Exhibitions

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.

Elephant & Piggie in WE ARE ART! (A Mo Willems Exhibition)

Through brilliant dialogue, perfect pacing, and relatable characters, Mo Willems’ Elephant and Piggie have joined the pantheon of beloved children’s literary characters.

Great Leaders of the Indian Nation: McKenney & Hall Portraits

On view through March 5, 2023 in the Central Hall on the second floor of the historic house.

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."

Marc Sijan: Ultra-Realistic Sculptures

Marc Sijan's ultra-realistic sculptures are "homages to humanity's fascination with its own forms - a fascination which has compelled artists throughout the millennia to mirror life in virtually every medium. Sijan's figures are incredibly lifelike, sensuous, and graceful.

Faces of Hope: The Original Residents of the Clark House

Explore photography and stories gathered by Bob Campagna who served as the Director of the Low Rent Housing Commission when Muscatine established its first public housing project. Hired at the age of 23, Campagna screened and aided in selecting the first residents of the Clark House.