Davenport, Iowa (January 18, 2016) – Elementary art students from seven Quad-City area school districts will have their artwork featured at the Figge Art Museum for the annual Young Artists at the Figge exhibition opening Saturday.
Featured districts include Muscatine, Moline, Pleasant Valley, Geneseo, North Scott, Bettendorf and Davenport. Each school district has their own selection process to choose the top works of art to represent their district in this museum-school partnership.
In total, nearly 500 students will have their artwork on display in the Mary Waterman Gildehaus Community Gallery during their school’s selected dates between January 21–April 23, 2017.
This annual exhibition has spanned more than a decade. “It’s such a special opportunity for these young aspiring artists to have the chance to showcase their talents to not only their friends and family, but to all visitors at the Figge,” said Director of Education Melissa Mohr.
Each school will have their own recognition day honoring the participating young artists. Thanks to museum and donor support, admission will be free for all recognition days for everyone.
Muscatine Schools • January 21-29
12:30 and 1 p.m. Sunday, January 22
Moline Schools • February 4-12
12:30 and 1 p.m. Sunday, February 12
Sponsored by John and Diane Slover, and Tom and Brooke Terronez
Pleasant Valley Schools • February 18-26
12:30 and 1 p.m. Sunday, February 26
Geneseo Schools • March 4-12
12:30, 1, and 1:30 p.m. Sunday, March 5
North Scott Schools • March 18-26
12:30, 1, and 1:30 p.m. Sunday, March 26
Sponsored by Delia and Dave Meier
Bettendorf Schools • April 1-9
12:30, 1, and 1:30 p.m. Sunday, April 2
Sponsored by Mary Lujack
Davenport Schools • April 15-23
12:30, 1, and 1:30 p.m. Sunday, April 23
Sponsored by the Horan Family
All of the participating artists and their families will be invited to stay after their recognition ceremony for an informal community workshop from noon-2 p.m. where participants will construct corn stalk sculptures and become the artist for the MAiZE exhibition that will open in June at the Figge
The Young Artists at the Figge exhibition is sponsored in part by the Brand Boeshaar Foundation Fund and the Hubbell-Waterman Foundation Fund and will be on display through April 23, 2017.