REPLAY: The Exhibition

May 9 through August 18, 2019
Twenty Moves or Less

The Brick is Back!

Sculptures created with LEGO® bricks return to the Muskegon Museum of Art in Replay: The Exhibition. The show is an examination and celebration of American Pop and Geek culture through the paintings, photography, and sculpture of a diverse group of artists. For the viewer, the Millenium Falcon drops into the duck-filled sky of a modified thrift store painting, Pikachu peers out from a classic Dutch floral still-life, Donald Duck dines with Darth Vader, and Pac-Man races across the surface of multiple images around the gallery. In portraying these familiar characters in unfamiliar ways, the artists explore how iconic cartoon, video game, movie, and comic heroes and villains shape our shared culture. These figures are our modern myths, and visitors are invited to share in the delight of recognition and nostalgia and simultaneously enjoy slightly twisted takes on popular characters.

In response to the paintings and photographs, The Collective, a team of collaborative sculptors, have created LEGO brick sculptures to enhance the themes presented throughout the show. Through these added voices, images leap from the walls to inhabit the gallery floor and deepen our experience.

Beneath the fun and whimsy, Replay reveals the enduring impact that artists and designers make on our shared popular culture, and the joy that art can bring.

Admission: A $5 upgrade for all admission levels is required for entrance to the Replay gallery. Free admission for MMA Members.


Twenty Moves or Less

The Collective
Twenty Moves or Less
Plastic bricks 36 x 36 x 36 inches
Photo Courtesy of REPLAY

Dina Belenko
Pac Man
Photo Courtesy of REPLAY

The Artists

Exhibiting artists include: Don Morris, Isabelle Bergot, Curtis M Gannon, Oscar Gutierrez, Dina Belenko, Michael Loeb, John Padlo, Jared Yamahata, YoMeryl, Nathaniel St. Amour, The Collective, Greg Guillemin, Dave Pollot, and Karlo Henry Velazquez.

An area for kids of all ages to build their own creations will accompany this wonderful show for the entire family.

Special Admission: $15 adult/$5 through age 16/Free for MMA Members

Opening Reception

Thursday, May 9, 5:30 – 8:00 pm
Have fun at the opening of Replay: The Exhibition, a celebration of pop culture, complete with super heroes and LEGO® brick building area. FREE COMMUNITY EVENT

Dave Pollot
Oil on repurposed thrift painting
31 x 43 inches
Photo Courtesy of REPLAY

Underwritten by DTE Energy Foundation, Rehmann, PNC Bank, and Lorin Industries.


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Rising Voices: The Bennett Prize for Women Figurative Realist Painters

May 2 through September 8, 2019

The Exhibition and the Prize

They Pass By Singing
Oil on canvas, 2018
48 x 72 inches

In collaboration with Steven Alan Bennett, Dr. Elaine M. Schmidt, and The Pittsburgh Foundation, the Muskegon Museum of Art is honored to present the Rising Voices: The Bennett Prize® for Women Figurative Realist Painters, the inaugural award and exhibition for The Bennett Prize®. A stipend/grant-in-aid award, the $50,000 Bennett Prize® is given biennially to a woman painter whose principal focus is figurative painting. The Bennett Prize® seeks to encourage the pursuit of figurative realism by women painters and provides support over two years to a painter whose work demonstrates excellence in the genre.

The Finalists

Mixed media on paper, 2018
72 x 48 inches

Rising Voices features 29 works by the ten finalists, presenting a vibrant array of subjects and themes. These ten artists were chosen from a field of 647 entrants from across the United States. Their paintings were selected for technical excellence, emotive and conceptually expressive qualities, and for the ability of their artists to tell stories that address the timeless and contemporary issues facing not only women, but society as a whole. Click HERE to see images of the artists and one of each of their works that will be in the exhibition.

PRESS RELEASE: 10 finalists announced for $50,000 Bennett Prize®

The Future

Winter Coats
Oil on panel, 2017
12×24 inches
Courtesy of Lyons Wier Gallery, NYC

The founders and the organizers of The Bennett Prize® hope that it will elevate women in the visual arts and inspire a new generation of artists to make representational paintings that are culturally and critically relevant and engaging.

After opening at the MMA, Rising Voices will tour nationally. A full-color catalogue with images of the works of the ten finalists and ten additional honor mention recipients accompanies the show.





The Bennett Prize® Partners

The Pittsburgh Foundation and the Muskegon Museum of Art

The Pittsburgh Foundation

Muskegon Museum of Art

Exclusive Local Sponsor: Raymond James

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