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'The Gallery Gap' Ep. 1: The Canvas Ceiling

Claire Kovacs and Melissa Mohr host "The Gallery Gap."
Claire Kovacs and Melissa Mohr host "The Gallery Gap."

Claire Kovacs and Melissa Mohr host "The Gallery Gap," a conversation on underrepresented populations of artists in galleries across the world.

In this first episode, they explain the inspiration behind the podcast and reflect on the importance of diversity in their own collections at the Figge Art Museum and Augustana Teaching Museum of Art.

In honor of Women's History Month, they first focus on gender — highlighting some of the important work created by women. The women range from the well-known to the unknown; from contemporary to historical; painters, sculptors, printmakers and media in-between.

Join in the conversation as we learn a bit more about the artists who shaped and reflected the world around them, women whose practice moved ideas forward, and people whose work enriches our lives. 

Rose Frantzen (American, b. 1965), with engineering assistance from Chuck Morris and audio compositions by John Frantzen, Portrait of Maquoketa, 2005-2012, Oil on multiple panels with audio, 14' x 30' x 30'.

The Figge Art Museum was able to purchase Portrait of Maquoketa (pictured above) with funds contributed by: Judy Kern and Kent Whealy, James and Marcia Borel, Andrew and Debi Butler, Mark and Deborah Schwiebert, The Henry Family Foundation, Amir and Lisa Arbisser, The Beaux Arts Fund Committee, Frances Emerson and Robert McClurg, J. Hunt and Diane Harris II, Chris and Mary Rayburn, Susan Quail, Barney and Sandra Barnhill, Don Doucette and Lynn Drazinski, James Havercamp, Delia and Dave Meier, Jim and Michelle Russell, Mark and Dana Wilkinson, Tara Barney, Cynthia Carlson, John and Kay Hall, Kay Runge, Rick and Nancy Seidler, the Friends of the Figge and the Figge Art Museum Acquisitions Fund.

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