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

Mar

28

POSTPONED- Artist Guided Tour: Letters to My Ancestors - The Watercolors of Tara Moorman Image

POSTPONED- Artist Guided Tour: Letters to My Ancestors - The Watercolors of Tara Moorman

UPDATE: This tour has been postponed. Please check back with us for updates and other cancellations. Join Tara Moorman on Saturday, March 28th for an artist guided tour of her exhibition, Letters to My Ancestors. Learn about Tara’s process and research into her family’s history. There is no fee for the tour, but reservations are requested. Please contact the Muscatine Art Center at 563-263-8282 to sign up for the tour.

Mar

19

CANCELLED- Reception - Art Array 2020 Image

CANCELLED- Reception - Art Array 2020

UPDATE: The Art Array 2020 opening reception has been cancelled. (Image Credit: Kathleen Lenaghan, "Low Water") The work of ten area artists will be featured in the Muscatine County Arts Council’s first juried exhibition, “Art Array 2020.” The exhibition will be displayed at the Muscatine Art Center from March 19 through May 31, 2020. Cash awards will be announced during the March 19th reception. Light refreshments will be served. There is no admission fee, and reservations are not needed.

Mar

26

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

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

UPDATE: This program has been cancelled. Please check back for updates and other cancellations. (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.

Apr

5

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

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

UPDATE: This public reception has been cancelled. Please check back for updates and cancellations. (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

POSTPONED- History on Tap Trivia Night at Contrary Brewing Co. Image

POSTPONED- History on Tap Trivia Night at Contrary Brewing Co.

This event will be postponed until this fall. Please check back for updates about this event.

May

3

POSTPONED- Red Cedar Chamber Music Presents: Brinton Reprise Image

POSTPONED- Red Cedar Chamber Music Presents: Brinton Reprise

This program has been postponed to a later date. Please check back with us for updates. You can also visit Red Cedar Chamber's website at www.redcedar.org for more information.

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

POSTPONED- Red Barn Studio with Vada Baker - Button Lamb Collage Image

POSTPONED- Red Barn Studio with Vada Baker - Button Lamb Collage

This class is postponed until a later date. Please check back with us for more information.

Apr

9

POSTPONED- Red Barn Studio with Vada Baker - Pretty Poppies Watercolor Image

POSTPONED- Red Barn Studio with Vada Baker - Pretty Poppies Watercolor

This class is postponed until a later date. Please check back with us for more information.

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

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

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.

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.

Apr

4

CANCELLED- Kids' Saturday Workshop - Easter Sugar Eggs Image

CANCELLED- Kids' Saturday Workshop - Easter Sugar Eggs

This class has been cancelled. Please check back with us for more information.

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

Mar

16

MUSCATINE ART CENTER CLOSED FOR FOUR WEEKS Image

MUSCATINE ART CENTER CLOSED FOR FOUR WEEKS

The Muscatine Art Center will be closed for the next few weeks as a precaution against the spread of COVID-19. We are following the guidelines set by the CDC in an effort to keep our staff and patrons safe and healthy. Questions? Call us at 563-263-8282.

Mar

18

CANCELLED- Spring Break Kid's Open Studio March 18th Image

CANCELLED- Spring Break Kid's Open Studio March 18th

Spring Break open studio for kids has been cancelled. Check back with us for more updates and cancellations.

Feb

15

SUSPENDED- Take & Make Art Image

SUSPENDED- Take & Make Art

*UPDATE 3/16/2020: The Take & Make program will be suspended for the next four weeks.* Need something to do on the weekend? Stop by the Muscatine Art Center and grab a Take & Make project! Every Saturday and Sunday during open hours.

Apr

2

CANCELLED- First Thursday with Katy Loos Image

CANCELLED- 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

Apr

9

SUSPENDED- Mini Masters Wednesday Morning Image

SUSPENDED- Mini Masters Wednesday Morning

UPDATE 3/16/2020: There will be no Mini Masters on Wednesday mornings for the next four weeks. Check back with us for updates and other cancellations. 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

SUSPENDED- Mini Masters Thursday Afternoon Image

SUSPENDED- Mini Masters Thursday Afternoon

UPDATE 3/16/2020: There will be no Mini Masters on Wednesday mornings for the next four weeks. Check back with us for updates and other cancellations. 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.