With more than twenty changing exhibitions and displays offered each year, there is always something new to discover at the Muscatine Art Center. The two-story Stanley Gallery hosts large exhibitions while smaller displays are presented on the second floor of the historic house and in showcases near the reception desk.

A wide range of topics and the works of many different artists are presented in changing exhibitions. Plan your visit to best match your interests by checking the exhibition schedule.

The Muscatine Art Center curates exhibitions using works of art and artifacts from its collection, hosts traveling exhibitions, and collaborates with regional artists, museums, and collectors to spotlight artists and their visions and to tell thought-provoking stories. The organization builds its exhibition schedule to reflect the variety of interests present in the community. Within the two-story Stanley Gallery, interactive displays that appeal to children and families, a juried exhibition, a show of artwork by local elementary students, and a display of historic wedding dresses may be presented within a single year. These exhibitions are typically planned two to four years in advance.

Art Array 2023

On view March 17 - May 28, 2023, The Muscatine Country Arts Council is pleased to exhibit work by artists within a 50-mile radius of Muscatine. Each artist had the opportunity to submit up to two original pieces for consideration in the juried exhibition. Jurors Mary Alice Sessler and Jame Hayes selected recipients for cash prizes, scoring entries on originality of concept, technique, and impact.

Birds in Art

"Birds in Art," organized by the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, is on view at the Muscatine Art Center from June 1 through September 10, 2023!

House of Cards by Philip Laber

"House of Cards" by Philip Laber is on view from June 3 through August 6, 2023. Meet Artist Philip Laber at the Annual Ice Cream Social on Sunday, June 25 from 1 to 4 p.m.

Iowa Watercolor Society Traveling Exhibition

The Iowa Watercolor Society Traveling Exhibition is returning to the Muscatine Art Center and is on view from June 8 through July 30, 2023.

Muscatine's Pearl Button Button Industry

The Mississippi River town of Muscatine produced billions of pearl buttons. By 1905, Muscatine made 37 percent of the world's buttons and earned the title of "Pearl Button Capital of the World."