Davenport, Iowa - May, 2011- Life-sustaining yet also destructive, the transformative properties of water play a crucial role in shaping our physical and cultural landscape. On May 7th, the Figge will celebrate the beauty and power of water in the exhibition Water Views from the Figge Collection. Drawing upon its collection of European, American and Japanese paintings and works on paper, the exhibition offers a broad survey of water imagery and explores the cultural perceptions imbedded in them.  This exhibition will run through August 21, 2011.

Works by renowned artists like Asher Durand, James A. Whistler, Thomas Moran, Paul Signac and Utagawa Hiroshige underscores the strength of Figge's permanent collection and allows us to reflect upon the role of the Mississippi in the Quad Cities.  Works date from the mid-nineteenth to early-twentieth centuries and many were part of C. A. Ficke's original gift to the Davenport Museum of Art.

This spring, Thursdays at the Figge programs will highlight themes from the exhibition.  On May 12, Water Views curator Rima Girnius will lead a gallery talk of the exhibition. On May 26, Davenport artists Ralph Iacarino will lead a gallery talk about watercolor works in the exhibition and a live demonstration of the techniques used by watercolor artists.  Dan Malachuck and Figge Curator of Education Ann Marie Hayes-Hawkinson will lead a gallery talk on selected exhibition works and related literature on June 9

On Sundays in May at 1:30pm, public tours will focus on water-themed artwork from the Figge's American and European collection. Guided group tours are also available for the exhibition as well as full museum tours to enhance your visit. Contact the Figge Art Museum at 563.326.7804 or visit online at figgeartmuseum.org for more information.

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ROCK ISLAND, IL (04/29/2011)(readMedia)-- Eight graduating studio artists will present their artwork on Tuesday, May 10, at 10:30 a.m. in the Augustana Art Museum in the lobby of Centennial Hall (3703 7th Ave.) The free and public 50-minute program will include a "walking tour" of the exhibition, conversation with the artists and a reception.

All studio art majors complete a final senior project that is displayed in the Augustana Art Museum. This year, the students' work will be on display from May 7-16 and May 20-21. The museum is free and open to the public from noon-4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. The exhibit this year features several local students.

Audrey Waner from Davenport, Iowa, is majoring in art with minors in art history and graphic design. She will display works in 2D and 3D that explore different life stages. She has enjoyed working with a variety of mediums and has always been interested in interplay between childhood and adulthood.

"The senior studio art exhibition could not be a better culmination of my time as an artist at Augustana," Waner said. "I've learned what goes into a professional body of work and its exhibition, and I am more dedicated to my own work than ever."

In addition to studying art, she works on the SAGA Art and Literary Magazine and is involved in the Asian Student Organization and the Web Authors Guild. She intends to pursue a career in graphic design.

Gina Jarrell from Davenport, Iowa, is majoring in art with a minor in art history. Her project is called "A Visual Rondeau of the Imaginary Consciousness." She did a series of fantasy images on vellum that incorporate scenery from East Asia.

Jarrell spent ten weeks in East Asia in the fall as part of an international study program. She kept a journal of sketches as she traveled, which she used as the basis for her project. "I am excited to see people's reactions to my series," she said.

Jarrell is involved in the Asian Student Organization and the Jenny Lind vocal ensemble. Next year, she is moving to New York City to become a graphic novelist/illustrator.

Anita Cook from Davenport, Iowa, is majoring in art with an emphasis in ceramics. Her series is a collection of relief masks depicting various emotions. Her goal is to display the emotional diversity that can be observed in real life.

"My work is a reflection of my personal journey with bipolar disorder," she said. "I want my work to encourage viewers to reflect and meditate on how emotions have played a role in their lives."

Cook works as a licensed massage therapist and sings in the Augustana Choir and the Quad City Choral Arts. She and her husband Patrick will celebrate their second wedding anniversary in May.

Sherry Maurer, director of the Augustana Art Museum, says that the senior project is designed to challenge and encourage student artists. "The capstone project allows students to demonstrate the skills they've developed at Augustana, but also to reflect on the value of their work to the common good," she said. "This process also increases awareness of professional exhibition practices."

About Augustana: Founded in 1860 and situated on a 115-acre campus near the Mississippi River, Augustana College is a private, liberal arts institution affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The college enrolls 2,500 students from diverse geographic, social, ethnic and religious backgrounds and offers more than 70 majors and related areas of study. Augustana employs 287 faculty members and has a student-faculty ratio of 11:1. Augustana continues to do what it has always done: challenge and prepare students for lives of leadership and service in our complex, ever-changing world.

