Appearing locally in conjunction with her installation Breakfast on Pluto, and noted for her extensive body of work that engages with social and cultural issues, Cedar Rapids' Jane Gilmor hosts an October 14 artist talk at Davenport's Figge Art Museum, in which Gilmore will discuss her varied body of work and her position as a foundational figure in the women's art movement since the 1970s.

The celebration of a key artist in the development of printmaking in the 20th century, as well as the artistic community that he created, Robert Blackburn & Modern American Printmaking will be on display at Davenport's Figge Art Museum through January 9, the exhibit a fascinating showcase of a talent who challenged the idea of lithography as a high-craft process.

Outdoor views of the Quad Cities will be admired and enjoyed in a Bettendorf venue when the Beréskin Gallery & Art Academy, through October 30, houses its exhibition Paint the River: Fifth-Annual Plein Air Paint Outa collection of works by local artists all created outside, and all executed on subject matter along the Mississippi from the I-80 Bridge to the Centennial Bridge on both sides of the river.

A yearly outdoor tradition for artists of all skill levels returns on September 25 with the fifth-annual Plein Air Paint Out, an event sponsored by the Beréskin Gallery & Art Academy, and one that can lead to artists not only selling their creations, but exhibiting them both in the Bettendorf venue and on the walls of Davenport's Adler Theatre.

Returning this fall to the Figge Art Museum's first-floor Gildehaus Gallery, the latest offering in the Figgeo Video series will, through January 2, feature the work of acclaimed multidisciplinary artist Janet Biggs, whose video and performance works focus on extreme situations and experiences, drawing connections between physical and psychological terrains and tests of human limits.

A gifted painter with two masters degrees from the University of Iowa, Franklin Evans will host a special, virtual studio tour for the Figge Art Museum on September 23, the artist's current installation at the Davenport venue – franklinsfootpaths exploring elements of Evans' personal history in Iowa while also encouraging new ways of experiencing the Quad Cities museum.

A traditional Mexican holiday is being celebrated in high style at Davenport's Figge Art Museum through Day of the Dead, an installation – on display through November 7 – that explores how we celebrate and remember the lives of our lost loved ones through the collective traditions, art-making, and storytelling that are among its integral elements.

After an unanticipated year off, original works from more than 70 juried regional and national artists, children's activities, food and beverage vendors, live music, and additional treats will be on hand at the September 18 and 19 Riverssance Festival of Fine Art, with the 33rd Lindsay Park event, hosted by Quad City Arts, finding Sherry Maurer this year's recipient of the esteemed Harley Award that honors those who've positively affected the visual arts and artists in the Quad Cities during their lifetimes.

One of the Figge Art Museum's most POP-ular current exhibitions will be explored virtually on September 16 when José Carlos Diaz, Chief Curator at the Andy Warhol Museum, discusses the exciting and arresting works on display in the Davenport venue's POP Power From Warhol to Koons: Masterworks from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation.

New works by a trio of Midwestern talents employing a trio of wildly different artistic mediums are currently on display in the Quad City Arts International Airport Gallery, with the Moline airport, through November 1, showcasing eye-catching photography by Mark Dierker of Dubuque, Iowa, works on paper by Jamie Foster of Naperville, Illinois, and ceramic wildlife sculpture by Deana Bada Maloney of Downers Grove, Illinois.