One of the largest and most moving exhibitions yet to be housed in Bettendorf's Beréskin Gallery & Art Academy, the exhibit Wells of Inspiration (on display through May 27) will boast photographs by Willie Herath and portraits by students connected by the water crisis in Africa and the humanitarian efforts of Moline nonprofit Wells 4 Wellness.

Returning for the first time since 2019 and taking place in Davenport's spacious Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds, the 2021 Beaux Arts Spring Fair will treat visitors to an outdoor celebration of visual arts and fine crafts on May 8 and 9, with the annual event featuring food, live music, children's activities, and works for sale by nearly 100 artists and Midwestern vendors.

A special event highlighting important works in the Figge Art Museum's popular exhibition For America: 200 Years of Painting from the National Academy of Design, the venue's virtual Trio Talk on April 28 will offer unique perspectives by three knowledgeable Figge docents: Cathy Weideman presenting “A Taste of Fauvism: Early 20th Century American Art,” Mary Lou Kotecki with “Taking a Unique Look at Post-War Realism,” and Carol Ehlers' exploration “Modern Art: About Friendship, Diversity of Style, & Commitment to a Cause.”

The celebration of a talent known for combining real and imagined elements inspired by nature in his captivating works, the Figge Art Museum's new exhibition Tom Uttech: Origin, on display through August 15, will feature Kisibakwad, the beloved painting from the Figge collection, alongside a selection of the artist's large-scale photographs from the collection of the Museum of Wisconsin Art.

Offered in conjunction with the Figge Art Museum's current exhibition For America: 200 Years of Paintings from the National Academy of Design, the Muscatine Art Center, on April 29, presents a virtual, behind-the-scenes exploration of artworks in the venue's permanent collection, with each featured artwork created by an important American artist, many of whom were associated with the gallery of the exhibit's title.

A special in-person event held in conjunction with the current exhibition For America: 200 Years of Painting from the National Academy of Design, the Figge Art Museum's April 23 “After Hours” celebration will treat guests to a socially distanced and semi-private evening at the museum to view the exhibit, wine and individual charcuterie plates from the Figge Cafe, and guides available in the exhibition space to answer questions.

An award-winning talent praised by art critic DeWitt Cheng for her “densely worked, emotionally charged paintings” that “manifestly rebut any resistance to painterly realism,” Washington-based painter Ann Gale will be featured in the Figge Art Museum's latest Virtual Artist Talk, her April 22 appearance highlighting her works, her creative process, and figurative painting in the present day.

With spring (almost) in the air, it's time again for the River Cities’ Reader’s annual Spring Photo Contest!

For 2021, we've decided on three new categories for your submissions: “Life,” “Liberty,” and “The Pursuit of Happiness.”

Entrants are welcome to interpret the categories however they wish.

On April 15, the Putnam Museum & Science Center’s Curator of History and Anthropology Christina Kastell presents a Virtual Curator Talk for Davenport's Figge Art Museum, introducing the Putnam's current Faces of the Past, an original Putnam exhibit that explores portraiture around the world and across time as a reflection of self-identity, popular culture, mythology, and ritual.

An eagerly anticipated annual exhibition returns to the Quad City Arts Center after last year's online-only experience, with dozens upon dozens of phenomenal student artworks on view in the 44th Annual High School Art Invitational, a showcase of burgeoning talents working in all mediums and the incredible creativity of our area's gifted youths.