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Davenport Photographer Loves Capturing All the Feels On Stage and Life

March 20th, 2021

Saturday in the Arts is a weekly feature covering a trend, subject, event or personality of local interest. It runs every Saturday morning on your site for the best entertainment and arts coverage in the area, QuadCities.com! Jessica Sheridan loves to share the light, capture the light, and be the light. The bubbly, passionate 34-year-old Bettendorf native has a strong theatrical background and she’s consistently used her devotion to storytelling – on stage and off – to make a career as a professional photographer and theater artist. Sheridan graduated in 2008 from St. Ambrose University... Read More

BREAKING: Documentary Scored by Ambrose Composer Earns 2021 Oscar Nomination

March 15th, 2021

BREAKING NEWS: St. Ambrose University music professor Bill Campbell awoke to some great news Monday morning. The 2020 documentary for which he wrote music, “Hunger Ward,” is among five 93rd-annual Academy Award nominees for Best Documentary, Short Subject. Campbell was among the film crew that attended the 91st-annual Oscars ceremony in Los Angeles, in February 2019, when the second film in the refugee trilogy, “Lifeboat” (2018), was nominated in the same category. “The movies that are nominated for the Documentary Short are really — all of them – absolutely amazing films,”... Read More

After St. Ambrose Picked New President, Augustana Busy in Process to Choose Theirs

March 4th, 2021

The past couple months have been a busy time in the private college presidential search business in the Quad-Cities. In late January, Augustana College president Steven Bahls announced he was delaying his planned retirement one year – from July 2021 to July 1, 2022. In early February, St. Ambrose University concluded its search process for the 14th president of the Davenport institution, naming Amy C. Novak, president of Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, S.D., to take the helm this August, with the retirement of Sister Joan Lescinski. And in late February, Augustana in Rock Island held... Read More

St. Ambrose Music Professor Looks Back on 2019 Oscar Night, Considers A 2021 Nomination

February 24th, 2021

Bill Campbell attended the 91st-annual Academy Awards ceremony at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles exactly two years ago, Feb. 24, 2019. And he may be part of another Oscar nominee this spring. “It was quite an amazing experience to be part of it,” he said of the 2019 event Wednesday. “Throughout the whole day and night, I kept reminding myself, I’m here because I wrote music for a film that’s all about trying to help people. And that felt good. “It did feel a little bit odd being there and celebrating it, but we worked hard for it and that was good,” Campbell said. “It was really... Read More

Davenport’s St. Ambrose University Streaming Tense Political ‘80s Drama This Weekend

February 18th, 2021

St. Ambrose University senior Tyler Hughes made his full-length directing debut in the middle of a global pandemic, with another tense story of international crisis. “Two Rooms” by Lee Blessing – a love story of Lainie and Michael, married American educators working in Lebanon during the mid-1980s – features four student actors and was filmed earlier this month, to be streamed this weekend. After Michael is kidnapped by terrorists, Lainie returns to the United States to seek out help from her government to have Michael rescued, only to be stonewalled by the American policy that states:... Read More

Go Team! 2021 Cheer and Dance National Championship to be Held at St. Ambrose, Davenport

February 1st, 2021

The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) 2021 cheer and dance national championships will return to St. Ambrose University, Davenport, in March. The championship tournaments were recently relocated due to a scheduling conflict with the Eastern Michigan Convocation Center. The championships will move from Ypsilanti, Mich., to Davenport, and will be hosted by St. Ambrose and Visit Quad Cities. In a year of shuffling of schedules, the NAIA worked with St. Ambrose swiftly after it was determined that the previously announced host site was unable to accommodate the championships... Read More

St. Ambrose President Joan Lescinski Retiring

January 25th, 2021

Today, it was announced that Steven Bahls will retire as president of Augustana College effective July 1, 2022, after a notable 19-year career leading the private Rock Island school. And, on the Iowa side of the Mississippi River, the head of the other major private university in the Quad-Cities, is also retiring. St. Ambrose University president Sister Joan Lescinski announced last summer she will retire effective August of 2021. A national search for the 14th president in the university’s 138-year history has been underway. Trustee alumni John Anderson ’87 and Renee Citera ’81 were appointed... Read More

St. Ambrose Piano Professor Performs Monday on Iowa Public Radio Steinway Series

January 10th, 2021

The day last August that Marian Lee was to be the first female pianist to play for Iowa Public Radio’s (IPR) Steinway Café series, was the day after the devastating derecho swept through the Midwest. The St. Ambrose University associate professor of piano rescheduled her virtual appearance to this Monday at noon. Lee’s pre-recorded 45-minute program (filmed at SAU’s Madsen Hall) will be available on IPR’s Facebook page and Ambrose music department’s Facebook. Lee will be watching and answering viewer questions in real time on the IPR site. “I was really surprised to find I was the... Read More

Art Legacy League to Hold Open House in Davenport Nov. 20

November 16th, 2020

The Art Legacy League (ALL) has found a new home on the Davenport riverfront and will hold a two-hour open house on Friday, Nov. 20. Founded in 2012, the nonprofit ALL is dedicated to the memory of Father Edward Catich and his contributions to the calligraphic arts, history of writing, and his long legacy of teaching. Father Catich (1906-1979) was an internationally renowned artist, calligrapher and visionary instructor who founded the St. Ambrose University Art Department. The ALL moved from J.B. Young Opportunity Center, 1702 N. Main St., Davenport. It had been there since 2018, and is now at... Read More

Quad-Cities Choir Rehearses Virtually for Next “Messiah” in May

November 14th, 2020

Saturday In The Arts is a weekly look at a personality, place, trend or topic of interest to the Quad-Cities. It runs every Saturday morning on your site for fun, free, local entertainment and features, QuadCities.com. The composer George Frideric Handel wrote his masterwork oratorio “Messiah” in 24 days in 1741, in 53 movements across three major parts. While long considered a Christmas favorite, it premiered during Lent on April 13, 1742. A beloved Quad-Cities tradition – performed under the baton of Augustana College music professor Jon Hurty – has been revived in a virtual format now... Read More