Muscatine Art Center

Visitors to the Muscatine Art Center encounter paintings made by artists recognized around the world, fascinating objects connected to Muscatine’s past, beautifully crafted decorative arts, charming period rooms, and a Japanese Garden installed nearly a century ago. Learners of all ages can pique their curiosity through changing exhibitions, classes, and events.

Hours

Tues – Fri: 10am – 5pm
Thurs: 10am - 7pm
Sat & Sun: 1pm – 5 pm
Mon: Closed

1314 Mulberry Ave,
Muscatine, IA 52761

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The Mansion circa 1910

Since 1965 ...

The Laura Musser Museum, later renamed the Muscatine Art Center, has been an important gathering place for the Muscatine community. Laura Musser McColm’s niece, Mary Musser Gilmore, and Laura’s stepdaughter, Mary Catherine Atkins McWhirter, jointly offered the home to the City of Muscatine and established a trust to aid in the maintenance of the house.

Over generations, Muscatine children have participated in school and youth group programs and studio classes, families have attended cultural events, adults have further developed their artistic skills and deepened their knowledge of local history and art related topics. Since 1976, the Stanley Gallery has displayed countless changing art and history exhibitions. Today, first time visitors and long time friends alike are captivated by the historic home, the collection, and the stories presented in exhibitions.

Events & Classes

Feb

9

Panel Discussion - Hard Won, Not Done Eastern Iowa Women Artists Invitational Image

Panel Discussion - Hard Won, Not Done Eastern Iowa Women Artists Invitational

(Image Credit: Kristin Quinn, "Sweet Lorraine") Eastern Iowa is home to many dedicated and driven women who significantly contribute to the local, regional, and sometimes national and international visual arts community. In these panel discussions, artists will share their life and studio experiences as they continue to develop skills and ideas, build community, and navigate a livelihood in the visual arts. Attendees are encouraged to come with questions or to share their own experiences. Panelists on Sunday, February 9th are Miriam Alarcon Avila, Cecile Houel, Nancy Purington, and Kristin Quinn. Panelists on Thursday, March 26th are Jean Berry, Rose Frantzen, Monica Leo, Elizabeth Shriver, and Jo Myers-Walker.

Mar

26

Panel Discussion - Hard Won, Not Done Eastern Iowa Women Artists Invitational Image

Panel Discussion - Hard Won, Not Done Eastern Iowa Women Artists Invitational

(Image Credit: Elizabeth Shriver, "Interwoven Vessel") Eastern Iowa is home to many dedicated and driven women who significantly contribute to the local, regional, and sometimes national and international visual arts community. In these panel discussions, artists will share their life and studio experiences as they continue to develop skills and ideas, build community, and navigate a livelihood in the visual arts. Attendees are encouraged to come with questions or to share their own experiences. Panelists on Thursday, March 26th are Jean Berry, Rose Frantzen, Monica Leo, Elizabeth Shriver, and Jo Myers-Walker. Panelists on Sunday, February 9th are Miriam Alarcon Avila, Cecile Houel, Nancy Purington, and Kristin Quinn.

Apr

5

Reception - Hard Won, Not Done Eastern Iowa Women Artists Invitational Image

Reception - Hard Won, Not Done Eastern Iowa Women Artists Invitational

(Image Credit: Louise Kames, "Malala Yousafza") Join us for a reception on April 5th starting at 1:30 p.m. to celebrate the 24 Eastern Iowa women artists represented in the "Hard Won, Not Done" exhibition. From 2:30 to 3:00 p.m., Truc Deegan, one of the exhibiting artists, will give a demonstration of her traditional ink painting technique. This exhibition was organized to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment - Women's Right to Vote.

Apr

20

History on Tap Trivia Night at Contrary Brewing Co. Image

History on Tap Trivia Night at Contrary Brewing Co.

Join us for a trivia night at Contrary Brewing Co. on Monday, April 20th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person.

