Examine Women's Clothing and Jewelry through Art

The Figge Art Museum presents "Fashionable Women in Art Tour" every Sunday during the month of June at 1:30 pm. Museum tour guides, referred to as docents, will discuss several works in the permanent collection, including two portraits from the seventeenth century as well as paintings from the nineteenth century and early twentieth century. The tour will highlight both clothing and jewelry. The tour lasts approximately one hour.

Admission to the museum and tour is $7. Admission is free to Figge members and institutional members.


Figge Tour Highlights Davenport History and Architecture

The Figge Art Museum is offering a tour of historic buildings in downtown Davenport this summer.  The tour begins at the Figge Art Museum and features several buildings, including  J.H.C. Petersen's Sons Store (1892), Putnam Building (1910), M.L. Parker Bulding (1922), Mississippi Hotel (1931), Kahl Building and Capitol Theatre (1920), First National Bank Building (1923), and Davenport Bank and Trust (1927). The tour will explore the style and meaning of these buildings in context with Davenport's historic period of development. The tour will conclude at the Figge Art Museum with a discussion of the meaning of David Chipperfield's design for the Quad Cities Community. Tours are led by Figge docents.

Tours begin at 10:30 am and last approximately 90 minutes. Wednesday tour dates include June 15, July 6, August 3, and September 7. Saturday tour dates include June 18, July 2, July 16, August 6, August 20, and September 3. Participants are encouraged to dress appropriately for warm weather and wear comfortable shoes. The museum will provide bottled water.

Admission to the museum and tour is $7. Admission is free to Figge members and institutional members.


Tour the Mississippi River area Art Galleries and Artists' Studios July 30 and 31st and meet the artists!  The Go Loopy Art tour include Art and Artists in cities and towns along the river where the river flows west in our area.

A yellow school bus, called "Go Loopy" will be painted by area River City Artists.  The bus is provided by Johannes Bus Service, Inc. and will remain part of their permanent collection with future Art Gallery trips when determined.

The bus will be very visable in our area, thereby highlighting the artists and their art work. 

The public is invited to come and watch the artists and their progress. Face painting for children will be available during the Go Loopy bus painting.

Reservations for the Go Loopy Tours for Saturday or Sunday, choose your morning or evening tour.

Email: qcinstitute@sbcglobal.net or stephaniet@johannesbus.com OR by phone at The Institute 309.762.9202

Price for the tour is: $25.00 per person.

Dining is extra, restaurants will be chosen or a box lunch will be available for purchase.  Box Lunches will be prepared by Chef LindaRangel of The Moline Club.

Tour times are:

Saturday July 30   9am to 3pm  OR 3:30pm to 8:30pm

Sunday July 31    9am to 3pm OR 3:30pm to 8:30pm

the exact stops will be released when they are finalized.

Volunteer Opportunities
Information June 15 and 29, 2011

Davenport, Iowa - June, 2011  - The Figge Art Museum currently has volunteer opportunities available in the areas of education programs, visitor services, community outreach and studio classes. Individuals who have an interest in community volunteerism or art and related programming may register for the June volunteer information sessions.

The information sessions for prospective volunteers will be held Wednesday June 15, 2011 from 10am-11:30am OR Wednesday June 29, 2011 from 2pm-330pm at the Figge Art Museum.  These sessions will be geared specifically to adults and students, who are interested in volunteering and community support opportunities in art education, public relations, administrative support, community outreach and visitor services.  The session will include an introduction of volunteer opportunities, a museum orientation and application procedures.  To register for this session, please call Museum Services Director Jennifer Brooke, 563-326-7804, ext. 2048.

Volunteering at the Figge is a great way to support your community by sharing your personal and professional experience with a non profit organization.  For more information, please visit the Figge Art Museum Web site, www.figgeartmuseum.org, or email j.brooke@figgeartmuseum.org.  

About the Figge Art Museum

The Figge Art Museum, formerly the Davenport Museum of Art, opened August 6, 2005. The award-winning building designed by architect David Chipperfield holds a collection of approximately 3,500 works that reflect artistic styles and developments from the Renaissance to contemporary art, with particular strengths in American Regionalist, Mexican Colonial, and Haitian art.  The Figge Art Museum is located on the riverfront in downtown Davenport at 225 West Second Street. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday throughSaturday, Sundays 12-5 p.m.and Thursdays 10 a.m.- 9p.m. To contact the museum, please call 563.326.7804, or visit our website, www.figgeartmuseum.org.

Susan Horan| Director of Marketing and Membership
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225 W. 2nd Street|Davenport, Iowa|52801

Waterviews from the Figge Collection | May 7 through Aug 21, 2011
The John Deere Collection | Through Summer 2011
Legacy for Iowa: Pollock's Mural and Modern Masterworks from the University of Iowa Museum of Art | Ongoing
Portraits: Photography from the Brent Sikkema Collection | Ongoing
Frank Lloyd Wright: The Art Living | Ongoing

The media is invited a very special preview of Science Bulletins at the Putnam Museum on Friday, June 10 at 10am. Please contact Dan McNeil if you plan to attend.

