Arts & Culture

Courtesy Bruce Walters

There is a new mural outside the German American Heritage Center in Davenport to celebrate the opening of their latest exhibit, "Sound Mind Sound Body: Turnverein Traditions". Created by Bruce Walters, Professor of Art at Western Illinois University, it is 30 feet by 10 feet and depicts a German gymnast suspending himself from rings in a feat of extreme upper-body strength.

Carolyn Martin

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.


A splash of color has just appeared outside the Waterfront Convention Center in downtown Bettendorf. Tuesday Quad City Arts dedicated the newest artwork in its Public Sculpture Program.

Quad City Arts has installed a new sculpture in Rock Island's Longview Park. "Chorus" by Jan Dean is the latest installment in Quad City Arts rotating sculpture program.

Willowbrook Photography

Despite the current flooding by the Mississippi River, this year's Blues Festival will be held on the Davenport riverfront as scheduled. The river crested Sunday 1 1/2 feet over flood stage, and is expected to fall to flood stage by Friday when the festival begins.

Carolyn Martin

The Metro Arts Youth Apprenticeship program, run by Quad City Arts, is hard at work on three new murals this summer. They are going up at Douglas Park in Rock Island, the K&K Hardware store in Bettendorf, and inside the south parking ramp of Genesis East Medical Center in Davenport.