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 – 5pm
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

Sep

18

In Concert: Francis Verba, French Classical Guitarist- September 18 Image

In Concert: Francis Verba, French Classical Guitarist- September 18

Verba will present a wide and colorful repertoire of European and Latin American music with his unique custom made 12 string guitar. His revolutionary new position holding the instrument allows him to express his virtuosity transcending sounds to levels that will enchant all your senses. For one day only, concert goers will also be treated to the visual delights of painted portraits by Cecile Houel, whose portrait of the Dalai Lama was included in the Muscatine Art Center’s 2020 invitational exhibition, "Hard Won, Not Done".

Sep

17

Live Radio Show: Encore for Murder: The New Adventures of Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer- September 17 Image

Live Radio Show: Encore for Murder: The New Adventures of Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer- September 17

"Encore for Murder" created by Max Allan Collins and presented by Friends of the Muscatine Art Center. Saturday, September 17, 7:00 p.m. at Muscatine High School Auditorium, 2705 Cedar Street, Muscatine.

Aug

21

Friends of the Muscatine Art Center Annual Ice Cream Social - August 21 Image

Friends of the Muscatine Art Center Annual Ice Cream Social - August 21

The Ice Cream Social is back! Live music, games, crafts, ice cream...and SO much more! See below for details of the afternoon.

Aug

18

Partner Event: Community Stage Presented by the Muscatine County Arts Council- August 18 Image

Partner Event: Community Stage Presented by the Muscatine County Arts Council- August 18

Join your friends and neighbors for a "back to school" celebration during the Community Stage event held on the grounds of the Muscatine Art Center. During this family-friendly event, enjoy the writings and musings of local residents - including selections from the Wandering Words project, hear music by the Muscatine Brass Ensemble, create crafts to kick-off the new school year, watch an Eulenspiegel performance, and play games on the lawn.

Jul

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July-August-September 2022 Quarterly Newsletter Image

July-August-September 2022 Quarterly Newsletter

Click below to download the Muscatine Art Center's quarterly newsletter for information on classes, events, workshops and more from July through September. Call us at 563-263-8282 for more information or if you wish to be added to the mailing list.

Aug

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AUGUST EVENTS Image

AUGUST EVENTS

Check flyer below for at-a-glance information on what is happening at the Muscatine Art Center during the month of August. Call us at 563-263-8282 for more information on classes, programming, and to sign up.

Aug

14

Red Barn Studio with Vada Baker - Owl Magnets- August 14 Image

Red Barn Studio with Vada Baker - Owl Magnets- August 14

Join us for a fun studio class where you become the artist! Fees are $15 or $13.50 for Friends members, and all supplies are included. Advance registration required. Classes are limited to 15 people. Call 563-263-8282 for more information. Fees required upon registration.

Sep

11

Red Barn Studio with Vada Baker - Whimsical Animal Watercolor Notecard- September 11 Image

Red Barn Studio with Vada Baker - Whimsical Animal Watercolor Notecard- September 11

Join us for a fun studio class where you become the artist! Fees are $15 or $13.50 for Friends members, and all supplies are included. Advance registration required. Classes are limited to 15 people. Call 563-263-8282 for more information. Fees required upon registration.

Aug

12

Visiting Artist Summer Workshops for Kids- Stuffies with Heather Seibel- August 12 (3rd-4th grade) Image

Visiting Artist Summer Workshops for Kids- Stuffies with Heather Seibel- August 12 (3rd-4th grade)

Pleasant Valley art teacher and Figge instructor Heather Seibel will lead this workshop for kids in 3rd & 4th grade. Kids will design their creatures, cut, stuff, and sew them up to create their own unique stuffed friend. All supplies will be provided.

Aug

12

Visiting Artist Summer Workshops for Kids- Clay Whistles with Heather Seibel- August 12 (5th-6th grade) Image

Visiting Artist Summer Workshops for Kids- Clay Whistles with Heather Seibel- August 12 (5th-6th grade)

Pleasant Valley art teacher and Figge instructor Heather Seibel will lead this workshop. Kids will design and mold whistles out of clay. All supplies will be provided.

