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Local student artwork displayed in Senior Art Show PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sam Schlouch   
Thursday, 10 April 2014 15:17

ROCK ISLAND, IL (04/09/2014)(readMedia)-- Twelve Augustana seniors majoring in art will display their work at the Augustana Teaching Museum of Art (3703 7th Ave., Rock Island, Ill.), as part of New Departures: Senior Art Show. The exhibition opens Tuesday, April 29, and runs through Sunday, May 25. The museum is open from noon to 4 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays, and closed for final exams May 19-22.

The show exhibits work by studio art and graphic design majors who graduate this year. Displaying artwork in a variety of media, from painting and photography to quilting and video, the exhibition is the culmination of the students' Senior Inquiry process and overall academic experience. As the capstone project for every graduating Augustana student, Senior Inquiry encourages seniors to demonstrate the critical thinking and communication skills they've developed in their major and throughout their liberal arts education, and to reflect on the value of their work for their future profession and for the common good.

Each student has been guided by a faculty mentor and has worked countless hours to create and professionally display his or her original, completed work and progress during the past four years. The exhibiting artists will discuss their work in the Augustana Teaching Museum of Art's Centennial Hall gallery during a gallery talk at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 7. The public also is invited to the graduation day reception for the exhibition from 12:45-2 p.m. on Sunday, May 25.

Projects by students from our area featured in the exhibition include:

Monica Hill of Carbon Cliff and Rajinder Kaur of Silvis

Founded in 1860, Augustana College is a selective four-year residential college of the liberal arts and sciences. The college is recognized for the innovative program Augie Choice, which provides each student up to $2,000 to pursue a high-impact learning experience such as study abroad, an internship or research with a professor. Current students and alumni include 149 Academic All-Americans, a Nobel laureate, 13 college presidents and other distinguished leaders. The college enrolls 2,500 students and is located along one of the world's most important waterways, the Mississippi River, in a community that reflects the diversity of the United States.

Lecture Series on Geology of the National Parks Continues at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Adam Prato   
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 08:07

WEST BRANCH, IOWA— Dr. Richard Baker continues his series of lectures about geology in our national parks with a presentation on Yellowstone. Dr. Baker is a professor emeritus in the Geoscience Department at University of Iowa. He completed his doctorate research at Yellowstone National Park. He has traveled to many of our national parks and has taught a course on them at the University of Iowa. The lecture is free and last about one hour. It begins at the visitor center of Herbert Hoover National Historic Site at 2:00 p.m. on April 19.

The lecture series is offered in recognition of President Herbert Hoover’s interests in geology and conservation.

Herbert Hoover National Historic Site and the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum are in West Branch, Iowa at exit 254 off I-80. Both are open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Time. For more information go online at or call (319) 643-2541.

Herbert Hoover National Historic Site

110 Parkside Drive

PO Box 607

West Branch, Iowa 52358

319 643-2541 phone

319 643-7864 fax

Twitter: @HooverNPS

Facebook: HerbertHooverNHS

Niabi Zoo Opens This Monday PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Niabi Zoo   
Friday, 04 April 2014 15:44

Niabi Zoo, 13010 Niabi Zoo Road, Coal Valley, IL, is now open for the 2014 season.


Monday-Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Sunday: 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Last admission of the day is 4:00 p.m.


Adults 13+ $8.25

Seniors 62+ $7.25

Kids Ages 3-12 $6.25

Kids under 3 get in free

Call (309) 799-3482 or visit for more information.

Nash Gallery presents "Millennial Encounters" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Paula Neuhaus   
Friday, 04 April 2014 14:33

[DUBUQUE, IA] Nash Gallery, 371 Bluff Street, will host an opening reception for Millennial Encounters, an emerging artist showcase on Friday, April 11 from 7-10 p.m. This multi-genre exhibit that runs through June 15 features the work of emerging artists from the art departments of Clarke University and Loras College. The artists’ work include explorations in photography, installation, collage, mixed media/conceptual, painting, illustration, drawing, ceramics, and sculpture. Featured artists include Sara Steuer, Randi Westervelt, Abbey Tjebkes, and Mark Fuentebella from Loras College and Hannah Goldsmith, Traci Bauer, Jenna Michel, Maggie Scahill, and Kayla Carlson from Clarke University.

The exhibit and opening reception on April 11 serves as a fundraiser for DubuqueFest Fine Arts Festival 37th annual all-arts festival scheduled for May 16-18 in downtown Dubuque.  The artists will donate 30% of all sales made on opening night to the festival. The public is invited to attend. Refreshments and treats will be served. A $10 donation is suggested for adults and $5 for students who show their current college ID. All proceeds support Nash Gallery and DubuqueFest. Nash Gallery is located above Monks Kaffee Pub, 371 Bluff Street. The entrance is at the rear of building.

DubuqueFest Fine Arts Festival and Nash Gallery are affiliates of the Dubuque County Fine Arts Society. For more information visit  DubuqueFest Fine Arts Festival and Nash Gallery are affiliates of the Dubuque County Fine Arts Society.

DEADLINE APPROACHING: Loebsack Encourages Students to Submit Artwork for 2014 Congressional High School Art Competition PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joe Hand   
Tuesday, 01 April 2014 13:54

Original art pieces by local high school students due April 11th

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Dave Loebsack today reminded students and teachers in Iowa’s Second District that the deadline to submit original artwork for the 2014 Congressional Art Competition is quickly approaching. All artwork MUST be received by 11:59pm on Friday, April 11th. The annual competition is hosted by the United States House of Representatives to recognize talented young artists from across the nation. The winning student from each district is invited to Washington, D.C. to attend a reception held in their honor and will have his or her artwork displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year.

“I am looking forward to seeing all of this year’s great submissions,” said Loebsack. “With the deadline quickly approaching, I encourage all students to start finalizing their art pieces. If any art teachers or parents in the Second District have questions, please call my Iowa City office for additional information.”  

This year, to make submission of art work easier and to open the contest to as many students as possible, the winner of the contest will be chosen by the public through online voting. The submission process has also been streamlined. Details on how to submit art work are available by clicking here to visit Loebsack’s website. All entries must be submitted no later than Friday, April, 11th at 11:59pm. For additional details about the competition, students should contact Dave Leshtz at 319-351-0789 or by email at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


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