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20 for 20 Michigan illustrators round out winter season at Muskegon Museum of Art

Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen
Cover painting from I Love You Just Enough
Acrylic on board, n.d.

The Muskegon Museum of Art completes the launch of its winter season on January 16, 2020, with the opening of 20 for 20: Celebrating Michigan Illustrators, an exhibition of original artwork created by 20 children’s book illustrators from across the state.

20 for 20 brings together paintings, drawings, collages, and digital artwork by nationally recognized and emerging Michigan children’s book illustrators. MMA Curator of Education Courtney Jackson comments that “the exhibition celebrates the diversity found amongst illustrators here in Michigan and sets a precedent for beyond.” The show was organized by the MMA and runs through April 19, 2020.

Opening Reception

The public is invited to a free family-friendly reception to celebrate the 20 for 20 opening on Thursday, January 16, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Light snacks will be provided at the event and reservations are not needed.

Winter Exhibitions

The Michigan illustrators show rounds out a winter exhibition roster that includes:
Excellence in Fibers V, a two-gallery juried fiber art show organized by The Fiber Art Network and the MMA that features masterfully crafted works in a wide array of media, theme, and technique by fiber artists from across the U.S. (runs through March 15)
The Art of Making: Sculpture and Fibers from the Permanent Collection, which highlights excellent and rarely seen three-dimensional works from the museum’s own collection (runs through March 22)

Sponsors

The generosity of underwriting partners provides support for museum exhibitions and programs. 20 for 20: Celebrating Michigan Illustrators is underwritten by The Folkert Family Foundation and the DTE Energy Foundation.

Excellence in Fibers V is underwritten by Fifth Third Bank and The Art of Making is underwritten by The Frank and Susan Bednarek Fund of the Community Foundation for Muskegon County. Blue Lake Public Radio is the Media Sponsor for Excellence in Fibers and The Art of Making.

Additional support is provided through a grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Arts.

General Information

The Muskegon Museum of Art Is located at 296 W. Webster Ave., in downtown Muskegon. The museum is closed on Mondays. (The museum will be open Monday, January 20, 2020, for the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Free Community Day.) Hours and Admission
Museum Store and Ticket Sales: 231.720.2580
Membership and Tour Reservations: 231.720.2571

Corinne Roberts
Double page spread for Bug Bites
Watercolor and pen on paper, 2018. Courtesy of the artist

Amy Young
Untitled – Illustration from A Unicorn Named Sparkle
Pen and ink drawing with gouache on Fabriano Uno paper, 2016
Courtesy of the Artist

Amy Young
Untitled – Illustration from A Unicorn Named Sparkle (detail)
Pen and ink drawing with gouache on Fabriano Uno paper, 2016
Courtesy of the Artist

Jeffrey Brown
Illustration from My Teacher is a Robot (pages 20-21)
Pen and ink drawing on illustration board
2018
Courtesy of the artist

Rebecca Howe
Let’s Go
Acrylic and digital drawing on paper, 2018
Courtesy of the artist

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