Art Break
The Muscatine Art Center is open Tuesday through Friday 
from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday evenings until 7 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday
from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

1314 Mulberry Avenue
Muscatine, IA 52761


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Ferdinand Richardt, View of the Upper Mississippi, 1865, Oil on Canvas
Muscatine Art Center at the Figge
Mississippi River Views from the Muscatine Art Center Collection
January 30 - June 5, 2016

F rom the first Europeans who explored the interior of the continent to artists and writers through the years, Americans have long been fascinated by the "Big River"-the Mississippi. 

Mississippi River Views  includes a collection of 60 paintings, drawings, maps and other river-related works from the collection of the Muscatine Art Center, whose Musser Mansion is undergoing mechanical upgrades. Beginning with a rare map from 1680 by Nicholaes Visscher, the exhibition includes drawings made on the river by Seth Eastman in the 1830s, and paintings of the river from the 1850s to the present day. 

Also featured are paintings and prints of riverboats, along with a model of the paddlewheeler River Queen , and early views of Muscatine, Davenport and Moline and Fort Armstrong.
Opening Reception, Talk and Tour
Saturday, February 6
2 pm Opening Reception 
3 pm Gallery Talk 

Melanie Alexander, Director of the Muscatine Art Center, and Tim Schiffer, Executive Director of the Figge Art Museum, will speak about the exhibition Mississippi River Views , and provide a gallery tour.
Framed: Step into Art
On View at the Muscatine Art Center 
January 16 - May 8, 2016
Step inside the framework of famous paintings and experience art like never before in Framed: Step into Art. Children and adults can enjoy a noontime meal in Grant Wood's Dinner for Threshers, climb into a tent and explore camping gear in John Singer Sargent's Camp at Lake O'Hara, and add "corn husks" to the flower tower in Diego Rivera's Corn Festival. Visitors can enter Clementine Hunter's Big Chicken to get behind the reins of a giant rooster and can explore a small collection of Mona Lisa prints featuring the original and famous parodies.
Framed: Step into Art was created by Minnesota Children's Museum as an interactive art appreciation exhibit for children ages 5-12, their families, educators, and caregivers. The bilingual exhibit provides a framework within which adults with all levels of art experiences can engage children in aesthetic development. The exhibit uses the questions "What is going on here?" and "What do you see that makes you say that?" Framed: Step into Art provides opportunities for children and adults to spend time with art, make a connection with art, and explore art according to their own needs and abilities.