Art Center of Burlington: Why we do what we do

Art is a powerful catalyst in sparking creativity, developing new ideas, and discovering new ways to approach problems. It isn't always the end product but the process that helps inspire our creative nature. We believe in creating opportunities like unique events and public art displays that encourage a more vibrant community. We want to see Burlington thrive.

What we offer:

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Beloved Burlington Reception

On Saturday, November 16 from 2-4pm, author Jane Sutter Brandt will be hosting a reception in our Gallery to honor all the families of the businesses featured in her new book "Beloved Burlington," featuring businesses you knew and loved! It will strike the nostalgia chord with those who grew up in Burlington. A few local artists are creating art works of various business store-fronts too!

The reception is free and open to the public.

"Beloved Burlington" will be available during a book signing with author Jane Sutter at BurlingtonBytheBook from 11am-2pm.


Sign Up For Miracle On Jefferson Street

This magical day is a family self-guided event. Begin at the Art Center by picking up your goodie bag anytime after 9am but allow enough time because the fun ends by 3pm. Your family will spend a few hours making small crafts, painting pottery, creating a family photo, listening to Christmas stories, watching Christmas movies, and so much more! MOJS is most enjoyed by kids 10 and under.

Choose the date that works best for your family:
Saturday, December 7 or 14 from 9am-3pm

The price is $10 per child. Add $2 if ages 9 and up want to paint mug instead of ornament. Space is limited, must pay at time of registration to save your family's spot. Call the Art Center at 319.754.8069 to register.

A BIG THANK YOU to Midwest Eye Clinic for sponsoring this event!


Art About Town

ART is all around us… Join us in exploring the many ways in which local and regional artists enrich our lives. The Art Center Volunteer committee is planning quarterly outings to a wide variety of creative venues in, and around our community.

The exploration begins! Join us as we visit two art spaces in Burlington on Saturday, November 23, 2019
1:00pm Meet at the SCC Gallery 1500 West Agency Road West Burlington, IA 52655, Room 212
2:30pm Visit Starlight Art Glass Studio 2902 406th Rd West Burlington, IA 52655

This is a free outing but space is limited, sign up today by calling 319.754.8069.

Battle of the Brushes: Artists Wanted

Think you've got what it takes? Bring your creativity and brushes! We're looking for 5 artists to compete in a live, timed painting competition on 1/11/2020! Interested? Please send us an email ( with your contact information and samples of your artwork. Deadline to apply: Saturday, December 14. Notified by email: Friday, December 20. In addition to participating in BOTB, the five selected artists can bring 3-5 pieces to hang in the Gallery during the month of January.

Email your contact info and samples of your artwork here.


Kid Classes

We can't wait to get creative with your kiddo. From preschool age and on up! We offer Friday Night Art Hop, Saturday classes, and after school classes in the Fall/Spring.

View the kid classes here and sign up!



Adult Classes & BYOB Workshops

Take a look at our scheduled classes or host your own private party!

View the adult schedule here and sign up.



In the Gallery

All Member Show
Learn about the show here.


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