The multi-faceted experiences of individuals from America and abroad are being reflected in a pair of new exhibitions at the Quad City Arts Center, with the Rock Island venue, through June 18, presenting art on the walls, on the floor, and hanging from the ceiling courtesy of the Peter Xiao paintings in iNundATIONs and Ioan Marcu's mixed-media sculptures in Immigrants.

Many thanks to all who entered the River Cities' Reader’s Spring 2021 Photo Contest for which we received entries in the categories of "Life," "Liberty," and "The Pursuit of Happiness." Here are our winners and favorites. Thanks to all who submitted!

Featuring highlights from the exhibition’s display and museum staffers and community members sharing their favorite program memories, the Figge Art Museum's For America: 200 Years of Painting from the National Academy of Design – which opened on February 20 – will be celebrated in a virtual May 13 event paying tribute to the traveling exhibit's hugely popular, three-month area engagement.

On May 20, Figge Art Museum members are invited to hop on a computer and travel south in the virtual tour Across America: Crystal Bridges an online visit to Bentonville, Arkansas' Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art where participants will learn about their art, sculptures, architecture, and Frank Lloyd Wright House that was moved to this location all the way from New Jersey.

Beautiful works by gifted local artists who also happen to be Quad Cities art professors who also happen to be related will be on display at the Quad City Arts International Airport Gallery through June 30, with the Moline gallery housing a pair of exhibitions by a pair of sisters: paintings by Kristin Quinn of Davenport, and ceramic creations by Megan Quinn of Rock Island.

On May 7, Figge Art Museum members are invited to hop on a computer and travel to the Big Apple in the virtual tour Across America: The Guggenheim an online visit to New York City in which guests can learn about the architecture of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and designer Frank Lloyd Wright’s vision for this iconic building and his last major project.

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.