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Alex Gabriel Bernstein: Carved in Glass

April 2 through June 21, 2015


Alex Bernstein

Green Steel Half-Moon
Cast, cut glass, fused steel




Robert D. and C. Corcoran Tuttle Gallery

Alex Gabriel Bernstein carves cast glass to create his boldly colored and highly textured sculptural forms. His techniques, cutting away glass and incorporating added metals, are designed to mirror natural processes of transformation—erosion, oxidation, and the carving and shifting of water are all reflected in these elegant works. The artist approaches these works as narrative landscapes, a visual journey through not only physical terrain, but layers of light and color.
Alex Gabriel Bernstein’s parents, William and Katherine Bernstein, were established glass artists and he grew up within the American studio glass movement. He received a MFA from the Rochester Institute of Technology’s School for American Crafts and went on to teach at the Rochester Institute of Technology, the Cleveland Institute of Art, the Penland School of Crafts, and The Studio at the Corning Museum of Glass. In 2007, he returned to his hometown of Asheville, NC to work full time in his studio.
Alex Gabriel Bernstein: Carved in Glass was organized by the Muskegon Museum of Art, in cooperation with Habatat Galleries, Royal Oak, Michigan.

The Corky Tuttle Fund of the Muskegon Museum of Art



Deborah Rockman: The Space Between Us

February 5 through March 29, 2015



Deb Rockman
The Space Between Us (4)  
Colored pencil on mylar over digital inkjet print


Robert D. and C. Corcoran Tuttle Gallery
Deborah Rockman’s multi-media drawings challenge social and cultural complacencies, juxtaposing images of beauty and seeming well-being with the horrors inflicted on humanity around the world. Her works are both intellectual and viscerally emotional, bearing witness to hopelessness, suffering, and pain while simultaneously laying open absurdities of Western culture. The materials and techniques she chooses are utilized in a manner that convey a sense of separation and a veiling of awareness and distance in understanding.


Manierre Dawson: Engineering Abstraction

April 30 through August 9, 2015



Manierre Dawson (American, 1887-1969)
Afternoon II
Oil on canvas, 1913
Gift of the Artist


Michael and Kay Olthoff & Thelma and Paul Wiener Gallery

Manierre Dawson (1887-1969) was the first American artist to paint abstractly in the first decades of the twentieth century—a significant accolade in art history. Dawson’s college training in civil engineering was a strong influence on his remarkable creative vision. Of local import, the artist moved from Chicago to Ludington in 1914 and spent 55 years running the family orchard, painting and sculpting as time allowed, until his death in 1969.


The exhibition will present 20 paintings that explore Dawson’s formative years from 1907 to 1915, taking as its main focus Afternoon II, among the MMA’s most significant holdings. The painting is dated 1913, the year of the famed Armory Show—a pivotal event that affirmed Dawson’s modernist instincts: his “inventions.”


Lenders to the exhibition include the Illinois State Museum; the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts; the Grand Rapids Art Museum; the Manierre Dawson Gallery, West Shore Community College; and several Chicago private collections.


Following its premier at the MMA, the exhibition will be shown at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts from August 29 through December 13, 2015.

Manierre Dawson: Engineering Abstraction
has been organized by the Muskegon Museum of Art.


Thursday, April 30
5:30 pm Opening Reception

7:00 pm Lecture by Sharon Bluhm
In 1977, Sharon Bluhm purchased the Dawson family vacation home in Ludington, Michigan, and continues to live there today. Join us for Bluhm’s fascinating look at Dawson’s life and art based on her years of research on the artist.


Expressions 2015: 33rd Annual Muskegon County Student Art Exhibition

March 25 through April 23, 2015


Livio De Marchi (Italian, born 1943)
Strumenti del pittore (Paint Brushes with Pot)
Wood and ceramic, 1993
Gift of the “In and Around Venice” MMA Tour Participants, 1993

Michael and Kay Olthoff and Thelma and Paul Wiener Gallery

Expressions is organized annually by the Muskegon Museum of Art in partnership with the Muskegon Area Intermediate School District (MAISD). A visual delight, it celebrates the artistic talents of Muskegon County K-12 students. Two- and three-dimensional artworks in a variety of media are included in the show. Art specialists at each participating school select the pieces to be included in the exhibition, and the work is organized and installed for display by Museum staff. Expressions 2015 is sponsored by the MAISD, Comerica Bank, and Old Orchard Brands.

Celebration Receptions
Celebrate our young artists! Cookies and juice will be served. Free admission.
Tuesday, March 31
5:30–7:00 pm
Wednesday, April 1
& Thursday, April 2
5:30–7:00 pm

Call the MAISD at 231.767.7267 or the MMA at 231.720.2571 for a list of the schools invited each evening.







