Artist Lesley Dill, a renowned New York-based artist, brings historical and literary figures from America’s past to life in a new exhibition curated by the Figge Art Museum, 225 W. 2nd St., Davenport.

Opening this past weekend, Lesley Dill, Wilderness: Light Sizzles Around Me features a collection of hand-painted and sewn textile sculptures and banners created by Dill over the past six years. Her work carefully interweaves imagery, text, and historical visionaries into

Davenport’s Figge Art Museum to Premiere Traveling Exhibit From N.Y. Artist

An image from the new exhibit, Lesley Dill, Wilderness: Light Sizzles Around Me, which features a collection of hand-painted and sewn textile sculptures and banners created by Dill over the past six years.

stunning three-dimensional encounters.

Gracefully suspended from the ceiling, the clothing of each figure is delicately embellished with words and symbols drawn from their writings and experiences, according to a museum release. Hand-painted banners hang on every wall of the gallery with further texts and imagery elaborating on their incredible stories. The exhibition demonstrates how far we have come as a country and how far we have yet to go, the release said.

This is the first time the exhibition will be seen. After its presentation in the Q-C, it will travel to five other museums in the South and the Northeastern U.S., including the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts in Alabama and the Munson Williams Art Institute in Utica, N.Y.

“We are honored that Wilderness: Light Sizzles Around Me will debut right here in the Quad-Cities,” Figge executive director Michelle Hargrave said. “When visitors see these colossal and impressive works, they will be in awe. We hope they will be inspired by the personas and reminded of how the powerful words, experiences, and spirituality of these brave individuals helped shape our nation’s history.”

The exhibit will be on display through Aug. 22. For more information on the artist, visit


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