Beginning on June 11, visitors to the Putnam Museum will be able to enjoy award-winning Science Bulletins video productions from the American Museum of Natural History. The visually stunning updates include the latest in astrophysics, Earth sciences, biodiversity, and human biology?displayed on high-definition plasma screens in four locations through out the Museum. The Bulletins (Astro, Earth, Bio, and Human) use a blend of documentary videos, three-dimensional animation, and data visualization to bring scientific research to life for adults and children alike. 

Many of these features are six- to eight-minute documentaries that follow scientists to field sites and laboratories around the world to explore topics ranging from the search for ultra-high energy cosmic rays to the rapid evolution of fish species along the Lower Congo River, to the latest research on human papillomaviruses (HPV) and the various cancers they can trigger in humans.

Science Bulletins is a production of the National Center for Science Literacy, Education, and Technology (NCSLET), part of the Department of Education at the AMNH.  Each Bulletin is produced by AMNH's curatorial and scientific staff and a team of video producers, designers, writers, and educators using state-of-the-art technologies such as high-definition video and 3-D computer graphics to present cutting-edge research.

Science Bulletins is brought to the Putnam Museum thanks to a grant from the Alcoa Foundation.


WHAT: View the first works of art from the "The Art of Seating: 200 Years of American Chair Design" to be installed at the Figge Art Museum.

WHEN: 1p.m. Thursday, June 9, 2011 at the Figge Art Museum, 225 West Second St., Davenport, IA, 52801

WHO: Dr. Rima Girnius, Figge Art Museum Associate Curator, will be available to answer questions about the exhibition.


Media will enter the Figge through the loading dock entrance just east of the main entrance, where they will be met by staff who will guide them to the exhibition. Dr. Girnius will be available to provide information on the works of art on display.

The exhibition presents the history, innovation and construction of American chair design.  Curated from a private collection, this exhibit showcases important selections from the 1800s to the present by designers and manufacturers including John Henry Belter; George Hunzinger; the Herter Brothers; the Stickley Brothers; Frank Lloyd Wright; Charles and Ray Eames; Isamu Noguchi; Frank Gehry; Knoll; Herman Miller; Steelcase and others.

DubuqueFest Fine Arts Festival awarded $1000 in cash prizes to three exhibiting artists as part of the 2011 art fair held May 21 and 22 in downtown Dubuque. At a reception held at the Dubuque Museum of Art on Saturday, May 21, Artist Awards were granted in three categories; Third Place, Second Place, and Best in Show. The Third Place prize of $200 was awarded to Val Neumann, a potter from Williamsburg, Iowa. Neumann creates functional stoneware pieces in rich glazed colors. Second Place prize of $300 was awarded to long-time art fair veteran Fred Frommelt of Janesville, Wisconsin. Frommelt's wood-turned bowls and hand-turned pepper mills are fine craft at it's very best. Best in Show and a cash award of $500 was awarded to Alice McMahon White for her ink and charcoal drawings. McMahon White is a Chicago artist who has recently relocated to Galena, Illinois to pursue studio art.

The Dubuque County Fine Arts Society awards cash prizes to artists to reward the work of art fair vendors and provide economic reward to cultural workers across the region. To view the winning artist's work visit www.dubuquefest.org

DubuqueFest Fine Arts Festival is an affiliate of Dubuque County Fine Arts Society, a non-profit arts organization whose mission is to offer free arts programming to the masses, founded 1976.

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Art Gumbo Announces New Guidelines for Quarterly Submissions

[DUBUQUE, IA.] Art Gumbo, a quarterly soup dinner that supports local art projects with community-supported micro-funding, is now accepting applications from individual artists for the summer funding cycle. Applications for Art Gumbo mini grants for the summer funding cycle are available now through Tuesday, June 23. Application questions are available at artgumbodubuque.blogspot.com

New submission guidelines include the separation of individual artists and organizations or groups during funding cycles. Arts organizations and groups are not eligible to apply during the summer funding cycle. The first eight eligible applications received by 11:59 p.m. on June 23 will qualify for funding.

According to the new guidelines individual artists will be eligible to apply during summer and winter cycles, and arts organizations or groups will be eligible during fall and spring cycles. Applications and current guidelines are available artgumbodubuque.blogspot.com.

