It's National Arts in Education Week, and Miss Illinois is on a mission. Ariel Beverly is touring the state promoting the importance of the arts in schools, and also preparing to share her passion for art classes, music, and the performing arts at the Miss America competition in December. 

Painting of farm fields of row crops, trees, and rolling hills with an old-fashioned single-blade plow in the foreground
submitted / Deere and Company

In the spring of 2010, the Figge Art Museum in Davenport partnered with Deere and Company to showcase works from the company's art collection. Here's Michelle O'Neill's report that previewed the opening of the exhibit entitled, Global Currents: The John Deere Art Collection.

The Quad Cities is well-known as the home of John Deere, but what's not well-known is that it's also the home of the company's extensive art collection.

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Artists, art lovers, and people who hate peeling paint will be happy to learn Rock Island plans to repair and maintain murals in the city.

Melissa and Claire talk about the intersections of art, Earth Day, and the March for Science through a closer examination of artists Katja Loher and Maria Sybilla Merian.

A map shows a highlighted area on part of the campus with the library on the north & the site where the new art museum will be built to the south. / Iowa Board of Regents

As art from the University of Iowa tours Europe, the leadership at the art museum in Iowa City has changed. More than eight years after the Iowa River flooded the old art museum, former Congressman Jim Leach is serving as Interim Director.  Michelle O'Neill reports that former UIMA Director, Sean O'Harrow, can't think of a better person to be at the helm, as the university begins the process of building a new art museum.


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A ten-foot tall web of yellow yarn now decorates the main parking lot at Black Hawk College in Moline. This week, as part of an inter-active public art project, students and staff wrapped yarn around poles with signs, such as "I'm a dog person" or "I speak more than one language." 

colorful screenshot from the home page of Hospital Art Foundation showing six rectangles that form a mural of a peacock and flowers / Foundation of Hospital Art

For at least a couple of hours, cancer patients in the Quad Cities will have fun working together to create art. Tomorrow morning, the Foundation for Hospital Art will host "Paintfest America" at Genesis Cancer Care Institute in Davenport.

Black & white photo of a rural church, Indian Reservation, Cache Creek, British Columbia, 1968 Inkjet Print
David Plowden / Collection of the Figge Art Museum, Gift of David and Sandra Plowden, 2014.9.116 © 2016 Sandra Plowden

This summer, Quad Cities residents can enjoy a new exhibit of photographs at the Figge Art Museum. David Plowden: An American Master features more than 70 images he recently gave to the museum in Davenport.

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Around a hundred years ago, Frank Lundahl was not known for painting everyday life in the Quad Cities area. Instead, the Moline artist made a living painting interior murals in churches, theaters, and libraries. Now, an exhibit features a collection of paintings Lundahl created for himself.

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The celebration of the Figge Art Museum's 10th annversary just keeps getting bigger. Today, children, teens, and adults are enjoying free art activities, bands, hip-hop, birthday cake, and more. There's no charge to visit the Figge in Davenport until early this fall.