Exhibition Celebration: Rock Island Art Guild at the Figge Art Museum -- March 7.

Thursday, March 7, 5 – 8 p.m.

Figge Art Museum, 225 West Second Street, Davenport IA

On March 7, area art lovers are invited to celebrate the recent opening of the 43rd Rock Island Art Guild Fine Arts Exhibition at Davenport's Figge Art Museum alongside some of the exhibition's featured regional artists, with guests able to share in the excitement as this year's prize winners are announced.

Since 1970, the Rock Island Art Guild has been the driving force behind organizing this exhibition, a tradition deeply rooted in the celebration of art and culture. Elyse Nurenberg, Assistant Registrar at the Figge, has been instrumental in coordinating this year's installation, showcasing the museum's dedication to fostering community pride, and building a sense of belonging through the arts. The partnership between the Rock Island Art Guild and the Figge Art Museum highlights a shared mission to honor and uplift artists from the Quad Cities and beyond.

Applicants for this year’s exhibition submitted more than 580 works made by over 210 individual artists, with a total of 62 works of art by 48 artists selected by this year’s juror Dr. Mia Laufer, Associate Curator at the Des Moines Art Center in Des Moines. Video, digital art, painting, sculpture, mixed media, photography, and works on paper will all be on view in the diverse and varied showcase of area talent.

"This exhibition continues to showcase the range of incredible artistic talent and creativity within our region," said Nurenberg. “The works featured in this exhibition provide the opportunity for visitors to immerse themselves in rich artistic narratives and offer unique perspectives through the recontextualization of familiar objects and scenes.”

At the Figge's March 7 exhibition celebration, awards will be given for first and second place; the Digital Art, Performance, Sound, and Video Award; the Sally MacMillPrean Watercolor Award; the Founder’s Award; the Zeivel Harris Sculpture Award; and Honorable Mention Awards. All award winners were selected by juror Dr.Mia Laufer. Figge patrons, meanwhile, help select the People’s Choice Award and Children’s Choice Award recipients. The public is invited to check out the exhibition and cast a vote for their favorite work, and winners of the People’s Choice Award and Children’s Choice Award will be announced at the end of the exhibition's run on June 2.

The Rock Island Art Guild Fine Arts Exhibition made possible through the generous sponsorship of the Rock Island Art Guild, offering local art lovers a unique celebration of creativity and talent within our community.

The exhibition celebration for the Rock Island Art Guild will take place on March 7, with refreshments and a cash bar available at 5 p.m. and the opening program beginning at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free, the 43rd Rock Island Art Guild Fine Arts Exhibition is on display through June 3, and more information is available by calling (563)326-7804 and visiting FiggeArtMuseum.org.

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