The Muskegon Museum of Art's popular Postcard Salon returns in 2015, offering the opportunity for anyone of any age to create small works of art to display at the museum from February 26 through March 12. Artwork in almost any media will be accepted into this non-juried show, but all the artwork must be 4 x 6 inches in dimension. The artwork must arrive at the museum by February 22 to be included in the exhibition.



The exhibition will end with a reception and sale of all the artwork on Thursday, March 12. This free public event opens with complimentary refreshments and cash bar at 5:30 pm  Starting at 7:00 pm on March 12, the artwork will go on sale for $30 per piece. Half of the proceeds go to the artist and half go to the museum. Early sales are not permitted.



To Enter Artwork:

Hand deliver or mail to the MMA at:
Attn: Postcard Salon
Muskegon Museum of Art
296 W. Webster Ave
Muskegon, MI 49440


Cards must arrive at the MMA by February 22 in an envelope with your name, address, and phone number or email. We won’t accept cards without this information. Label the back of your cards with your name and the title.
If you have any questions, contact Art Martin at 231.720.2575 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Thursday, March 12
Postcard Salon Reception & Sal
5:30 pm Reception
7:00 pm Sale
All cards will be available for purchase on March 12 for $30 each, starting at 7:00 pm. The MMA splits the sale price 50/50 with the artists. BECOME AN MMA MEMBER AND GET A 5-MINUTE HEAD START TO BUY AT 6:55 pm. Refreshments will be served starting at 5:30 pm.


Postcard Salon is sponsored by G & L. Additional support is provided by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs with the National Endowment for the Arts.


The Art of the Brick

February 19 through May 3, 2015


Yellow by artist Nathan Sawaya. Photo courtesy of
Note: Nawara's Yellow appeared as part of 2011 ArtPrize at the Grand Rapids Public Museum.

Flip Flops by artists Nathan Sawaya and Dean West. Photo courtesy of

Red Dress by artists Nathan Sawaya and Dean West. Photo courtesy of

Untitled by artist Nathan Sawaya. Photo courtesy of

Strength of Spirit by artist Nathan Sawaya. Photo courtesy of

Trapped by artist Nathan Sawaya. Photo courtesy of

The Art of the Brick® showcases large scale sculptures created out of iconic LEGO® bricks by New York based artist Nathan Sawaya. The exhibition has proved to be very popular with audiences as it has toured the globe. CNN hailed The Art of the Brick as “one of the top 12 must see exhibitions in the world”.

The centerpiece of Sawaya’s collection of sculptures, as well as arguably his most famous piece of artwork, is entitled Yellow, a LEGO torso of a man ripping open his chest while yellow plastic bricks cascade out of the open chest cavity (pictured on front cover).

Sawaya has made a name for himself by creating out of LEGO exacting replicas of the human form in various states of emotion, including anger, love, depression and joy.

Concurrently on display at MMA for the run of the exhibition will be Sawaya's unique multimedia collaboration with award-winning Australian photographer Dean West, entitled In Pieces. The two artists spent years traveling and working together to blend their crafts resulting in the IN PIECES collection of visually stunning hyper realistic images that are exhibited with corresponding and complimentary three dimensional LEGO sculptures.


The appearance of the exhibition in Muskegon is underwritten by Meijer. The accompanying activity gallery is sponsored by Hooker DeJong Architects & Engineers. Additional support is provided by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs with the National Endowment for the Arts.




Interactive Building Area
Use The Art of the Brick as inspiration to engineer and build your own masterpiece using LEGO bricks. This educational area will have hands-on opportunities for all ages.
Sponsored by Hooker DeJong Architects & Engineers.

Thursday, February 19, 5:30 pm
Opening Reception
Get a first look at this popular, nationally touring exhibition of artwork created with LEGOS ® bricks. Light refreshments will be provided. The event is free and open to the public.

Saturdays: February 21, March 21, April 18
10:00 am–noon
Peer Exploration Workshop
Exploring LEGO Boundaries
Ages 10-13
FREE—Registration is required; spaces are limited.
Call 231.720.2571 to register.
This peer workshop will be led by the Mona Shores middle school 4-H Tech Wizards under the direction of Barbara Brow. This dynamic group of students has been working together, exploring the boundaries of LEGO construction and want to share their knowledge. The workshop is designed for kids who like to work organically and learn without boundaries. The Tech Wizards will break into groups to lead and explore with fellow students. To register: Call 231.720.2571.

Thursday, February 26, 12:15 pm
Brown Bag Film
The LEGO® Movie
(101 mins.) After being mistaken for the LEGO® Master Builder, ordinary mini-guy Emmet is swept up in an urgent quest to thwart the evil plans of Lord Business. Emmet's adventures include daunting challenges and hilarious missteps in this computer-animated epic film. Film admission is free and so are the coffee and cookies. Guests are welcome to bring lunch. Exhibition viewing may require paid admission. Underwritten by MMA Education Partner, Alcoa Foundation/Howmet.

