Opportunities for artists include teaching studio classes, exhibiting, consigning art work for the Holiday Pop-Up Shop, and participating in arts-based competitions such as the Annual Heartfelt & Handmade Ornament Competition. Artists who teach studio classes for children and/or adults are paid on a contract basis.

Exhibition proposals should be sent to the attention of the Director. Proposals are reviewed by staff, but artists should be aware that exhibition space in the Stanley Gallery is often booked 2 to 4 years in advance. Display spaces in the historic Musser-McColm home including the second floor Central Hall and two rooms designated for changing exhibitions are booked 12 to 24 months in advance.

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On occasion, the Muscatine Art Center posts a call for entries for juried exhibitions or curates an invitational exhibition. If the Muscatine Art Center is seeking entries, this information will be posted on the press release page of the “about” section of this website.

Artists can also compete in the Annual Heartfelt & Handmade Ornament Competition held in November. Ornaments are reviewed by a panel of judges and cash prizes are awarded for first, second, and third place. The competition is open to anyone. As this event is a fundraiser, ornaments must be donated for sale or auction with the proceeds benefiting Friends of the Muscatine Art Center, a non-profit organization that supports educational programs at the Muscatine Art Center. By August, details for the current year’s competition are posted in the Press Release section of the “about” section of this website.

The Holiday Pop-Up Shop opens in November and closes in early January. Artists consign artwork with the Friends of the Muscatine Art Center collecting the consignment fee to support educational programs. Artists are asked to commit to consigning by October 1st. By August, details for the current year’s Holiday Pop-Up Shop are posted in the Press Release section of the “about” section of this website.

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