These galleries are open during regular museum hours and may be included with a museum tour.
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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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.
Sculpture: 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.
Telling Stories with Pictures
Through January 18, 2015
Why did the artist make a collage instead of a painting? Does this picture have a message? Can art make a difference? Explore these questions and work out answers in this Studio 1 installation that complements African-American Art Since 1950: Perspectives from the David C. Driskell Center. Use your artistic voice to create art at the activity tables that tells a story or sends a message.
David C. Driskell, Pine Trees #5, 1965, oil on canvas, purchased with funds from the C. Sylvia and Eddie Brown Arts Acquisition Fund
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