March 5, 19, 26 & April 9, 16
5:00–8:00 pm
FREE Admission Family Fun Nights
See The Art of the Brick and create your own sculpture in the interactive LEGO building area.
Family Fun Nights are underwritten by MMA Education Partner Alcoa Foundation/Howmet.

Saturday, March 14, 10:00 am–3:00 pm
Super Brick Art Saturday
FREE Family Fun Day with LEGO® Bricks
Toys turn into art! Check out the spectacularly engineered and innovative work of Nathan Sawaya in The Art of the Brick. After you get inspired, head downstairs to make your own sculptures and watch a film. It is sure to be a building and learning type of Saturday at the MMA
10:00 am & 1:00 pm
Film: The LEGO Movie®
(101 mins.) Check out your favorite LEGO characters on the big screen in this exciting family friendly film.
11:00 am–1:00 pm
Guided Exhibition Tours
Join an MMA docent to explore The Art of the Brick.
11:00 am–2:00 pm
Make & Take   
Push your creative bounds by building bricks up, down and across. Make a block sculpture to take home.

Monday–Thursday, March 30–April 2
5:30–7:00 pm
Class: Robotics with LEGO Bricks
Instructor: Kathleen Steudle-Schwander
Ages 10-13 | limited spaces
Cost: $60 non-member | $50 member
Students will learn the joys of building and programming robots with LEGO bricks while working with and against each other to complete various missions. There is no greater adventure then that of the imagination and the sky is the limit with this class. Students will be challenged to solve problems in new ways and to come to the understanding that there are multiple ways to complete the same task. Participants will learn to use special computer software specifically made for crafting LEGO brick robotics. To register: Call 231.720.2571 by March 23.
Computers provided courtesy of the Muskegon Area Intermediate School District.


Belinda the Ballerina and Friends: The Illustrations of Amy Young

February 5 through April 26, 2015



Cover illustration for Belinda the Ballerina by Amy Young


Muskegon Museum of Art Alcoa Foundation & Ernest and Marjorie Cooper Gallery


Belinda the Ballerina and Friends, an exhibition of original book illustrations by artist Amy Young will open at the Muskegon Museum of Art on Thursday, February 5. The MMA invites the public to meet the artist at a reception that evening from 5:30 to 7:00 pm. Young will give a talk about her life and work in the MMA’s auditorium at 7:00 pm. Light refreshments and juice will be served. The event and refreshments are free.

Big-footed ballerinas, dogs on boats, and mud fairies are just a few of the characters that Amy Young has brought to life through her stories and bright, colorful book illustrations. This exhibition features original artwork she created for the popular children’s book Belinda the Ballerina and other books that Young has written and illustrated. The exhibition will be on display through April 26, 2015.

Young was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and says from a young age she remembers wanting to be an artist. She earned her BA at Yale University, her MFA in painting from Indiana University, and a Harvard law degree. After practicing law for seven years, she found herself drawn back to making art. Her first picture book, Belinda the Ballerina, which she wrote and illustrated, was published by Viking in 2003. She continues to write and illustrate children’s books from her home in Spring Lake, Michigan.

This exhibition was organized by the Muskegon Museum of Art and underwritten by The Folkert Family Foundation. Additional support provided by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs with the National Endowment for the Arts.


Thursday, February 5 Opening Event

5:30 pm Opening Reception
7:00 pm Talk by artist Amy Young

Saturday, February 14, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Ballerina Super Saturday
Free Family Fun Day

Spin, swirl, and plié your way to this ballet-themed Super Saturday. Admission and all activities are free, thanks to sponsorship from the Alcoa Foundation/Howmet.
10:00 am & 1:00 pm Film: A Fantasy Garden Ballet Class
(40 mins.) Kids can dance along while watching this film by Rosemary Boross that introduces preschoolers to the joys of ballet. The film includes a warm-up, stretching and strengthening exercises, creative movement, and simple ballet steps. Each easy-to-follow segment incorporates music and images of flowers and animals to help children remember what they've learned.
11:00 am – 1:00 pm Guided Tours
Tour Belinda the Ballerina and Friends: The Illustrations of Amy Young with an MMA docent.
11:00 am – 2:00 pm Make & Take
Using clothespins, make your own miniature ballerina—complete with a tulle tutu.

Thursdays, 1:00–3:00 pm
Open Public Tours

Meet on the upper level every Thursday for exhibition tours led by MMA docents. February tours feature Belinda the Ballerina and Friends: The Illustrations of Amy Young.

Cover illustration for Belinda the Ballerina by Amy Young

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