2018 Brand Boeshaar Scholarship

Since 2000, the Brand Boeshaar Scholarship Program has awarded more than $665,000 to graduating seniors in eastern Iowa and western Illinois who wish to pursue fine arts, design or art education in college.

To be considered for one of four prestigious $12,000 scholarships, 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.

The application deadline is March 3, 2018. Applications and letters of support may be completed online. Portfolios may be submitted Friday, March 2, from 10 am-5 pm, or Saturday, March 3, from 10 am-1 pm.

Contact Heather at or 563.345.6630 with questions.

Download additional information and the application for the 2018 scholarships.

2017 Scholarship Recipients
Lillian L. Brand Scholarship: Emily Beck, Davenport Central High School
Isabelle M. Brand Scholarship: Samantha Rossow, Bettendorf High School
Lucille Brand Boeshaar Scholarship: Lauren Brewer, Pleasant Valley High School
William Brand Boeshaar Scholarship: Janiece Maddox, Davenport Central High School

Honorable Mentions
Recipients of $500 each from the Don Heggen Memorial Scholarship Fund
Don Heggen Memorial Scholarship Fund: Karlie Westmoreland, Davenport Central High School – Creative Arts Academy
Don Heggen Memorial Scholarship Fund: Santiago Marquez, Davenport Central High School – Creative Arts Academy

2018 Summer Art Workshops for Kids

Each of these popular workshops is taught by a different instructor with theme-related projects. Cost includes all supplies. Kids should bring a sack lunch, beverage and snack to class. Registration is for individual sessions. Register by March 31 to receive $5 off per class! Download a registration form or contact Heather Aaronson at or 563.345.6630, or Lynn Gingras-Taylor at or 563.345-6635 to register.

Fridays at the Figge
(elementary students completing K-5th)
9 a.m.-4 p.m. Selected Fridays
Cost per class: $45/member; $55/non-member
Drawing June 8
Painting June 15  
Mixed Media June 22
Printmaking July 29
Sculpture July 6
Download a class flyer

Art in the Middle
(middle school students)
9 am-4 pm selected Wednesdays
Cost per class: $45/member; $60/non-member
Drawing June 6
Painting June 13
Cartooning June 20
Printmaking June 27
Sculpture July 11
Download a class flyer

Summer Drawing Program

10 am-4 pm, July 16-20
Cost: $50
Instruction provided by Western Illinois University
Supplies: Students supply their own newsprint pad and portfolio; all other supplies are provided

This fun but intensive drawing course offers high school students a college-level art experience. The program boosts students’ portfolios and allows individual time with topnotch professors and interaction with art students from area schools. To apply, students must submit a digital application by Friday, May 11. For more information, contact Heather Aaronson at or 563.345.6630.

Student Information

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Why do you wish to participate in the Summer Drawing Program?

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School Information

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Letter of Support:
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Scouts at the Figge

Boy Scout Programs
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 is included in each workshop.  Badge workshops are 3-hour events and include completion of all requirements for the particular badge the boys are working towards.
We also offer non-badge workshops through our Partner Program.  Scout packs can schedule one of these 2-hour events that includes a guided museum tour and a studio art experience.  Activities accomplished in a Partner Program can be often be applied toward one of the art badges in the Boy Scout manual. 
To Register: Please call 563.345-6655. Registration is required a minimum of 2 weeks before the
scheduled event.  A minimum of 10 Scouts/workshop is required.
Contact Information: Call 563.345-6655 or to schedule a workshop.

For more information about programs for Girl Scouts, visit the Girl Scout website or contact Kelsey at 563.345-6655 or


Birthday Fun at the Figge!

Have a fun, creative birthday party! The Figge is equiped to make any birthday celebration a memorable one for your child. Multiple options are available and are geared towards specific age groups. Complete the registration form.

Download a flyer with more information. 



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.