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January 9 through March 16, 2014
November 21, 2013 through February 23, 2014
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Saturday, December 14
Thursday, December 19
Wednesday, January 08
August 20 through November 1, 2015
The Muskegon Museum of Art announces a call for entries for Extreme Fibers: Textile Icons and the New Edge, a two-part exhibition that will feature artwork from established and emerging textile artists from around the world.
• Part one of the exhibition is comprised of the artwork of some of the world’s top fiber artists, to include: Luis Acosta, Kyoung Ae Cho, Kate Anderson, Ewa Bartosz-Mazus, Lia Cook, Thomas Cronenberg, Nancy Crow, Patricia Hickman, Jan Hopkins, Wolfgang Horn, Ferne Jacobs, David Johnson, Gerhardt Knodel, Gyöngy Laky, Maximo Laura, Tom Lundberg, Libby Mijanovich, Laura Foster Nicholson, Krystyna Sadej, Arturo Alonzo Sandoval, Chizu Sekiguchi, Sherri Smith, Ixchel Suarez, Yoshiko Wada, Dawn Walden, Carole Weller, and Bhakti Ziek.
• Part 2 of the exhibition will feature artwork selected by a 3-juror panel (Ferne Jacobs, Gyöngy Laky, Namita Gupta Wiggers). Entry in this section is open to artists, 18 years and older, from any country.
Artists are invited to enter up to two works of fiber and textile based art for consideration. Entry is $50 for one or two artworks. The exhibition will be held August 20 to November 1, 2015 at the Muskegon Museum of Art, located on the shores of Lake Michigan in Muskegon, Michigan.
Eligibility: All Artists 18 years or older may enter.
Eligible Entries: Only completed works of art are eligible for jury selection. Samples of artworks will not be accepted. Artwork selected by the jury must be available for exhibition during the entire run of the show. Only original works are eligible. Two-dimensional pieces may not exceed 6 feet (1.8m) wide by 10 feet (3m) high. Three-dimensional pieces may not exceed 8 feet (2.5m) high by 4 feet (1.2m) by 4 feet (1.2m). All artwork must weigh less than 100 lbs. (45 kg). Only work easily handled by two people will be accepted.
Submission: All entries must be submitted through the CaFe website at www.callforentry.org. Registration on this website is free. Images must be uploaded to the site, and conform to the site requirements. (JPEG format only, 72 dpi, no smaller than 1920 pixels on the longest dimension, 3 MB max size) Include title, media, date, dimensions, and any special instructions for installation. There is a non-refundable $50.00 fee per artist.
Entry Condition: Accepted works must be ready for presentation. All framed works should be fitted with wire or D-Rings. Wall hung panels (quilts, tapestries, etc.) should be fitted with Velcro, hanging pockets, or similar accommodations. For ease of shipping, the MMA will supply a hanging rod or Velcro strip for the wall if not included. Pedestals will be provided, but if your piece requires a special mount, one must be supplied with the artwork.
Shipping: Accepted artworks should be shipped prepaid, in a reusable container, to: Art Martin, Muskegon Museum of Art, 296 W Webster Ave. Muskegon, MI 49440. 231-720-2575. The MMA will pay for return shipping using FedEx Ground for U.S. domestic shipment and FedEx for international shipment. Artists requiring other return shipping methods must contact Art Martin at 231-720-2575. Return methods other than FedEx will be at the artist’s expense.
Photography: Artists will be asked to supply a high-resolution photograph for any accepted entries. (300 dpi, minimum of 8 inches or 2,420 pixels on the shortest dimension.)
Important Dates: All entries must be submitted to the CaFe website by November 14, 2014.
November 14, 2014 – Deadline for entries.
January 30, 2015 – Artist notification begins.
April 24, 2015 – Deadline for hi-resolution images
July 31, 2015 – All artwork should be shipped to arrive by this date.
August 20, 2015 – Exhibition opens
November 1, 2015 – Exhibition closes. Return of artwork begins.
Art Sales: All accepted work is eligible for sale through the MMA Store. The MMA commission is 40%, and must be included in the purchase price. Work offered for sale will be sold as exhibited. If the work is not for sale, please indicate “NFS” on entry.
Publication: An illustrated publication, as the budget allows, will accompany the exhibition.
Liability/Publicity: Entries will be handled with all possible care, but the MMA is not responsible for any loss or damage for any cause whatsoever. Submitting a work of art to this exhibition implies agreement on the part of the artist with all stated conditions. The MMA assumes the privilege of photographing or using any work entered in the exhibition for the purpose of publicity or education, unless the artist notifies the MMA in writing to the contrary.
Extreme Fibers: Textile Icons and the New Edge is organized by the Muskegon Museum of Art and guest curator Geary Jones.
