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Nancy Crow: Transformational Quilts

August 14 through October 26, 2014


75"  WIDE  X  70”  TALL
Machine-pieced by NANCY CROW
Photo by J. Kevin Fitzsimons

2006-2009 ©NANCY CROW
84 1/4"  WIDE  X  67  1/2”  TALL
Screen-printed fabrics by NANCY CROW
Machine-pieced by NANCY CROW
PHOTO: J. Kevin Fitzsimons

The Muskegon Museum of Art will open an exhibition of 10 art quilts by Nancy Crow on August 14. Nancy Crow: Transformational Quilts, organized by the MMA, will be on display through October 26, 2014.

Nancy Crow is a household name among quilters and fiber artists and is celebrated for her innovations in fine art quilting. Pieces from Crow’s recent monotype series will be shown alongside the vibrant colors and patterns of her earlier works in the MMA’s Michael and Kay Olthoff/Thelma and Paul Wiener Gallery.

Crow has been making quilts for over 30 years and maintains a large studio and teaching facility on her 100-acre farm east of Columbus, Ohio. She was named a Fellow of the American Craft Council in 1999 and in 1996 received two major awards: the Individual Artist’s Fellowship from the Ohio Arts Council and The National Living Treasure Award from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. In addition to participating in group shows around the world, she has had major solo exhibitions at the Renwick Gallery; the Museum of Arts & Design in New York City; the Cultural Arts Museum, Konstanz, Germany; the Auckland Art Museum and the Hawke’s Bay Exhibition Centre in New Zealand; The International Quilt Study Center & Museum at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln; Carnegie Mellon University’s Regina Miller Gouger Galleries, Pittsburgh, PA; the Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA; and the Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, Auburn, NY. A major figure and pioneer in fine art quilting, she has taught quilts as an art form in Finland, Denmark, Belgium, Ireland, Austria, England, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Canada, South Africa, and the United States. She is featured in two recent books: Nancy Crow (Breckling Press 2006), and a Synderman Gallery exhibition catalogue titled Crossroads: Constructions, Markings, and Structures (Breckling Press 2007). She is also the author of Nancy Crow: Improvisational Quilts (C & T Publishing, 1995), Nancy Crow: Work in Transition (American Quilters’ Society), Nancy Crow: Quilts and Influences (American Quilters’ Society, 1992) and Gradations: From the Studio of Nancy Crow (Quilt House Publishing, 1955).

Support for this exhibition has been provided in part by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts. Media sponsor: WGVU Public Broadcasting.


Opening Event Thursday, August 14
5:30 pm Reception and 7:00 pm Lecture by Nancy Crow

Nancy Crow: Transformational Quilts will open with a reception and an opportunity to meet renowned quilt artist Nancy Crow, who will present a talk following the reception. The event is free and open to the public. Beer and wine will be available at a cash bar.

Monday through Friday, August 11-15
9:00 am – noon, 2:00-5:00 pm
Nancy Crow Workshop
Sets and Variables I & II: Using a Simple & a Compound Motif

Renowned quilt artist Nancy Crow will teach this class for intermediate to advanced level students. Students must possess free-hand cutting skills and very good machine-sewing skills. Please visit our website for complete description and materials and equipment list.
Class Fee: $650 ($350 is non-refundable)
Location: Century Club Ballroom (downtown Muskegon, MI)
To register, call Roxanna at 231.720.2571

Thursdays, August 14-28, 1:00-3:00 pm
Nancy Crow Open Public Tours

Drop-in for free guided tours of Transforming the Quilt.


Color and Whimsy: The Art of Jacques Potin

June 5 through September 18, 2014


Jacques Potin
Le Phare de Deauville (detail)
Not dated
Oil on canvas
Gift of Anonymous Donors

Alcoa Foundation/Ernest and Marjorie Cooper Gallery

French painter Jacques Potin creates intensely hued paintings with a bright, cheerful quality of light and space. Figures stroll in sunny landscapes or sit quietly in busy interiors. In other works, stylized birds nest or wheel about the sky in abstract patterns.

