90th Michigan Regional Exhibition

August 30 through November 7, 2018

The Muskegon Museum of Art’s 90th Michigan Regional Exhibition opens Thursday, August 30, 2018. An opening reception will be held that evening starting at 5:30 pm. The awards program starts at 7:00 pm. Over $6,000 in cash prizes will be handed out to the winning artists at the program. Refreshments and a cash bar will be available. The event is free and open to the public.

The annual Regional Exhibition is the longest-established exhibition of its kind in the state, continuing the MMA’s legacy of showcasing the work of Michigan artists, from talented newcomers to accomplished professionals. The competitive show presents a contemporary look at the issues, themes, and materials inspiring today’s artists. Featured media includes painting, printmaking, drawing, photography, sculpture, ceramics, textiles, jewelry, and installation works.

Three hundred fifty-three artists submitted 658 artwork entries to be considered for inclusion in this year’s show. The juror, Marc Mitchell, selected 147 works by 150 artists to include in the exhibition. He chose the juror’s awards from among the accepted entries. Additional awards selected by the MMA’s director and senior curator, among others, will be announced the week before the exhibition opens.

90th Michigan Regional Exhibition Catalogue [pdf]

Top Juror Awards

Best of Show, $1,500
Brian Caponi, Rochester Hills
The Window, 2016
Porcelain with glaze on steel


2nd Place, $750
Michael Garguilo, Royal Oak
Head XLIII, 2017
Oil and Charcoal on Canvas


3rd Place, $500
Brianne Munch, Traverse City
As I Drag, 2018
Fabric, Elmer’s Glue, assorted bones, pig skull, chicken wire

West Michigan Potters Guild Eleanore Smith Memorial Ceramics Award, $250
Paul Flickinger, Kalamazoo
1000 tea bowls, 2016


Robert and Veronica Youngman Memorial Award for Graphic Arts, $150
Jean Allemeier Boot, Alto
Sprouted Yellow Onion, 2018
Etching and aquatint


Honorable Mentions, $150

Saem Cho, Holland
Lurking Tal 2.4, 2018


Elizabeth Brandt, Holland
Slipstream, 2017
Cotton fabric, polyester thread, batting


Karen Gallup, Ann Arbor
Bird’s-eye-view, 2018


About the Juror
Marc Mitchell is an Assistant Professor in the J. William Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Arkansas, where he also serves as Curator & Director of Exhibitions and Co-Director of Graduate Studies. As a curator, he has developed exhibitions featuring artists such as Josef Albers, Philip Guston, Louise Bourgeois, and Carrie Mae Weems. Mitchell is also a practicing artist whose work has been featured in New American Paintings and The Boston Globe, and has exhibited around the U.S. and internationally.

The 90th Michigan Regional Exhibition is underwritten by Warner Norcross & Judd LLP and the Shape Corporation Advised Fund of the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation. Awards are underwritten by Swanson Pickle Company. Additional support is provided by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Muskegon Museum of Art is located at 296 W. Webster Ave., in downtown Muskegon, Michigan. www.muskegonartmuseum.org.