Visiting Artist Series

The Visiting Artist Series is a unique arts residency program that brings professional artists to the Midwest, offering the community the opportunity to see world-class acts representing diverse disciplines at minimal cost. Artists are chosen for their quality and/or educational ability.

Outreach performances during the one- or two-week residencies take place mostly in schools. We serve school district in a six-county service region including the Quad Cities. Residencies are designed to reach students of all ages, from preschool to college.

Visiting Artists also perform at business locations, social service organizations, and public facilities. Each residency concludes with a public performance.

The objectives of the series are to provide extended interactions between the artists and the community, to expose and educate student and adult audiences by broadening their understandings of the arts, and to make arts accessible to a wide variety of people.

Artists are chosen at an annual selection meeting two seasons in advance. Scheduling for performances at community sites during the 2017-2018 season will begin April 2017.

Public Performances

Live performances will be posted to our event calendar as soon as the details are set.


View an in-depth history and description of the Visiting Artist Series.

Quad City Arts also receives significant support for the Visiting Artist Series from Scott County Regional Authority, National Endowment for the Arts, John Deere Foundation, Iowa Arts Council, Amy Helpenstell Foundation, Doris and Victor Day Foundation, Arts Midwest Touring Fund, Rock Island Community Foundation, Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine, U.S. Bank Foundation, and Rauch Family Foundation I.

Lodging for artists is provided by local hotels. Performance space is provided by the Nighswander Theatre at Davenport Junior Theatre, Quad City Symphony Orchestra, St. Ambrose University, Butterworth Center, First Presbyterian Church in Davenport, and Polyrhythms at the River Music Experience. Additional support comes from service fees paid by school districts, Parent Teacher Associations, service clubs, and businesses.