Jacques Potin was born in France in 1920 and spent much of his career there before later settling in the U.S. He is best known for his work in creating designs for tapestries produced by the Gisèle Brivet workshop in Aubusson, France. Many of the drawings and paintings on paper in this exhibition share the style and motifs of those tapestry designs. Potin was also a painter and sculptor, and had a solo exhibition at the Galerie Iris Clert in Paris in 1971.

Potin was a colleague of fellow French artist Françoise Gilot, exhibiting with her on at least one occasion, at the Parrish Art Museum in South Hampton, New York in 1970. The Potin works held by the Muskegon Museum of Art come from a single anonymous donor, part of a collection of works by Françoise Gilot, Luc Simon (Gilot’s husband from 1955 to 1962), and Jacques Dutil.

While the artist’s career is little known, Jacques Potin’s paintings possess a wonderful sense of color, atmosphere, and playfulness. Semi-abstract, the paintings depict figures along shorelines, canals, and within brightly lit interiors. The people within the works appear relaxed, enjoying a holiday or quiet moments of ease.

Thursdays, June 5-26, 1:00-3:00 pm
Potin Open Public Tours
Drop in for free tours of Color and Whimsy, led by MMA docents.


Interference Pool: Annica Cuppetelli and Cristobal Mendoza

May 22 through August 3, 2014



Michael and Kay Olthoff/Thelma and Paul Wiener Gallery
Multi-media artists Annica Cuppetelli and Cristobal Mendoza will create a custom installation titled Interference Pool for Muskegon Museum of Art visitors to enjoy from May 22 through August 3, 2014. Cuppetelli and Mendoza will combine fibers and digital images to create an interactive environment that challenges notions of space, light, and materiality.

Created exclusively for the MMA, this project consists of rectangular “islands” of stretched fibers that run the length of the museum’s Wiener Gallery. Multiple ceiling mounted projectors cast the light forms down from above, establishing pools in the center of the space. As visitors travel around the perimeter, their motions are translated into new shapes, patterns, and shadows. The artists state that “Interference Pool is an interactive installation that aesthetically and conceptually will explore the superposition of virtual and physical space.”

Annica Cuppetelli (United States) and Cristobal Mendoza (Venezuela) began their artistic collaboration in 2010. Their work has been exhibited in the Biennial of Video and Media Arts (Chile, 2012) and media arts festivals such as Scopitone 2012 (France), ISEA 2012, FILE 2011 (Brazil), FAD 2011 (Brazil), video_dumbo 2011 (New York City), and others. Cuppetelli obtained her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art (Fibers, 2008) and Mendoza at the Rhode Island School of Design (Digital Media, 2007). Mendoza is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Art and Art History at Wayne State University in Detroit, where he and Cuppetelli are based. Learn more about the artists.


Interference Pool is underwritten by the Consumers Energy Foundation. Additional support is provided by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs with the National Endowment for the Arts.

A video of one of the artists’ earlier collaborations



Muskegon Museum of Art 86th Regional Exhibition

May 22 through August 20, 2014


Top to bottom:
Best of Show | Joshua Adam Risner, Alto, Inness’s Daughter
2nd Place | Michelle Newman, Muskegon, Mid-Century Muse
3rd Place | Lisa Olsen, Grand Rapids, Slumber II
Director’s Choice | Janet Tyson, Spring Lake, Hive
Curator’s Choice | Katherine Bourdon, Muskegon, When Women Were Birds


Reception and Awards: Thursday, May 22, 5:30–8:00 pm

The Muskegon Museum of Art’s 86th Regional Exhibition, the longest-established regional art exhibition in Michigan, opens for public viewing Thursday, May 22 at 10:00 a.m. The public is invited to an opening reception that evening from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. Reception admission is free. The Regional Exhibition will run through August 20, 2014.

The MMA’s annual, juried Regional Exhibition, known for its competitive nature and for its professional presentation, is open to amateur and professional artists throughout Michigan. This year, 299 artists submitted a total of 501 works for the competition. Guest juror David L. Deming selected 200 works by 162 artists for the exhibition. This exhibition of artwork in many mediums, themes, and styles will be displayed in the MMA’s Walker Galleries throughout the summer. Most of the artwork in the exhibition is available for sale.

