The Figge Art Museum participates in an art loan program

DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) — The Figge Art Museum participates in the Art Bridges Collection Loan Partnership, a museum art loan program that features a variety of American artwork.

“With this opportunity, we are able to present works that would otherwise be invisible or not accessible to the public,” said Andrew Wallace, Director of Collections and Exhibitions at the Figge Art Museum. “We feel very strongly that we represent these communities who come from all kinds of backgrounds, and it’s important for people to understand that we don’t see art through just one lens, but we see art through a wide lens.”

As part of the Art Bridges Collection Loan Partnership, the Figge Art Museum presents 13 works of art from the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha, Nebraska. One of the goals of the program is to increase the posting of underrepresented groups, including women artists, and the LGBTQ and BIPOC communities.

“[It’s] demonstrating the fact that women have played a vital role in art created from diverse backgrounds,” Wallace said. “Most of the visitors who come to this museum are women, and that’s important to us, especially for the young people, whether it’s the creative arts academy or the k-12 system, they have the chance to see works by a wider variety of artists than they ever would have had a dozen years ago.

Wallace said the Figge Art Museum will blend its collection with the Joslyn Collection to give visitors the opportunity to reflect on and explore current issues portrayed in the artwork.

“We think that by doing this, by presenting the work in this way, visitors will be open to making up their own minds. It gives virtually anyone the ability to come in and make their own comparisons, come to their own conclusions and profit from it,” Wallace said.

Visitors have some time to check out the new art, as the Joslyn Collection will be on display until September 2023.

The Figge Museum of Art in downtown Davenport is offering free admission for the remainder of July.

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