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 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.

Feb

20

Red Barn Studio with Vada Baker- Wise Old Owl Image

Red Barn Studio with Vada Baker- Wise Old Owl

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

Beckon spring with this playful purple watercolor rabbit. Fee is $15 or $13.50 for Friends Members. ID 6648

Jan

25

Chinese New Year- Year of the Rat Image

Chinese New Year- Year of the Rat

2020 is the Year of the Rat! Join Julie Lear to celebrate the Year of the Rat by making a Chinese New Year lantern. ID 6641

Feb

8

Kids' Saturday Workshop - Victorian Valentine Image

Kids' Saturday Workshop - Victorian Valentine

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

Jan

25

January Saturday Drop-In Art Image

January Saturday Drop-In Art

Not sure what to do on a Saturday afternoon? 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

15

February Saturday Drop-In Art Image

February Saturday Drop-In Art

Not sure what to do on a Saturday afternoon? 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 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

Jan

29

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).

Jan

29

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).

Jan

30

Booked on Art Image

Booked on Art

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

Jan

30

Booked on Art: Broad Strokes Image

Booked on Art: Broad Strokes

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