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Rock Island Gallery

current Exhibit
tim schiffer, chris rayburn, & john miller
december 13, 2019 - january 24, 2020
opening reception: december 13, 7 - 9 pm
On exhibit from December 13th through January 24th will be photographs by Chris Rayburn of Davenport, IA, watercolors by Tim Schiffer of Iowa City, IA and giant glass goblets by John Miller of Champaign, IL.
The public is invited to meet the artists and enjoy complimentary food and beverages from 7-9 p.m. on Friday, December 13th at Quad City Arts in Rock Island.
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tim schiffer
Tim Schiffer will show watercolor paintings that combine fallen leaves with objects and images from art history. It looks as if the leaves have gracefully landed on the iconic works of art, asking the question of what is more beautiful, the man-made works, or the miraculous nature around us. The leaves seem to imply that even with time and loss of vibrancy, we still want to hold on to objects that remind us of magnificence.
chris rayburn
Chris Rayburn presents “Transplanted.” In a series of large-scale photographic prints, Rayburn calls out the unnoticed details of ordinary places in order to enrich the act of looking. He focuses his photography on trees in suburban environments.  Located in commercial developments, the trees can become so repetitive that they get overlooked. The artist uses his lens to draw attention to the artificial combination of young trees, encircled by concrete asphalt, gravel and other materials.
john miller
John Miller presents “Gathering.” He has been working in glass for more than 20 years and focuses on blown sculpture. He earned his MFA at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. He exhibits internationally, lectures and demonstrates nationally, and is an assistant professor and head of the glass department at Illinois State University. He will exhibit a selection of over-sized goblets from a recent series of collaborations with other accomplished glass artists.
up next...
the artist behind the tattoo group show
january 30 - march 20, 2020
opening reception: february 7, 7 - 9 pm

About the Rock Island Gallery

The Quad City Arts Gallery is home to an exhibition space located on the first floor. The building, which was once a turn-of-the-century department store, features hardwood floors & an amazing fourteen foot-high ceiling. The exhibition space is more than 1,500 sq. ft., a perfect space to showcase large paintings, sculptures & enjoy an occasional performance. 

Gallery Store

The Quad City Arts Gallery is also home to a Gallery Store, a great place to purchase the original artwork of over 75 regional artists.

For artists interested in selling their artwork, our Gallery Store has an ongoing Call for Entries. We accept entries continually and present them to the Public & Visual Arts Committee for jurying four times per year. The work is presented by our staff to the committee through a blind jury process, so that the members do not see the name of the person applying. Notification is sent out directly following each meeting. Our Gallery Store represents over 75 local and regional artists working in just about any medium. Quality, originality and salability are the primary considerations for our committee. There is no cost to apply.

Each entry must include an information page with:

  • Your contact information

  • A list including the title, price, size and medium of the 6 images you plan to submit

  • A brief paragraph about your work

  • 6 focused images of your work which should be saved as jpegs at 300-600 DPI. Save the file as the title of the work and make sure your name does not appear with the images. You may write your name on the disc itself. Note: You may also email images to and attach word documents to the email.

  • A self-addressed, stamped envelope if you submit a disc and would like it returned, making sure the package is large enough and has adequate postage affixed to ensure its’ safe return.

For more information contact Visual Arts Director Dawn Wohlford-Metallo.