EXPRESSIONS REVISITED: 39th Annual Muskegon County Student Art Exhibition

March 25 through May 9, 2021

39th Annual Muskegon County Student Art Exhibition

Expressions, the annual Muskegon County student art exhibition, is an annual collaboration between the Muskegon Area Intermediate School District (MAISD) and the MMA that showcases the artistic talents of Muskegon County K-12 students. This year’s exhibition features student artworks in a variety of media that have been purchased by the MAISD in previous years. The works on display were selected from the MAISD collection by the Muskegon Museum of Art and MAISD staff.

Underwritten by the Muskegon Area Intermediate School District and Comerica.

Program support is provided by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs with the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Michigan Humanities Council with the National Endowment for the Humanities.


OUR VOICE: Celebrating the Coretta Scott King Book Awards

March 11 through May 23, 2021

Kathleen Atkins Wilson (1993 Coretta Scott King Award Winner)
The Origin of Life on Earth, Introduction page
Print, 1992

L.C. and Margaret Walker Gallery A

The Coretta Scott King Award is presented annually by the American Library Association (ALA) to African American authors and illustrators of books for children and teens that contribute to an understanding and appreciation of African American culture and universal human values. Our Voice, organized by the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature and ALA, features original artworks by past award winners Jerry Pinkney, Ashley Bryan, and Bryan Collier, Leo and Diane Dillon, Kadir Nelson, Sharon Bell Mathis, Nancy Devard, and many others. Our Voice celebrates this important award and explores the ways in which artists can educate and elevate, offering us new perspectives and opening our eyes to the world and the experiences of our neighbors, inviting greater understanding and unity.

John Steptoe (1988 Coretta Scott King Award winner)
Wedding festivities, from Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale
Watercolor on paper, 1987

Underwritten by

Media Sponsor: Blue Lake Public Radio

ANSEL ADAMS: The Photographs of Yosemite Suite

February 18 through May 9, 2021

Alcoa Foundation Gallery

Ansel Adams (American, 1902-1984)
Gates of the Valley, Winter
Silverprint photograph, 1948
Gift of the Friends of Art

The artistic and technical contributions Ansel Adams made to photography established him as a legendary figure in American art. Seen by millions of viewers during his lifetime, Adams’s images documented the American wilderness, capturing transitory moments of light and weather that gave his subjects an emotive power not previously seen in landscape photography.

This exhibition features 24 iconic images of Yosemite National Park, the location and pictures that defined Adams’s internationally celebrated career. The Photographs of Yosemite reveals the emotionally evocative power of the photographer’s eye and technical prowess, establishing unforgettable scenes of America’s natural grandeur.

The suite was a gift of the Friends of Art and is presented as part of our celebration of their 100th Anniversary year. Learn about the exhibition: Friends of Art: 100 Years.

Underwritten by Nichols and Swanson Pickle Co.


January 22 through May 2, 2021

Michael and Kay Olthoff Gallery


In 2021, The Friends of Art celebrates its 100th Anniversary as an organization dedicated to the study of the visual arts and the support of the Muskegon Museum of Art. In recognition of their long legacy of support, the MMA is excited to feature a selection of almost 30 artworks donated by the Friends to the museum’s own permanent collection over the decades. Visitors will discover a rich diversity of objects along with some of the museum’s most significant works of art, including pieces by James Richmond Barthé and Paul Howard Manship and one of our signature paintings, Tunis Ponsen’s Yacht Club Pier.

To learn more about Friends of Art and the programs they present, click HERE.

Tunis Ponsen
American, 1891-1968
Yacht Club Pier
Oil on canvas, 1931
Gift of the Friends of Art

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

Media Sponsor: Blue Lake Public Radio

RISING VOICES 2.0: The Bennett Prize for Women Figurative Realist Painters

May 27 through September 5, 2021

Ten women from across the country who paint in the figurative realist style were named finalists for the $50,000 Bennett Prize®, the largest art award ever offered solely to women figurative realist painters, and now in its second round of awards. The finalists were selected from among 674 entrants, a number that surpasses the entrants in 2018, the inaugural year of The Prize. Endowed at The Pittsburgh Foundation by art collectors Steven Alan Bennett and Dr. Elaine Melotti Schmidt, The Prize is designed to propel the careers of women artists.

The winner of the $50,000 award will be announced at the exhibition opening on May 27. An exhibition of the finalists’ works will travel following the Muskegon Museum of Art showing. Stops in Florida, Georgia and Tennessee are planned and more venues will be added. Alongside the finalists exhibition, the winner of The Bennett Prize 1.0, Aneka Ingold, will present her solo show.


The 10 finalists, in alphabetical order, are:
Sophia-Yemisi Adeyemo-Ross, Providence, Rhode Island
Tanmaya Bingham, Portland, Oregon
Chloe Chiasson, Brooklyn, New York
June Glasson, Millbrook, New York
Holly Keogh, Charlotte, North Carolina
Lavely Miller, Baltimore, Maryland
Rebecca Orcutt, North Bend, Washington
Ayana Ross, McDonough, Georgia
Su Su, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Amy Werntz, Dallas, Texas

Find full biographical information, head shots and samples of their work at