Figge Art Museum Endowment


The Davenport Municipal Art Gallery opened in 1925 with a gift of several hundred European and Mexican Colonial paintings. It was the first gallery of its kind in Iowa. The gallery relocated in 2003 to a 115,000 sq. ft. facility in downtown Davenport, designed by architect David Chipperfield. The museum was re-named the Figge Art Museum in honor of the V.O. and Elizabeth Kahl Figge Foundation, which donated $13.25 million to the project

The collections in the museum today number at nearly 4,000 pieces of work, ranging from paintings to sculptures, from the 16th century until now. In the new facility, collections remain on display permanently, the first time this has been possible in the museum’s history, and there still remains enough space for traveling exhibitions. Additionally, 50% of the museum’s space is reserved for educational and public services.

The Figge Art Museum’s mission is to serve the public by collecting, conserving and exhibiting art, and promoting appreciation for and creation of visual art through education. As a vital, responsive institution, the Museum brings art and people together and expands the knowledge and love of art as well as enriches the life of the community through the power of art. The museum attracts, engages and enlightens a diverse public by working together with local and national organizations to provide for the interests of the community. The museum also serves the community by respecting and representing worldwide cultures, and running the institution based on the belief that understanding art and creativity allows people to make better decisions about life and appreciate diversity. 

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