FRIENDS OF ART: 100 YEARS

January 22 through May 2, 2021
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Michael and Kay Olthoff Gallery

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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
1931.1

Paul Howard Manship
(American, 1885-1966)
Flight of Europa
Bronze on onyx base, 1928
Gift of the Friends of Art
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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
1989.146.9

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.

Ansel Adams (American, 1902-1984)
Half Dome, Merced River, Winter from The Photographs of Yosemite Suite
Silverprint photograph, 1938
Gift of the Friends of Art
1989.146.12

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.

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Underwritten by Nichols and Swanson Pickle Co.

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

Michele Wood (1999 Coretta Scott King Award Winner)
I See the Rhythm, Rhythm & Blues / Soul Music (Pg. 24)
Acrylic paint on canvas and mixed media, 1998

Organized by the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature and the American Library Association

Underwritten by THE FOLKERT FAMILY FOUNDATION

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Related Programming

#SSfromHome Activities

Click HERE to celebrate the joy of reading with a virtual tour, art activity, and family film list. STE(A)M activity: Create an origami bookmark. Let us show you how.

Virtual Story Telling with Dads on Deck

Enjoy virtual story times hosted by the Muskegon Museum of Art with Dads on Deck members Jay Kilgo, Andre Pierce, and Norman Young.

These videos were produced by the Muskegon Museum of Art in conjunction with the OUR VOICE: Celebrating the Coretta Scott King Book Awards exhibition, on display from March 11, 2021 – May 23, 2021. Video production by Stories by CL. Made in partnership with Dads on Deck, Great Start Muskegon and Read Early, Read Often. With Special thanks to Norman Young, Andre Pierce, and Jay Kilgo.

Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut

This virtual story time hosted by the Muskegon Museum of Art features Dads on Deck member Jay Kilgo reading Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut, written by Derrick Barnes and illustrated by Gordon C. James. Premieres APRIL 8, 5:00 pm.

Beautiful Blackbird

This virtual storytime hosted by the Muskegon Museum of Art features Dads on Deck member Andre Pierce reading Beautiful Blackbird written and illustrated by Ashley Bryan. Premieres APRIL 15, 5:00 pm.

Josephine

This virtual storytime hosted by the Muskegon Museum of Art features Dads on Deck member Norman Young reading Josephine written by Patricia Hruby and illustrated by Christian Robinson. Both parts premiere APRIL 22, 5:00 pm.

PART 1

PART 2

 

 

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.

 

CALL-FOR-ENTRY: 92nd Michigan Contemporary Art Exhibition

April 5 through July 9, 2021
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92nd Michigan Contemporary Art Exhibition

Entry open April 5 through July 9, 2021

The 92nd Michigan Contemporary Art Exhibition (September 23 through November 10, 2021) continues our legacy of showcasing the work of Michigan artists, from talented beginners to accomplished professionals. This competitive show presents a look at the issues, themes, and materials inspiring today’s Michigan artists. A visitor favorite, the exhibition engages, challenges, and inspires conversation. Entry is open to Michigan residents ages 18 and over.

Entry fee is $35, for up to two works. Members are $20 with code (please call 231-720-2571 to get discount code before entering).

Digital submission of entries is available at www.callforentry.org starting April 5, with a deadline of July 9, 2021.

PLEASE READ ALL OF THE CALL-FOR-ENTRY RULES AND TERMS BEFORE APPLYING.
SUBMIT IMAGES FOR NO MORE THAN 2 (TWO) WORKS. ENTRY DOES NOT GUARANTEE EXHIBITION OF ART

COMPLETE CALL-FOR-ENTRY RULES & TERMS [PDF]

About the juror:

Karen Hampton is an internationally recognized conceptual artist whose work addresses issues of colorism and kinship within the African American community. She is a weaver, dyer, painter, embroiderer, storyteller, and teacher. She holds a BA from New College in San Francisco, CA and a MFA from University of California at Davis and her art has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Recent solo exhibitions include those at Michigan State University in Lansing, MI; the Honolulu Museum of Art in Honolulu, HI; the Jack Bells Gallery in St. James, London, England; the Museum of Craft and Folk Art, San Francisco, CA; and Hamilton College in Clinton, NY. Group exhibitions include those at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, Dartmouth, MA; the American Jewish University in Los Angeles, CA; the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, San Jose, CA; and the Muskegon Museum of Art’s own traveling exhibition Innovators and Legends: Generations in Textiles and Fibers which ran from 2012 to 2015. Hampton taught at Howard University in Washington, D.C. from 2007-2011 and in 2017 was an assistant professor and Critical Race Issues Resident Artist at Michigan State University. Hampton’s artwork is held in the collections of the Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum, Hamilton College, Clinton NY and the Honolulu Museum of Art, Honolulu, Hawaii. She received the coveted Eureka Prize from the Fleishhacker Foundation in 2008.