40th Rock Island Art Guild Fine Arts Exhibition Opening at the Figge Art Museum on Saturday

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January 22, 2018
Davenport, Iowa (January 22, 2018) – Since 1955, the Rock Island Art Guild, a volunteer-run organization, has supported the arts in the Quad-City region through exhibitions, educational programs and scholarships. This year, the guild’s 40th juried exhibition will be installed in the Figge’s third-floor gallery beginning Saturday.
Sponsored by the Rock Island Art Guild, the exhibition is open to artists within a 150-mile radius of the Quad Cities, and is juried from online submissions.
This year’s participating artists include Les Allen, Judy Bales, Brad L. Bisbey, Karen T. Blomme, Glenn Bodish, Linda Buechting, John J. Carlson, Dick Dahlstrom, Velga A. Easker, Fred E. Easker, Pamela Echeverria, Paul Eshelman, Michael J. Godsil, Jessica J. Gondek, David A. Gregory, Denis Hagen, Barbara E. Hansen, Gary Harris, Richard T. Hess, Raphael Iaccarino, Jane L. Koski, Edward C. Mittvalsky, Thomas J. Monahan, Eileen Mueller Neill, John C. Nelson, Phillip J. Ochs, George Olson,
Tim D. Olson, Paul Scott Page, Adam Rake, Susan M. Reinier, Anna W. Repke, Randy Richmond,
Jan Rockwell, Paul Rung, Dave A. Schaeffer, Shelley Smith, Greg Thatcher, Zaiga M. Thorson,
Rosalie J. Waranius Vass, Joan A. Webster-Voe, Amy E. Whiteman and Eric T. Wolever
“The Rock Island Art Guild began with a single purpose of bringing artists and the public together ‘to cultivate an active interest in local art talent,” said Holly Sparkman, president. “The first juried fine arts exhibition in 1977 was a big undertaking for the guild. It set the tone for the health and wellbeing of the arts in the community and gave local artists a needed showcase.
“Now, 39 fine arts exhibitions later, the guild is still made up of dedicated longtime volunteers, and the same integrity and dedication to helping artists achieve their potential remain intact. The guild is proud to be connected with the Figge Art Museum for this benchmark exhibition and looks forward to many more fine arts exhibitions to come.”
This year’s exhibition juror is Dr. Patricia McDonnell, director of the Wichita Museum. Prior to her work at the Wichita Museum, Dr. McDonnell served as director of the Ulrich Museum of Art at Wichita State University. She also worked as the chief curator at the Weisman Art Museum at the University of Minnesota, the Rhode Island School of Design and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C. She holds a Ph.D in art history from Brown University, with a focus on 20th-century American art and the painter Marsden Hartley, about whom she has published numerous books and articles.
Dr. McDonnell selected the artworks for the exhibition from online entries, and selected the award-winners after seeing the works in person.
Companion Events:
Opening Reception
Thursday, February 1
5:30 p.m. Opening Reception
7 p.m. Exhibition Remarks
Celebrate the opening of the exhibition alongside many of the included artists.
Free Family Day
10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, February 24
Enjoy free admission all day with activities related to the current exhibitions.
Sponsored by Quad-City Times, KWQC-TV6 and WQPT-TV
5:30 p.m. Performance: Jazz Combo, Western Illinois University
6:30 p.m. Artist Talks
Enjoy music from Western Illinois University’s Jazz Combo before joining featured artists from the Rock Island Art Guild Fine Arts Exhibition as they speak about their artworks
Artist Talks
Thursday, April 12
5:30 p.m. Brand Boeshaar Scholarship Reception (food symbol)
6:30 p.m. Artist Talks
Join in the celebration of high school art student scholarship winners and view their portfolios before heading up to the Rock Island Art Guild Fine Arts Exhibition to hear from exhibiting artists about their work on display.
About the Figge Art Museum:
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 through Saturday and Sundays noon to 5 p.m. Thursdays the museum is open until 9 p.m. Admission to the museum and tour is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors and students with ID and $4 children ages 4-12. Admission is free to Figge members and institutional members, and free to all on Thursday evenings from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. The Figge Café is open 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday-Friday. To contact the museum, please call 563.326.7804, or visit

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