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

Artica Gallery

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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Family 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.

77-7W.jpgSculpture: The Magic of Form
Through February 1, 2015

Sulptural forms take viewers beyond the visual pleasure found in 2 dimensional paintings, drawing and prints. As 3D objects, or objects in the round, sculptures can be viewed from all angles and sides, allowing for a unique art experience. In this exhibition, learn more about sculptures in a variety of mediums by artists Barbara Lekberg, John Bloom, Hiroshi Yamano and Aurora Robson.

Barbara Lekberg, Lazarus, 1975, cast bronze, 1977.7. 


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.

Folk Art: Creativity Defined by Time, Place and Identity
Through May 17, 2015

This family-friendly, interactive exhibition explores the creativity of the art and artists of the exhibition Self-Taught Genius: Treasures from the American Folk Art Museum.

Charles A. A. Dellschau (1830-1923), Flying Machines (4575: Broad Cutt), Houston, Texas, c. 1920, ink, watercolor, pencil, and collage on paper, collection American Folk Art Museum, New York, Blanchard-Hill Collection, gift of M. Anne Hill and Edward V. Blanchard Jr., 1998.10.16a, b, photo by Gavin Ashworth, New York

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.

On view in the gallery through February 8, 2015: 

2014 College Invitational