May

3

Red Cedar Chamber Music Presents: Brinton Reprise Image

Red Cedar Chamber Music Presents: Brinton Reprise

Red Cedar Chamber Music of Marion, Iowa, will present "Brinton Reprise" on Sunday, May 3rd, at 3:00 p.m. in the Muscatine Art Center's Music Room. Free tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis starting April 7th.

May

31

For Love of Art Tea & Preview of "Till Death" Exhibit Image

For Love of Art Tea & Preview of "Till Death" Exhibit

"For the Love of Art" and preview of "Till Death" exhibition will be held Sunday, May 31st, 1:30-3:00 p.m.

Mar

19

Red Barn Studio with Vada Baker - Button Lamb Collage Image

Red Barn Studio with Vada Baker - Button Lamb Collage

Let's bring in spring! Create an adorable little lamb collage with buttons. Fee is $15 or $13.50 for Friends Members. ID 6653

Apr

9

Red Barn Studio with Vada Baker - Pretty Poppies Watercolor Image

Red Barn Studio with Vada Baker - Pretty Poppies Watercolor

Using watercolors, we will paint beautiful and vibrant poppies that are sure to brighten your day. Fee is $15 or $13.50 for Friends Members. ID 6654

Apr

16

Red Barn Studio with Vada Baker - Down on the Farm Watercolor Image

Red Barn Studio with Vada Baker - Down on the Farm Watercolor

Feel right at home down on the farm with this inviting watercolor barn scene. Fee is $15 or $13.50 for Friends Members. ID 6655

Apr

30

Red Barn Studio with Vada Baker - Garden Bath Time Watercolor Image

Red Barn Studio with Vada Baker - Garden Bath Time Watercolor

Feel the warmth of spring with these adorable birds in a birdbath. Fee is $15 or $13.50 for Friends Members. ID 6656

Feb

20

Red Barn Studio with Vada Baker- Wise Old Owl Image

Red Barn Studio with Vada Baker- Wise Old Owl

On February 20th, bring this wise old owl to life with lifelike watercolors. Fee is $15 or $13.50 for Friends Members. ID 6647

Feb

27

Red Barn Studio with Vada Baker- Purple Rabbit Image

Red Barn Studio with Vada Baker- Purple Rabbit

On February 27th, beckon spring with this playful purple watercolor rabbit. Fee is $15 or $13.50 for Friends Members. ID 6648

May

28

Red Barn Studio with Vada Baker - Paper Napkin Necklace Pendant Image

Red Barn Studio with Vada Baker - Paper Napkin Necklace Pendant

Make your own unique necklace pendant with graphics from a paper napkin and silver jewelry findings. Chain included. Fee is $15 or $13.50 for Friends Members. ID 6658

May

21

Red Barn Studio with Vada Baker- Purple Elephant Image

Red Barn Studio with Vada Baker- Purple Elephant

Bring this playful elephant to life with beautiful hues of purple watercolors. Fee is $15 or $13.50 for Friends Members. ID 6657

Mar

12

Creative Sessions: Bi-Lingual Uniting Through Words & Music Image

Creative Sessions: Bi-Lingual Uniting Through Words & Music

Creative Sessions are free and open to cancer survivors, patients, and their support team. Musician and Muscatine native Juan Carlos Mendoza will lead participants in this session to be held Thursday, March 12th, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Advance registration required.

May

14

Creative Sessions: Bookmaking Image

Creative Sessions: Bookmaking

Creative Sessions are free and open to cancer survivors, patients, and their support team. Brian Allen from the Figge Art Museum leads this session which will be held Thursday, May 14th, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Advance registration required.

Mar

14

National Children's Craft Day Image

National Children's Craft Day

Help us celebrate National Children's Craft Day. Stop by to participate in some fun crafts on March 14th, anytime between 1:00 and 4:00 p.m. No registration required for this free event.

