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 – 4pm
Thurs: 10am - 7pm
Sat & Sun: 1pm – 4pm
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

Dec

7

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A Concert of Hope and Healing 2

Living Proof Exhibit and the Muscatine Art Center have teamed up to offer a two-part concert series by Muscatine-native, Juan Carlos Mendoza. Mendoza is a Juilliard trained tenor who has performed with Lyric Opera of Chicago, Grant Park Music Festival, New York Society for Ethical Culture, and Aspen Opera Theater Center. He received a Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Arts degree from the University of Iowa and is currently part of the Applied Voice faculty at Augustana College and Kirkwood Community College. For this concert series, Mendoza is accompanied by Jessica Monnier on the piano in the Muscatine Art Center’s Music Room.

Nov

16

A Concert of Hope and Healing 1 Image

A Concert of Hope and Healing 1

Living Proof Exhibit and the Muscatine Art Center have teamed up to offer a two-part concert series by Muscatine-native, Juan Carlos Mendoza. Mendoza is a Juilliard trained tenor who has performed with Lyric Opera of Chicago, Grant Park Music Festival, New York Society for Ethical Culture, and Aspen Opera Theater Center. He received a Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Arts degree from the University of Iowa and is currently part of the Applied Voice faculty at Augustana College and Kirkwood Community College. For this concert series, Mendoza is accompanied by Jessica Monnier on the piano in the Muscatine Art Center’s Music Room.

Dec

31

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Virtual Noon Year's Eve Celebration

Let’s bring 2020 to a close with an online party! Join the Muscatine Art Center and special guests for a countdown to noon. While the online event will take place on Facebook, all kids are encouraged to dress up and make their own party hats and noisemakers. Families may want to prepare their own snacks and special drinks.

Jan

1

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Virtual Bingo Through January 31st

Virtual bingo is back! In April 2020, we played virtual bingo and it was so much fun, we want to do it again! Scroll down to find your bingo card and some video tutorials. You can also come pick up a copy at the Muscatine Art Center during our open hours.

Jan

17

Red Barn Studio with Vada Baker- Winter Pines Watercolor January 17 Image

Red Barn Studio with Vada Baker- Winter Pines Watercolor January 17

This winter Red Barn Studio classes will meet Sundays in the Muscatine Art Center’s studio. Fee is $15 or $13.50 for Friends members. Class size is limited. Reservations required by the Friday before class. Guests must wear a mask while in the building. Call 563-263-8282 to reserve your spot.

Jan

24

Red Barn Studio with Vada Baker- Nightingale Cactus Blossom Watercolor January 24 Image

Red Barn Studio with Vada Baker- Nightingale Cactus Blossom Watercolor January 24

This winter Red Barn Studio classes will meet Sundays in the Muscatine Art Center’s studio. Fee is $15 or $13.50 for Friends members. Class size is limited. Reservations required by the Friday before class. Guests must wear a mask while in the building. Call 563-263-8282 to reserve your spot.

Mar

14

Red Barn Studio with Vada Baker- Garden Gnome Watercolor March 14 Image

Red Barn Studio with Vada Baker- Garden Gnome Watercolor March 14

This winter Red Barn Studio classes will meet Sundays in the Muscatine Art Center’s studio. Fee is $15 or $13.50 for Friends members. Class size is limited. Reservations required by the Friday before class. Guests must wear a mask while in the building. Call 563-263-8282 to reserve your spot.

Feb

7

Red Barn Studio with Vada Baker- Lovely Little Piggies Watercolor February 7 Image

Red Barn Studio with Vada Baker- Lovely Little Piggies Watercolor February 7

This winter Red Barn Studio classes will meet Sundays in the Muscatine Art Center’s studio. Fee is $15 or $13.50 for Friends members. Class size is limited. Reservations required by the Friday before class. Guests must wear a mask while in the building. Call 563-263-8282 to reserve your spot.

Feb

21

Red Barn Studio with Vada Baker- Watercolor Resin and Paper Pendant or Earrings February 21 Image

Red Barn Studio with Vada Baker- Watercolor Resin and Paper Pendant or Earrings February 21

This winter Red Barn Studio classes will meet Sundays in the Muscatine Art Center’s studio. Fee is $15 or $13.50 for Friends members. Class size is limited. Reservations required by the Friday before class. Guests must wear a mask while in the building. Call 563-263-8282 to reserve your spot.

