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.

Art Array 2024

On view March 21 - June 2, 2024, 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 Peter Xiao and Kristin Quinn selected recipients for cash prizes, scoring entries on originality of concept, technique, and impact.

Animals in Art

Animals in Art is on view from February 24 through June 16, 2024. Man’s best friend, barnyard creatures, playful kittens, circus animals, and bucking broncos are among the animals portrayed in the Animals in Art exhibition. The exhibition combines the paintings, prints, drawings, and sculptures from the Muscatine Art Center’s permanent collection with selections of art pottery on loan from Mark and Marie Latta.

Jim Burr: Muscatine History Collection

Known as a local history expert, Jim Burr avidly collected Muscatine history items for most of his life. In 2022, the estate of Jim Burr began donating his Muscatine history collection to the Muscatine Art Center.

Fashionably Dressed: Fine Art & Costumes from the Permanent Collection - Opens June 29

Combining fine art with historic clothing from the late 1800s through the early 1900s, Fashionably Dressed features works by van Gogh, Matisse, Degas, Rodin, Toulouse-Lautrec, and other famous artists.