current exhibitions

David Plowden: An American Master

June 25, 2016 - September 11, 2016

David Plowden: An American Master celebrates the photographer’s recent gift to the museum of a selection of his key images made over the course of his more than 60 year career. Plowden’s hopeful and elegiac images express a personal vision infused with a sense of wonder and r...

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The Wonderful World of Oz: Selections from the Willard Carroll/Tom Wilhite Collection

June 12, 2016 - September 25, 2016

In 1900, when his book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was published, writer L. Frank Baum was a magazine editor in Chicago who wrote children’s books on the side, largely to entertain his four sons. The magical tale, with its illustrations by W. W. Denslow, was an immediate hit...

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Picturing the Prairie

May 28, 2016 - September 4, 2016

Tallgrass QC is a collaboration that raises awareness about prairie ecology in the Quad Cities region.

Wildflowers, grasses, birds, and insects take over the fourth floor gallery at the Figge with the opening of Picturing the Prairi...

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Clay: Traditions in Shards

October 31, 2015 - October 30, 2016

University of Iowa Museum of Art Exhibition
Curated by Dale Fisher, 
Curator of Education, UIMA

In the past millennium, the historical debate over the distinction between art and craft in clay has transformed from an accepted assignment based on social ...

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Legacies for Iowa

March 31, 2012 - August 28, 2017

Legacies for Iowa, a University of Iowa Museum of Art Collections Sharing Project, features some of the most important paintings in the UIMA collection. The exhibition explores each painting's distinctive qualities, revealing each work as remarkable in its own right, while also ...

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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.

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