MUSCATINE, Iowa—Creativity blossoms at a young age, and each spring, Young Artists at the Figge celebrates the talents of many students from Muscatine and other districts near the Quad Cities. A 14-year-old tradition, many budding artists from Muscatine have gotten their start in this exhibit. This year, 105 students from Muscatine Community School District had the opportunity to showcase their work.
Danielle Holder, an art teacher at Madison Elementary school, detailed that students in kindergarten through sixth grade at each of Muscatine’s six elementary schools had opportunities to display their work in this year’s exhibit. Art teachers at each school selected some of the most original and well executed pieces of artwork their students created and sent them to the Figge Art Museum in Davenport where it went on display. “I think it’s great whenever we can get our student’s artwork out for the public to view,” said Holder.
This year, the Young Artists at the Figge exhibition got interrupted by the COVID-19 outbreak. To encourage social distancing, the museum closed and cancelled the ceremony they planned for the Muscatine students exhibiting. However, Holder and her fellow art teachers got creative to find ways to honor the students online. With their help, Holder ensured each piece got scanned so people could view them online. Kristin Hazelett even organized them into a slide show, so families could view each school’s artwork easily.
In the future, Holder also hopes to find a way to hold a physical exhibition for the students, further honoring their accomplishments. “We would love it if we could find a place within Muscatine to display the artwork,” Holder shared.
Though it may prove some time before Holder can realize her plans to hold a local exhibit, enjoying the students’ artwork virtually provides a fun activity for Muscatine residents of all ages as they practice social distancing. To view every Muscatine entry in the Young Artists at the Figge exhibit, visit www.discovermuscatine.com.
Update May 4:
You may view entries from Madison and McKinley students in the front window of Who Arted? at 129 West Second Street, Muscatine from Monday, May 4 through at least the end of the week.
Update May 16:
You may view entries from Franklin, Grant, Mulberry, and Jefferson students in the front window of Who Arted? beginning Saturday, May 16.