Mar

7

Red Barn Studio with Vada Baker- Button Birdie Mosaic on Paper March 7 Image

Red Barn Studio with Vada Baker- Button Birdie Mosaic on Paper March 7

This winter Red Barn Studio classes will meet Sundays in the Muscatine Art Center’s studio. Fee is $15 or $13.50 for Friends members. Class size is limited. Reservations required by the Friday before class. Guests must wear a mask while in the building. Call 563-263-8282 to reserve your spot.

Jul

30

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Creative Sessions Video: Bookmaking with Brian Allen

This session was held on July 30th. See below for a quick video on how to start your own bookmaking project.

Jun

27

Virtual Kids' Saturday Workshop - Antoni Gaudi Video Image

Virtual Kids' Saturday Workshop - Antoni Gaudi Video

See below for a video from Miss Julie on how to make your very own Gaudi inspired sand castle!

Jan

16

Kids' Saturday Workshop - Jackson Pollock Image

Kids' Saturday Workshop - Jackson Pollock

Jackson Pollock was an American painter and a notable figure in the abstract expressionist movement. He was an artist mostly noticed and recognized for his technique of pouring or splashing household paint across a canvas. This became known as “drip painting” or “action painting” and earned him the nickname, “Action Jackson.” Jackson laid his canvas on the floor and used the momentum of his whole body to paint. Join Miss Julie on Saturday, January 16th from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. to learn more about “Action Jackson” and recreate your very own, one-of-a-kind abstract painting in the style of Jackson Pollock!

Feb

15

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Take & Make Art

Got a child who is “bored” at home? Need an idea of a craft to do with them? We’ve got you covered! Our Take & Make projects are fun, easy projects that can completed with a few additional supplies at home. Each paper bag comes with instructions and simple supplies to make a quick project. Use what is provided or add your own flair. These projects are FREE and available to pick up at the Muscatine Art Center during our open hours. Projects vary and some are holiday-specific.

Aug

6

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First Thursday- Fired Ink Art Video

This class will be pre-recorded and shared here, on the Muscatine Art Center's Facebook page and YouTube channel on the first Thursday of the month. See below for supplies needed.

Jul

2

First Thursday- Wine Cork Pendant Video Image

First Thursday- Wine Cork Pendant Video

This class will be pre-recorded and shared here, and on the Muscatine Art Center's YouTube channel and Facebook page on the first Thursday of the month. See below for the video and supplies needed.

Jan

14

First Thursday- Recycled Magazine Flowers January 14 Image

First Thursday- Recycled Magazine Flowers January 14

Get out all those old magazines you have been collecting and make something new! We will cut, glue, and roll magazine pages to make a bouquet of flowers- no watering required! Bring your own magazines, or use some of ours. Guests must wear a mask while in the building. Call 563-263-8282 to reserve your spot.

Feb

4

First Thursday- Marbled Paper February 4 Image

First Thursday- Marbled Paper February 4

There are many ways to create a marbling effect on paper, and in this class we will explore a few! We will use different kinds of paper to create beautiful marbled designs. When dried, the paper can become bookmarks, greeting cards, jewelry, and more! Guests must wear a mask while in the building. Call 563-263-8282 to reserve your spot.

Mar

4

First Thursday- Alcohol Ink Ceramic Coasters March 4 Image

First Thursday- Alcohol Ink Ceramic Coasters March 4

Alcohol ink is a versatile medium that can be used in all sorts of ways. In this class, we will create swirling effects on ceramic tiles to create a set of four coasters, where no two will be alike! Guests must wear a mask while in the building. Call 563-263-8282 to reserve your spot.

Jan

28

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Mini Masters Wednesday Mornings

Mini Masters has returned to in-person class on Wednesday mornings at 9:30 a.m. Please wear masks. Reservations required. Call 563-263-8282 to register. Go to the Muscatine Art Center Mini Masters Facebook page to watch the weekly videos, and view other content related to tots. Check back with us for updates and other cancellations.

Jan

28

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Mini Masters Thursday Afternoons

Mini Masters will return to in-person class on Thursday afternoons at 3:30 p.m. Please wear masks. Registration limited, reservations required. Call 563-263-8282 to register. Go to the Muscatine Art Center Mini Masters Facebook page to watch the weekly videos, and view other content related to tots. Check back with us for updates and other cancellations.

Dec

1

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12 Days of Christmas Videos

Need a fun activity to do with your loved ones this holiday season? Check out our "12 Days of Christmas Videos" below for things to do virtually with your loved ones!