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Figge Buys "Portrait of Maquoketa"

Figge Art Museum

Some residents of eastern Iowa are now part of the permanent collection at the Figge Art Museum in Davenport. Monday it announced the purchase of "Portrait of Maquoketa," portraits of 180 city residents, by Rose Frantzen.

She painted the portraits of her fellow Maquoketa residents in 2005 and 2006.
Executive Director Tim Schiffer says the Portrait was very popular when it was shown at the Figge and everyone agreed it would be a good idea to add it to the collection.

Credit Figge Art Museum
(L to R) Tim Schiffer, Rose Frantzen, and her husband Chuck Norris.

Schiffer says the Figge won't be able to exhibit the "Portrait of Maquoketa" all the time because of its size. It's 34 panels for all the portraits, and some of the panels are 10 feet tall.

Some of the portrait may be put on display next year, but because of a crowded exhibit schedule, the whole portrait may have to wait until 2016.

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