Handmade City will host it's second indie arts+crafts show at the new venue Rozz-Tox in Rock Island this Saturday April 30, from 11am-4pm. Free to attend with over 20 local vendors selling amazing handmade items. Free to attend after party starts at 7:30pm with free cupcakes and live music from Centaur Noir, Chad Gooch and I Eat My Friends. Rozz-Tox will be selling beer and wine. DIY unique art & crafts all day long, unlike any other show in the QC!!!

Who is Handmade City?

We are an indie arts + crafts collective that supports and promotes local handmade artisans. We pride ourselves in being different and creating unique, high quality handmade items. Living in the Midwest we are surrounded by traditional craft shows with the same art and items you can find anywhere. We decided it was time set up our own DIY collective and host our own events.

Handmade City provides an outlet for artists who don't belong in a traditional show. We host art & craft events that are free to attend, affordable to sell at and unique compared to other craft shows in the area. We appreciate handmade, high quality art with an indie twist!?

Handmade City supports this art community online as well, showcasing featured artist interviews, vendor spotlights, artist updates and links to artists' shops. We want our handmade items to be just as available to the public as traditional art & crafts. Different is good, different is art!

When is the next show?

Handmade City's Spring 2011 Craft Show will take place April 30, 2011, from 11am - 4pm at Rozz-Tox- a new venue located downtown Rock Island Illinois. (2108 3rd Avenue) This show is FREE to attend!

There will be over 20 vendors at the Spring show! Things you will find include : knits, ceramics, art prints, original artwork, photography, home decor items, jewelry, hand-spun yarn, candles, pet goods, terrariums, accessories, baby items, handmade handbags, clothing, handcrafted bicycles, self-published books & more!

There will also be a  FREE to attend Handmade City after-party featuring live music from local bands Centaur Noir, Chad Gooch and I Eat My Friends. Party starts at 7:30pm with FREE cupcakes. Rozz- Tox will be selling beer and wine... it is going to be a good time!

Visit us online at handmadecity.org


Full Vendor List:

Betty Round?: housewares, jewelry, re-purposed clothing, spring accessories, spring (lightweight) knit goods.?
Calluxcity?: Hand-spun yarn and knits?
Dark Highlands: literary and art publication?
Doug Jack & Me?: unique paper goods
Eden Accessories: fun hair accessories (baby, girls, womens)
Eric Thomas Wolever?: Handcrafted ceramics?
Fannie's Closet?: clothing and t-shirts?
Helena Sophia: girls tutus, mini-quilts, make-up bags, stuffies, and handspun yarn?
Kara's Collections: sewn accessories, bags, aprons?
Ladynoble: jewelry, original artwork, art prints, decor items
Leah Leah:  knit hats, flower pins, art prints?
Lil' Squeaks?: Pet Items & coin purses?
Luminology: handcrafted soy candles?
Photography by Tassy?: photo prints/artwork?
Plaid Peony?: toss pillows, headbands, appliqued children's clothes/onesies, burp cloths, cloth wipes, baby blankets?
Seeded Earth Growers: flowers, terrariums & bottle crafts?
Team Tall Bike?: handcrafted bikes and bike accessories
The Adventure Orange: sewn goods, decor, art and other random awesomeness?
Undone?: small soy candles, handmade boxes

"Art & Ideas" Series offered at the Figge

The Figge Art Museum presents the third lecture in a four-part series entitled "Celebrating Ideas" at 7 pm Thursday, April 21. Dr. Emil Kramer, Associate Professor and Chair of Classics at Augustana College will present the lecture "Egypt, Athens, Rome?and Us: Five Millennia of Connections through Art." The lecture series is offered in conjunction with the special exhibition Celebrating Ideas: Bridging Communities with Augustana's  Liberal Arts through the AGES, on view at the Figge through May 29. The exhibition of 100 works is in celebration of Augustana's 150th anniversary, and presents a rich and diverse art historical overview of pieces from the Augustana College Art Collection.