Art Gumbo is an independent community-based initiative that funds local arts projects using money collected at quarterly soup dinners. During each Art Gumbo funding cycle, artists or arts organizations are invited to submit a brief project proposal that demonstrates an impact on the Dubuque community. The public is invited to attend and vote for their favorite proposal. A $10 donation at the door entitles the attendee to a locally prepared soup dinner and the opportunity to review all submitted proposals and to vote for their favorite. The Art Gumbo fund's nightly proceeds will be awarded to the proposal that gets the most votes. Art Gumbo sessions will be hosted at new locations each quarter featuring soup by a regional food source. The next Art Gumbo Soup Dinner is scheduled for Thursday, June 30, 6-8 p.m. Location to be announced.

For more information visit artgumbodubuque.blogspot.com or contact Paula Neuhaus or Megan Starr at art.gumbo.dbq@gmail.com.


[MAQUOKETA, IA] Maquoketa Art Experience has created a Study in Portraits month scheduled for June 6-19 that offers something for everyone. June programming includes a mezzo-relief sculpture workshop with renowned wood sculptor Fred Cogelow, a public painting demonstration by internationally acclaimed painter Rose Frantzen, and a portrait writing workshop by Free River Press Executive Director, Robert Wolf.

Fred Cogelow: Mezzo Relief Sculpture Workshop

In conjunction with the International Woodcarvers Congress in Maquoketa, Iowa, award-winning wood sculptor Fred Cogelow will teach a five-day workshop at Maquoketa Art Experience, June 6-10, exploring the creation of ¾ Profile Portraiture in Mezzo-Relief. Fred Cogelow is considered by many to be the greatest wood sculptor working in the United States. A self-taught reductive carver, Cogelow has been winning awards and honors throughout the Midwest and across the country since 1983. His work is included in private collections in Norway, Sweden, South Africa, and across the United States. This workshop is designed for an advanced carver/sculptor. Students interested in this workshop should possess a skill level of moderate to advanced, or at least an appreciation of anatomy, detail, and engineering. As a part of Cogelow's visit to Iowa, a 6-foot sculpture of Zona, a life-sized woman sculpture piece will be on display at the Dubuque Museum of Art, June 6-11. Cogelow will enter Zona into the sculpture competition at 2011 International Woodcarvers Congress June 13-19 in Maquoketa. The June workshop is the last one that Fred Cogleow will be teaching until 2014. Registration information is available at www.maquoketa-art.org or call 563.652.9925.

Rose Frantzen: Portrait Painting Demonstration

Internationally acclaimed Iowa artist Rose Frantzen will offer a portrait painting demonstration on Saturday, June 11 at Maquoketa Art Experience. All ticket holders will enter into a drawing to serve as the model for the portrait and will take the finished portrait home with them at the end of the day. Doors will open at 10 a.m. with the drawing for the model at 11 a.m. You must be present to win. No one under 16 years old is eligible to participate in the drawing, but those under 16 are invited to purchase a ticket to observe the demonstration at a separate ticket price.

Frantzen is the creator of the Portrait of Maquoketa collection, a 180 piece community portrait series painted using volunteer models from her home town. Portrait of Maquoketa was on exhibit at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in 2009-2010.

The painting demonstration will consist of painting a live model while Frantzen discusses her painting process, and her experience judging demonstrations at national events. The proceeds from this event serve as a fundraiser for Maquoketa Art Experience, a non profit arts organization whose mission is to build community through arts outreach. For ticket information visit www.maquoketa-art.org or call 563.652.9925.

Robert Wolf: Portrait Writing Workshop

Free River Press executive director Robert Wolf has designed a three-day portrait writing workshop, scheduled for June 17-19 at Maquoketa Art Experience. This workshop is created for people of all ages, and while the practiced writer will find it useful, the workshop was designed with the amateur in mind.

Wolf is the author of Heartland Portrait, a collection of stories created from portrait writing that explores sense of place and captures the voice of America's heartland through storytelling.
The aim of this portrait writing workshop is for each participant to complete at least one portrait of a person or place at the end of three days. The basis for the work is in storytelling, with the storyteller's emphasis on imagery (visualization) and dialogue. For those participants who want to expand beyond their comfort zone, Wolf encourages experimentation. This may include the use of fragments or employing techniques used by contemporary poets. Registration information is available at www.maquoketa-art.org or call 563.652.9925.

For further information about Maquoketa Art Experience's Study in Portraits month or to participate in the workshops or purchase tickets for the portrait demonstration, contact Paula Neuhaus at maquoketaartexperience@hotmail.com or call 563.652.9925.

Maquoketa Art Experience programming is made possible in part by a grant from the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs.

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Art Event

Star Dog Gallery and Studio for Regan Hatfield will be having its one year anniversary on Friday, May 27th from 6pm to 9pm at the Bucktown Center for the Arts.

The evening will featuring cake and treats from the Quad City Cake Lady.  We are also adding two new artists to our group, Erin Arch & Ann Meehan.

See you at 225 East 2nd St in downtown Davenport.