This year’s juror, Cleveland sculptor David Deming, was President and CEO of the Cleveland Institute of Art from 1998 through 2010. He developed the school’s first digital arts department, and launching the plan for the Institute’s new campus. He has participated in more than 100 competitive and invitational exhibitions, nationally and internationally, and in more than 50 one-and two-person exhibitions.


Thursday, May 22, 5:30–8:00 pm
Opening Reception: The public is invited to attend the opening reception for Regional Exhibition artists. Artist awards will be announced at 7:00 pm. Refreshments will be served and admission is free.

Thursday, June 19, 5:00–7:00 pm

Meet the Artists: Enjoy a gallery “walk-and-talk” with this year’s prize-winning artists. Light refreshments will be provided. This is a free event.

The Muskegon Museum of Art is located at 296 W. Webster Ave. in downtown Muskegon. Call 231-720-2570 or visit for information.
MMA 86th Regional Exhibition Artist Awards



Best of Show | $1,500
Joshua Adam Risner, Alto, Inness’s Daughter

2nd Place | $750
Michelle Newman, Muskegon, Mid-Century Muse

3rd Place | $500
Lisa Olsen, Grand Rapids, Slumber II

Director’s Choice | $500
Janet Tyson, Spring Lake, Hive

Curator’s Choice | $500
Katherine Bourdon, Muskegon, When Women Were Birds

Gordon Hall Memorial Award | $300
Sy Ellens, Kalamazoo, Neglected

Friends of Art | $250
Lee Ann Frame, Fruitport, Escape

West Michigan Potter’s Guild Eleanore Smith Memorial Award | $250
Cary A. Vander Veen, Lawton, Spring Fever

Robert and Veronica Youngman Memorial Award for Graphic Arts | $150
Armin Mersmann, Midland, Best Laid Plans

William L. “Bill” Rogers Best Photography | $150
Robert C. Stone, Grand Rapids, Perkins Cove

Docents’ Choice | $100
Shelley Dingman, Muskegon, Muskegon Door

Honorable Mentions |$100
Lee S. Brown, Muskegon, Bound Column X
Jennifer Green, Whitehall, Street #1
Nancy Oakes-Hall, Grand Rapids, Anger Management
SPONSORED PURCHASE AWARDS (sponsor listed first)
ADAC Automotive
•    Lois Ann Rodgers, Holland, The Tulgy Wood

AGS (American Grease Stick)
•    Neil Mullally, Muskegon, Tucson Mission
•    Karen Hoekstra, Grand Rapids, And the Earth Responds

Sherry Becker
•    Lindy Crandell, Grand Rapids, Aunt Marjorie at 3 - 1924

Community Foundation for Muskegon County
•    Mark Kirby, Muskegon, Drasland
•    Holly Sturges, Grand Rapids, Thoreson Outhouse
•    Holly Sturges, Grand Rapids, The Flume

Carla Hill
•    Michelle Newman, Muskegon, Mid-Century Muse

Grand Valley State University Art Gallery
•    Marc Hoeksema, Muskegon, Forest
•    Lisa Olsen, Grand Rapids, Slumber II
Brian and Jamie Lang
•    Andrew Jagniecki, Whitehall, A Murder of Crows
•    Nancy Oakes-Hall, Grand Rapids, Anger Management

Patrick J. O’Leary
•    Janet Tyson, Spring Lake, Hive
•    Robert C. Stone, Grand Rapids, Perkins Cove

Warner, Norcross, & Judd
•    Dianne Carroll Burdick, Grand Rapids, Water for Trees
•    Sy Ellens, Kalamazoo, Water Wonderland
•    Gale Nobes, Muskegon, Being
•    Gale Nobes, Muskegon, Treeline

West Michigan Symphony
•    Abbey Fitzpatrick, Spring Lake, Almighty Grid #3

Chris and Stephanie Witham
•    Kathleen Kalinowski, Comstock Park, River Banks, Spring Thaw
•    Connie Kuhnle, Rockford, Market Hydrangea

Marilyn and Richard Witham
•    Tom Tomasek, Ovid, Wetlands
The 86th Regional Exhibition is underwritten by Warner Norcross & Judd, LLP and Shape Corporation, with additional support from Contemporary Art Ally Alcoa Foundation and the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs with the National Endowment for the Arts. Awards are underwritten by Huntington Bank.



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