December 12, 2013 through February 9, 2014
Mask in the Egungun Style
Sápélé wood, 1987
Collection of Bruce M. Haight
L. C. & Margaret Walker Gallery B
The Woodcarving of Lamidi Fakẹyẹ: Four Generations of Yoruba Masters and Apprentices will be on display at the Muskegon Museum of Art December 12, 2013 through February 9, 2014. Yoruba woodcarver Lamidi Ọlọnade Fakẹyẹ achieved international recognition for his innovations in traditional sculpture. For the first time, Lamidi’s work will be shown alongside sculptures by both his masters and apprentices, offering a greater understanding of not only his own art, but of the traditions surrounding the Yoruba master/apprentice relationship. Nearly 100 carvings by Lamidi, his two masters, and his apprentices will be on display.
Lamidi Ọlọnade Fakẹyẹ was born in Nigeria in 1928. He was from a family of woodcarvers and received his earliest training from his father. Typically, a son did not apprentice to his father, but in many ways Lamidi’s career would be unique. After learning the basics of his craft, Lamidi studied with Bamidele Arowoogun, and honed his skills carving pieces for Catholic missions. He also had the opportunity to copy many of the best carvings in Africa as commissions for the British colonial government. A Muslim, Lamidi was rare in his willingness to carve both Christian and traditional African religious subjects. American educators brought Lamidi to the U.S. as a visiting artist, and he would return many times during his career. He became a university professor in Nigeria, allowing him to carve and teach until his death in 2009.
Lamidi’s work matured beyond the confines of tradition during his long career, as new tools became available to him and Western demand for his art opened new markets. He served as a master to several apprentices, including his son and nephews, whose work is also featured.
This exhibition is organized the Muskegon Museum of Art, in conjunction with guest curators Dr. Bruce Haight, Professor Emeritus Western Michigan University, and Lee S. Brown. Lenders to the exhibition include Kalamazoo College, Western Michigan University, the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, and private lenders throughout West Michigan.
WMUS is the media sponsor for The Woodcarving of Lamidi Fakẹyẹ.
Thursday, December 12
5:30 pm Reception
7:00 pm Lecture by Dr. Bruce Haight, Guest Curator
Dr. Bruce Haight will discuss the work of Lamidi Fakẹyẹ. Dr. Haight is a retired history professor from Western Michigan. He was a longtime friend of Fakẹyẹ and was instrumental in bring him to West Michigan. Dr. Haight is an expert on the artist’s career, and is currently cataloguing the artist’s archival records (for eventual donation to a research library.) The reception and lecture are free and open to the public.
Thursday, December 12, 12:15 pm
Brown Bag Film
Lamidi Ọlọnade Fakẹyẹ: The Life of a Master Carver
(42 mins.) This documentary covering the life of the Yoruba carver Lamidi Ọlọnade Fakẹyẹ was filmed during the artist’s final tour of the United States in 2009, and features interviews with the artist, friends, and experts. Bring your lunch and enjoy free admission, coffee, and cookies! Underwritten by MMA Education Partner Alcoa Foundation/Howmet.
December 14, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Reindeer Super Saturday
Free Family Fun Day
Tour The Woodcarving of Lamidi Fakẹyẹ with an MMA docent, watch Animal Holiday, a kid-friendly video from National Geographic, and use the inspiration you find to create a mini pinecone reindeer. Free admission and activities are underwritten by MMA Education Partner Alcoa Foundation/Howmet.
Thursdays, January, 1:00–3:00 pm
Meet on the upper level every Thursday for free exhibition tours led by MMA docents. January tours feature The Woodcarving of Lamidi Fakẹyẹ: Four Generations of Yoruba Masters and Apprentices.
November 21, 2013 through February 23, 2014
Oil on canvas
André Aerne Collection
Oil on canvas, not dated
On loan from the M. Christine Schwartz Collection
Ernest and Marjorie Cooper Gallery
Pauline Palmer, Impressionist: Chicago’s Painter Lady is on display at the Muskegon Museum of Art from November 21, 2013 through February 23, 2014. The portraits, landscapes, and genre scenes in the exhibition provide an intimate view of works by Pauline Lennards Palmer (1865–1938), considered one of the leading Chicago artists of her time.
Palmer taught art in Chicago public schools before attending the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she graduated in 1896 at the age of 31. A versatile artist, Palmer won virtually every honor offered by the Chicago arts community. Through her active participation in a broad spectrum of women’s and arts organizations, she helped solidify the vitality of the arts within Chicago’s cultural scene at the turn of the 20th century. Palmer counted among her colleagues and teachers Rene Prinet, William Merritt Chase, and Charles Hawthorne, all of whom are represented in the MMA collections.
An integral part of the MMA’s mission is to organize exhibitions that are dedicated to exploring its permanent collection in greater depth. This exhibition was developed around a core group of nine paintings designated as promised gifts to the Museum by one of its Michigan patrons, whose family maintained a close relationship with the artist. Additional works from Midwest collections, including the Union League of Chicago, the M. Christine Schwartz Collection, and the Brauer Museum of Art at Valparaiso University, further illuminate the esteemed career of “Chicago’s Painter Lady.”
