MUSCATINE, IOWA (November 15, 2023) — Local and regional artists and crafters are sharing their talents for a good cause this holiday season, and everyone is invited to be part of the fun at the Muscatine Art Center. The Heartfelt Lamp; Handmade Ornament Competition has returned for the first time since 2019. Each ornament purchase benefits Friends of the Muscatine Art Center and its mission to support educational programs at the Art Center.

MUSCATINE, IOWA (October 26, 2023) — Visitors who remember the Japanese-style garden at the Muscatine Art Center can now encounter an entirely re-made space that has the look and feel of the garden as it was in 1930 when Laura Musser McColm had it installed. Since 2020, the rehabilitation of the Japanese Garden has been an active project for the Muscatine Art Center staff and its team of consultants and contractors.

MUSCATINE, IOWA (October 6, 2023) — On Thursday, October 19, the Muscatine Art Center will welcome writers Marina Porcelli and Martha Cecilia Ruiz from the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program (IWP). The two are participating in the Fall Residency program that attracts established and emerging creative writers — poets, fiction writers, dramatists, and nonfiction writers — from all over the world.

MUSCATINE, IOWA (September 27, 2023) — The Muscatine Art Center, Global Education at the Stanley Center, MCC Collegiate LULAC, LULAC Muscatine, Muscatine UNIDOS 4-H, and the Muscatine County Arts Council are collaborating to offer an evening of dancing, music, and more on Thursday, October 12, 5:15-6:45PM.

Jon Fasanelli-Cawelti, Man Filled with Music (Green-Yellow-Black) print 24 x 18 (1)

MUSCATINE, IOWA (June 13, 2023) — The Annual Ice Cream Social is back in June, and the Friends of the Muscatine Art Center invites the local community to celebrate the arts during this free event. Mark your calendar for Sunday, June 25, 1-4PM. The Annual Ice Cream Social, sponsored by Kent Corporation and SSAB, is a Muscatine tradition that dates back to 1979.

MUSCATINE, IOWA (May 31, 2023) — The Muscatine Art Center is excited to announce the opening of three exhibitions this June. The 47th annual Birds in Art opens on both floors of the Stanley Gallery on June 1 and will be on view through September 10. Artist Philip Laber’s printed works, House of Cards, opens on the second floor of the Musser McColm mansion on June 3 and will remain on view until August 6.

MUSCATINE, IOWA (October 26, 2022) — Mo Willems has entertained children and adults for more than a decade with his award-winning Elephant and Piggie early reader series. Willems is a master of rendering emotional expression. A mere raise of Piggie’s eyebrow or Elephant Gerald’s toothy smile provide visual clues to the characters’ feelings.