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

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

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.

October 2016-February 2017
Artworks from several artists in the Figge’s collection whose extraordinary vision is realized through the mediums of assemblage and collage are highlighted. Learn about the artists’ lives and what inspired their art as you study the combination of layered colors, shapes and forms. This installation was curated by students in the WIU museum studies program.



This interactive space provides art activities for all ages!

Explore activitiies related to illustrator Gary Kelley through January 2017

Explore the work of this artist in our hands-on space. What helps him decide whether to paint or draw his illustrations? Do the characters he draws inspire his choice of mediums? How does he try to evoke a special feeling or emotion in the viewer? Find answers to these questions, learn more about the artist and create your own art inspired by Gary Kelley’s illustrations.