Professor Kramer's talk will highlight the ideas behind School of Athens, a fresco painted by the Renaissance master Raphael in 1510-11. This well known image depicts the Classical Greek Philosophers Plato and Aristotle surrounded by mathematicians, naturalists, astronomers, geographers, and other philosophers. Pope Julius II commissioned School of Athens, along with twelve other frescoes, for one room in the Vatican palace. An engraving by Joannes (Giovanni) Volpato after a drawing by Joseph (Giuseppe) Cades of Raphael's School of Athens is included in the Augustana exhibition.

The "Celebrating Ideas" series is part of the Figge's weekly Thursdays at the Figge programming. Admission to the museum and lecture is $7. Admission is free to Figge members and Figge institutional members. The Figge Arts Café and Bar will be open before and after the lecture.  

Claude Monet exhibition at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is one of the trip highlights

The Figge Art Museum is traveling to Kansas City July 8-10 to view the special exhibition Monet's Water Lilies at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. This exhibition re-unites three panels painted by French Impressionist Claude Monet between 1915 and 1926. The Figge trip also includes a tour of the Nelson-Atkins' new addition designed by architect Stephen Holl, a walking tour of the Henry Moore Sculpture Garden on the grounds of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, a tour of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, and visits to several art galleries in the Crossroads Art District. The trip is hosted by Ann Marie Hayes-Hawkinson, Figge Curator of Education, and Marika Jones, Figge Director of Development.

The trip fee is $385 per person (based on double occupancy) or $495 (based on single occupancy). The trip fee includes motor coach transportation, two nights at the Holiday Inn Country Club Plaza, which is walking distance from the Country Club Plaza; breakfast, a box lunch at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Sunday brunch at Lidia's of Kansas City, and museum admission. For more information, view the itinerary online at www.figgeartmuseum.org.  For more information, please contact Ann Marie Hayes-Hawkinson, Curator of Education, at 563.326.7804 x7887.  Reservations and payment are due by May 1, or until the trip is full. Trip participants must be Figge members; memberships start at $40. To make a reservation, contact Heather Aaronson at 563.326.7804 x2045.

A space where theater practitioners can come to organize, workshop, showcase and interact.

When:  Friday, May 27 and Saturday, May 28, 7pm until 9pm

Where:  421 Brady Street, 3rd Floor, Davenport

What:  Complimentary hors d'oeuvres, tours of the space, revolving presentations of the original performance art: "A Scenic Place," on-site art creation, displays of artwork by local artists for sale, opportunities to meet and speak with the artists involved.

Ticket price:  $5 per person.

Join the Internet Players as we unveil our new space on April 29th and 30th from 7:00 - 9:00pm!  A performance has been developed by QC native Tom Awad especially for this event, entitled "A Scenic Place" which combines live action, music and installation art.  It will be performed multiple times with the characters aging throughout the evening.  The show willmake audiences reflective of their own lives and allow them to make personal connections to the performance.

Local artists such as Tony Carter and Liz Davenport will have their artwork on display and for sale throughout multiple rooms.  Also, guided tours of the space with details on the future functions of The Internet Players' Studio will be available, as wel as information on upcoming productions, workshops and events put on by the organization.  Please stop by throughout the evening for though provoking performances, intriguing artwork and good company.

Lecture highlights nineteenth-century artists including Edgar Degas, Mary Cassatt and James McNeill Whistler

The Figge Art Museum presents the first lecture in a four-part series entitled "Celebrating Ideas" at 7 pm Thursday, April 7. Dr. Catherine Carter Goebel, Paul A. Anderson Chair in the Arts and Professor of Art History at Augustana College will present the lecture "Framing Art in the Liberal Arts: Bridging Communities with Augustana's Liberal Arts through the AGES." The two-part lecture will begin with an introduction to the Augustana General Education Studies (AGES) program by Dr. Goebel and Dr. Ellen Hay, Interim Dean, Augustana College. The AGES program encourages Augustana faculty to use original works of art to teach a variety of disciplines.  Dr. Goebel will then lead a gallery talk on nineteenth-century works of art in the exhibition, highlighting works by Edgar Degas, Mary Cassatt, and James McNeill Whistler.

