Lisa Mahar Friends, detail, 8/16
Pam Ohnemus, Looking Up, 2/17
Barbara Toner, red & white fused
Rebecca Kelly w/ Hernandez

We are in unprecedented times. For the safety of our employees and artists, we’re closing Bucktown Center for the Arts to the public in support of community health, effective March 18, 2020. Unfortunately this includes our Final Friday Finale scheduled for March 27.


Bucktown suite owners may be contacted individually for communications; see the Bucktown page on this website.


MidCoast has had an amazing run, and this is not how we wanted to say goodbye to the community and each other. We want to thank each of you for your contributions to this organization -- as a supporter, an artist, a volunteer, a staff member or board member. Without your support and your passion for MidCoast and the arts, none of this would’ve been possible.

MidCoast Fine Arts is the only not-for-profit organization in the Quad Cities that dedicates its mission entirely to supporting living, local visual artists and exhibition spaces for them. Our exhibitions and programs add to the economic vitality of the community and make the Quad Cities a cool, creative, connected place to live, work and raise a family.

MidCoast Fine Arts programming is accessible to the community, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation including gender identity, disability, age, marital status, education, military status, unfavorable discharge from the military, or citizenship status.

MidCoast Thanks our Recent Donors, Grant Agencies, Sponsors and Partners


Alan Campbell, AT&T, Les Bell, Gary and Gloria Burlingame, Dr. Kurt Christoffel, City of Rock Island, Lisa and Mark Cleve, Marilyn Davis, Desoto Studio, Deb Doehler, Donuts and More, dphilms, Ericksen Chevrolet Three Degree Guarantee, Betty Beer Franklin, Front Street Brewery, Genesis, Peggy Gratton, Green State Credit Union, Grow Quad Cities Fund Iowa, Linda Hardin, Judy Heath, Tom Hempel, Illinois Arts Council Agency, Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, Michelle and Christopher Juehring, Michael John, Dan and Katie Johnson, Pam Kaufman, Katie Kiley, KWQC TV 6, Kwik Star, Left Bank Art League, Medix Dental, Craig Miller, Mix96, Modern Woodmen of America, NAMI, Kent Olson, Roberta Osmers, Panera, Alta L. Price, Quad City Arts Dollar$ provided by provided by the Illinois Arts Council Agency, Hubbell-Waterman Foundation, and John Deere, Quad City Bank and Trust, Quad City Community Foundation, Quad City Storm, the Regional Development Authority, Elaine Rexdale, Debra Rexroth, River Cities Reader, Rivermont Collegiate, River Music Experience, Rock Island Art Guild, Russell Construction, Dee Schricker, Rowen Schussheim-Anderson, Mark Schwiebert, the Scott County Regional Authority, Corrine Smith, Patrick Stolley, Streets of Italy Wood Fired Pizza, Tabor Home Winery, Texas Roadhouse, Zaiga Thorson, US Bank Foundation, Village of East Davenport Association, Diane Von Dresky, Peter Xiao and Li Guo, Dewitt Young, Wells Fargo, Amber Williams and Zimmerman Honda. And there are those who have used our easy digital platform on GoFundMe: Dora, Gerald, Jenni, Joan, Heidi, Katie, Timothy Kerofsky, Leslie, Mick, Pam, and Christopher Reno.

We also Thank our MidCoast Board and Volunteers


MidCoast Board of Directors: Amy Orr (president), Eileen Roethler (treasurer), Kyle Carter (vice president), Kathy Betcher (secretary), Andrew Arnold, Rumaisa Khawaja, Paul Lange, Ryan Orr, Gwen Patton and; ex officio: Sherry Maurer and Tony Seabolt. They give their time in many capacities.

2019 Riverssance Festival of Fine Art Committee: Alan Campbell (chair), Elizabeth Avenia (wine tent and food vendors), Kathy Betcher (design), Jim Cronk (park relations and infrastructure), Dan Darland (logistics), Michele Darland (marketing), Sherry Maurer (staff), Jodean Mileski (artists’ liaison, assisted by Mark Mileski), Sarah Mullins (artists’ breakfast), Amy Orr (board rep), Ryan Orr (video) Eileen Roethler (finance), Jenni Swanson (volunteers), and Jack Wilhoit (photography and equipment). From Rivermont Collegiate, Philip Dunbridge, Committee representative and Sydney Greer, supervising artist for the Children’s Activity Tent. During the 2019 flood we had help from the Davenport Fire Department, Q C Nighthawks football players and friends, and the U.S. Coast Guard.

Volunteers: Cindy Betcher, Dale Blair, Ingrid Bogdanowicz, Gaye Shannon Burnett, Gary and Gloria Burlingame, Bridget Boyd Carlson, Kyle Carter, Lisa Cleve, Billie Davids, Susan Doran, Jane Doty, Lucia Dryanski, Leslie Dupree, Jim Elias, Christian Elliott, Kylynn   Ellis, Rocio Enriquez, Jane Fonteyne, Peggy Gratton, Austin Griffin, Linda Hardin, Tom Hempel, Laura Hopkins, Tracey Howell, Eric January, Kathy and Michael John, Vera Johnson, Heat Jones, Katie Kiley, Carolyn Krueger, Mike and Summer Lawrence, Ethan Leader, Morgan Litwiler, Lisa Mahar, Katrina and Kayla Masakowski, Marla Moore, Gwen and Rose Patton, Debra Rexroth, Elyah Sanchez,  Teresa Schneckloth, Tony Seabolt, Amy Stockwell, Scott Swanson, Vince Thomas, Barbara Toner, Angie Villarreal, Laura Vincent-Arnold, Colleen Vollman, Elizabeth Wakita, Karolyn Williams and Amber Weeks.



We also thank those who would have additionally volunteered Sunday at Riverssance: Sydnee Anthony, Emilee Campisi, Rachel Colwell, Joel Erickson, Braxton Gelaude, Diego Hernandez, Kylee Honan, Alex and Charlet Key, Karen Klingborg, Kayley Larson, Isabella Lonergan, Katrina Masakawski, Jasmyn Madden-Whitehead, Connie Melby, Jeremy Perkins,

Gabby Smith, Lauren Van Dam and Jan Welch.

Please contact if we have inadvertently missed listing a name.

Census of Community Visual Artists: 

A Document of the Vitality of the Area Visual Arts Scene for All Area 

Non-profit Arts Organizations to Have Data for Grant Applications

Area arts organizations may contact info@midcoast .org by July 27 to receive a copy of the assembled results. 

MidCoast thanks our  donors, supporters, sponsors, partners and grant agencies (especially the Illinois Arts Council) for funding that gave the opportunity to undertake a long-needed project for our community – building a better picture of our community’s talents.


The Census is a list of 400 self-declared visual artists, and their zip codes, who are active in the Quad Cities area (and a 90-mile radius around it) as of July 2020.

This information is crucial for grant applications, as many grants are awarded based on where artists reside.