ROCK ISLAND, ILLINOIS (December 4, 2020) — Quad City Arts’ plan to help regional artists stay motivated by creating artwork throughout the Quarantine, which began in March 2020, will continue into 2021 with the culminating exhibition of chosen works postponed to October 2021. The plan is to share the artwork with the public when we can safely gather socially. As the pandemic wears on, it is more important than ever for people to express themselves creatively. “Art is the achievement of stillness in the midst of chaos.” (Saul Bellow

Calling all visual artists: “Quarantine Art Exhibition

All artists residing within a 250-mile radius of the Quad Cities are invited to submit up to two artworks of any medium created during the pandemic which began in March 2020, for a juried, group exhibition in Quad City Arts’ Rock Island Gallery from October 15-December 3, 2021. There is NO entry fee. Artwork that was entered previously will still be considered.


Friday, August 6, 2021Entries for “Quarantine Art Exhibition” due by midnight using Quad City Art’s website:

September 10, 2021Artists will be notified of acceptance status

October 9, 2021Accepted artists deliver artwork to Quad City Arts between 10-5 (mailed art must arrive by October8)

December 3, 2021“Quarantine Art Exhibition” closes at Quad City Arts

December 4, 2021Artists pick up work at Quad City Arts between 10-5PM

Reception to be announced

The “Quarantine Art Exhibition” was originally scheduled to open in February. As social-distancing guidelines are still in place, Quad City Arts has chosen to postpone the exhibition to a time where an opening reception could be held. We want to come together as a community of artists to celebrate those that used this time to create art. Unfortunately, now is not that time, but fortunately, that time seems to be on the horizon.

Quad City Arts is a non-profit local-arts agency dedicated to enriching the quality of life in the Quad-City region through the arts. Support for art exhibitions is provided by the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Quad City Arts Gallery is located at 1715 Second Avenue in the Arts and Entertainment District of Rock Island. Non-pandemic gallery hours are Monday-Friday 10AM-5PM, and Saturday, 11AM–5PM. Call first to see if we are open. For more information, contact Dawn Wohlford-Metallo 309-793-1213 X108, or by email at

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