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Learn More About Figge Museum’s ‘For America’ Exhibit Tonight

Get an in-depth look at the latest traveling exhibit at the Figge Museum tonight!

Learn More About Figge Museum's 'For America' Exhibit Tonight

Michelle Hargrave is executive director of the Figge Art Museum.

You can attend a virtual talk at 6:30 p.m. by American artist Ann Gale, who is featured in the traveling exhibit “For America,” through May 16.

Gale is known for her complex and expressive oil paintings of individuals. Gale earned her BFA from Rhode Island College and her MFA from Yale University. She is a Professor of Fine Arts at the University of Washington, Seattle.

Learn More About Figge Museum's 'For America' Exhibit Tonight

Ann Gale, one of the artists in the American art exhibit, will give a virtual talk at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

Gale is an American figurative painter based in Seattle, Wash. Gale received her BFA from the Rhode Island College and her MFA from Yale University. She has been the recipient of several awards, including: Western States Art Federation/National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant and a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship.

She received an Academy of Arts and Letters Museum Purchase Award and is an Academician of the National Academy of Art and Design, New York.

Gale’s work has been exhibited in galleries and museums across the country, including solo exhibitions at The Dolby Chadwick Gallery, San Francisco, Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects, NY, Fralin Art Museum, University of Virginia, University of Massachusetts, Lowell, the Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon and Weatherspoon Art Museum at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Learn More About Figge Museum's 'For America' Exhibit Tonight

Robert Frederick Blum, Two Idlers (1888–89), Oil on canvas, 29 × 40 in., National Academy of Design, New York, Courtesy American Federation of Arts.

Registrants for her free talk will receive a Zoom link two hours prior to the program. You can register HERE.

At the museum website, www.figgeartmuseum.org, you can also access a great, comprehensive virtual tour of “For America: 200 Years of Painting From the National Academy of Design.”

Learn More About Figge Museum's 'For America' Exhibit Tonight

Another view from self-guided virtual tours on the Figge website.

The online tour offers a vast array of resources, including a 10-minute video of the exhibit (narrated by assistant curator Vanessa Sage); gallery views of the Figge’s third and fourth floors, where you can control the navigation of what to see, as well as a slide show of many individual artworks, where you can see detailed information on each artist and painting.

The site also includes an audio introduction to “For America” from Michelle Hargrave, docent videos, regional artists audio, gallery event videos, educational information, and art activities such as video demonstrations of portrait and landscape painting from Rhiannon Ashmore of the Figge education department.

Museum hours are 10 a.m.­­-5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. on Thursdays; and 12-5 p.m. on Sundays. Reservations are strongly encouraged and can be made at www.figgeartmuseum.org or by calling 563-345-6632. Admission to the museum is $10 for adults, $6 for seniors and students with ID and $4 children ages 4-12.

Admission is free to Figge members and institutional members and to all on Thursday nights.

Learn More About Figge Museum's 'For America' Exhibit Tonight

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Jonathan Turner has been covering the Quad-Cities arts scene for 25 years, first as a reporter with the Dispatch and Rock Island Argus, and then as a reporter with the Quad City Times. Jonathan is also an accomplished actor and musician who has been seen frequently on local theater stages, including the Bucktown Revue and Black Box Theatre.
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