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Quad City children get crafty with Kaleidoscope art classes at Augie

Allie Rial March 4, 2023

Art allows people of all ages to stretch their creativity and make something unique. For kids, the satisfaction of molding a favorite animal from clay or completing a one-of-a-kind-drawing to be proudly...

Peter Xiao speaks with a student during a painting class in Abbey Studios.

Professor Peter Xiao and the color green

Charlie Roiland November 26, 2022

While most kindergartners were busy playing with blocks and running around the playground, Augustana art professor Peter Xiao remembers pacing through the green of his backyard, hands clasped behind his...

Guests and members of the Augustana community admire work at the Augustana Faculty Art Show in Centennial hall on April 8, 2022.

Faculty Art Show returns for a limited time only

Krystina Slack April 15, 2022

Every three years, the Augustana Teaching Museum of Art has a Faculty Art Exhibit. This is one of those lucky years. The opening of the Faculty Art Exhibit was on April 8, 2022. All of the art is beautifully...

An art major airs her grievances

Carly Davis October 13, 2021

Last week, I needed to get into the Abbey art studios. It was 7:45pm on a Thursday, well within open building hours. When I ran down to the building and went to open the back door, it was locked. I walked...

Women-centric art displayed at the Quad City International Airport

Women-centric art displayed at the Quad City International Airport

Phea Gonzalez October 14, 2020

Photo Above: Heidi Hernandez, Lorna, 20”x 20”, oil on canvas. Photo by Bri Berndt. The Quad City International Airport has begun to hold an art exhibit called “A Portrait of Remarkable Women,”...

Using the least while making the most (out of quarantine)

Using the least while making the most (out of quarantine)

Thea Gonzales April 24, 2020

Happy Earth week! If you’re anything like me, you’re going stir crazy during these difficult times and struggling to make the most out of your situation as shelter-in-place is extended in Illinois...

Dead Poet’s Espresso, a local coffeehouse located at 1525 3rd Ave in downtown Moline, IL, serves up fresh brews, warm breakfasts and lunches daily. Open 6:30 am to 4 pm Monday through Saturday, Dead Poet’s Espresso is a popular and tasty choice for a local Fall date with your significant other.

Top five first date locations in the QC area

Abigail Johnson November 7, 2019

Fall has clearly begun and with it cuffing season. If you are unfamiliar with this term, cuffing season is a pop culture term for the period between fall and winter when people start seriously looking...

Mesh, 2015 is one of the installations by Canadian artist Mia Feuer on display in the Totems of the Anthropocene exhibit at the Figge Art Museum in Davenport, IA. The gallery is located on the fourth floor of the building and will run until December 29th, 2019.

Figge Art Museum showcases new exhibit

Abigail Johnson October 3, 2019

The Figge Art Museum opened up their latest exhibit, “Mia Feuer: Totems of the Anthropocene,” on Sept. 21, which consists of works by Candian artist Mia Feuer. The exhibit will run until Dec. 29. According...

Junior Stephie Benito sings as the Jazz Ensemble’s featured vocalist on Friday, Feb. 1, 2019 in Centennial Hall.

Augustana Jazz Ensemble

Alia McMurray February 4, 2019

The Augustana Jazz Ensemble performs on Friday, Feb. 1, 2019 in Centennial Hall. The theme of the evening was “Latin feel” and included music from mambos, fiesta tunes, and Portuguese bossa nova. 

Augustana collaborates with the Figge Museum

Jackson Mainellis January 23, 2019

It may come as a surprise to some that Augustana has an institutional membership with the Figge Art Museum in Davenport that brings a whole slew of benefits for Augustana students to enjoy. The Augustana...

Visitors look at artwork inside the Figge Art Museum. Photo by Ian Murrin.

Discovering the Quad Cities through its museums

Shanela Ranaraja November 29, 2018

The Quad Cities have a lot to offer, and proof of this can be found in its museums. Whether by reliving the experiences of immigrants and examining questions of identity and assimilation at the German...

Quad Cities International Airport in Moline, IL currently houses an art exhibit where this airport passenger is viewing the art. Photo by Ian Murrin.

Censorship, intersectionality and finding the unexpected at QC airport gallery

Shanela Ranaraja September 27, 2018

The Quad City International Airport echoes with overhead announcements and rolling suitcase wheels. People hurrying to security rarely stop to look around, but they might be surprised if they did.  The...

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