The 150th Anniversary of Edward Curtis: 150 Masterpieces from The North American Indian

May 24 through September 9, 2018

2018 marks the 150th Anniversary of the birth of Edward Curtis. Curtis is best known today for his masterpiece, The North American Indian, a monumental project comprised of 20 volumes of text and over 723 large portfolio prints that catalogued images and ethnography of the Native American tribes of the Western United States. The MMA featured the entire collection of The North American Indian over the summer of 2017 in an exhibition that was seen by over 30,000 visitors from every U.S. State and 28 other countries. The exhibition was a celebration of Curtis’s achievement and an examination of the dual nature of its legacy, of the preservation of knowledge and culture, and the harmful perpetuations of stereotypes and prejudices that continue to affect the social and political landscape in our country.

The 150th Anniversary of Edward Curtis: 150 Masterpieces from the North American Indian presents 150 photographs that represent the breadth of subjects touched on in the project. The exhibition also examines criticism of Curtis’s works, and uses the objects themselves to present the dilemmas inherent in understanding the project’s legacy. The show will also premiere newly acquired copper plates used to create the photogravures, and several of the volumes of The North American Indian.

Edward S. Curtis: The North American Indian Resources

Underwritten by Nichols

Additional support provided by the Verplank Donor Advised Fund of the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation, the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians, and Deborah Devoursney.

Up Close and Personal: The Ultra-Realistic Sculpture of Marc Sijan

May 17 through August 12, 2018

Milwaukee based sculptor Marc Sijan is internationally recognized for his hyper-realistic, life-sized sculptures of the human figure. Pores, veins, hair follicles, moles, and all the intricate and imperfect details of the human form are revealed in his captivating works. Often depicting everyday subject matter, from overweight beach goers to resting security guards, Sijan infuses his materials with pathos and empathy. Caught in quiet narratives, the sculptures invite surprise, followed by lengthy interaction and examination from the viewer. This exhibition features multiple full-size figures, accompanied by head and shoulder busts.

Marc Sijan, Kneeling and Marc Sijan, Seated Guard

Underwritten by Hooker DeJong

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Expressions 2018: 36th Annual Muskegon County Student Art Exhibition

March 28 through April 29, 2018


Expressions, the annual Muskegon County student art exhibition, is a collaboration between the Muskegon Area Intermediate School District and the MMA that showcases the artistic talents of Muskegon County K-12 students. Artworks in a variety of media, selected by art specialists from each of the public, charter, and private schools in the county, will be in the show.

Student Receptions
Wednesday, March 28, 5:30-7:00 pm: Middle/High Schools
Thursday, March 29, 5:30-7:00 pm: Elementary Schools
Celebrate and support our county’s young student artists and their creative vision. Refreshments will be served and event admission is free and open to the public.

Underwritten by the Muskegon Area Intermediate School District and Comerica Bank.


Express Yourself Super Saturday
Free Family Fun Day
Saturday, April 14, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Student artists and visitors are some of our most important VIPs; you are the next generation of art lovers! So come on in to this Super Saturday and explore art created by Muskegon County student artists.

The Poetry of Metal: David Barnhill and David Huang

March 1 through June 10, 2018

David Barnhill and David Huang are craftsmen and artists, merging a love of material with intricate surface design, tooling, and metallurgy. Their collaborative series, Layered Resplendence, blends the unique patterns of Barnhill’s mokumé gane with Huang’s sculptural vessels, adding further complexity and surface variation to their respective artistry. Taken as a whole, their complementary and shared bodies of work speak to the timelessness of metal working, and the enduring fascination both the material and its crafting engender. Whether beaten from a copper or mokumé gane disc, the sculptures within this exhibition are a merging of craft and aesthetic, a blend of the beauty of material and design. Timeless, meditative, and precious, these metalworking masterworks fascinate and delight.



Metalworking Demo with David Barnhill
Thursday, March 1, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Meets at the MMA loading dock
Artist David Barnhill will demonstrate his techniques throughout the day.

Opening Event

Thursday, March 1, 5:30 pm Reception/7:00 pm Program
The MMA invites the public an opening reception for its new exhibition Poetry in Metal, which features sculpture by David Barnhill and David Huang. The reception starts at 5:30 pm and is followed by a presentation by artist David Huang. Event is free and light refreshments will be provided. Cash bar.

Crash Course Demo with David Huang
Thursday, April 26, 6:00 pm
Join artist David Huang as he demonstrates his metal working techniques and shares a vessel in various stages of completion. Free admission. Cash bar.

Metal Super Saturday with David Huang
Free Family Fun Day
Saturday, May 12, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Film, tours, and special artist demo, 10:00 am to noon, with artist David Huang.
Super Saturdays are underwritten by Arconic Foundation/Whitehall Operations.

The Poetry of Metal is underwritten by DTE Energy Foundation. Additional support provided by Michigan Artists Media Sponsor: Blue Lake Public Radio.

Thunder Boy, Jr.: Illustrations by Yuyi Morales

January 25 through May 20, 2018

This exhibition includes illustrations and sketches created by Yuyi Morales for the children’s book Thunder Boy, Jr., written by Sherman Alexie. This vibrant, striking children’s book is about Thunder Boy Jr., a Native American boy who isn’t crazy about his name. He wants to change it to a name that is “normal.” The unique talents of both artist and author are apparent in the book; Alexie reflects on real life and humor and Morales explores color, pattern and textures of her life and experiences in Mexico and California.

Underwritten by the Folkert Family Foundation. Media sponsor: WGVU Public Media

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Thunder Boy, Jr. cover illustration