Friends of Art

Friends of Art Fall Programs

Friends of Art will present three Fall programs via Zoom online.  The three fall programs are listed here. Friends of Art members will be invited to a trial Zoom practice session before the actual Zoom program is scheduled. Contact Kim Montgomery at, to receive the email invitation for the link to the programs. Fall programs are free to all who wish to attend, provided we have your email address.

Treasures of the Cranbrook Institute of Science and Native American Collection

Wednesday, September 16, 7:00 pm

Guest Speaker Cameron Wood, Curator of Collections/Anthropology Educator at the Cranbrook Institute of Science gave us a behind the scenes look at exceptional Native American artifacts and artwork in the Institute’s collection. From exquisite quill boxes from Northern Michigan, to ancient and contemporary pottery from the American Southwest this presentation spans the continent. A featured piece was an original work of art by Hunkpapa Lakota artist and warrior Kicking Bear depicting the Battle of the Little BigHorn, also known as the Battle of the Greasy Grass. While the focus of the discussion was on the Institute’s collection of Native American works, the audience members interacted with Cameron with questions throughout his presentation and they even were able to request viewing of other pieces.


The Sculpture Around Town

Wednesday, October 28, 7:00 pm

Watch Guest speaker Judith Hayner, former MMA Executive Director and currently Project Director of the Muskegon City Public Art Initiative, a project of the Community Foundation for Muskegon County, as she discusses Muskegon’s remarkable public art collection and her current role in bringing new, permanent, and monumentally scaled works of art to the community.

Icons: A Holy Hobby

Wednesday, November 18, 7:00 pm

Guest speaker The Reverend Elsa Pressentin, a retired Episcopal priest, took up iconology as a hobby in 2012. She modestly declines to be called an expert but is pleased to be able to share her passion about this subject. She will give a brief history of icons, show how icons are created, and present some examples.

Friends of Art Membership

As a museum member, you are encouraged to become a member of Friends of Art. Participating in Friends of Art programs deepens your experience of what the museum has to offer. Friends promote the Museum by offering educational programs and assisting in the purchase of new pieces of art. A basic Friends membership is only $25, which entitles you to participation in all programs and includes a member booklet.

Contact Tricia Lamiman at about membership.

Centennial celebration exhibition at the Muskegon Museum of Art

(Click on image to see larger view.)

Paul Howard Manship
(American, 1885-1966)
Flight of Europa
Bronze on onyx base, 1928
Gift of the Friends of Art