Thursday, December 5, 7:00 pm
Lecture by E. Jane Connell
Pauline Palmer: Chicago’s Painter Lady
Pauline Palmer was one of Chicago’s leading artists in the early 20th century who achieved critical acclaim during her career. MMA Senior Curator Jane Connell will discuss Palmer as “Chicago’s painter lady,” citing examples of paintings included in Pauline Palmer, Impressionist. She will also compare Palmer’s work to paintings in the MMA’s collection and discuss the artist’s friendship with the family of Michigan collector André Aerne whose Palmer paintings and works on paper were the genesis of the exhibition. Light refreshments will be served. This program is free and open to the public.
Thursday, February 13, 12:15 pm
Brown Bag Film
In Open Air
(28 mins.) This film showcases the essence of the Impressionist movement in America, a pivotal period in American art from 1880 to 1915. View paintings by some of the best Impressionist artists of this time and travel to favored locales that inspired the artists’ work.
Thursdays, December, 1:00–3:00 pm
Meet on the upper level every Thursday for free exhibition tours led by MMA docents. December tours feature Pauline Palmer, Impressionist: Chicago’s Painter Lady.
This exhibition is underwritten by Hooker/DeJong Architects & Engineering Corporate Advised fund of the Community Foundation for Muskegon County
Free Brown Bag Films and Public Tours are underwritten by MMA Education Partner Alcoa Foundation/Howmet.
Blue Lake Public Radio is the media sponsor for Pauline Palmer, Impressionist.
January 9 through March 16, 2014
L. C. and Margaret Walker Gallery A
Paper cutting is a study in contrasts: a thin, fragile material is pierced with sharp knives, lasers, or stamping devices, the inherent fallibility of the art form making it all the more compelling. Papercuts, developed by artist Reni Gower, brings a broad range of international perspectives to the contemporary art of paper cutting. Using many kinds of paper and tools, seven artists have created more than 30 works that range from narrative commentaries to structural abstractions and complex installations—bold statements that celebrate the subtle nuance of hand to paper through a process that traces its origins to 6th century China.
Through large and small scale pieces, the artists reveal a range of possibilities achieved by cutting, bending, and folding paper. Complex patterns and teeming cityscapes are established using a single cut sheet, while other artists cut and assemble multiple layers of paper in intricate installations.
Guest artist Michelle Forsyth will install her work live, for the public, beginning January 8 and finishing January 11. Join us for this exciting opportunity to speak to the artist and watch her process.
Thursday, January 9
5:30–7:00 pm Reception and Artist at Work
Enjoy refreshments and engage with artist Michelle Forsyth as she continues working on her custom installation for our exhibition in Walker Gallery A. This event is free and open to the public.
January 11, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Flip & Fold Paper Art Super Saturday
Free Family Fun Day
Explore how paper, an ordinary 2-D object, transforms into unique and complex 3-D work of art. Watch paper airplanes turn into real planes in the animated Disney film Planes, tour Papercuts with a museum docent, watch Michelle Forsyth install her artwork, and make your own paper sculpture. See more on page XX.
Brown Bag Films
Bring your lunch and enjoy free admission, coffee, and cookies!
Thursday, January 9, 12:15 pm
Artists from Papercuts
Thursday, January 23, 12:15 pm
Between the Folds
Thursdays, February, 1:00–3:00 pm
Meet on the upper level every Thursday for free exhibition tours led by MMA docents. February tours feature Papercuts: The Art of Contemporary Papercutting.
Free Super Saturdays, Brown Bag Films, and Public Tours are underwritten by MMA Education Partner Alcoa Foundation/Howmet.
October 31, 2013 through January 19, 2014
Indiana limestone on a granite base
The Muskegon Museum of Art will present Harmony in Stone, recent works by Michigan sculptor Jason Quigno, this winter. The exhibition is part of the MMA’s Made in Michigan Artists series and builds upon the MMA’s longstanding tradition of featuring some of the finest creations in visual media by contemporary Michigan artists.
Quigno works in a wide variety of stone, transforming rough stone blocks into fluid, graceful forms. His work emphasizes the creation of harmonious, balanced objects that convey a sense of movement, belying their nature as stone. Harmony in Stone features new work in a variety of scales and shapes, revealing the artist’s continuing exploration and development.
Quigno’s work has garnered significant recognition, including awards at the Heard Museum Guild and Festival in Phoenix, AZ, at the Santa Fe Indian Market in Santa Fe, NM, and at the 13th Annual Eiteljorg Museum Indian Art Market in Indianapolis. Quigno’s work has exhibited at the Museum of Art and Design, New York, NY.
The artist is represented by LaFontsee Gallery in Grand Rapids, MI, and his art can be found in the collections of the Grand Rapids Public Museum, Grand Valley State University, Central Michigan Community Hospital, the Ziibiwing Center in Mount Pleasant, MI, Central Michigan University, and at Okaya City Hall in Nagano Okaya Prefecture, Japan.
Jason Quigno: Harmony in Stone was organized by the Muskegon Museum of Art. The exhibition is sponsored by the Alcoa Foundation–Ally for Contemporary Art. Media sponsors are WGVU Public Radio and MLive/Chronicle. Additional support has been provided by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.