For the first time, Quad City Arts and MidCoast Fine Arts have collaborated to produce a bi-state, regional art exhibition, with the works on display chosen from submissions sent from artists throughout a 250-mile radius of the Quad Cities.

In celebration of its new location on State Street, the Quad Cities venue will present an exhibition of the newest paintings Solon, Iowa-based artist Jeff Allen and gallery owner Pat Beréskin.

With this year's annual festival themed “A Night to Honor Our Heroes,” the 2017 QC Festival of Praise will benefit wounded soldiers and America's Gold Star families through proceeds to the Military Warriors Support Foundation, and will boast a headlining performance by Christian “folktronica” musician Crowder.

Described by as “revered sludge-metal gods,” the rockers of EyeHateGod will play a special, Tuesday-night RIBCO concert on a tour that finds bandmates Jimmy Bower and Michael Williams in their 30th year with the group.

The first gallery exhibition of the 2017-18 school year will feature three decades' worth of works by Crawford, who has concentrated on woodcuts and monotypes since earning a 1987 MA in Fine Art from Peoria's Bradley University.

Augustana College's first art exhibition of its 2017-18 school year finds dozens of contemporary artists and poets responding to the history of multiracial coalitions – including the Rainbow Coalition, the Young Patriots Organization, and the Black Panther Party – that have organized against racism, poverty, and oppression.

An associate professor of painting and drawing and the director of graduate studies at the University of Arkansas, acclaimed visual artist Musgnug explores both nature and the painting process in her latest touring exhibition of works on paper.

Produced by the local non-profit Heritage Documentaries, director Julie Wine Johnston's 51-minute documentary tells the story behind the bridge that first connected Rock Island to Davenport in 1856, with details including Abraham Lincoln's successful defense of railroad's right to cross the river in the trial that followed the bridge's completion.

Join us on the Skydeck overlooking the great park and sweeping river views as we celebrate the Reader's 20th birthday! We will be showcasing images and covers from years past on the jumbo screen and thanking our long time advertisers on the ribbon board. David Baker will be spinning tunes from Jeff Ignatius' best song picks over the years, and more. Hoping to show a documentary on the big jumbo screen as well.

Friday, November 15th.  5 pm until 10 pm. Food, drink, prizes and fun!