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. This year’s juried show features 126 works by 107 artists and includes 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.

EXHIBITION CATALOGUE

AWARDS

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91st Michigan Contemporary

Best of Show | $1,500
Bowen Kline, Romeo (MI), Workday

91st Michigan Contemporary 2nd Place

2nd Place | $1,000
Jillian Dickson, Kentwood, Dear, I’ll Paint You a Drawing Forever

91st Michigan Contemporary 3rd Place

3rd Place | $750
Emily Mayo, Grand Rapids, Untitled #2

91st Michigan Contemporary Honorary

Honorable Mention | $150
Patricia Constantine, Grand Rapids, Eeka

91st Michigan Contemporary Honorary

John Dempsey, Flint, Glare #16: Ascender

91st Michigan Contempory Honorary

Honorable Mention | $150
Gloria Joseph, Dearborn, Opening

91st Michigan Contemporary Directors Choice

Director’s Choice | $500
Scott Provonche, Muskegon, The Fish Rots from the Head II

91st Michigan Contemporary Curators Choice

Jeanne Bieri, Grosse Pointe Farms, Agent Orange Drift and Mended Wedding Ring Quilt

91st Michigan Contemporary Gordon Hall Memorial Award

Gordon Hall Memorial Award | $300
Ilene Curts-Thayer, Mason, 58 Objects

91st Michigan Contemporary Friends of Art Award

Friends of Art Award | $250
Steve Loar, East Grand Rapids, Holland Bowl Mill Collaboration – Dialogue

91st Michigan Contemporary Phil Chmura Memorial Award

Phil Chmura Memorial Award | $200
Vicki Cook, Watervliet, Pierced

91st Michigan Contemporary Revel Award

Revel Award | $200
Michelle Bennett, Detroit, Cheryl

91st Michigan Contemporary West Michigan Potters Guild Award

West Michigan Potters Guild Eleanore Smith Memorial Ceramics Award | $150
Madeline Kaczmarczyk, Rockford, Generational Tea

91st Michigan Contemporary Youngman Graphics Award

Robert and Veronica Youngman Memorial Award for Graphic Arts | $150
Kelly Vander Kley, Mattawan, Intravenous

91st Michigan Contemporary Docents Choice Award

Muskegon Museum of Art Docent’s Choice | $100
Lou Rizzolo, Glenn, Dancing Unknowns

About the Show & Curator’s Statement

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. According to Art Martin, MMA Director of Collections and Exhibitions/Senior Curator, “The exhibition presents a look at the issues, themes, and materials inspiring today’s Michigan artists. The artwork is meant to engage, challenge, and inspire conversation.”
Juror Statement

The works in the exhibition were selected by juror Amy Chaloupka, Curator of Art at the Whatcom Museum in Bellingham, WA and an art/art history instructor at Western Washington University. In a Juror Statement, Chaloupka commented that she was “truly astounded by the caliber and range in the grouping of over 700 works of art” and “I saw interesting patterns and connections between works that felt regionally specific yet universally resonant.”

Underwriters

The 91st Michigan Contemporary Art Exhibition is underwritten by Warner Norcross + Judd, LLP and Shape Corporation. Awards are underwritten by the Swanson Pickle Company. Additional programming support is provided by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Arts.

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ARTIST INFORMATION

Art 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.

92nd Michigan Contemporary Art Exhibition: September 17 – November 18, 2020
Entry will open in April 2020.  Information will be posted during the winter months.