Figge celebrates 4th B-day Thursday

From the QC Online (Quad Cities):

The Figge Art Museum has come far in four years, and it’s inviting the public to celebrate its birthday Thursday.

The striking 120,000-square-foot structure at 225 W. 2nd St., Davenport, will offer discounted $4 admission all day as well as kids’ activities, a downtown walking tour, an art talk, food, a cash bar and live music…..

Highlights include exhibits of Michelangelo model replicas, art from Davenport’s own John Bloom, the opening of a renowned University of Iowa Museum of Art (UIMA) collection and an expanded focus on Regionalist art to kick off a new National Center for Midwest Art and Design.

The Figge-based center will be headed by Gregory Gilbert, director of art history at Knox College in Galesburg. The center’s mission to “promote better understanding and appreciation of art and design from the Midwest,” Mr. O’Harrow said.

The crowning work – added to what the Figge has in Grant Wood, Thomas Hart Benton, and now the 13,000-piece UIMA collection – is George Rickey’s 20-foot-tall mural “An Offer of Education” (1941), which reflects the history of Galesburg. It’s on loan from Knox.

Mr. Gilbert’s position at the Figge, including the title senior curator, is a new partnership shared with Knox.

“It gives the college access and a relationship with the museum, and its collection, and it gives the museum added academic credibility and a connection with one of the finest liberal arts colleges in the country,” Mr. O’Harrow said.