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Mon–Fri: 10a–5p
Sat: 11a–5p

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Rock Island Gallery

current Exhibit
the artist behind the tattoo
group show
january 30 - march 20, 2020
opening reception: february 7, 7-9 pm
OPENING will feature a designer haircut demonstration by Miguel Rosas, henna by Celestial by Design, and free temporary tattoos!
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From January 30 through March 20, 2020, see works of art by regional artists who are best known as tattoo artists. Fine art and tattooing go hand in hand. Both utilize skills such as ability to draw and an eye for color. Although not required for a license to tattoo, many tattoo artists have degrees in fine art, studied art, or at the very least, have a lifelong passion for drawing or cartooning. Good people skills and the ability to interpret a client’s idea visually are other essential skills for tattooing, but “The Artist Behind the Tattoo” provides an opportunity to see the fine art of several regional tattoo artists and learn what inspires them when not limited by the shape and size of an area of skin or a client’s wishes. Vintage flash art and tattoo equipment will also be on display.


Artists exhibiting include Aaron Vanderhart-Graf-Stick, Dan Bonowski-The Oddfellow Arms, Jorge Tapia-Aquemini Ink, Sam McFarland-Painted Monkey, Kevin Smith-Zodiac Studios, Frank Hoffmaster-3D Skin Lab, Beth Gray and Alice Lorraine -Gray Goat Tattoo, West Branch, IA and Juan Alvarez-Red Owl Collective, Davenport.

The public is invited to meet the artists and enjoy complimentary food and beverages from 7-9pm on Friday, February 7th at Quad City Arts in Rock Island. Famed hair designer, Miguel Rosas, will demonstrate portraiture in hair starting at 7:30 pm. Celestial by Design will paint henna designs for interested patrons throughout the night. Free temporary tattoos and stickers will be available while they last.

up next...
keith kaziak & ken urban
may 8 - june 19, 2020
opening reception: may 8, 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.