About Us

Our Mission: To use the power of art to awaken the creative nature that is in every person, to connect us socially and to contribute to the vibrancy of Burlington.

Our Vision: The Art Center of Burlington believes the arts hold transformative potential for the individual and enhance the unique culture of our community. We strive to elevate the social culture of our community, to provide opportunities for creative expression, and to educate individuals in various forms of art.

Located in the heart of Downtown Burlington, the Art Center showcases one-of-a-kind artwork of local & regional artists with monthly Gallery exhibits & Artists Market. Children & adult art classes are offered along with unique events throughout the year. The Gallery Lounge offers the finest selection of wine, beer, & live music in a creative environment on the 1st & 3rd Friday of every month.

The Art Center of Burlington was founded in 1966 by a group of artists and friends with the first show at the Unitarian Church and eventually moving to its first home downstairs at the North Hill Medical Center. The very next year in 1967, the organization started the Father's Day tradition of Snake Alley Art Fair. Artists lined the alley with snow fence to hang their artwork for sale. Snake Alley Art Fair will be celebrating its 51st Anniversary on June 17, 2018.

The Art Center of Burlington is funded by memberships, as well as grants from Burlington Fine Arts League, John H. Witte Jr. Foundation, Harry & Virginia Murray Foundation, memorials, corporate sponsorships, private donations, and special fundraising events like the Snake Alley Art Fair.

Current Corporate Sponsorships

Anderson, Roberts, Perth, Wallace & Stewart





Your participation in the Art Center's activities will broaden your artistic horizon and bring out the talent you always knew you had! If you enjoy the creative process, you'll enjoy the fellowship of other artistic and innovative people that draw, create, and appreciate at the Art Center of Burlington!

As a member you will receive a quarterly newsletter, discounted classes, invitations to openings, special events, monthly DIY group, and the chance to show during our Annual All Members Show at the end of the year. Plus your membership helps support your local art center!

Monthly Members Only DIY Group
The Dabblers try out various mediums and projects in both the arts and crafts. The two hour sessions are led by group members who have some expertise or experience to share. The goal is not to always finish a specific project but to get exposure to something new and to be with others in art and creativity. This group meets the 2nd Tuesday of every month from 7-9PM and there is a $5 fee for supplies. Please call 319.754.8069 by Monday of the same week to reserve a space.

We invite you to support the Arts through your Art Center monthly or yearly membership. Tax-deductable donations are also accepted and appreciated. Send a completed membership form and check to 301 Jefferson Street, Burlington, Iowa 52601 or pay online via PayPal! 

Annual Membership options
Student       $18
Individual $35
Family $60
Friend $125
Sustaining $250
Patron $500
Benefactor $1,000

Monthly Membership Options*
$10- 3 workshops & $10 coupon for our Artists Market

$20- 6 workshops & $10 coupon for our Artists Market

$30- 8 workshops & $10 coupon for our Artists Market

$50- 15 workshops & $20 coupon for our Artists Market

*This new membership option provides you with the convenience of paying a specific dollar amount monthly for a commitment of one year. With this option, you have a number of classes/workshops automatically built into your membership to be taken within the year. Classes/workshops ($35.00 value or less) can be used by any family member in your household. 

If you would like to sign up for a monthly membership, please call 319.754.8069 so we can set you up on an automatic withdrawl!

Membership Form
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Membership Levels



Monday - Friday 10am-6pm
1st & 3rd Fridays 10am-8pm
Saturday 10am-4pm
Sunday Closed



Tammy McCoy, executive director, tammy@artcenterofburlington.com

Hillaurie Fritz-Bonar, communications director, hillaurie@artcenterofburlington.com

Nicole Kamrath, program director, nicole@artcenterofburlington.com

Marla Vazquez, office manager

Bethany Luttenegger, front desk reception

Heidi Merrick, front desk reception

Meghan Riley, front desk reception


Board of Directors

Alyssa Stewart, president
Craig Cornick, vice president
Ed Mansheim, treasurer
Donna Stortzum, secretary

Maryann Jordahl, Rachel Lindeen, Karla Mundt, Sue Sorensen,
Annie Wilson


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