Aug

27

Kids' Saturday Workshop - Jon Fasanelli-Cawelti Prints - August 27 Image

Kids' Saturday Workshop - Jon Fasanelli-Cawelti Prints - August 27

Join Miss Julie Saturday, August 27 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. to celebrate the life and art of Muscatine artist Jon Fasanelli-Cawelti by creating woven prints in the late artist's style. Please register by August 26. Call 563-263-8282 for more information and to sign up.

Sep

24

Kids' Saturday Workshop - Illuminated Letters- September 24 Image

Kids' Saturday Workshop - Illuminated Letters- September 24

Join Miss Julie Saturday, September 24 to learn more about this ancient art form and to create your own illuminated letter. This free class is open to kids ages 7 to 14 and their families. Please register by September 23. Call the Muscatine Art Center at 563-263-8282 for more information and to sign up.

Aug

25

Thursday Night Makerspace - Polymer Clay Marbled Pendant- August 25 Image

Thursday Night Makerspace - Polymer Clay Marbled Pendant- August 25

In this class we will use polymer clay, paint, and gold flecks to mold and create unique marbled pendants. Once they are baked, we will finish by sealing with UV resin and adding a bail for a chain. No previous clay or jewelry-making experience necessary! Advance registration required. Call 563-263-8282 to sign up.

Sep

15

Thursday Night Makerspace - Alcohol Ink Washer Pendants- September 15 Image

Thursday Night Makerspace - Alcohol Ink Washer Pendants- September 15

In this class we will use solid metal washers, sandpaper, and alcohol ink to make unique and personalized pendants. There is no previous alcohol ink or jewelry-making experience necessary! Advance registration required. Call 563-263-8282 to sign up.

Aug

14

Mini Masters Wednesday Mornings @ 9:30 a.m. Image

Mini Masters Wednesday Mornings @ 9:30 a.m.

Mini Masters is a free class that meets Wednesday mornings at 9:30 a.m., and now some Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. (see dates below). Reservations required. Call 563-263-8282 to register. These classes are free.

Aug

14

Mini Masters Thursday Afternoons @ 3:30 p.m. Image

Mini Masters Thursday Afternoons @ 3:30 p.m.

Mini Masters is a free class that meets Thursday afternoons at 3:30 p.m. Reservations required. Call 563-263-8282 to register. These classes are free.

Sep

10

Needle Felted Owls at Silver Bell Hallow Alpaca Farm- September 10 Image

Needle Felted Owls at Silver Bell Hallow Alpaca Farm- September 10

Join us for a fun-filled afternoon at Silver Bell Hollow Alpaca Farm this September! In this adult workshop, participants will create whimsical snowy owls using needle felting techniques and tour the farm to meet the alpacas! The $35 fee includes an alpaca cookie, but you are welcome to bring other snacks. If you would like to carpool with other participants, please meet at the Muscatine Art Center on Saturday, September 10 at 1:10 in the Cedar Street parking lot, or meet us there at the address below. Advance registration required by September 2. Call the Muscatine Art Center to register. Cash, check, or Venmo paid directly to Silver Bell Hollow.

Aug

11

Coptic Bookbinding with Heather Seibel- August 11 Image

Coptic Bookbinding with Heather Seibel- August 11

Pleasant Valley art teacher and Figge Museum instructor Heather Seibel will lead this class about Coptic bookbinding. This unique way of bookbinding uses a Coptic stitch style binding that doesn't use any glues and where the stitching is left exposed. Advance registration required. Call 563-263-8282 to sign up.

Sep

8

Virtual Presentation- Van Gogh's Untold Journey by William Havlicek- September 8 Image

Virtual Presentation- Van Gogh's Untold Journey by William Havlicek- September 8

William Havlicek is the author of the book, "Van Gogh’s Untold Journey", and the artist who created the exhibition, "The Sanctuary of the Sun". Join Havlicek for a virtual presentation discussing his exploration of Van Gogh’s letters which provide insight into the artist’s character, his faith, the influence of his family, and the solicitude he felt for mankind. Participants can view the virtual presentation as part of a group at the Muscatine Art Center or join from home. Login details below.