posters by artists including Pierre Bonnard, Alphonse Mucha, Jan Toorop and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, and illustrates how artists utilized lithography for different purposes and with varying regional stylistic characteristics.

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;http://www.uiowa.edu/~humiowa/.  The 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 www.figgeartmuseum.org

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