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WIU Offers Graduate Art Classes at Figge Art Museum

September 2, 2005

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MACOMB, IL - - Two graduate-level studio art classes, one in drawing and one in painting, will be offered this fall at the new Figge Art Museum in Davenport, IA by Western Illinois University art faculty.

Studio Problems in Drawing, taught by Associate Professor Bill Howard, will meet Thursdays beginning Sept. 29. Studio Problems in Painting, taught by Associate Professor Bruce Walters, will meet Fridays beginning Sept. 30. Classes are scheduled to meet from noon to 5 p.m.

“Until now there hasn’t been an opportunity for Quad City-area teachers and students to take graduate-level art classes,” Walters said. “Western hopes to fill that void, and this is one of the first steps we are taking to establish a master of fine arts degree program in the Quad Cities.”

The Figge Art Museum (, formerly the Davenport Museum of Art, opened Aug. 6, following the nearly three-year, $46 million construction on Davenport’s riverfront.

“The museum is gorgeous, and the studio space where the classes will be held is beautiful,” said Walters, who currently has an exhibit titled “100 Things I Have Done in 50 Years” on display at the MidCoast Fine Arts Gallery at the Mississippi Valley Welcome Center in LeClaire, IA, through September.

“We are proud to be on the list of organizations that the Figge Art Museum calls its partners,” said Western’s College of Fine Arts and Communication Dean Paul Kreider. “This partnership creates an artistic and academic connection with an arts entity in the Quad Cities, which supports the mission of the college and the strategic plan of the University.”

For more information or to register for the graduate classes, contact the Western Illinois University art department, telephone 309/298-1549.

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