Davenport's Figge Art Museum has 4,000 objects in its collection.

In a storage area about 5,400 square feet, exquisite paintings hang in neat rows from movable wire walls.

Many pieces in the collection have been together far longer than the 12 years they have spent at the Figge. Many came from a generous Davenport donor who collected much of the artwork in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

Newer pieces, including artwork and personal belongings from Grant Wood's estate, share space with current works, including the popular Portrait of Maquoketa by Rose Frantzen.

For her occasional series, Off Limits Places, columnist Barb Ickes goes behind the scenes at the Figge to bring you The Big Story in Sunday's Quad-City Times.