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Art Guild Fine Arts Exhibition Awards

The Rock Island Art Guild announced prize awards for the 40th Fine Arts Exhibition during the Opening Reception on Thursday, Feb. 1 at the Figge Art Museum.

Glenn Bodish

Grey Matter, Glenn Bodish

First Place $1,000: Glenn Bodish (Dixon, IL), Grey Matter, oil on panel.

Second Place $500: Joan Webster-Vore (Hudson, IA), Target Practice, paper and wood with binder clips.

Third Place Founders Award in honor of JoAnn and Italo Milani $300: Paul Scott Page (Monmouth, IL), Roscoe Discount Cincinatti Ohio, photograph.

Sally MacMillan Watercolor Award $500: George Olson (Woodhull, IL), Leaf Study: Wild Lettuce, watercolor on paper.  

Three-Dimensional Award in memory of Zeivel Harris $500: Judy Bales (Fairfield, IA), Yugen, A Mysterious Grace, salvaged nylon and metal.

Honorable Mentions $100:
Fred Easker (Cedar Rapids, IA), Autumn Along Village Creek, oil on canvas.
Paul Eshelman (Elizabeth, IL), Double Tray with Ripple Cups, red stoneware with satin glaze.
Jan Rockwell (Macomb, IL), Best Foot Forward, oil on linen.

eric wolever, lapse

Lapse, Eric Wolever

Eric Wolever (Coal Valley, IL),  Lapse, acrylic print, graphite and ink on birch panel.

Dr. Patricia McDonnell, Director of the Witchita Art Museum, served as juror of the exhibition.

The Rock Island Art Guild 40th Fine Arts Exhibition at the Figge Art Museum will be on display through May 20, 2018.  This year’s round saw 221 applications submitted by 122 artists. Overall, 43 artists with 58 pieces of artwork were accepted into the exhibition

People’s Choice Award and Children’s Choice Award will be selected and awarded at the end of the exhibition. 

Milani’s Honored with Guild Founders Award

lo Milani Figge Art Museum

JoAnn and Italo “Lo” Milani

The Rock Island Art Guild is proud to honor longtime Guild members and supporters JoAnn and Italo Milani as honorees of the Third Prize Founders Award for the 40th Fine Arts Exhibition at the Figge Art Museum.

For many years, JoAnn and Lo Milani have been an integral part of the Fine Arts Exhibition, serving as Exhibition Chair in 2009 and Exhibition Fundraising Chair in 2013. In addition to being fervent supporters of the Figge Art Museum, they are active art patrons and generously welcome Rock Island Art Guild members into their home on a regular basis for artful moments and conversations.

Previous Founders Award honorees have been Ruth Evelyn Katz, G. Pierson “Pete” Brauch and Ruth Brauch.

40th Rock Island Art Guild Fine Arts Exhibition

figgeThe Rock Island Art Guild is happy to announce that 43 artists were accepted into the 40th Rock Island Fine Arts Exhibition at the Figge Art Museum in Davenport, IA.

Les Allen, Judy Bales, Brad Bisbey, Karen Blomme, Glenn Bodish, Linda Buechting, John Carlson, Dick Dahlstrom, Fred Easker, Velga Easker, Pamela Echeverria, Paul Eshelman, Michael Godsil, Jessica Gondek, David Gregory, Denis Hagen, Barbara Hansen, Gary Harris, Richard Hess, Raphael Iaccarino, Jane Koski, Edward Mittvalsky, Thomas Monahan, Eileen Mueller Neill, John Nelson, Phillip Ochs, Tim Olson, George Olson, Paul Scott Page, Adam Rake, Susan Reinier, Anna Repke, Randy Richmond, Jan Rockwell, Paul Rung, Dave Schaeffer, Shelley Smith, Greg Thatcher, Zaiga Thorson, Rosalie Waranius Vass, Joan Webster-Vore, Amy Whiteman, Eric Wolever.

Awards will be announced at the opening reception on Thursday, Feb. 1. Receptions begins at 5:30 p.m. and remarks are at 7:00 p.m.

Awards will be given for the following:

First Place $1,000

Second Place $500

Third Place Founders Award In honor of JoAnn and Italo Milani $300

Sally MacMillan Watercolor Award $500

Three-dimensional Entry Award In Memory of Zeivel Harris $500

Honorable Mentions $100

People’s Choice $50

Children’s Award $50

 

 

Exhibition Notices Delayed Until Jan. 3

Due to some unforeseen circumstances, the accept/decline notices for the 40th Fine Arts Exhibition will be sent on Wednesday, Jan. 3.

