These galleries are open during regular museum hours and may be included with a museum tour.

Artica Gallery / Familly Activity Center

Looking for a creative spot for your kids to work on an art project, or a place for you to explore your inner artist? If so, visit the Artica Gallery! Artica is an interactive creative space for all ages. Look at huge painting reproductions on the walls, sit in front of a mirror and draw a self portrait, create on a computer drawing program, "build" a house with the assistance of a paper model or by usings colorful blocks, image a new you when you decorate a reflection of your face with glasses, moustaches or other interesting features, or dive into one of the many other tabletop activities in the space.

Artica helps you discover:
• where artists find inspiration
• how artists use their imagination to be creative
• how artists express their ideas

Coming in February:
New additions will be added with the LEGO exhibition in mind. LEGO stations, expanded build areas, books and games will be added to the family-friendly space.

Installation of the Artica Gallery made possible with support from the Roy J Carver Charitable Trust
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Learn to Look 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.

Sol LeWitt's Tower
Western Illinois University Museum Studies graduate students were inspired by the upcoming 10th anniversary of the Figge building and created this installation as part of their Museum Education course taught at the Figge. Students explored the migration of two Sol LeWitt artworks as they transitioned to the museum in 2005.

Coming in February:
The Art of LEGO

LEGOs aren’t just fabulous and creative ways to play, they can be used to create works of art!  Find out more in this interactive family space and make your own work of LEGO art to hang in our LEGO Gallery.

Coming in February:
LEGO and Architecture

Explore architecture through the medium of LEGOs. Guests will learn fun facts, discover books and building models, and then get a chance to add to our community landscape build.


Mary Waterman Gildehaus Community Gallery

Dedicated in honor of Mary Gildehaus, an avid supporter of the Figge and the Quad-City community, this gallery suppports the museum's education department and exhibitions featuring work by local art students.

8th Annual College Invitational
November 21-February 7

The eighth annual College Invitational will feature approximately 60 works of art by students from 10 area colleges and universities, including Ashford University, Augustana College, Black Hawk College, Clinton Community College, Knox College, Monmouth College, Scott Community College, St. Ambrose University, Western Illinois University and University of Iowa. Artworks on display include a variety of mediums and techniques, from ink, collage, stoneware clay and etching to digital illustration, watercolor, silkscreen and found materials. Entries were chosen by art professors from the best work at each of the participating schools. Thanks to a generous sponsorship from Barbara Leidenfrost in loving memory of her husband, Oscar, cash prizes will be awarded  for first, second and third place. Winners will be selected by a panel of judges comprised of local artists.

Sponsored by Barbara Leidenfrost in loving memory of her husband, Oscar Leidenfrost
Supported by the Brand Boeshaar Foundation Fund and Hubbell Waterman Foundation


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.