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

Apr

29

Virtual Collection Tour April 29 Image

Virtual Collection Tour April 29

In partnership with the Figge Art Museum, join us for a virtual behind-the-scenes exploration of artworks in Muscatine Art Center’s permanent collection. Each featured work of art was created by an important American artist - many who were part of the National Gallery of Design. This program is offered in conjunction with the Figge’s exhibition, For America: 200 Years of Paintings from the National Academy of Design.

Jun

11

Visiting Artist Summer Workshops- Year of the Musser Mansion: 1908 (June 11, 2021) Image

Visiting Artist Summer Workshops- Year of the Musser Mansion: 1908 (June 11, 2021)

The historic Musser-McColm mansion was completed in 1908 during the Edwardian era (1901-1910) and many pieces on display in the mansion come from that period. During this era, the popular art movement was called Art Nouveau, or "new art". This June, join us to learn about the historic era by taking a tour through the mansion, and creating projects in the Art Nouveau style, like faux stained glass, woodblock printing, and more! Workshops will be held June 11 & 25 from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. You can sign up for both workshops, or just one.

Apr

15

Red Barn Studio with Vada Baker- Playful Lamb Watercolor Image

Red Barn Studio with Vada Baker- Playful Lamb Watercolor

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. Guests must wear a mask while in the building. Call 563-263-8282 to reserve your spot.

Apr

22

Red Barn Studio with Vada Baker- Hippity Hop Bunny Watercolor Image

Red Barn Studio with Vada Baker- Hippity Hop Bunny Watercolor

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. Guests must wear a mask while in the building. Call 563-263-8282 to reserve your spot.

May

20

Red Barn Studio with Vada Baker- Serenity Reflections Watercolor Image

Red Barn Studio with Vada Baker- Serenity Reflections Watercolor

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. Guests must wear a mask while in the building. Call 563-263-8282 to reserve your spot.

May

27

Red Barn Studio with Vada Baker- Bears at Dusk Watercolor Image

Red Barn Studio with Vada Baker- Bears at Dusk Watercolor

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. Guests must wear a mask while in the building. Call 563-263-8282 to reserve your spot.

Jun

17

Red Barn Studio with Vada Baker- Brown Pelican Watercolor Image

Red Barn Studio with Vada Baker- Brown Pelican Watercolor

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. Guests must wear a mask while in the building. Call 563-263-8282 to reserve your spot.

Jun

24

Red Barn Studio with Vada Baker- Bird in Water Acrylic Image

Red Barn Studio with Vada Baker- Bird in Water Acrylic

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. Guests must wear a mask while in the building. Call 563-263-8282 to reserve your spot.

Jun

25

Visiting Artist Summer Workshops- Year of the Musser Mansion: 1908 (June 25, 2021) Image

Visiting Artist Summer Workshops- Year of the Musser Mansion: 1908 (June 25, 2021)

The historic Musser-McColm mansion was completed in 1908 during the Edwardian era (1901-1910) and many pieces on display in the mansion come from that period. During this era, the popular art movement was called Art Nouveau, or "new art". This June, join us to learn about the historic era by taking a tour through the mansion, and creating projects in the Art Nouveau style, like faux stained glass, woodblock printing, and more! Workshops will be held June 11 & 25 from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. You can sign up for both workshops, or just one.

May

13

Creative Sessions: Bi-Lingual Interactive Songs with Lisa Neher Image

Creative Sessions: Bi-Lingual Interactive Songs with Lisa Neher

Creative Sessions are free and open to cancer survivors, patients, and their support team. Lisa Neher will lead participants in this session to be held Thursday, May 13th, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Advance registration required through Living Proof Exhibit.

Jun

10

Creative Sessions: Polymer Clay Pendants with Marla Andich Image

Creative Sessions: Polymer Clay Pendants with Marla Andich

Creative Sessions are free and open to cancer survivors, patients, and their support team. Artist Marla Andich will teach this session to be held Thursday, June 10th, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Advance registration required through Living Proof Exhibit.

