Muscatine Art Center to award cash prizes for best holiday ornament

This November,

Friends of the Muscatine Art Center will bring back the “Heartfelt & Handmade” Ornament Competition, and the artist or crafter with the winning ornament will receive $100. Now entering its third year, a wide range of ornaments are expected to be displayed from November 15th through December 15th. Each hand-made ornament is available for purchase with the proceeds benefiting Friends and educational programs at the Muscatine Art Center.

Artists and crafters of any age are invited to participate. Details and a participation form are available in the Press Release section at All ornaments must be received by the Muscatine Art Center no later than 5 p.m. on November 7th. Material(s) of the artist’s choice may be used so long as the contributing individual crafted the ornament. A panel of judges will award prizes with first place receiving $100, second receiving $50, and third receiving $25. The winners will be announced at the Holiday Open House in the evening on Friday, November 15th. A complimentary ticket to attend the Holiday Open House is provided to each artist who donates an ornament. Holiday Open House attendees will have the first chance to purchase an ornament and an opportunity to bid on items in the silent auction.

Sponsors for the 2019 “Heartfelt & Handmade” Ornament Competition are HNI, First National Bank, Community Bank and Trust, CBI Bank and Trust, and SSAB. November 15th is also opening night for the Holiday Pop-Up Shop which debuted last year. The shop will be open on the second floor of the historic Musser-McColm home during regular Muscatine Art Center hours through January 5th. Artists and crafters can also apply to sell through the shop. Information is available on the website.

The Muscatine Art Center is located at 1314 Mulberry Avenue in Muscatine, Iowa. Hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Thursday evenings until 7:00 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Admission is free. Donations are appreciated. Visit for more information about programs and events and to download a class brochure.