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.

May – September, 2018
Maurice Sendak is best known as a writer and illustrator whose stories reflect the imaginative ways children cope and grow in a world shaped by grown-ups.  This Learn to Look installation examines Sendak’s prose and fantastical illustrations, comparing them to similar images in the Figge’s collection by artist Matthew Sugarman.


This interactive space provides art activities for all ages!

May-July, 2018
Let the wild rumpus start! Enjoy hands-on activities inspired by Maurice Sendak’s wildly imaginative children’s books. In this space you can roar your terrible roar, gnash your terrible teeth, roll your terrible eyes, and sink your terrible claws into artmaking!

August, 2018
The Figge to Showcase the Students Rebuild Facing Difference Challenge
Connect, Learn and Take Action!  Student teams from our Quad Cities and from around the world followed these steps in the Students Rebuild Facing Difference Challenge.  By creating self-portraits that reflect their unique identities, students built understanding, empathy and peace around the globe right in their own classrooms.  Each self-portrait submitted to Students Rebuild was matched with a $3 donation from the Bezos Family Foundation - up to $600,000. 
Come see the results of this world peace effort in Studio 1, that was designed in collaboration with students from Davenport Community School’s Creative Arts Academy.  Learn about the importance of facing difference along with the world organizations, CARE, Global Nomads, and Search for Common Ground, that work to help youth on different sides of conflict and build peace.