Apr

17

Kids' Saturday Workshop - Andy Goldsworthy Image

Kids' Saturday Workshop - Andy Goldsworthy

Join Miss Julie Saturday, April 17 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. to learn more about Goldsworthy’s sculptures and celebrate Earth Day by creating your own nature sculpture in the Japanese Garden. Call 563-263-8282 for more information and to sign up.

May

15

Kids' Saturday Workshop - Salvador Dali Image

Kids' Saturday Workshop - Salvador Dali

Join Miss Julie Saturday, May 15 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. to learn about Salvador Dali's strange style and celebrate his birthday by creating your own melted sculpture. Call 563-263-8282 for more information and to sign up.

Jun

12

Kids' Saturday Workshop - Maurice Sendak Image

Kids' Saturday Workshop - Maurice Sendak

Join Miss Julie Saturday, June 12 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. to create a Wild Thing mask and take a romp through the Japanese Garden to celebrate Sendak's birthday. Call 563-263-8282 for more information and to sign up.

Apr

21

Earth Day in a Bag! Image

Earth Day in a Bag!

To celebrate Earth Day this April, stop by the Muscatine Art Center during open hours and grab a "Take & Make” kit. Each bag contains a few projects that you can complete at home with just a few additional supplies. These bags are free to pick up! While supplies last. Earth Day bags are available to pickup April 9-24.

Apr

21

Mother's Day in a Bag! Image

Mother's Day in a Bag!

To celebrate Mother's Day this year, stop by the Muscatine Art Center during open hours and grab a “Take & Make” kit. Each bag contains a few projects that you can complete at home with just a few additional supplies. These bags are free to pick up! While supplies last. Mother's Day bags are available to pickup April 30-May 9.

Apr

1

First Thursday- Zentangle Flowers Image

First Thursday- Zentangle Flowers

Get in a "zen" mood with these Zentangle Flowers. We will use acrylic paint and markers to create this stunning artwork on paper. Guests must wear a mask while in the building. Fees are $15 or $13.50 for Friends members and all supplies are included. Advance registration required. Call 563-263-8282 to reserve your spot.

May

6

First Thursday- Acrylic Dandelions Image

First Thursday- Acrylic Dandelions

Make a wish! We'll use rich acrylics on canvas board to paint dandelions floating in the wind. Guests must wear a mask while in the building. Fees are $15 or $13.50 for Friends members and all supplies are included. Advance registration required. Call 563-263-8282 to reserve your spot.

Jun

3

First Thursday- Garden Stepping Stones Image

First Thursday- Garden Stepping Stones

Spruce up your garden or pathway with these one-of-a-kind stepping stones! We'll use glass gems, broken plates, and more to create our designs. Bring your own or use some of ours! Guests must wear a mask while in the building. Fees are $15 or $13.50 for Friends members and all supplies are included. Fee is for ONE stone approximately 10" in diameter. Advance registration required. Call 563-263-8282 to reserve your spot.

Apr

21

Mini Masters Wednesday Mornings Image

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.

Apr

21

Mini Masters Thursday Afternoons Image

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.

Apr

24

Nature in the Garden- Turtles Image

Nature in the Garden- Turtles

In partnership with the Muscatine County Conservation Board, join us in the Japanese Garden at the Muscatine Art Center to learn about some animals with conservationist Michelle Berns! Kids will get to see live animals and learn about them. Then, make a craft inspired by turtles to take home! The program is free of charge, but pre-registration is required.

Jun

3

June Booked on Art: "Frida in America: The Creative Awakening of a Great Artist" by Celia Stahr Image

June Booked on Art: "Frida in America: The Creative Awakening of a Great Artist" by Celia Stahr

Booked on Art June Meet Up Thursday, June 3, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. in the Muscatine Art Center Music Room. Please RSVP to ensure enough space for physical distancing. Please wear a mask. This program may take place virtually so check back here and our Facebook page for updated information.