About



MISSION STATEMENT
Bringing art and people together. We enrich our community with the experience of art through education, collections, exhibitions and preservation.



THE MUSEUM

The Figge Art Museum is the premier art exhibition and education facility between Chicago and Des Moines. Its landmark glass building on the banks of the Mississippi, designed by British architect David Chipperfield, is home to one of the Midwest’s finest art collections, and hosts world-class traveling exhibitions. Its studios, auditorium and spacious lobby are alive with art classes, lectures and special events that attract visitors of all ages.
 
The Figge was formed as the Davenport Municipal Art Gallery in 1925, with the passage of a law allowing the city to accept of a gift of 330 artworks from a former mayor, Charles A. Ficke, and open a museum. It was renamed the Davenport Museum of Art in 1987. It continued to be a city-run museum until the opening of its new building in 2005, which was named in honor of a major gift from the V.O. and Elizabeth Kahl Figge Foundation. At that time, the city transferred responsibility for management, care and exhibition of its collection to the Figge Art Museum, a nonprofit organization. Mr. Ficke’s original collection of European, American and Spanish Viceregal art has grown through the efforts of generations of philanthropists and civic leaders and now includes the Grant Wood Archive and works by other American Regionalist artists, an extensive collection of Haitian art, and contemporary works. Also currently on view are masterworks from the University of Iowa Museum of Art, which was severely damaged by a flood in 2008. The Figge is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.



BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Executive Committee
Cindy Carlson, President
Tara Barney, Past President
Dee Bruemmer, Vice President
Dana Wilkinson, Treasurer
Don Doucette, PhD, Secretary
Kay Hall, At Large
Hunt Harris, At Large,
Dr. Randy Lewis, At Large


Board Members

Dr. Amir Arbisser Ken Freedman Jim Russell Wynne Schafer
Rodney Blackwell Ken Koupal Doug Roberts Mark Schwiebert
Andrew J. Butler Delia Meier Kay Runge Nancy Seidler
David English Sue Quail    

Funded in part by the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.


The Figge Art Museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.