Muscatine Art Center Stanley Gallery
Marc Sijan’s lifelike representations of real people have been featured in dozens of one-man exhibitions. Sijan’s attention to the human body - tiny hairs, pores, freckles, wrinkles - has amazed many viewers. His gritty illustrations of real people explore the universal and eternal concerns of the human form. The 2023 exhibition is his third at the Muscatine Art Center.
Marc Sijan’s ultra-realistic sculptures are “homages to humanity’s fascination with its own forms—a fascination which has compelled artists throughout the millennia to mirror life in virtually every medium.” Sijan’s figures are incredibly lifelike, sensuous, and graceful.
His figures are so lifelike, they seem always on the verge of movement, a mere instant away from action. The pores in the skin, the Tiny hairs and veins, even the bald spots, the blemishes, and the individual shapes of the faces make human beings so similar, yet so unique. These details make Marc Sijan’s work especially arresting.
Bob Campagna served as the Director of the Low Rent Housing Commission when Muscatine established its first public housing project. Hired at the age of 23, Campagna screened and aided in selecting the first residents of the Clark House. After “move in day”, Campagna was instrumental in establishing a community among the residents and staff members. One of Bob’s special projects was to create a directory of residents, and he photographed each individual, couple, or family group. This exhibition examines the ups and downs of building the Clark House, the relocation of the historic Alexander Clark home, and the stories of the individuals working to improve living conditions in the 1970s.
Muscatine Art Center
Juried Exhibition presented by the Muscatine County Arts Council
March 17 - May 28, 2023. Reception on March 16 from 5:15 to 6:30 p.m.
First prize is $500. Details at https://www.muscatineartcenter.org/artists.
Muscatine Art Center Studio
Drip,drop, skip and hop. Splish, splash, sidewalk dash! It's worm weather!
Join in the rainy-day fun, as kids splash through the puddles, affecting another weather enthusiast, a nearby worm. An imaginative and playful story, readers will love seeing the worm delight in the weather just as much as the kids.
Introduce your children to the world of art with free art classes.
Each class consists of a story and two art projects! Classes meet Wednesdays from 9:30 - 10:15 a.m. & Thursdays from 3:30 - 4:15 p.m. Advanced registration is required. Classes are FREE! Call 563-263-8282 to register.
Muscatine Art Center, 1314 Mulberry Avenue
Bob Campagna served as Director of the Muscatine Housing Authority from 1972 to 1977. In his talk, Bob will give well-remembered insights into designing the Clark House as well as the process of selecting people for life therein. He will address project hurdles, conditions of housing, and life in Muscatine during that era. Through his photographs and stories, this will truly be a walk through time into that certain era of life in Muscatine.