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'Talking Art' With Figge College Invitational Winner Gail Ray

Credit Carolyn Martin
Gail Ray in her studio at the QC Co-Lab in Davenport

The 10th annual College Invitational art exhibition is on display at the Figge Art Museum in Davenport through Aug. 12, 2018.

Students from eight different area colleges and universities have submitted their best artwork, from Augustana College, Black Hawk College, Western Illinois University, Knox College, and Monmouth College in Illinois, and from St. Ambrose University, Scott Community College, and Clinton Community College in Iowa.

Gail Ray as awarded the first-place prize for her entry entitled "Entertaining Angels Unaware", a series of three wood, oil, and found object sculptures. Listen to our conversation here about the nontraditional path she took towards a second career in the arts, the skills she learned through the Eastern Iowa Community Colleges' Blong Technology Center, and her fascination with portraiture and the human figure. You can also click on the photo at the top of this page to open a slideshow of Gail's work, and visit her Instagram account for even more of her art.

Credit Courtesy Gail Ray
Courtesy Gail Ray
Self-portrait by Gail Ray

There is free admission to the Figge Art Museum through Aug. 12, 2018, so head on over soon!

Carolyn Martin joined WVIK as a host of Talking Art in 2017. A long-time fan of NPR programming with a love of storytelling and all art forms, she is thrilled to have the opportunity to speak with creative people who beautify our community and make the Quad Cities region an even better place to live.