current exhibitions

Edward S. Curtis: One Hundred Masterworks

October 10, 2015 - January 17, 2016

In 1900, Seattle photographer Edward S. Curtis began a massive project to photograph the Native American people of the United States. Thirty years later, it resulted in a 20-volume, 20 portfolio set of handmade books entitled The North American Indian—one of the most ambitious publ...

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Cowboy Bronzes: Icons of the West

October 10, 2015 - January 31, 2016

Towards the end of the 19th century, America’s westward expansion was nearly complete. Aided by the sensational stories of life in the American West by writers such as Owen Wister and Teddy Roosevelt and before them, James Fenimore Cooper and Francis Parkman fascination with the West, ...

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Ellen Wagener: Horizon Lines

October 3, 2015 - January 24, 2016

Artist Ellen Wagener takes the quintessential Midwestern landscape—rows of corn receding to the horizon under ever-changing skies—as the starting point for her works. Working in pastel, and often in series and at large scale, Wagener uses sketches, photographs and her memory to create...

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Day of the Dead: Art, Culture, Spirit

September 26, 2015 - November 7, 2015

This traditional holiday, The Day of the Dead, is a profoundly serious occasion frequently celebrated with great joy experienced through reconnecting with lost loved ones. It is an expression of the belief that death is not the end of life, but the continuation of life in whatever world comes nex...

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Exploring the Demimonde: Sin and Temptation at the fin-de-siècle

July 11, 2015 - October 18, 2015

Curated by Alice M. Phillips, Ph.D.

In late 19th century Paris, as artists and writers became disenchanted with their materialistic society and with naturalism’s attention to the physical world, a variety of creative and psychological movements arose. With them came a newfoun...

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Figge Art Museum Photography Policy
Visitors are permitted to take still photographs of the building, galleries and artwork with cameras or smart phones for personal, non-commercial use. However, no photography of any kind is permitted in special exhibitions or wherever signs prohibiting photography are posted. The use of flash photography or supplemental lighting is not permitted in the Museum at any time. Remember to respect the privacy of other museum visitors and staff when taking photographs.

Access to the media is by appointment only; contact
Natalie Dunlop, marketing coordinator, for more information.