Joseph Lappie: Personal Mythologies Opening Saturday at the Figge Art Museum

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February 22, 2018
Davenport, Iowa (February 20, 2018) – The Figge Art Museum will have a new exhibition of works by Joseph Lappie, artist and associate professor of art at St. Ambrose University, on view beginning Saturday in the fourth-floor gallery.
Joseph Lappie: Personal Mythologies encompasses more than a decade of the artist’s work including skillfully carved wood blocks, artist’s books and prints, with imagery inspired by myths, gods and people. The figures crouch and contort, transform into beasts and look out at the viewer with raw emotion. Lappie’s expressive and haunting imagery reflects the human psyche as well as the cultural environment that shapes us. He references shared narratives passed down through centuries, including the Nuremberg Chronicle and stories of trickster gods Anansi and Loki. By engaging universal allegories and his own experiences, he provokes viewers to consider the relationship between our private realities and the outside world.
Lappie, an associate professor of art at St. Ambrose University, is a graduate of Columbia College in Chicago and Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. Throughout his career, he has worked with lithography, etching, letterpress, woodcut printing, painting and book arts. Beginning about 10 years ago, Lappie began to shift traditional notions of printmaking, wherein the print is considered the artistic product, by creating installations of the carved wood blocks used to create prints.
Joseph Lappie: Personal Mythologies includes three substantial bodies of work in this mode. By including a variety of Lappie’s work, the exhibition highlights his range as a printmaker and as an artist. This exhibition will be on view through May 20.
Companion Programming:
Free Family Day
Saturday, February 24
Activities 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Free admission all day
Join us for fun with the whole family in the Figge Studios. Guests receive free admission all day, along with a selection of activities throughout the museum inspired by the current exhibitions on view. Sponsored by Quad-City Times and WQPT-TV.
Opening Reception & Artist Talk
Thursday, March 1
5:30 p.m. Opening Reception
6:30 p.m. Artist Talk
Joseph Lappie, artist and associate professor of art at St. Ambrose University, will share insights on his exhibition and upcoming projects.
About the Figge Art Museum:
The Figge Art Museum is located on the Mississippi River 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. with a Happy Hour Menu starting at 4 p.m. each Thursday. 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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