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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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Children’s Art Camp at Maquoketa Art Experience in July! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Maquoketa Arts   
Tuesday, 05 July 2011 14:38

[MAQUOKETA, IA] Maquoketa Art Experience welcomes Iowa artist Elizabeth Roberts to Maquoketa July 25-29. Roberts will host a week-long Children’s Art Camp designed for 10-13 year olds at the Maquoketa Art Experience Studio, 124 S. Main Street, July 25-29 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. daily. Roberts has designed a week long art camp for young artists who want to explore a variety of mediums, creating several finished pieces. In five, three-hour sessions, students will have the opportunity to learn the Japanese art of Shibori (dyeing cloth), Printmaking, and Weaving, and other 2-Dimensional art projects. The students will also engage in a collaborative painting in which the students will learn about the work of an established artist and create and finish a painting in the style of the featured artist. This collaborative painting will be displayed throughout the day (week) and students will be invited to collaborate to finish the piece however they’d like. Students will work with paints, oil pastels, markers, paper, and modge podge. Skill level is for beginners, but enthusiasm is a must.

Elizabeth Roberts received her BFA in Painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore (2006), and recently earned her K-12 Art Teaching Licensure at Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa (2010). Elizabeth’s paintings explore an abstract narrative while composition and emphasis of color play an important role in her aesthetic and sensibility as an artist. Using ideas of myth and lore, the artist is currently creating a series of abstract works depicting tales from The Brothers Grimm. Elizabeth’s artwork is represented by Outside the Lines Art Gallery, Dubuque, Iowa, and has participated in several exhibitions including, Metamorphosis @ the Voices Warehouse Gallery (2008) and the Dubuque Museum of Art’s Biennial Juried Exhibition (2007), a joint showing at Outside the Lines Art Gallery (2009), and a solo show, “The Nature in Existence” at the Nash Gallery (2008). In September of 2009,

Registration materials are available at www.maquoketa-art.org. For more information contact Paula Neuhaus at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 563.652.9925.

Maquoketa Art Experience programming is made possible in part by a grant from the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs.

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“PLEASE BE SEATED” TOUR OFFERED AT FIGGE PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Susan Horan   
Thursday, 30 June 2011 12:37

Explore 200 Years of American Chair Design on Sundays in July

The Figge Art Museum presents a docent-guided tour “Please be Seated” every Sunday at 1:30 pm during the month of July. The tour is in conjunction with the special exhibition The Art of Seating: 200 Years of American Chair Design. Figge tour guides, referred to as docents, will discuss several chairs in the exhibition, including a Shaker rocking chair (c.1840), an office chair designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for his Johnson Wax Company building in Racine, Wisconsin; an Egyptian Revival Side Chair (ca.1875), and a “Texas Longhorn Chair” (ca. 1890) made with actual horns, among others. The tour lasts approximately one hour. 

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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Pontiac Oakland Auto Museum Grand Opening – Summer Bash Events Announced PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 30 June 2011 12:11

Pontiac Tourism and Pontiac P.R.O.U.D recently announced the events which will take place in the downtown area during the 2011 Summer Bash and Pontiac-Oakland Automobile Museum and Resource Center Grand Opening, both of which are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, July 23 & 24, 2011.   

Festivities will begin early on Saturday morning with the PROUD 5k Run and 2 mile walk which will begin at 7:30 at the Yost House.  The Farmer’s Market will open at 8:00 AM at the Yost House, followed by the Heritage Days celebration which this year will include craft demonstrators, a pie baking contest, and a special presentation by several Civil War – Living History groups.  Also at the Yost House will be special attractions for kids, including a selection of old-fashioned kids’ games.   

The opening ceremony for the Pontiac-Oakland Auto Museum will start at 11:00 AM and the museum will open its doors to the public at Noon.  A number of VIP guests will be speaking and a Native American song will be provided by Chief Pontiac descendent, Dee White Eye, AKA Singing Bird.   

Continuing through the day, seminars on the history of Pontiac and Oakland cars will be presented free of charge at the Methodist Church.  Situated around the courthouse square will be a group of exhibits including the Brushmasters, a pin striping group from the Chicago area, a live auction of Pontiac car art, and cultural presentations by Singing Bird.  Live music will be provided by Captain Rat and the Blind Rivets from 7 until 9 and by ARRA starting a 10 PM.  The new museum will be open extended hours and will close at Midnight.   

Sunday’s schedule will include the continuing displays at Heritage Days located near the Yost House, additional presentations by Singing Bird, and the annual Boys and Girls Club Duck Race.  Live music in the afternoon will feature Chasen, a Christian Rock Band, who will perform on the stage near the courthouse square.

Complete schedules with locations can be viewed at www.visitpontiac.org or picked up at the Visitor’s Center, City Hall, or at selected downtown merchants.

 
1500 Ton Building Largest Museum Move in U.S. History PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Shelby Kraus   
Monday, 20 June 2011 12:34
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (June 17, 2011) –  The historic move of the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library (NCSML) in Cedar Rapids, Iowa begin its journey on June 18. Patterson Structural Moving plans to start the pivot of the building in the morning and expects it to get to the staging area by the end of the day

“Lightening or severe weather are the only things that will stop our 1500 building from moving,”  said CEO/President Gail Naughton.

The moving company has placed heavy metal plates over the road and will proceed with the pivot. The river side will then become the front side of the relocated and elevated museum. Plans call for moving the building just parallel with the new foundation/parking garage.

Plans have been finalized for the historic relocation of the flood damaged building currently located at 30 Sixteenth Ave. SW. Once the structure is secured and relocated, it will
be elevated to its final height 11ft. above where it sits today and 3 ft. above the level of the 2008 flood. It will then be rolled on to the new foundation and finally set down and secured in place.

“Live webcams on www.NCSML.org will allow viewing around the clock for the many people around the world interested in viewing all the activity. We are excited that this exceptional moment in the museum’s history is finally coming to fruition. The expansion and renovation of this museum and library is a major milestone in flood recovery and an historic event for the city and the state of Iowa,” said Naughton.

To see an animation on how the building will be moved, visit http://www.ncsml.org/Content/A-Monumental-Move/Newsroom.aspx.

The National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is the leading United States institution preserving and interpreting Czech and Slovak history and culture. It inspires people from every background to connect with Czech and Slovak history and culture.

 
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