Apr

22

Earth Day Celebration Image

Earth Day Celebration

Help us celebrate National Earth Day by stopping by the Muscatine Art Center Wednesday, April 22nd, anytime between 1:30 and 4:00 p.m. to participate in a "green" craft using only recycled materials. No registration required for this free event.

Mar

7

Kids' Saturday Workshop - Seussical Mounted Animals Image

Kids' Saturday Workshop - Seussical Mounted Animals

Join Julie Lear to celebrate Dr. Seuss's birthday by making whimsical "Seussical" animals that you can mount on your wall! Free. Register by March 6th. ID 6688

Apr

4

Kids' Saturday Workshop - Easter Sugar Eggs Image

Kids' Saturday Workshop - Easter Sugar Eggs

Join Julie Lear to celebrate spring by making a sugary egg of your own! Free. Register by April 3rd. ID 6689

May

2

Kids' Saturday Workshop - Cinco de Mayo Image

Kids' Saturday Workshop - Cinco de Mayo

Join Julie Lear to celebrate Cinco de Mayo by making Ojo de Dios (God's Eye) weavings. Free. Register by May 1st. ID 6690

Feb

8

Kids' Saturday Workshop - Victorian Valentine Image

Kids' Saturday Workshop - Victorian Valentine

February 8th - Victorian Valentine's Day cards were flat sheets of paper printed with color illustrations and embossed borders. The sheets could be folded and sealed with wax, then mailed. Join Julie Lear to celebrate Valentine's Day by creating your own personal Valentine. ID 6642

Feb

15

February Saturday Drop-In Art Image

February Saturday Drop-In Art

Not sure what to do on a Saturday afternoon? On February 15th, drop in anytime between 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. for a quick make and take project. Miss Katy will guide you through the steps for this free activity.

Feb

6

First Thursday with Katy Loos Image

First Thursday with Katy Loos

Polymer clay is a fun, versatile material that can be shaped into anything from figurines to jewelry. Join Katy on February 6th at 5:15 p.m. for a beginner DIY class where we will make beautiful polymer clay pendants using powder pigments, stamps, and paint to create a unique piece. Fee includes one pendant and necklace cord. Fee is $15.00 or $13.50 for Friends members. ID 6652

Feb

6

Dan Rohde Reception Image

Dan Rohde Reception

Starting at 5 p.m. on February 6th, join Dan Rohde for a look at his exhibition, "A Visual Retrospective."

Mar

5

First Thursday with Katy Loos Image

First Thursday with Katy Loos

Get colorful with this fun fabric scrap bowl! Use some of our fabric or bring your own. Katy will show you two different ways to make your bowls. Fee is $15 or $13.50 for Friends Members. ID 6659

Apr

2

First Thursday with Katy Loos Image

First Thursday with Katy Loos

Tap into your inner Bohemian artist with these unique macrame necklaces! Katy will give you tutorials on simple macrame knotting to create these one-of-a-kind pendants. Fee is for one pendant and chain. Fee is $15 or $13.50 for Friends Members. ID 6660

May

7

First Thursday with Katy Loos Image

First Thursday with Katy Loos

Make your own "crystal" pendants with resin and alcohol inks. We'll explore the many uses of resin and become familiar with the process. Fee is for two pendants and chains. Fee is $15 or $13.50 for Friends Members. ID 6661

Feb

16

Mini Masters Wednesday Morning Image

Mini Masters Wednesday Morning

Every Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. and every Thursday at 3:30 p.m. Mini Masters is an engaging program for young learners (ages 2 to 7).

Feb

16

Mini Masters Thursday Afternoon Image

Mini Masters Thursday Afternoon

Every Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. and every Thursday at 3:30 p.m. Mini Masters is an engaging program for young learners (ages 2 to 7).

Apr

9

Booked on Art: Broad Strokes Image

Booked on Art: Broad Strokes

Booked on Art April Meet Up Thursday, April 9th, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. in the Muscatine Art Center Art Reference Library.