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

For 2023, we've decided on three new categories for your submissions: “Prairie,” “Oaks,” and “Ethanol.”

Entrants are welcome to interpret the categories however they wish.  Click photo or headline for full list of rules. 

The winner of 50 awards on both national and regional levels, Midwestern artist Cathie Crawford is, though April 6, displaying her latest collection of beautiful and arresting works at Black Hawk College's ArtSpace Gallery, with her Luminous Layers, Woodcuts a showcase for the talent who has exhibited in 29 states as well as Bulgaria, France, Poland, Saudi Arabia, and the United Kingdom.

Held in conjunction with the Davenport venue's current exhibition Sporting Fashion: Outdoor Girls 1800 to 1960, the Figge Art Museum will present a special March 23 program that explores the Quad City Symphony Orchestra's March 25 concert Up Close with the Figge: Women in Music, with the QCSO's principal cellist Hannah Holman, in Women in Music, celebrating extraordinary female instrumentalists and composers throughout musical history.

The beauties of trio of artistic mediums are current being showcased by a pair of Midwestern artists exhibiting at the Quad City International Airport, with the airport gallery, through April 25, presently housing ceramics by Bo Bedilion of Columbia, Missouri, and acrylic paintings and mixed-media sculpture by Jay Reed of Ottawa, Illinois.

Following his graduation from West Point, Lieutenant Napoleon Buford surveyed the Rock Island and Des Moines rapids on the Mississippi River in the late 1820s. The rapids were a major obstacle for steamboats navigating the river above St. Louis. According to a U.S. Corps of Engineers report, “His maps, though general, were quite accurate, considering that he made his surveys in February, with a foot of ice and nine inches of snow covering the river.”

Perhaps the most fanous mural in the history of world art will be examined in a special exhibition at the University of Dubuque's Bisignano Art Gallery through March 26 when the venue hosts Anatomy of a Painting: Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper, a showcase about which gallery director Alan Garfield says, "“For those who wondered why Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper is so famous, I hope this show will begin to answer that question in a number of ways.”

In celebration of National Quilters Week, the Figge Art Museum will showcase a number of colorful and hand-crafted functional artworks in the March 14 through 19 Mississippi Valley Quilter's Guild Exhibition, with a special Appreciation Night for the exhibit's gifted artisans scheduled for March 16.

Held in conjunction with the haunting, deeply personal works on display at the Figge Art Museum from February 25 through May 21, the Iowa City talent behind Veiled: The Art of Heidi Draley McFall will take part in a March 2 artist talk at the Davenport venue, her latest exhibit a showcase in which, according to New American Paintings, McFall lends "an openness and volatility to her subjects that instills a closeness and sense of shared humanness between the artist, her viewers, and her subjects."

A series of haunting, deeply personal works by an Iowa City native will be on display at the Figge Art Museum through May 21 with the Davenport venue's housing of Veiled: The Art of Heidi Draley McFall, a showcase in which, according to New American Paintings, the artist lends "an openness and volatility to her subjects that instills a closeness and sense of shared humanness between the artist, her viewers, and her subjects."

A lauded painter, a noted art therapist, and an award-winning photojournalist will share their histories and thoughts at the Figge Art Museum on February 23 when the Davenport venue hosts In Conversation: Zaiga Minka Thorson, Dana Keeton, & Ryan Vizzions, an informal and enriching conversation about how artists address personal trauma through their artistic practices.

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