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Young Artist Exhibit At the Figge PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Stephen Mohr   
Thursday, 13 January 2011 14:38

Opening this Saturday, January 15th, at the Figge Art Museum is the Young Artists at the Figge exhibition. Each year, the museum presents six exhibitions of elementary schoolchildren’s artwork in its Mary Waterman Gildehaus Community Gallery. Through this museum-school partnership, more than 500 area students, from six different school districts, have the opportunity to display their artwork at the Figge and share the walls with Pablo Picasso, Grant Wood and Jackson Pollock. These annual exhibits encourage the creative activities of the children and the museum is able to recognize and promote quality visual arts programs in the schools and the importance of its role in intellectual development. This past year, nearly 2,000 people attended these events; many were first time museum visitors. The recognition ceremonies introduce young artists and their families to the Figge exhibitions and collections, providing further inspiration for their artistic endeavors.

The exhibition schedule, beginning this Saturday:

Geneseo Community Schools
January 15-30, 2011
Recognition Ceremony:
1 pm Sunday, January 16

Moline Community Schools
February 5-20, 2011
Recognition Ceremonies:
6 pm and 6:30 pm Thursday, February 10

Davenport Community Schools

February 26-March 13, 2011
Recognition Ceremonies:
12:30 pm and 1:30 pm Sunday, March 6

North Scott Community Schools
March 19-April 3, 2011
Recognition Ceremonies:
12:30 pm and 1 pm Sunday, March 27

Bettendorf Community Schools
April 9-24, 2011
Recognition Ceremony:
1 pm Sunday, April 17

Pleasant Valley Community Schools
April 30-May 15, 2011
Recognition Ceremonies:
12:30 pm and 1 pm Sunday, May 1


For more information and museum hours, contact the Figge Art Museum at 563.326.7804 or visit

White Peg Trash Art Opening PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Regan Hatfield   
Tuesday, 11 January 2011 14:41

Friday January 28th

6pm to 9pm is the Opening reception for White Trash Peg

The show runs from Jan 28th to Feb 18th

At: Star Dog Gallery and Studio for Regan at

Bucktown Center for the Arts, 225 East 2nd st Davenport, Iowa 52801. 563 514 - 5886

Rock Island Fine Arts Exhibition Call for Entries PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Gary Burlingame   
Tuesday, 11 January 2011 08:28
The "Call for Entries" is out for the Thirty-fifth Annual Rock Island Fine Arts Exhibition, with a discount for entries received by January 14, 2011 ($20 for two entries). Final entry deadline is January 20, 2011 ($30 for two entries). The annual juried competition, co-sponsored by the Rock Island Art Guild and Augustana College, is open to visual artists working in any media except video, and residing within a 150-mile radius of the Quad Cities. Entry forms, specifications and size limits are on the Call for Entries prospectus. The entry form can be found and downloaded on the Augustana College in Rock Island web page by clicking on: Arts, then Art Museum, then the exhibit. For phone assistance, call 309-794-7231. We hope that you will enter; we count on the participation of area artists to continue the program.

The Death of an Exhibition PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Stephen Mohr   
Thursday, 06 January 2011 08:59

The Figge Art Museum is saving the last dance for you; come see the Figge Art Museum’s exhibition, Dancing Towards Death: The Richard Harris Collection, before it closes this Sunday, January 9th. Although the show is about to meet its end, the opportunity still remains to experience a fabulously Figge-curated exhibit that centers on the inevitable and futile struggle with mortality.  With themes played out in print, oil, and sculpture, Dancing Towards Death addresses the certain fate bestowed upon all people; death is inexorable and spares none, regardless of status and wealth. The exhibition highlights a popular theme addressed throughout the art of Western Europe for the past six centuries, most often as a decaying corpse or skeleton embracing a victim in a dance foretelling his or her demise. Works from Albrecht Dürer, Rembrandt, Georg Grosz, and Sue Coe are featured.

For more information, contact the Figge Art Museum at 563.326.7804 or visit online at



Railroad photography rolls into the Figge PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Stephen Mohr   
Monday, 03 January 2011 08:35

Tracks: The Railroad in Photographs from the George Eastman House Collection makes its way to the Figge Art Museum, Davenport, on January 15th, 2011. Organized by the George Eastman House, Tracks covers 160 years of railroad history in photography. Both the railway and photography developed concurrently at the beginning of the 19th century and shared similar impressions on people’s view of previously unseen landscapes. These inventions permitted, for the first time, a person’s ability to be transported, both visually and physically, to worlds they had only previously imagined. Both forever changed the way the world was perceived.

Tracks offers the opportunity to learn about the history of the railroad and to visualize its impact on our country’s development. The exhibition contains some of the earliest photographs of trains and railway scenes up through the end of the 20th century. In this survey of railroad images from around the world, trains appear as potent emblems of the modern industrial age and as crucial role players in transformation of the social and physical landscape. Included is the work of legendary photographers: Bisson Frères, Aaron Siskind, Henri Cartier-Bresson, and William Henry Jackson.

Tracks will be accompanied by a companion exhibition of photographic prints in a separate gallery that will explore the history and significance of the railway in the Quad Cities area. Crossing the Mississippi: The Quad Cities, the Railroad and Art includes works on loan from the Rock Island Arsenal Museum, the Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center of the Davenport Public Library and the Putnam Museum.

Both exhibitions are sure to please a variety of audiences; including history buffs, lovers of the American West, but especially photography and rail enthusiasts.

Guided group tours are available for the exhibition as well as full museum tours to enhance your visit. Contact the Figge Art Museum at 563.326.7804 or visit online at for more information.

Tracks is funded, in part, by the Riverboat Development Authority and the Iowa Arts Council.


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