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“art & ideas” Series offered at figge PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 11 April 2011 12:57

Lecture highlights nineteenth-century artists including Edgar Degas, Mary Cassatt and James McNeill Whistler

The Figge Art Museum presents the first lecture in a four-part series entitled “Celebrating Ideas” at 7 pm Thursday, April 7. Dr. Catherine Carter Goebel, Paul A. Anderson Chair in the Arts and Professor of Art History at Augustana College will present the lecture “Framing Art in the Liberal Arts: Bridging Communities with Augustana’s Liberal Arts through the AGES.” The two-part lecture will begin with an introduction to the Augustana General Education Studies (AGES) program by Dr. Goebel and Dr. Ellen Hay, Interim Dean, Augustana College. The AGES program encourages Augustana faculty to use original works of art to teach a variety of disciplines.  Dr. Goebel will then lead a gallery talk on nineteenth-century works of art in the exhibition, highlighting works by Edgar Degas, Mary Cassatt, and James McNeill Whistler.

The lecture series is offered in conjunction with the special exhibition Celebrating Ideas, Bridging Communities with Augustana’s: Liberal Arts through the AGES, on view at the Figge through May 29. The exhibition of 100 works is in celebration of Augustana’s 150th anniversary, and presents a rich and diverse art historical overview of pieces from the Augustana College Art Collection that are used in the AGES program. The exhibition was co-curated by Dr. Goebel and Dr. Mary Em Kirn, Professor Emerita of Art History, Augustana College. Upcoming lectures by Augustana College faculty and staff include: “What are the Ideas and Where are the Bridges?,” Sherry C. Maurer, Director of the Augustana College Art Museum, 7 pm Thursday, April 14; “Egypt, Athens, Rome—and Us: Five Millennia of Connections through Art, Dr. Emil Kramer, Associate Professor and Chair of Classics, 7pm Thursday, April 21; and “Linking the Verbal and the Visual Text,” Dr. Taddy Kalas, Professor and Chair of French, 7 pm Thursday, April 28

The “Celebrating Ideas” series is part of the Figge’s weekly Thursdays at the Figge programming. Admission to the museum and lecture is $7. Admission is free to Figge members and Figge institutional members. The Figge Arts Café and Bar will be open before and after the lecture.

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Summer Drawing Program for high school students PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 11 April 2011 12:56

Students Can Experience a College-level Drawing Program

The Figge Art Museum and Western Illinois University have partnered to offer the “Summer Drawing Program at the Figge” for high school students from 9:30 am-12:30 pm July 18-22 and July 25-29.  This two-week program gives talented high school art students a college-level experience while helping them prepare their portfolios for college admission and scholarships. The “Summer Drawing Program at the Figge” is open to any high school student in Iowa or Illinois who has completed 9th, 10th or 11th grade. To be considered for this program, students must complete the application and submit a portfolio of four drawings and a letter of support from an art teacher. Applications are due by April 16 and the drop-off period for portfolios is 10 am – 1 pm Saturday, April 16.

The program was developed in 2007 with Western Illinois University, and is the only program of its kind in the Quad Cities for aspiring young artists who plan to major in Art or Design.  The course is taught by Western Illinois University Department of Art professors Bruce Walters and Brett Eberhardt. This program is funded in part by the Brand Boeshaar Foundation, Butler Insurance Service, Inc., and Western Illinois University’s College of Fine Arts and Communication.

The “Summer Drawing Program at the Figge” program introduces high school students to a college-level drawing curriculum, helps them improve their skills in drawing from observation, which is a required component for most college admission portfolios, and helps them to be competitive for the annual Brand Boeshaar Scholarship. This local art scholarship is funded by the Brand Boeshaar Foundation, managed by the Figge Art Museum, and administered by the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend. In addition to daily drawing assignments, students will participate in individual and group critiques, which will help teach them learn how to talk about their work with others when they apply for college admission.

Students selected to participate in this program will be notified by May 1. If accepted into the program, students must pay the program fee of $175 and provide some of their own art supplies. For more information about the program, or to complete the application online, please visit www.figgeartmuseum.org. For more information, call Ann Marie Hayes-Hawkinson, Curator of Education, at 563-326-7804 x7887.

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Free family event at the Figge PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 29 March 2011 12:48

Event Explores 2,500 Years of Art in Augustana College’s Collection

The Figge Art Museum presents “Building Bridges to the Past,” a free family event from 1-3 pm on Saturday, April 2. The event is offered in conjunction with the museum’s special exhibition Celebrating Ideas: Bridging Communities with Augustana’s Liberal Arts through the AGES. Participants may enjoy Creative Activities in the studios from 1-3 pm, Story Time at 1:15 pm, 1:45 pm, and 2:15 pm in the Reading Room, and a film on American Impressionist Mary Cassatt at 2:30 pm in the auditorium. The Figge Café will offer several lunch options from 11:30-2:30 pm. Free admission to this event is generously sponsored by John Deere.

 
Beauty of Life Lecture Offered PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 29 March 2011 12:47

Artists & Writers series offered at Figge

The Figge Art Museum presents the final talk in the series Artists and Writers at 7 pm Thursday, March 31. Dr. Owen Rogal, who teaches nineteenth-century British literature, will present the lecture “The Beauty of Life: Ruskin, Morris, and Wright.” Dr. Rogal will explain how John Ruskin, William Morris, and Frank Lloyd Wright made connections between the natural world and the things men and women make, between those things and the health of society, and between the things and the nature of the work that produces them. The talk explores what the three writers learned from each other, how Morris developed and spun Ruskin’s ideas in new directions, and how both Ruskin and Morris’s radical ideas about the role of art in society—what a building means, for example, to the lives of the people who live in it— shape in part Wright’s own thinking and practices.

The Artists and Writers series is part of the Figge’s weekly Thursdays at the Figge programming. Admission to the museum and lecture is $7. Admission is free to Figge members and Figge institutional members. The Figge Arts Café and Bar will be open before and after the lecture.

 
ANDY WARHOL’S LIZ TAYLOR ON VIEW AT THE FIGGE PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 28 March 2011 12:47

Davenport, Iowa – March, 2011 – In remembrance of actress Elizabeth Taylor, the Figge will have on view their serigraph Liz Taylor by Andy Warhol.  This recognizable work will be on display in the museum lobby from Tuesday, March 29 through Sunday, April 10, 2011.

Andy Warhol, one of the leading Pop artists of the 1960s, produced numerous prints illustrating celebrities. This image of Elizabeth Taylor came from a movie studio publicity still. The serigraph created from the image is very similar to the popular series of prints of Marilyn Monroe. In both, he "paints" on their eye shadow and lipstick, emphasizing their beauty and memorable smiles. The Pop movement was a reaction against the huge scale and gestural, painterly qualities of Abstract Expressionism. Pop artists depended upon figural imagery and an impersonal approach to their subject matter. Artists such as Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg, and Jasper Johns began using recognizable images from consumer culture and images that would carry a strong emotional content.

This work is on view for free in the Figge lobby.  For museum hours or questions, contact the Figge at 563.326.7804 or visit www.figgeart.org.

 
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