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The Figge Art Museum is the premier art exhibition and education facility between Chicago and Des Moines. Its landmark glass building on the banks of the Mississippi, designed by British architect David Chipperfield, is home to one of the Midwest's finest art collections and hosts world-class traveling exhibitions. Its studios, auditorium and spacious lobby are alive with art classes, lectures and special events that attract visitors of all ages.

Chad Pregracke's - Living Lands & Waters Exhibit - A bottle cast afloat with a message inside, to be found by an unknown person on an unknown shore, is a staple of stories and legends. Sometimes these bottles are real. This summer, the Figge will present Chad Pregracke’s collection of forty such bottles, collected on his annual clean-up campaigns along the Mississippi, Illinois, Ohio and other rivers. The bottles will be shown intact, in specially crafted boxes, alongside images of the message for each bottle. The messages vary in nature, from silliness to seriousness, reflecting our own varying thoughts about the meaning of the river as an emotional touchstone. A large map shows the location where each bottle was collected.

In 1998, at age 23, Quad Cities native, Chad Pregracke, founded Living Lands and Waters, a nonprofit organization dedicated to removing trash and debris from the banks and waters of the Mississippi River. Since then, Pregracke has led a dedicated crew and over 90,000 volunteers in removing millions of pounds of trash from the nation’s waterways and planting hundreds of thousands of native trees to stabilize and reforest riverbanks. His efforts have earned him national acclaim, including the Jefferson Award and the CNN Hero of the Year award. Messages in a Bottle is presented with the support of The John Deere Foundation, Mark and Debbie Schwiebert, and Quad City International Airport.

Thursday, June 22 5:30 p.m. - MAiZE Opening Reception & Artist Talk - Stop by the Figge at 5:30 p.m. for the opening reception and the Artist Talk at 7 p.m.  Join contemporary, New Yor-based artist Jean Shin at this sneak  preview of MAiZE as she discusses the exhibition, as well as the process for turning 12,000 plastic bottles into 1,200 cornstalks.

Thursday, June 22 6:30 p.m. - Midwest Writing Center Event - join us for a public reception at 6:30 p.m. with the author Luis Alberto Urrea. The reception will be followed by a 7:30 keynote address and 8:30 book signing.


FREE Admission - sponsored by The Bechtel Trusts and John Deere Classic


Tuesday10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
location_on225 West 2nd Street, Davenport
descriptionAbout Figge Art Museum
Come visit the Figge Art Museum in downtown Davenport, Iowa. This community-centered facility is a gathering place for residents and visitors alike to experience and enjoy the visual arts.

Located on the banks of the Mississippi River, this 100,000 sq.ft. museum, designed by British architect David Chipperfield, includes:
Nine permanent collection galleries
Traveling exhibition galleries
Art studios for children and adults
Family Gallery and Family Activity Center
140 seat auditorium
Library and research stacks
Museum store

The Figge has a collection of approximately 3,000 works that reflect artistic styles and developments from the Renaissance to contemporary art, with particular strengths in American Regionalist, Mexican Colonial and Haitian Art. In addition, the Figge now houses the extensive University of Iowa Art Museum collection featuring an over-12,000-piece collection.