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Art Center

  1. Alexander Clark: Civil Rights Leader

    September 14, 2018, 10:00 AM - February 28, 2019, 7:00 PM @ Local History Room - Musser-McColm Mansion

    The local history gallery currently features “Alexander Clark: Civil Rights Leader.” Alexander Clark is regarded as Muscatine’s most prominent black citizen, and one of the community’s most accomplished residents and a prominent Iowa civil rights leader. Clark is notable in Iowa history for other things, too. He sued the Muscatine school board on behalf of his daughter, Susan, in a landmark case that outlawed school segregation in Iowa. His son, Alexander Jr., became the first black graduate of the University of Iowa law school in 1879. Alexander Sr. became the second black graduate of the law school in 1884 at the age of 58. In August 1862, Clark sent a letter to Governor Kirkwood offering to raise companies of black troops to serve in one of Iowa’s white regiments (this was at a time when integrated troops were not allowed). By the summer of 1863, Alexander Clark and community leader George V. Black began recruiting for the 1st Regiment of Iowa African Infantry.

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  2. Nancy Purington - Ode to the Upper Mississippi River, Pearl and Her Mother

    September 26, 2018, 10:00 AM - March 28, 2019, 5:00 PM @ 2nd Floor Gallery Musser McColm Mansion

    ODE TO THE UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER, PEARL AND HER MOTHER Exhibition by Nancy Purington Historic Musser McColm Home Second Floor Luminous colors, studied textures, and repeating patterns are Nancy Purington’s tools for expressing the ever changing moods of the Mississippi River. A self-described student of the mighty river, Purington’s works are meditations on the Mississippi’s moments of calm, bursts of overwhelming brightness, slow drifts of murky fog, and clashes at the confluence. Oils and precious metals are combined to capture golden and silver reflections against a background of mystic dark navies, satin backs, emerald blues, and pools of white. Purington places the viewer on the water’s edge, ready to make either a peaceful passage or a dramatic battle down river to the gulf. Purington’s work, like the river, has the ability to transport.

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  3. Kirk Hovenga: Iowa Landscapes

    January 17, 2019, 10:00 AM - March 24, 2019, 5:00 PM @ Stanley Gallery - Middle Floor

    The Muscatine Art Center is pleased to present the work of Iowa native, Kirk Hovenga. In this exhibition of 28 oil paintings, Hovenga captures the atmosphere and light of the Iowa landscape. Kirk Hovenga grew grew up in Davenport, Iowa and graduated with a degree in fine arts from the University of Iowa. He has traveled around the United States, visiting some of the country’s best art museums and meeting other artists. But Iowa is “home,” and he is deeply connected to his family’s land in Dumont, Iowa. Hovenga’s eye for the Iowa landscape resonates with those who view his oil paintings. The “Iowa Landscapes” exhibition represents one chapter in Hovenga’s art career. While he continues to add to this collection of oil paintings, he also works in many other styles from realistic and traditional to deconstructive. He paints portraits, self-portraits, still lifes, and figurative images.

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  4. Jon Fasanelli-Cawelti: Atlas

    January 19, 2019, 1:00 PM - March 24, 2019, 5:00 PM @ Stanley Gallery Top Level - Muscatine Art Center

    Jon Fasanelli-Cawelti returns to the Muscatine Art Center with the special exhibition, Atlas, dedicated to his wife and caregiver, Diane Calzaretta. The exhibition features the new work, The Caregiver’s Map. All of the prints and large-scale drawings included in this exhibition were created over the last five years.

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  5. National Gumdrop Day - ID 6486

    February 15, 2019, 3:15 PM - 4:30 PM @ Muscatine Art Center Studio

    Credit to the modern gumdrop candy goes to chemist and candy manufacturer Percy S. Truesdell. He took the once hard candy and altered it, turning it into the chewy candy we love today. After his death in 1948, he became known as the Gumdrop King. Help us celebrate Truesdell and his invention by making your own creation out of gumdrops! Put your STEAM skills to the test and see how big you can build! No registration required.

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