MUSCATINE, Iowa–Life in Muscatine, and the United States, has changed dramatically over the past 200 years. However, though trends and technology may change, the emotions that unite people and the urge to express them in art has remained the same. To explore these themes and to introduce people to pieces of fine art they can enjoy locally, the Muscatine Art Center will partner with the Figge Art Museum to put on a virtual collections tour April 29 at 6:30 p.m.
In the past, the Muscatine Art Center and the Figge have worked together on several exhibitions, including “Mississippi River Views from the Muscatine Art Center Collection” in 2016. As the Figge began to plan their “For America: Paintings from the National Academy of Design” exhibition, Director of Education Melissa Mohr saw another opportunity for the two museums to collaborate. “When the Figge began brainstorming potential partnerships around the topic of the Figge’s current exhibition, ‘For America: 200 Years of Painting from the National Academy of Design,’ we immediately thought of the Muscatine Art Center and its wonderful collection of American Art,” she stated.
The evening of the virtual tour, the Muscatine Art Center will showcase a variety of paintings both from its popular Mississippi River Collection and from some of its lesser known collections not currently on display. Each work featured will have a connection to the National Academy of Design, highlighting its important role in influencing American Art. Muscatine Art Center Program Coordinator Katy Loos hopes many Muscatine residents will sign up for this free virtual tour and see what makes the museum’s collections outstanding: “The Muscatine Art Center’s Mississippi River Collection is a considerable collection and significant not only to our patrons in Muscatine but to Mississippi River buffs all over the country and remains a highly requested topic. I think viewers will also enjoy seeing the variety of our collections in terms of genre and medium.”
Mohr also expects participants to take away a new appreciation of the Muscatine Art Center’s collection and to thoroughly enjoy viewing it as well. “The Muscatine Art Center is well known for having many jewels within its collection and tour participants will have a wonderful time exploring the highlighted works!” she enthused.
Loos and Mohr both look forward to the virtual tour as a way to strengthen ties between the Art Center and the Figge, possibly paving the way for more collaborative programming in the future. “We always enjoy collaborating with the Figge Art Museum and are excited to be able to showcase part of our permanent collection as it pertains to the exhibition on view at the Figge,” said Loos.
“The Figge values its relationship with the Muscatine Art Center and can think of no better way to celebrate the skill and artistry of American Artists than through a collaboration like this,” added Mohr.
If you would like to participate in the Figge’s virtual collection tour of the Muscatine Art Center, Mohr invites you to sign up for it using the link on the Figge’s website. Everyone who signs up will receive a free Zoom link to use.