Figge Art Museum showcasing works by primary school students | Arts and theater

For children struggling with their emotions, whether due to limited social interaction inside and outside of school due to the COVID-19 pandemic or other upheavals, the art can be a good way to express feelings safely and creatively.

The Figge Museum of Art is giving local students the opportunity to showcase the work they put their hearts into this spring through the “Young Artists at The Figge” exhibition, which opens this weekend.

Artwork from elementary school students across the Quad-Cities will rotate in the Mary Waterman Gildehaus Community Gallery on the second floor of the Figge Art Museum until May 15, with a different school district showcasing its students’ work each week.

The Muscatine School District will feature student work first. The Moline School District will present works next, followed by the Bettendorf, Geneseo, Pleasant Valley, North Scott and Davenport School Districts. The Rock Island-Milan School District will complete the exhibit.

Most of the art will be 2D.

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An iteration of “Young Artists at The Figge” has been around since before the Figge himself, said Brian Allen, coordinator of the Figge Studio school and educational galleries. The pieces are chosen by each district’s art teacher, along with the themes they wish to implement. In the past, districts have submitted works with themes of self-portraits or other subjects.

Giving students the chance to show their work in a professional art museum can open a new door for thinking, Allen said, allowing them to see how art interacts with the real world and perhaps even instill future dreams. .

“It gives students a sense of pride and shows them that art happens outside of their classroom and in the world,” Allen said. “It’s also a way for us to highlight the importance of what they do and of arts education in school districts. Not all school districts have art.”

There is a change in the atmosphere of the Mary Waterman Gildehaus Community Gallery from the rest of the Figge when student art is shown, Allen said. Guests might not expect it, but it’s wonderful to have a more carefree display alongside the other exhibits at the Figge.

“I feel like it’s refreshing to see kids’ art, and they’re not embarrassed at all,” Allen said. “There’s a playful spirit there, so it’s a way for us to celebrate their creativity and recognize the students who do.”

Mildred D. Field