Expressions 2020: 38th Annual Muskegon County Student Art Exhibition

March 25 through April 26, 2020

Expressions 2020: 38th Annual Muskegon County Student Art Exhibition is a collaboration between the Muskegon Area Intermediate School District and the MMA that celebrates the artistic talents of Muskegon County’s K-12 students. The exhibition features exceptional artworks in a variety of media, selected by art instructors from each of the public, charter, and private schools in the county.

Expressions Receptions

Visit the exhibition and attend student receptions to celebrate and support our county’s young student artists and their creative vision. Refreshments will be served and event admission is free and open to the public.

Middle- and High Schools

Wednesday, March 25, 5:307:00 pm

Elementary Schools

Thursday, March 26, 5:30 – 7:00 pm



Underwritten by the Muskegon Area ISD and Comerica Bank.

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.

MMA Members’ Reception
Exclusive preview event for MMA Members
Wednesday, May 13
5:30 – 7:30 pm

Public Opening Reception
Thursday, May 14
5:30 – 7:30 pm
Join us for a special announcement!
Free and open to the public


Shaping the Future, Celebrating the Past

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


Tiffany Group

Stephen Rolfe Powell
Lurid Gasp Johnson


Form from Fire: The Arts of Japan

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

Underwritten by Michael & Patricia Wade

Utagawa Hiroshige
One Hundred Famous Views of Edo: Bridge Over Senzu River,
circa 1856

Sumida Ware, circa 1890-1941
Thousand and One Monkey Vase (detail)

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

Robert Henri
Laughing Child, 1907

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.

Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn
Descent from the Cross by Torchlight
Gift of Mr. Max Ashendorf

Joos van Cleve
St. Jerome in Penitence
circa 1516-18

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
The Mandolin Player
circa 1889

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

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

Edward Sheriff Curtis
Placating the Spirit of a Slain Eagle – Assiniboin
Copyright 1926, published 1928

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
Please Don’t Go

20 for 20: Celebrating Michigan Illustrators

January 16 through April 19, 2020

Alcoa Foundation Gallery

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 Programs

Opening Celebration
Thursday, January 16
5:30 – 7:30 pm
Have a fun family night out and celebrate the Michigan illustrators in 20 for 20. Refreshments will be served. Free public event.

Mark your calendar!
Reception & Book Fair
Thursday April 9
5:30 – 7:30 pm
Join us for a special spring break party and an opportunity to purchase books illustrated by the artists in 20 for 20.


Underwritten by The Folkert Family Foundation and the DTE Foundation.


The Art of Making: Sculpture and Fiber from the Permanent Collection

December 19 through March 22, 2020

Michael and Kay Olthoff Gallery

The Art of Making showcases artworks from the permanent collection of the Muskegon Museum of Art whose material is integral to their aesthetic and conceptual content. What the material is and how it is worked are essential to the artist’s message, shaping how we understand and relate to the object.

Featured artwork includes Caroline Lee’s geometric sculptures made from assembled forms of machined aluminum; totemic, bent copper sheet sculptures by Michael Hall; cast glass and found steel sculpture by Albert Young; basketry by Myrna Brunson and Gary Trentham; and fibers from Geary Jones, Kristina Aas, and Michael Olszewski.

In keeping their materials true to their origins, these artists invite understanding through the experiences of the viewer, of our day to day familiarity with common natural and manufactured objects. In doing so, they invite us to more closely examine the world around us, seeing inspiration in all we perceive.

Underwritten by Frank and Susan Bednarek

Media Sponsor: Blue Lake Public Radio

Caroline Lee
American, 1932-2014
Machined aluminum
Gift of the artist in honor of the 100th Anniversary of the Muskegon Museum of Art


Sculpt It! Super Saturday

Free Family Fun Day

Saturday, February 8, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Imagine it, plan it, sculpt it! Join us to explore The Art of Making with an art making activity, tours, and family film. Free admission and activities.

Excellence in Fibers V

December 12 through March 15, 2020

L. C. & Margaret Walker Galleries A & B

The Muskegon Museum of Art (MMA) has partnered with the Fiber Art Network to present Excellence in Fibers V this winter. Excellence in Fibers is an annual, international juried fiber arts competition organized by the Fiber Art Network. Curated from the juror-accepted 2019 Excellence in Fibers entries, this exhibition brings to our Michigan audiences the works of 39 artists from the United States and Canada. The exhibition will run December 12, 2019 through March 15, 2020 at the MMA.

About Excellence in Fibers

Each year, hundreds of artists from around the world submit art for consideration by a team of expert jurors representing artists, curators, and designers. The final selection of artworks represents striking examples of a host of textile and fiber based pieces including sculpture, tapestry, jewelry, costume and clothing, quilting, weaving, basketry, installation, and more. These artworks are featured in a special edition of the internationally distributed magazine Fiber Art Now as a way of showcasing the current state of the fiber arts movement.

Curator’s Statement

Art Martin, MMA Director of Collections and Exhibitions/Senior Curator, comments, “The latest aesthetic, conceptual, and technical ideas shaping the modern field of fiber arts will be on display at the MMA—from pedestal-size baskets to towering textiles that fill entire walls. Excellence in Fibers offers new perspectives for how we see and interact with our world, and how deeply such familiar materials as cloth and thread can confound our expectations.”


The 2019 Excellence in Fibers jurors are Amy DiPlacido, a visual artist and curator from Northern California; Karen Hampton, fiber artist and professor; and Monica Moses, the former editor-in-chief at American Craft magazine and award winning designer and publisher.

Denise Ziganti
East Coast
Fabric, paper, lace, metal chain, sequins, crinoline, tulle, thread, 2019
23 x 29 inches

Polly Adams Sutton
Bear Bark
Western Red Cedar bark, ash, coated copper wire, 2019
14 x 7 x 8 inches

Maria Shell
Everything All At Once
Vintage, contemporary and hand-dyed fabrics with batting and thread, 2019
58 x 58 inches

Ulrika Leander
Wool in weft, cotton in the warp, 2018
49 x 80 inches

Kathy Knapp
Toxic Overgrowth
Cotton textiles, vintage trims, metallic beads and claps, recycled bracelet pieces, 2019
43 x 33 x 30 inches


The 2019 Excellence in Fibers jurors are Amy DiPlacido, a visual artist and curator from Northern California; Karen Hampton, fiber artist and professor; and Monica Moses, the former editor-in-chief at American Craft magazine and award winning designer and publisher.

Excellence in Fibers V is underwritten by Fifth Third Bank. Media Sponsor: Blue Lake Public Radio