2015 Summer Drawing Program 

Sessions: 9 am-12 pm
July 13–17 & July 20–21
$50 per student

2015 application deadline: Monday, June 1

The Summer Drawing Program gives talented high school art students a college-level experience while helping them prepare their portfolios for college admission and scholarships. This two-week course is the only program of its kind in the Quad Cities for aspiring young artists who plan to major in art.
Learn more about the program and fill out application, or fill out the application or letter of support online.

For questions, contact Heather Aaronson, education programs coordinator, at or 563.326.7804 x2045.

Funded in part by the Brand Boeshaar Foundation Fund.
Sponsored by Western Illinois University.

2015 Brand Boeshaar Scholarship

Since 2000, the Brand Boeshaar Scholarship Program has awarded $576,000 to graduating seniors in eastern Iowa and western Illinois who wish to study fine arts, design or art education in college. To be considered for this prestigious $12,000 scholarship, applicants must submit a completed application, high school transcript, two letters of support, and a portfolio of 12 works. The program is funded by the Brand Boeshaar Foundation Fund, managed by the Figge Education Department, and administered by the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend.

Apply online or download an application. Your application will be sent directly to the education assistant at the museum. It is your responsibility to determine if the application has been received, along with the letter of support, by calling 563.326.7804 x2045.

Application and portfolio deadline for 2015 is March 6-7. 
Download a list of eligible school districts. Homeschooled students within these districts are also eligible.
Complete letter of support online or print letter of support.
Questions? Contact Heather at or 563.326.7804 x2045.

Brand Boeshaar Scholarship Recipients

The Brand Boeshaar Scholarship Program awards four scholarships annually to students who wish to earn a degree in fine art, graphic design or art education at a college or university. This year’s scholarships were presented to the following individuals:

2014 Scholarship Recipients

Lillian L. Brand  Avery Gott (Moline High School)
Isabelle M. Brand  Emma DeMarr (Davenport West High School)
Lucille Brand Boeshaar  Jasmine Mendez (Moline High School)
William Brand Boeshaar  Maxwell McInnis (Bettendorf High School)
Honorable Mentions  Malcom Kresse (Davenport Central High School)
and Sydney Griffin (Moline High School)

Family Gallery

This gallery is designed to encourage looking and creating for visitors of all ages.  
It is located on Level 2, next to the Family Activity Center.

77-7W.jpgSculpture: The Magic of Form
Through February 1, 2015

Sulptural forms take viewers beyond the visual pleasure found in 2 dimensional paintings, drawing and prints. As 3D objects, or objects in the round, sculptures can be viewed from all angles and sides, allowing for a unique art experience. In this exhibition, learn more about sculptures in a variety of mediums by artists Barbara Lekberg, John Bloom, Hiroshi Yamano and Aurora Robson

Barbara Lekberg, Lazarus, 1975, cast bronze, 1977.7. 


Visit Studio 1 to explore installations that are designed to complement selected special exhibitions with hands-on activities that will challenge your imagination and encourage broad thought.

Driskell-Pine-Tree-W.jpgTelling Stories with Pictures
Through January 18, 2015

Why did the artist make a collage instead of a painting? Does this picture have a message? Can art make a difference? Explore these questions and work out answers in this Studio 1 installation that complements African-American Art Since 1950: Perspectives from the David C. Driskell Center. Use your artistic voice to create art at the activity tables that tells a story or sends a message.

David C. Driskell, Pine Trees #5, 1965, oil on canvas, purchased with funds from the C. Sylvia and Eddie Brown Arts Acquisition Fund

Scouts at the Figge

Boy Scouts of all ages can have fun learning experiences while earning arts and crafts badges/patches at the Figge Art Museum. A guided tour of the Figge's permanent galleries and traveling exhibitions begins each workshop. See photos of scouts at the Figge.

Learn more about Boy Scout programs

For more information about programs for Girl Scouts, visit the Girl Scout website or contact Emily Droessler at or 309.788.0833 x308.

Celebrate your birthday at the Figge!

Have a fun, creative birthday party! The Figge is equipeed to make any birthday celebration a memorable one for your child. Multiple options are available and are geared towards specific age groups. Learn more. 


Supported by Brand Boeshaar Foundation and Hubbell Waterman Foundation.

The Education Department is committed to helping visitors of all ages and diverse learning styles gain a greater understanding and appreciation of the Figge’s unique collections and changing exhibitions. Programs and services are designed to promote life-long learning in the visual arts, stimulate independent and critical thinking skills, and encourage visitors to see the world around them differently.