Figge Art Museum celebrates 10th anniversary

In honor of the 10th anniversary in the Quad Cities, the Figge Art Museum hosted free admission for all visitors (which Augustana students already receive with an ID) until Sept. 20. The returned opening display, Mick Meilahn’s Corn Zone, is a tribute to the culture of agriculture and corn production that surrounds the Quad Cities on display until Oct. 11.
The featured display taking the two main galleries was the American Moderns on Paper: Masterworks from the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art exhibit, displaying 87 works by 44 artists created from 1902 to 1962. As the name reveals, what unites the pieces of this exhibit with each other is that all the works were created on some form of paper.
The works featured included drawings, collages, watercolors, and even several artworks created in crayon. In the fourth floor gallery, there is even an interactive stand for visitors to try their hands at making their own piece of modern art on their own paper to put up for display in the museum.
The works vary from landscapes to surrealistic pieces, responding to the viewer accordingly. For those who see abstract art as children’s drawings may want to avoid the crayon pieces, but will love works by artists such as Edward Hopper and his six realistic watercolors, which invoke ideal scenes of American life.
Also on display is the A Gift for the Quad Cities: The Figge Art Museum 10th Anniversary Exhibition, a collection of works from various artists generously donated to the museum by a century of donors. Spanning various periods, styles, and artists, the display contains a little bit of something for everyone.
Their new feature, Edward S. Curtis: One Hundred Masterworks will be on display from Oct. 10 until Sept. 20, and the Anniversary exhibit will continue to be on display until October 4.
The museum has art and exhibits for all ages, as well as hosting classes in various types of art for all ages on Tuesday through Friday every week.  For more information on the Figge, their current and upcoming exhibits, or any classes which they offer, visitors should look to their website at