Portfolio Day - High School Students

Thursday, September 29
9:30 am Portfolio Preparation Presentation
10:00 am Portfolio Counseling
Free admission!

Attention art students: Applying for scholarships and college admission? This is for you! Visit one-on-one with professors from area colleges and receive tips, critiques and feedback about your portfolio. Representatives from several regional colleges and universities will be available.  

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2016 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. Winners for 2016 have been choosen, but consider applying in 2017. 

2016 Scholarship Recipients

The Lillian L. Brand Scholarship - Iris Johnson, Rock Island High School
The Isabelle M. Brand Scholarship - Reilly Moeller, Davenport Central High School
The Lucille Brand Boeshaar Scholarship - Amy VanFossen, Homeschool
The William Brand Boeshaar Scholarship - Amanda Matthews, Bettendorf High School

These students received honorable mentions and were recipients of a $500 scholarship:
Don Heggen Memorial Scholarship - Anastasia Sperling, Bettendorf High School and Aimee Bradbury-Johnson, Bettendorf High School


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.

Birthday Fun 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. 

Summer Drawing Program

For two weeks each July, this fun but intensive drawing course offers high school students a college-level art experience. The SDP boosts students’ portfolios, allows individual time with top-notch professors and interaction with art students from area schools.

To apply, students must submit a digital portfolio and application. Watch this space for an application for the 2017 Summer Drawing Program. For more information, contact Heather at or 563.345.6630


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.