The timeline for getting artwork to the Figge Art Museum remains the same for artists who receive an acceptance notification: Mailed works must arrive by Jan. 15 with a prepaid return label enclosed; Hand-delivered works may be dropped off at the Figge on Jan. 19 and 20 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

The Figge Art Museum is located at 225 West 2nd Street, Davenport, Iowa.

Exhibition Application Closed

RIFG-logoWEBThe Rock Island Art Guild 40th Fine Arts Exhibition at the Figge Art Museum Call for Entries closed on November 30.

Artists will receive decline or acceptance notice on January 1. Instructions for dropping off or shipping artwork to the Figge Art Museum will be included.

The juror, Dr. Patricia McDonnell, will select the prize awards when she visits in late January. The awards will be announced at the Reception on February 1.

Questions contact Holly Sparkman at hksparkman@gmail.com.

Fine Arts Exhibition Juror Announced

Dr. Patricia McDonnell. Photo courtesy Wichita Art Museum.

Dr. Patricia McDonnell. Photo courtesy Wichita Art Museum.

The Rock Island Art Guild is pleased to have Dr. Patricia McDonnell as the juror for the 40th Fine Arts Exhibition at the Figge Art Museum.

Patricia McDonnell is director of the Wichita Art Museum, a position she’s held for five years. Previously, she served as director of the Ulrich Museum of Art at Wichita State University for five years when first coming to Kansas in 2007. With a doctorate in art history from Brown University, McDonnell has worked in art museums for over 30 years. She has training in management as well as art history.

McDonnell has worked in museums around the country—at the Weisman Art Museum at University of Minnesota, the Rhode Island School of Art and Design Museum of Art, the Hirshhorn at the Smithsonian in DC, and the Tacoma Art Museum in Washington state. In those museums, she worked as a curator. She stepped into the shoes of director in coming to the Ulrich at Wichita State.

McDonnell remains an active scholar as well as museum professional. She is one a handful of specialists on artist Marsden Hartley. She is the author of one book, substantive exhibition catalogues that accompanied national touring shows, and numerous scholarly journal articles.

Call for Entries Open to the 40th Fine Arts Exhibition!

The Rock Island Art Guild 40th Fine Arts Exhibition Call for Entries is OPEN!

Artists within a 150 mile radius of Rock Island, Illinois are encouraged to enter up to two original works of art that must have been created in the last five years. Application fee is $35 and the deadline for entry is November 30, 2017.

The 40th Fine Arts Exhibition is scheduled for January 27 – May 20, 2018, at the Figge Art Museum in Davenport. Several prize awards are offered.

The juror for the exhibition is Dr. Patricia McDonnell, Director of the Wichita Art Museum.

Artists can enter the Fine Arts Exhibition online  via Juried Arts Services >>

Questions can be directed to Exhibition Chair Holly Sparkman, hksparkman@gmail.com.

Fine Arts Exhibition 2018

The Rock Island Art Guild will open the Call for Entries to the 40th Fine Arts Exhibition in the fall of 2017.

The exhibition dates will be in late winter/early spring of 2018 at the Figge Art Museum in Davenport Iowa.

If you would like to be put on the Call for Entries mailing list, send an email to RIAG President Holly Sparkman.

Artwork Pick Up Dates for the Fine Arts Exhibit

Artists who had a piece of artwork in the 39th Fine Arts Exhibit can pick up their artwork on Tuesday, May 17 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.; Friday, May 20 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Saturday, May 21 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

If there are any questions or other arrangements that need to be made, please contact Jane Koski at janekoski@gmail.com .

Fine Arts Exhibit Gallery Talks at the Figge

Joan Webster-Vore

Joan Webster-Vore

Four artists in the Rock Island Art Guild’s 39th Fine Arts Exhibit  will be giving an Artist Talk on April 14 at the Figge Art Museum.

Joan Webster-Vore, Drew Starenko, Matt Pulford and Jessica Teckemeyer will speak about their artworks in the gallery for a fun and informative evening.

The Artist Talk begins at 7:00 p.m. and the event is free and open to the public.

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