Saturday, March 25, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Calligraphy Workshop – Hand Lettering for the Beginner
Instructor: Jane Ewing
Non-member $90/MMA member $85 (materials included)
In this workshop you will learn a script know as Uncials, the main book hand used between the 4th and 8th centuries. With a broad-edged pen you will practice writing the distinctive letter of this alphabet. You will create a manuscript book to take home with the pen and exemplars. All materials provided. Please bring a sack lunch; the class will eat lunch together at the Museum. To register, call Kelli at 231.720.2571


Tuesday – Friday, April 4-7
Family Spring Break Days
Take an adventure and explore the MMA’s awesome art collection and never have to leave Muskegon! Join us each day as we dive into a new artwork and explore the galleries.
Free admission for one adult accompanying a child.
Instructor: Ronace Hogan
Daily Spring Break Schedule
11:00 am – 1:00 pm docent-led art exploration in the gallery
11:00 am – 2:00 pm arts and crafts in the classroom
11:30 pm – family film in the auditorium
Daily Themes
Tuesday – Big City Life (Roger Brown)
Wednesday – Day on the Farm (John Steuart Curry)
Thursday – Sea Life (Montague Dawson)
Friday – Meet David at the Museum (David Shannon Illustrations)


Saturday April 15, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Matting and Framing Workshop
Instructor: Keith Downie
Cost: $20/$15 MMA member
There are no rules in art and no firm rules in framing. However, there are picture framing materials, techniques, and design principles that will provide a contemporary museum-style presentation while being safe for your artwork and easy on your budget. Artist and master framer Keith Downie will focus primarily on framing artwork on paper, including photographs, during this 90-minute workshop. Bring one small paper piece or photo to mat in the workshop (maximum 12 x16 inch size). Topics will include: identifying matting and glazing materials, mat cutting tools, cutting and assembling window mats, hinging and mounting artworks on paper, mat colors and frame styles, where to buy materials, and maximizing “a la carte” services from frame shops. The class is limited to 12 participants. To register: Call 231.720.2571 by April 6.


Brown Bag films are generally shown on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month at 12:15 P.M. Please note that films are not shown during the second week in June or on holidays. Films are free and complement MMA collections and exhibitions. Bring your lunch and enjoy complimentary coffee and cookies while you watch a film. Afterward, from 1:00 to 3:00 P.M., visit the galleries for drop-in guided tours led by MMA docents. Brown Bag Films and Thursday afternoon tours are underwritten by MMA Education Partner Alcoa Foundation/Howmet.

FRIENDS OF ART PROGRAMS (Programs are scheduled September through May.)

As it has been since 1923, Friends of Art extends a welcome to all who wish to partake in its program of study. As stated in the FOA by-laws, the purpose of the organization is to “…promote the study of art and to support the Muskegon Museum of Art.” FOA was incorporated in 1921 as a non-profit organization associated with the Hackley Art Gallery (now the MMA) and was an outgrowth of weekly morning art classes held at the gallery prior to 1917. In 1923, the group began the Wednesday morning programs that continue today. Meetings are scheduled from early fall through mid-May and are not held in January. In addition to daytime lectures presented by guest speakers and members, FOA hosts occasional field trips and evening programs. FOA membership is $20 per person. Muskegon Museum of Art membership is required for FOA membership. Admission to most Friends of Art programs is free and open to the public.

Wednesday March 15, 10:30 am
Friends of Art Program
Restoration of a 1914 Craftsman
Our guest speaker Steven Radtke will give a presentation about one of his passions—historical preservation. He is in the process of restoring the 1914 Charles E. Johnson house, a prairie style landmark in the Peck Street corridor, as closely as possible to its original appearance. Learn about the extensive work that goes into giving grand old homes a new life. No need to bring your hammer and nails! Free and open to the public.

Wednesday April 19, 10:30 am
Friends of Art Program
From Jewelry to Table Tops: Exploring Kiln-Formed Glass
A thing of beauty indeed! Karla Lange will discuss glass fusing and the different processes she uses to create gorgeous art pieces. She will discuss the general procedure of fusing from start to finish and the various terms that apply to the art. Along with her stunning jewelry, she has created a wide variety of unusual artwork including bowls, plates, platters, wall and table décor, and much more. Join us to learn about this fascinating topic. Free and open to the public.

ArtSmarts! The North American Indian Series
Tuesdays, April 25, May 2, and May 9
7:00 pm/doors open at 6:30 pm
Friends of Art will present a three-part spring lecture series organized to support the Muskegon Museum of Art’s Edward S. Curtis: The North American Indian exhibition that runs May 11 through September 10, 2017. Registration for the complete series costs $45 per person, discounted to $30 for Friends of Art members. Admission to individual lectures will be $15, payable at the door. Friends of Art must receive payment by April 1. Lectures will take place in the Muskegon Museum of Art auditorium at 7:00 pm with doors opening at 6:30 pm.
Tuesday, April 25, 7:00 pm
Nancy Fuller
Old Traditions & New Ways of Sharing; The Ak Chin Ecomuseum ‘Him Dak’ (or ‘Way Of Life’)
Nancy Fuller served for over 30 years at the Smithsonian Institution as a museum staff development specialist. Her focus was on minority and indigenous groups, nationally and internationally, who work to preserve and transmit their culture. She is a member of the Cosmos Club, the International Society of Women Geographers, and the International Council of Museums. Fuller holds a M.A.T. in museum education from The George Washington University and a B.A. in education and liberal studies from the University of Michigan.
Tuesday, May 2, 7:00 pm
Herman Viola
McKenney, King, and The History of the Indian Tribes of North America: The Lithographic Forerunner of Curtis’s The North American Indian
Dr. Herman J. Viola received his Ph.D. in American History from Indiana University and his bachelor degrees from Marquette University which, in 2016 named him Alumnus of the Year in the College of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Viola, curator emeritus with the National Museum of the American Indian at the Smithsonian Institution has worked as an educator, published numerous works, and has been a consultant to numerous museums and educational organizations.
Tuesday, May 9, 7:00 pm
Ben Mitchell
Where Will We Put All Those Pictures? Curating The North American Indian
Ben Mitchell is an independent writer, curator, and the art editor of Basalt, the literary and arts journal published by Eastern Oregon University in La Grande, OR. He is also the author or editor of numerous books and the former senior curator at the Yellowstone Art Museum in Billings, MT and the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture in Spokane, WA. Over the past several decades, Mitchell has curated numerous exhibits and major projects, including a large traveling exhibition focused on Andy Warhol’s prints. A former National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow, he has been a grant panelist and fellowship juror throughout the West. He divides his time between a small farm in southwest Michigan and Lake Pend Oreille in the northern Idaho Rockies.