91st Michigan Contemporary Art Exhibition

September 5 through November 13, 2019

L. C. and Margaret Walker Galleries

The Exhibition

The Michigan Contemporary continues the museum’s well-established legacy of showcasing the work of Michigan artists, from talented beginners to accomplished professionals in the longest running juried show of its kind in Michigan. The exhibition presents a look at the issues, themes, and materials inspiring today’s Michigan artists. The juried show will include painting, printmaking, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, textiles, jewelry, and installation. The artwork selection is meant to engage, challenge, and inspire conversation. The Muskegon Museum of Art’s 91st Michigan Contemporary Art Exhibition (formerly the annual Regional Exhibition) opens at 5:30 pm on Thursday, September 5 and runs through November 13, 2019.

Opening Event

Thursday, September 5
5:30 pm Reception
6:30 pm Awards Program
7:00 pm Meet the Artists
Rejoin the artists in the exhibition after the awards program. Stay to meet and congratulate the winners and enjoy more time together to end the celebratory evening. The opening event is free and open to the public.

About the Juror

Juror Amy Chaloupa

Photo courtesy of Amy Chaloupa

Amy Chaloupka, received her BFA from Western Washington University and MFA in Sculpture from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has exhibited widely, and created several public works, including permanent installations in Santa Fe, Chicago, and Madison, Wisconsin.

Since 2008, Chaloupka has curated more than 15 contemporary exhibitions featuring national and international artists for the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. While there, she contributed to several published catalogue essays related to exhibitions.

Now living and working in the Pacific Northwest, Chaloupka is Curator of Art at the Whatcom Museum in Bellingham, Washington. In addition, she serves on the Arts Commission for the City of Bellingham and teaches within the Art and Art History Departments at Western Washington University. Recent exhibitions curated include: Crossover: Cruce de Vias, at the Western Gallery, Bellingham, WA (2015), Colorfast at the Whatcom Museum, Bellingham, WA (2016) Nek Chand: The World In A Garden at the Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI. (2017), and the forthcoming retrospective, Ed Bereal: Wanted for Disturbing the Peace (2019), at the Whatcom Museum.

Artist Information

Artists who entered work will be notified of the jury results by email no later than July 29, 2019. Questions? Please call the MMA at 231-720-2575.

Accepted Entries Information

Liability/Publicity: Entries will be handled with all possible care, but the MMA is not responsible for any loss or damage for any cause whatsoever. Submitting a work of art to this exhibition implies agreement on the part of the artist with all stated conditions. The MMA assumes the privilege of photographing or using any work entered in the exhibition for the purpose of publicity or education, unless the artist notifies the MMA in writing to the contrary.

Delivery: For hand-delivery, accepted artwork must arrive at the Muskegon Museum of Art on August 22, 23, or 24. Artists may deliver between 11AM and 4:30 PM on Thursday August 22, Friday August 23, and Saturday August 24. Call 231-720-2575 if you need to drop off prior to August 15. No objects will be accepted after August 24.

Ship artwork to: REGIONAL, Muskegon Museum of Art, 296 W Webster Ave, Muskegon, MI 49440.Works shipped by carrier must be prepaid and arrive at the MMA by Friday, August 23, 2019. For shipped work, please include a prepaid return shipping label with your entry. All packing and shipping costs are the responsibility of the artist.

Attach identification labels securely on the back, upper left corner of two-dimensional artworks and under the base or securely tied to three-dimensional artworks. Labels must be those provided in the email of acceptance and should be completely filled in. Please notify the MMA if you require the loading dock for delivery by calling 231-720-2575.

Entry Condition: Works must be ready for presentation. All hanging works should be framed and fitted with wire or D-Rings. Sawtooth hangers are not permitted. Entries must be dry, completely assembled, framed, matted, or mounted. All works on paper must be framed and glazed. Multiple panel pieces (diptychs, triptychs, etc.) cannot exceed 6 feet wide by twelve feet high when installed. Work requiring special handling or installation will be accepted only at the MMA’s discretion. Unsuitably prepared, hazardous, unstable, or extremely fragile works will be declined. If you are unsure about your work conforming to these conditions, please email James Milostan at jmilostan@muskegonartmuseum.org before entering.

Pickup: Accepted entries must remain in the exhibition through Wednesday, November 13, 2019.

MMA staff will return shipped artworks in the packing materials they arrived in. Return of shipped artwork will begin Friday, November 15, 2019.

In person pickup:

November 14, Thursday, 11:00 am – 4:30 pm
November 15, Friday, 11:00 am – 4:30 pm
November 16, Saturday, 11:00 am – 4:30 pm

Due to limited storage, prompt pickup is required. Please call if you must make special pickup arrangements.

Written authorization, along with the notification email, is required for the MMA to release work to anyone other than the artist. Shipment costs are the responsibility of the artist.

Works not picked up by December 27, 2019 will be considered abandoned and will be discarded.

Underwriters

The 91st Michigan Contemporary Art Exhibition is underwritten by Warner Norcross + Judd LLP and Shape Corp.

 

Awards are underwritten by The Swanson Pickle Company.

Additional program support is provided by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Arts.

NEA