Studio Brew: The Colors of Beer

August 11 through October 30, 2016
Richard Aardsma
Still Life with Beer Glass

The Muskegon Museum of Art will present Studio Brew: The Colors of Beer, to celebrate the art of brewing through the visual arts, drawing its inspiration from an integral quality of beer: its color. Studio Brew will run August 11 through October 30, 2016.

The MMA invited 26 Michigan artists to produce artworks in their choice of media that replicate a single hue from the SRM scale for measuring the color of beer. From pale amber ales to dark stouts, the SRM encompasses a range of rich oranges, yellows, reds, and browns. The result is an exhibition of paintings, photographs, prints, drawings, and sculpture that lead the viewer through the colors of beer.

For the viewer, the exhibition is an experiment in fun, an opportunity to experience art through the lens of the familiar and popular act of drinking a finely crafted beer. For fans of Michigan art, the show allows viewers to see how artists solve the creative challenge of making an artwork that must, when viewed from a distance, communicate a single color. The show is, in the end, a reminder of the joy of creating, be it art or a microbrew.

Studio Brew Opening Event

The public is invited to an opening event on Thursday, August 11. The event starts with a reception from 5:30 to 7:00 pm. After the reception, brew masters Chad Doane and Ryan “Rhino” Wasson from Muskegon’s Pigeon Hill Brewing Company, will discuss their craft as part of the opening event.

Studio Brew Artists

Studio Brew participating artists are: Richard Aardsma, Lisa Ambrose, Nick Antonakis, Douglas Baker, Diann Marie Bartnick, Sue Boehme, Robyn Bomhof, Bill Chardon, Patricia Constantine, Topher Crowder, Adam Dahlstrom, Thomas A. Depree, Erin Hoffman, Lori Hough, Sue    Line, Billy Mayer, Cara O’Brien, Patricia Opel, Michael Peoples, the late T.L. Pfliger, Frederic A. Reinecke, J. Arthur Sanders, Tom Tomasek, Paul Van Heest, Kathleen VanDeMark, and David Warmenhoven.


Christina Bothwell: Shaping the Unseen

May 26 through August 28, 2016
Christina Bothwell
cast glass, ceramic, oil paint
Courtesy of Habatat Galleries
Christina Bothwell Flowers cast glass, ceramic, oil paint 2015 Courtesy of Habatat Galleries

Christina Bothwell
cast glass, ceramic, oil paint
Courtesy of Habatat Galleries

Christina Bothwell creates dreamlike, fantastical sculptures in glass and paint. Her otherworldly figures and animals speak to myth and the spirit, of unseen forces given a tangible form. This exhibition features highlights from a number of her series, explorations of life cycles and metamorphosis. Her imagery incorporates babies, animals, and children. Of her work, she notes:

…I am drawn to the processes of birth, death, and renewal. What lies below the surface fascinates me and I try to capture the qualities of the “unseen” that express the sense of wonder that I feel in my daily existence. I am attracted to glass because it can do everything that other sculptural media can; in addition, it offers an inner space and transmits light.

Bothwell studied painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, before teaching herself how to work with ceramics, and then cast glass.

She has had 11 solo exhibitions of her work since 2006, most recently at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, in Indiana. Her work is represented in the United States, by Austin Art Projects, in Palm Desert, California; Habatat Gallery in Royal Oak, Michigan; and Heller Gallery in New York City. Her work is also represented by Gallery Sklo, in South Korea; Galerie B, in Sinzheim, Germany; and Anima Mundi Gallery, in Cornwall, UK.

Her sculptures are in the public collections of the Cincinnati Museum of Art, Ohio; the Glasmuseet Ebeltoft, Museum of Contemporary Glass, Denmark; SMOG (Shanghai Museum of Contemporary Glass Art), China; the Tutsek-Stiftung Foundation, Germany; the Fuller Craft Museum, Massachusetts; the Smithsonian Museum of Art’s Archives of American Art Oral History Collection, Washington D.C.; the Racine Museum, Wisconsin; the Corning Glass Museum, New York; and the Lowe Art Museum, Florida.


