The Figge Art Museum exhibit is the real “dill”


Artist Lesley Dill, a renowned New York-based artist, brings historical and literary figures from America’s past to life in a new exhibition curated by the Figge Art Museum, 225 W. 2sd St., Davenport.

Open last weekend, Lesley Dill, Wilderness: Light crackles around me features a collection of hand-sewn and painted textile sculptures and banners created by Dill over the past six years. His work carefully interweaves imagery, text, and historical visionaries in

An image from the new exhibit, Lesley Dill, Wilderness: Light Sizzles Around Me, which features a collection of hand painted and sewn textile sculptures and banners created by Dill over the past six years.

superb encounters in three dimensions.

Hanging gracefully from the ceiling, each character’s clothes are delicately adorned with words and symbols taken from their writings and experiences, according to a museum statement. Hand painted banners hang on each gallery wall along with other text and images elaborating on their incredible stories. The exhibition shows how far we have come as a country and how far we have yet to go, according to the statement.

This is the first time that the exhibition will be seen. After his presentation in QC, he will visit five other museums in the southern and northeastern United States, including the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts in Alabama and the Munson Williams Art Institute in Utica, NY.

“We are honored that Wilderness: The light sizzles around me will debut here in the Quad-Cities, ”Figge Executive Director Michelle Hargrave said. “When visitors see these colossal and awe-inspiring works, they will be amazed. We hope they will be inspired by the characters and remember how the powerful words, experiences and spirituality of these brave individuals have helped shape the history of our country.

The exhibition will be on display until August 22. For more information on the artist, visit

The exhibition at the Figge Art Museum is the real

Sean Leary is an author, director, artist, musician, producer and entrepreneur who has written professionally since his debut at the age of 11 in the pages of the Comics Buyers Guide. A graduate with honors from the University of Southern California’s master’s program, he has written more than 50 books, including best-selling books The Arimathean, Every Number is Lucky to Someone, and We Are All Characters.


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