Each spring, Quad City Arts shows works from top Quad City high school visual artists and their art teachers. The exhibit fills the walls of the venue's downtown Rock Island gallery, with the opening ceremony attended by hundreds of Quad Citians supporting young artistic talent, and students receive thousands of dollars in awards from exhibition sponsors. This year, due to Illinois' stay-at-home order, the 43rd Annual High School Art Invitational is getting an unexpected update to the traditional gallery exhibit, with works viewable to the public through Quad City Arts' Web site through Thursday, April 30.

We may presently be spending most of our time indoors, but Bettendorf's Beréskin Gallery & Art Academy is giving everyone a chance to revel in the great beauty of the venue's home state with the online pastel exhibition Tom Christopher: Reflections of the Iowa Landscape, a collection of richly colored works viewable from April 3 through 30 and boasting an online video reception and artist demonstrations on Friday, April 3.

Dawn Wohlford-Metallo, Visual Arts Director for Quad City Arts, discusses the organization's operations at the Quad City Arts Center in Rock Island and the Quad City International Airport in Moline during this period of social distancing. We spoke on Monday, March 30.

Michelle Hargrave, CEO and Executive Director of the Figge Art Museum in Davenport, discusses the venue's operations during this period of social distancing. We spoke on Friday, March 27.

Pat Beréskin – local artist, educator, and owner of the Beréskin Gallery & Art Academy in Bettendorf – discusses her venue's operations during this time of social distancing. We spoke on Monday, March 23.

Works by a trio of Midwestern artists will bid adieu to the winter and welcome the spring at the Quad City Arts International Airport Gallery, with Moline's airport, from March 4 through April 28, housing encaustic paintings by McHenry, Illinois' Cindy Lesperance, color-reduction woodcuts by Peoria's Cathie Crawford, and mixed-media sculptural work by Bettendorf's Dawn Wohlford.

Admirers of the Beréskin Gallery & Art Academy can soon enjoy vacation stops the world over without ever leaving the comforts of their homes, with the Bettendorf venue, through April 30, showcasing works in the online exhibit The Art of Travel that celebrate their artists' travel experiences through a variety of chosen mediums.

Boasting sketches, proposals, and objects on loan from John Deere Archives, the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, the Albany Institute of History & Art, and the AT&T Archives and History Center, the Figge Art Museum's new exhibition Henry Dreyfuss: Designs for the Modern Age will, from April 13 through May 24, celebrate the legendary industrial designer whose firm styled the John Deere tractor, the Western Electric Model 500 telephone, and numerous other iconic products.

With its showcased talent acclaimed for his mixed-media paintings and prints that utilize a variety of techniques including woodcarving and collage, the new exhibition Didier William: Lakou graces Davenport's Figge Art Museum from April 13 through May 31, its artist drawing on Haitian history, mythology, and personal experience to explore significant themes of cultural identity.

Always an eagerly awaited series at the Figge Art Museum, the continuing Young Artists at the Figge exhibition, running through May 3, finds the Davenport venue again celebrating the accomplishments of budding creative talents of local elementary art students, their works on display in eight individual exhibits accompanying Recognition Days.

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