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Michigan Regional Exhibition

May 12 through August 3, 2016

The Muskegon Museum of Art’s annual Michigan Regional Exhibition returns for its 88th year to showcase some of the best contemporary works created by our state’s artists. A total of 374 Michigan artists (with approximately 150 from the Muskegon and Grand Rapids areas) submitted 699 works for jurying. From these, 144 works by 123 artists were selected for the exhibition. The 88th Regional features representational and abstract painting, sculpture, ceramics, installation, printmaking, drawing, textiles and fibers, and photography covering a range of subjects.

This was the first year for the transition to digital entry and, according to Associate Curator Art Martin, “The removal of the barrier of hand-delivering entries resulted in the strongest overall group of entries we have seen since opening the show statewide. The level of craft, conceptual content, aesthetic, ambition, and scale was amazing, and made for a significant challenge for our juror, Tom Lundberg. The show he ultimately selected looks like it may be our most exciting, experimental, and materially and conceptually diverse Regional in recent history. Always a something-for-everyone experience, the 88th Regional offers an increased display of artistic skill and what we hope will be some real surprises.”

This year’s juror was Tom Lundberg, an accomplished artist that has been featured in multiple international fibers shows at the MMA. He is a professor of art at Colorado State University, where he coordinates graduate and undergraduate programs in fibers and teaches courses in weaving and surface design. Lundberg has lectured and taught workshops in the United States, England, and New Zealand. He holds a BFA in painting from the University of Iowa and a MFA in textiles from Indiana University, where he worked with Diane and William Itter. His work has been seen in solo, group, and invitational exhibitions around the world, including multiple traveling exhibitions.

Of the show, he wrote:
“It’s been my privilege to review entries to the Muskegon Museum of Art 88th Regional Exhibition. Thank you for the opportunity to see how hundreds of Michigan artists view the world and give form to their ideas. In the works here on display—and in the other submissions not selected—I’ve truly enjoyed my juror’s tour of so many individual points of view. I think that you’ll find your own favorites in this exhibition of high-quality works. Thanks to all of these artists for expanding our horizons with their individual points of view. These artworks may engage our attention with interesting methods and materials, but they also awaken us to a broad spectrum of human responses.”

The Regional Exhibition Juror

Tom Lundberg is a professor of art at Colorado State University, Fort Collins. He coordinates fiber programs and teaches weaving and surface design courses. Lundberg has lectured and taught widely. His work has been seen in solo, group, and invitational exhibitions around the world and has appeared in many publications.

The Michigan Regional: Muskegon Museum of Art 88th Regional Exhibition is underwritten by Warner Norcross & Judd, LLP and Shape Corporation. Awards are underwritten by Swanson Pickles. Additional support is provided by WGVU Public Broadcasting and the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs with the National Endowment for the Arts. Purchase awards are provided by area individuals and organizations.

Meet the Regional Artists Event

Thursday, June 16, 5:00–7:00 pm
Enjoy a gallery “walk-and-talk” with this year’s prize-winning artists. Light refreshments will be provided. The event is free and open to the public.

The Muskegon Museum of Art is located at 296 W. Webster Ave. in downtown Muskegon. Call 231-720-2571 or visit www.muskegonartmuseum.org for visitor information.

2016 Artist Awards

High-Resolution images of cash award winning artworks.  These images may be reproduced for for editorial use only.


Best of Show ($1,500)
CJ Breil, Ann Arbor, Conduct Becoming: Survey #68 and Conduct Becoming: Survey #3 and 4, photography, 2013-2014


2nd Place ($1,000)
Sophie Eisner, Detroit, This Definitely Happened, steel, silicone, charcoal, 2015


3rd Place ($750)
Adam Dahlstrom, Grand Haven, Where I’m At, mixed media, 2016


Director’s Choice ($500)
Gretchen Deems, Grand Rapids, Brick by Brick/Tools of the Trade, mixed media, 2015


