MUSCATINE, IOWA (June 11, 2019) — Stunning photographs and exquisite wood vessels will be on view this summer at the Muscatine Art Center. Des Moines photographer Molly Wood will exhibit her Omnia Vanitas series, and Quad City area artists Steve Sinner and Joe Meirhaeghe will showcase their wood vessels.

MUSCATINE, IOWA (April 17, 2019) — The 18th Amendment went into effect in 1920, prohibiting anyone from selling, manufacturing, importing, or exporting liquor. With its statewide prohibition in 1916, Iowa was one of the three key prohibition states that led the movement. Iowa author and historian Linda McCann will present on Prohibition in eastern Iowa on Thursday, May 2, at the Muscatine Art Center.

MUSCATINE, IOWA (April 15, 2019) — Living Proof Exhibit grew out of a friendship between two women who used art as therapy in coping with a diagnosis of breast cancer. In 2010, the two women curated their first exhibit of work by cancer survivors. The organization’s annual juried show has been exhibited at the Figge Art Museum, the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, the Dubuque Museum of Art, and the Peoria Public Library.

 

MUSCATINE, IOWA (March 26, 2019) — The Muscatine Art Center is piloting a new middle school outreach program thanks to a grant from the State Historical Society of Iowa’s Historic Resource Development Program (HRDP). Actors portraying Daniel and Sarah Parvin will bring to life the experiences of a Muscatine Civil War soldier. The Muscatine Art Center houses 117 letters written by Daniel Parvin while he served in the Iowa 11th Volunteer Regiment.

The legacy of Dick and Mary Jo Stanley, two of Muscatine’s most prominent and generous citizens, will be celebrated with a series of events on May 20, 2018. Local organizers are hoping to showcase the wide ranging impact of the Stanleys, who passed away late last year, on Muscatine, the state, and the world.

The Muscatine Art Center is cancelling the portrait painting event this Saturday, March 24, due to the expected winter weather. Please, watch for rescheduling of artist Rose Frantzen painting at a later date.   Faces of Iowa State opened February 15 at the Muscatine Art Center and will be on view through April 15, 2018. Visit https://www.museums.iastate.edu/art/exhibitions to see additional tour dates.

Beginning in the 1930s, at the height of the Great Depression, Iowa State University (ISU) made it a priority to commission and paint portraits. The commemoration of presidents, deans, accomplished faculty and heralded alumni strove to honor the college’s heritage and legacies. This tradition continues today with the active commissioning of portraits by departments and colleges all across ISU and is celebrated through this statewide touring exhibition Faces of Iowa State.

Kimble Bromley, Professor of Art at North Dakota State University, will exhibit his Moby-Dick painting series at the Muscatine Art Center from February 15th through April 12th, 2018. Bromley’s work has been inspired by environments in which he lives and has visited, as well as being influenced by Herman Melville and Moby-Dick.

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