Artworks by a pair of Iowans will soon be on display in Illinois, as Rock Island's Quad City Arts Center hosts exhibitions of photography by Bettendorf native Mike Leinhauser and mixed-media collages by Kathy Svec of Ames.

Numerous works by Augustana College professor Xiao, many never before shown to the public, will be on display in a new exhibition partly inspired by an 18th Century Samuel Johnson quote: “Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor widsom, in the grave, wither thou goest.”

Drawn from the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros and co-organized by New York's Museum of Biblical Art and Virginia's Art Services International, the Figge's latest exhibition boasts 56 objects ranging from paintings to silver candlesticks to bishop’s chairs, made in the Spanish and Portuguese colonies of the Americas from the late-17th to the early-19th Centuries.

Images by Sara Slee Brown that take viewers one step out of reality will be displayed from October 13 through November 25, allowing MidCoast Gallery at Bucktown visitors a wholly original perspective on diners, phone booths, and other seemingly blasé elements of daily life.

Boasting more than 40 paintings produced over the course of 70 years, the Figge's latest exhibition will showcase the artistic journey of Rock Island native Koen – one of the most distinguished artists of the 20th Century.

Twenty-four unique, artistically enhanced bodices are currently being showcased in Quad Cities galleries, venues, and businesses, and on September 23, these hand-crafted works will be auctioned off in a special event designed to raise funds for the NormaLeah Ovarian Cancer Initiative.

Quality artworks by dozens of regional and national artists, children's art activities, a wine tasting, gourmet food, live music with the Barley House Band, and more will be on tap for the 30th-annual art festival hosted by MidCoast Fine Arts, with local artist Jeanne O'Melia this year's recipient of the Harley Award recognizing special contributions made to the area's visual-art landscape.

Created at the time of increased migration of Haitians to the United States, Duval-Carrié's multi-part alter-piece Endless Flight is accompanied by seven freestanding or floating assemblages referring both to the migration of colonists and slaves to Haiti, and to the migration of Haitians to the United States and other countries. The work will be showcased alongside a selection of recent paintings by Duval-Carrié that continue his dialogue on the history of colonialism in the Americas.

Swiss artist Loher, whose video installations combine performance art, music, and dance, returns to the Figge to discuss her latest work and its relation to current environmental issues, including a decline in pollinators.

Scotchy Rock 2017 oil on canvas by David Balluff

September 'Sideshow' New Works by David Balluff at Rozz-Tox Local artist David Balluff will be exhibiting paintings and silkscreen prints at Rozz Tox in September, with an opening on September 8th, from 5-7pm.

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