Curator’s Choice ($500)
Susan Ellison, Spring Lake, Entanglement, graphite, 2016


Friends of Art Award ($250)
Colleen Kole, Grand Rapids, Time Fragments, textile, 2016


West Michigan Potters Guild Eleanore Smith Memorial Award ($250)
Elisabeth Carnell, Kalamazoo, Ræghar ond Readfah, white stoneware, 2016


Gordon Hall Memorial Award ($200)
Armin Mersmann, Midland, Sentinel, graphite, 2015


William L. “Bill” Rogers Best Photography ($150)
Bruce Giffin, Dearborn Heights, Winter Coaster, photograph, 2013


Robert and Veronica Youngman Memorial Award for Graphic Arts ($150)
Taylor Mazer, Grand Rapids, Loitering, pen and ink, 2016


Docents’ Choice ($100)
Mary Doezema, Lowell, Crossing, ceramic, 2015


Honorable Mention ($100)
Taimur Cleary, Marquette, To Spring (To Fall), oil on board, 2015


Honorable Mention ($100)
Liz Frankland, Berkley, Jan. 72. Pipe., acrylic on canvas, 2015


Honorable Mention ($100)
Susan Johnston, Stevensville, Day’s End, photograph, 2015


SPONSORED PURCHASE AWARDS (sponsor listed first)

American Grease Stick Company
Bill Chardon, Grand Rapids, Live Oak

Sherry Becker
Gretchen Deems, Grand Rapids, Brick by Brick/Tools of the Trade

John & Claudia Berry
Susan Boehme, Twin Lake, Microcosmus 1
Betsy Lehndorff, Hubbard Lake, Spider Web Necklace with Pearl and Sterling Silver Bracelet with Spider Webs

Community Foundation for Muskegon County
Julia Kaake, West Branch, A Day of Culture
Rachel Mockaitis, Grand Rapids, Lost Lake

Grand Valley State University
Sarah Bearup-Neal, Empire, Land Use Map with Encroachments

Matt & Amy Heisser
Cary VanderVeen, Lawton, Chimney Fire

Muskegon Surgical Associates
Judy Hallisy, Saugatuck, Kimono Cylinder #2
Robert Day, Grand Haven, Pine Woods

Brian & Jamie Lang
Juanita Baldwin, Okemos, Yellow Team

Chris & Stephanie Witham
Lee Ann Frame, Fruitport, Sense of Direction
Blair Rieckmann, Holland, It’s About the Movement of the Beat

Richard & Marilyn Witham
Peter Blackburn, Muskegon, Muskegon Channel

Edward S. Curtis the North American Indian

May 11 through September 10, 2017
Piegan Encampment

The Muskegon Museum of Art is one of the finest regional art museums in the Midwest with a 104-year history and an impeccable reputation. The Museum also owns a complete edition, identified as the 70th of the planned original sets, of The North American Indian, by Edward S. Curtis, internationally recognized as the most comprehensive ethnographic and photographic historical record of Native Americans ever produced. The astounding work is comprised of twenty volumes of research (containing 2.5 million works of text and thousands of photographs) and 20 portfolios containing an additional 723 photogravures.

In May of 2017, The Muskegon Museum of Art will present a once-in-a-lifetime exhibition of national significance: Edward S. Curtis: The North American Indian.

Documenting the lives of western Native American peoples, the stunning portraits and landscapes of The North America Indian, which were created from 1907 through 1930, are considered to be both the greatest artistic collaboration and photographic achievement in history.

A renowned successful celebrity photographer, Curtis threw it all away to pursue a 30-year obsession that nearly destroyed him. In the end, he lost his wealth, fame, marriage, and health, but left behind a monumental achievement: The North American Indian.

Edward S. Curtis: The North American Indian is underwritten by the Community Foundation for Muskegon County, the Hilt Foundation, Hines Corporation, Nichols, Hooker DeJong Architects and Engineers, the Jan & Christine Deur Fund of the Community Foundation for Muskegon County, the Susan & Frank Bednarek Fund of the Community Foundation for Muskegon County, Jon & Jane Blyth, and Deborah DeVoursney.

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