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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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.

Through May 2

This Learn to Look installation features six printing techniques (screen printing, lithography, relief, photogravure, photography and etching), showing the unlimited possibilities of artistic  expression in printmaking. As you explore the images, rich in depth, color and tone, engaging and sometimes mysterious in subject, ponder the possibilities! 

Rembrandt Van Rijn, Dutch, 1606-1669, Rembrandt in Velvet Cap and Plume, 1638, etching on paper, gift of Oliver and Laura Murray, OP290

May-September 2015

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.


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

May 23-September 13, 2015

Explore connections and differences between Haitian art and selected prints, drawings and paintings from American Moderns on Paper: Masterworks from the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art using hands-on art projects and interactive activities.

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