The lecture series is offered in conjunction with the special exhibition Celebrating Ideas, Bridging Communities with Augustana's: Liberal Arts through the AGES, on view at the Figge through May 29. The exhibition of 100 works is in celebration of Augustana's 150th anniversary, and presents a rich and diverse art historical overview of pieces from the Augustana College Art Collection that are used in the AGES program. The exhibition was co-curated by Dr. Goebel and Dr. Mary Em Kirn, Professor Emerita of Art History, Augustana College. Upcoming lectures by Augustana College faculty and staff include : "What are the Ideas and Where are the Bridges?," Sherry C. Maurer, Director of the Augustana College Art Museum, 7 pm Thursday, April 14; "Egypt, Athens, Rome?and Us: Five Millennia of Connections through Art, Dr. Emil Kramer, Associate Professor and Chair of Classics, 7pm Thursday, April 21; and "Linking the Verbal and the Visual Text," Dr. Taddy Kalas, Professor and Chair of French, 7 pm Thursday, April 28

The "Celebrating Ideas" series is part of the Figge's weekly Thursdays at the Figge programming. Admission to the museum and lecture is $7. Admission is free to Figge members and Figge institutional members. The Figge Arts Café and Bar will be open before and after the lecture.

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Students Can Experience a College-level Drawing Program

The Figge Art Museum and Western Illinois University have partnered to offer the "Summer Drawing Program at the Figge" for high school students from 9:30 am-12:30 pm July 18-22 and July 25-29.  This two-week program gives talented high school art students a college-level experience while helping them prepare their portfolios for college admission and scholarships. The "Summer Drawing Program at the Figge" is open to any high school student in Iowa or Illinois who has completed 9th, 10th or 11th grade. To be considered for this program, students must complete the application and submit a portfolio of four drawings and a letter of support from an art teacher. Applications are due by April 16 and the drop-off period for portfolios is 10 am - 1 pm Saturday, April 16.

The program was developed in 2007 with Western Illinois University, and is the only program of its kind in the Quad Cities for aspiring young artists who plan to major in Art or Design.  The course is taught by Western Illinois University Department of Art professors Bruce Walters and Brett Eberhardt. This program is funded in part by the Brand Boeshaar Foundation, Butler Insurance Service, Inc., and Western Illinois University's College of Fine Arts and Communication.

The "Summer Drawing Program at the Figge" program introduces high school students to a college-level drawing curriculum, helps them improve their skills in drawing from observation, which is a required component for most college admission portfolios, and helps them to be competitive for the annual Brand Boeshaar Scholarship. This local art scholarship is funded by the Brand Boeshaar Foundation, managed by the Figge Art Museum, and administered by the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend. In addition to daily drawing assignments, students will participate in individual and group critiques, which will help teach them learn how to talk about their work with others when they apply for college admission.

Students selected to participate in this program will be notified by May 1. If accepted into the program, students must pay the program fee of $175 and provide some of their own art supplies. For more information about the program, or to complete the application online, please visit www.figgeartmuseum.org. For more information, call Ann Marie Hayes-Hawkinson, Curator of Education, at 563-326-7804 x7887.

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Event Explores 2,500 Years of Art in Augustana College's Collection

The Figge Art Museum presents "Building Bridges to the Past," a free family event from 1-3 pm on Saturday, April 2. The event is offered in conjunction with the museum's special exhibition Celebrating Ideas: Bridging Communities with Augustana's Liberal Arts through the AGES. Participants may enjoy Creative Activities in the studios from 1-3 pm, Story Time at 1:15 pm, 1:45 pm, and 2:15 pm in the Reading Room, and a film on American Impressionist Mary Cassatt at 2:30 pm in the auditorium. The Figge Café will offer several lunch options from 11:30-2:30 pm. Free admission to this event is generously sponsored by John Deere.

Artists & Writers series offered at Figge

The Figge Art Museum presents the final talk in the series Artists and Writers at 7 pm Thursday, March 31. Dr. Owen Rogal, who teaches nineteenth-century British literature, will present the lecture "The Beauty of Life: Ruskin, Morris, and Wright." Dr. Rogal will explain how John Ruskin, William Morris, and Frank Lloyd Wright made connections between the natural world and the things men and women make, between those things and the health of society, and between the things and the nature of the work that produces them. The talk explores what the three writers learned from each other, how Morris developed and spun Ruskin's ideas in new directions, and how both Ruskin and Morris's radical ideas about the role of art in society?what a building means, for example, to the lives of the people who live in it? shape in part Wright's own thinking and practices.

The Artists and Writers series is part of the Figge's weekly Thursdays at the Figge programming. Admission to the museum and lecture is $7. Admission is free to Figge members and Figge institutional members. The Figge Arts Café and Bar will be open before and after the lecture.

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