Tim Schiffer

Schiffer Leaving Figge

May 3, 2019

The Figge Art Museum in Davenport will soon start looking for a new leader. Friday afternoon, it announced Executive Director and CEO Tim Schiffer has submitted his resignation, effective at the end of July. 

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The author of Where the Wild Things Are—one of the most widely read children's books—now has his own exhibit in the Quad Cities.

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Paintings by some of the best-known artists will visit the Quad Cities later this year. For three months, beginning in October, the Figge Art Museum in Davenport will host "French Moderns: Monet to Matisse, 1850-1950."

A new company is now running the cafe and special events at the Figge Art Museum in Davenport. Last week, the museum and Frontier Hospitality Group celebrated their partnership that officially began in January. 

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Free admission and a popular exhibit helped boost attendance at the Figge Art Museum this summer. From June through last weekend (9/25), 31,000 people visited the museum in downtown Davenport, an increase of 9,000 over last year.

Executive director, Tim Schiffer, says the museum first offered free admission a year ago during the summer as part of its 10th anniversary celebration, and attendance jumped by 9,000 over the previous year. 

Free admission for 15 weeks this year was made possible by grants from the Bechtel Trusts and John Deere Classic.

People who've never been able to tour the Figge Art Museum in Davenport, can now do so. "Genie" is a camera on wheels that can be controlled remotely by someone with wi-fi and a computer.

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To show his support for the arts, and federal funding for them, Dave Loebsack stopped in Davenport today. The 2nd District Congressman from Iowa City toured the Figge Art Museum, and three exhibits that received federal support.He says the National Endowment for the Arts is a favorite target in Congress.

Support for the exhibits came directly from the NEA or from other federal agencies to state and local organizations, and then to the museum.

Work has started to assure the long-term future of the Figge Art Museum. Today the Figge Task Force, appointed by Davenport Mayor Bill Gluba, held its first meeting.

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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.