Shaping the Future, Celebrating the Past

May 14 through August 30, 2020

The Muskegon Museum of Art holds an internationally recognized permanent collection of art, boasting important works by artists such as Edward Hopper, John Steuart Curry, Henry Ossawa Tanner, Winslow Homer, Elizabeth Catlett, Alfred Sisley, Camille Pissarro, and Pierre Bonnard. Begun in 1910, today the collection features paintings, prints, drawings, watercolors, sculpture, glass, and decorative arts covering a wide range of genres and time periods. A collecting institution, the MMA continues to acquire, through gift and purchase, both historic and contemporary art as a vital component of its mission. Through the summer of 2020, all of our galleries will highlight and explore the various facets of our collection, celebrating our most recognized masterworks and bringing out more rarely seen objects that define over 100 years of collecting.

As the MMA looks to the next hundred years, join us in celebrating and exploring this renowned Muskegon treasure.

Shaping the Future, Celebrating the Past: Timeline

Robert D. and C. Corcoran Tuttle Gallery
Illustrated timeline and drawings celebrate the past with drawings and other materials that reveal plans for the future

Laying the Cornerstone, October, 2011

Glass: Treasures from the Permanent Collection

L. C. and Margaret Walker A Gallery
Major exhibition showcasing works by many of the artists that defined the studio glass movement along with works made by today’s new masters

Underwritten by DTE Energy Foundation, Fifth Third Bank, Hines Corp., Nichols, Lorin, Northern Trust, and Anonymous


Stephen Rolfe Powell
Lurid Gasp Johnson
Blown glass, 1999
Gift of Robert D. and C. Corcoran Tuttle. 2005.1

Tiffany Group
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Secundino R. Veiga

The Arts of Japan

L. C. and Margaret Walker B Gallery
Japanese ceramics and print collection

Underwritten by The Hilt Foundation and Michael & Patricia Wade

Sumida Ware (Japanese, circa 1890-1941)
Thousand and One Monkey Vase (detail)
Glazed ceramic, not dated
Gift of George and Martha Hilt. 1997.189

Pictures of the Best Kind

Bettye Clark Cannon Gallery
The MMA’s most recognized and celebrated works of art by contemporary and historic artists

Underwritten by PNC Bank


Camille Pissarro, French, 1830-1903
La Ferme (The Farm), 1879, oil on canvas
Gift of the L.C. and Margaret Walker Foundation, 1976.18

From Dürer to Rembrandt: Five Centuries of Art and Faith

Theodore and Joan Operhall Gallery
Works on paper from the earliest days of printmaking in 15th-century Germany and 17th-century Holland along with paintings by Dutch, German, and Swedish artists demonstrate the significant influence of faith on the advancement of art.

Joos van Cleve (Flemish, circa 1485-circa 1540)
St. Jerome in Penitence
Oil on wood panel
circa 1516-18
Hackley Picture Fund Purchase. 1940.47

Graphic: 19th- and 20th-Century Prints and Watercolors

Theodore and Joan Operhall Gallery
Examples from the golden age of printmaking in late 19th- and early 20th-century Europe to the etchings, lithographs, woodcuts, and screenprints of today

Mary Cassatt (American, 1844-1926)
The Mandolin Player
Etching on paper, circa 1889
Purchase, L.C. and Margaret Walker Fund. 1949.13

The Artist’s Lens: 20th- and 21st-Century Photography

Alcoa Foundation/Ernest and Marjorie Cooper Gallery
Photography by nationally and internationally recognized photographers, including a selection of prints from Edward Curtis’s photographic masterpiece The North American Indian, as well as our own Michigan artists.

Edward Sheriff Curtis (American, 1868-1952)
Placating the Spirit of a Slain Eagle – Assiniboin
Photogravure on Holland paper, copyright 1926
Purchased by subscription, transferred from the Hackley Public Library and Muskegon Public Schools. 2014.6.634

A Living Legacy: Modern and Contemporary Art

Michael and Kay Olthoff/Thelma and Paul Wiener Gallery
Modern pieces that bridge the distance between our early paintings and today’s art and works by contemporary artists

Maria Tomasula (American, born 1958)
Please Don’t Go
Oil on panel, 2010
Purchased in honor of the 100th Anniversary of the Muskegon Museum of Art, through the Shaw and Betty Walker Foundation Fund. 2012.8

VIDEO TOUR: 20 for 20: Celebrating Michigan Illustrators

We’ve put together a video look at “20 for 20: Celebrating Michigan Illustrators” exhibition, a curated view of children’s illustrators from across the mitten. Though our galleries are closed, we hope you can enjoy a little inspiration.


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


In recognition of the artistic talent stemming from within our state, 20 for 20: Celebrating Michigan Illustrators is a curated view of children’s illustrators from across the mitten. We are thrilled to exhibit the work of both nationally recognized household names in children’s literature alongside emerging illustrators from the state. The exhibition is a collaged experience, celebrating the differences within the illustrative process that exemplifies the various ways artists come to create a piece, and challenges the viewer to adjust their definition of what it means to be an illustrator. From paintings, drawings, and collages, to pieces that are entirely digitally rendered, this exhibition celebrates the diversity found amongst illustrators here in Michigan and sets a precedent for beyond.

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

The Artists

Jeffery Brown
Dave Coverly
Lori Eslick
Brianne Farley
Leslie Helakoski
Rebecca Howe
Laurie Keller
Sara Kendall
Amy Nielander
Deb Pilutti
Patricia Polacco
Corinne Roberts
Robert Sabuda
Heidi Woodward Sheffield
David Small
Jane Stoepker
Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen
Heather Workman
Amy Young
Aaron Zenz

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


Related Program

Mark your calendar!
Spring Break Pajama Party & Book Fair
Thursday April 9
5:30 – 7:30 pm
Meet the artists from 20 for 20 and have fun at this special Spring Break party and book fair. LEARN MORE


Underwritten by The Folkert Family Foundation and the DTE Foundation.