89th MI Regional Exhibition

September 28 through November 8, 2017

The 89th Michigan Regional Exhibition returns to again showcase some of the best contemporary art being created by Michigan artists.

The juried 89th Michigan Regional Exhibition, featuring 156 works from 145 artists, returns to showcase some of the best contemporary art in Michigan. Juried from a wide pool of entries, the Michigan Regional is comprised of representational and abstract painting, sculpture, drawing, textiles and fibers, ceramics, mixed media, and photography. Visitors will be engaged and challenged by objects both traditional and experimental, and can explore issues of technical skill, artistic inspiration, social and political discourse, and how others perceive the world around us. Many of the artworks on display are for sale, creating the opportunity for guests to collect original art and directly support a vital Michigan artist community.

Note from the MMA Curator…

“358 artists from around Michigan (with approximately 160 from the Muskegon, Holland, and Grand Rapids areas) submitted 691 works for jurying. 156 works from 145 artists were ultimately selected. The level of craft, conceptual content, aesthetic, ambition, and scale was amazing, and made for a significant challenge for our juror, Petra Fallaux. Last year’s show was one of the most exciting, experimental, and materially and conceptually diverse Regional exhibitions in recent history, and this year’s selection builds on this success.

The Muskegon Museum of Art 89th Regional features representational and abstract painting, sculpture, ceramics, installation, printmaking, drawing, textiles and fibers, and photography covering a range of subjects. Always a something-for-everyone experience, the 89th Regional offers an increased display of artistic skill and what we hope will be some real surprises.”

–Art Martin
Director of Collections & Exhibitions/Senior Curator
Muskegon Museum of Art


Underwritten by Warner Norcross & Judd, LLP and Shape Corp. Awards sponsored by Swanson Pickle Co. Media Sponsor is WGVU Public Media.

About the Juror

This year’s juror was independent curator, writer, and artist Petra Fallaux. She is the former director of the Hewlett Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University, where she oversaw eight to fourteen exhibitions a year that included multi-disciplinary shows in the visual and performing arts and various sciences. Fallaux was the founding director of the Regina Gouger Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University, which serves as the University’s primary contemporary art gallery. Today, she works as an independent writer, curator, juror, teacher, grant panelist, and artist. She has curated or juried exhibitions of not only traditional media, but new media including textiles, film, architecture, industrial design, holograms, and digital. A teacher, Fallaux specializes in film and film editing, dyeing and screen printing, and arts management and administration.

Related Events

September 28 Opening Reception & Awards Presentation
The 89th Michigan Regional opens on September 28, 2017. Join us for the opening reception and awards program from 5:30 to 8:00 pm.
On October 12, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm, prize winning artists will be on hand in the gallery to discuss their artworks in our popular and casual “Meet the Artist” event.