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Top official stepping down at Figge in April; extensive search underway

After an impressive four-and-a-half-year tenure, Executive Director Michelle Hargrave will bid farewell to the Figge Art Museum, as announced by Aleeza Singh, president of the Figge Art Museum Board of Directors. Hargrave’s leadership has been characterized by remarkable achievements and growth, significantly benefiting the art community in Davenport.

Hargrave will be moving to Michigan to take on the role of executive director at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, marking a new chapter in her career. Despite her departure, she leaves behind a strong foundation for future success at the Figge Art Museum.

The museum board will launch a nationwide search for a new executive director in the coming month, with the aim of attracting highly qualified candidates to continue building upon the recent accomplishments and innovations achieved under Hargrave’s leadership.

Before her departure in mid-April, the Figge Art Museum plans to host a reception in honor of Hargrave’s contributions and leadership. Singh expressed gratitude for Hargrave’s exceptional leadership and wished her success in her future endeavors.

Hargrave expressed her gratitude for the support and enriching experiences during her time at the Figge Art Museum, highlighting the lasting impact and achievements made during her tenure. She oversaw key partnerships and milestone events, including significant educational expansions and the diversification of the museum’s collection and programming.

Her efforts also led to securing private donations for a public light sculpture that will illuminate the Figge’s facade in 2025, solidifying the museum’s position as a cultural landmark in Iowa. Despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, Hargrave’s strategic response ensured the museum’s relevance and connection to the community.

Overall, Hargrave’s tenure at the Figge Art Museum has cemented the institution’s role as a hub for arts and culture in the Quad Cities. Additional information about the museum and upcoming events can be found on their website www.figgeartmuseum.org. Stay tuned for details regarding the reception honoring Michelle Hargrave.

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