SHIFT/ Glass by Daniel Clayman

October 12 through January 21, 2018
Shift Glass by Daniel Clayman

Daniel Clayman
2010, glass, aluminum shelf,
9 x 80 x 10.25 inches
Photo by Mark Johnston

SHIFT/ Glass by Daniel Clayman examines the career of Daniel Clayman through a development of recurring ideas, punctuated by singular pieces that informed his evolution as an artist. From theater lighting to discrete objects to room-size installations, this exhibition, comprised of objects selected by the artist, looks from the beginning of his practice to the full circle return to the shaping of the space we inhabit. This body of works specifically addresses his ongoing explorations of the ability of glass forms to hold light and air, or to break and divide them. The smoky, semi-transparent glass both reflects and diffuses the light, revealing subtle color characteristics within both the physical object and its transmitted light and cast shadows.

Light is the most critical component of Daniel Clayman’s work, and was the inspiration that led him to the medium of glass. The artist attributes the beginning of his artistic career to a love of the theater, a love inspired by his attendance, as a boy of seven, at a performance of Peter Pan starring Mary Martin. The theater stage is a carefully constructed illusion of object and light, where subtle manipulations alter how the actors move and are perceived. Clayman’s interest in the controlled play of light led him to study lighting design in the Theater and Dance Department at Connecticut College. He left school to work in the professional world of theater, dance, and opera, touring around the country with various productions before finally succumbing to the exhaustion of the pace of that career. In 1980 he took a glass blowing course, and after a series of travels to the studios of glass artists across the U.S., Clayman enrolled at the Rhode Island School of Design in 1983, graduating with a BFA in 1986. From that point, he has worked as a glass artist and instructor. LEARN MORE

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October 12 Brown Bag Film

October 19 Opening Reception & Meet the Artist

Points of Resonance: The Museum Project Gift

October 5 through January 14, 2018

Points of Resonance: The Museum Project Gift merges recently acquired contemporary photography with similarly themed works from the Muskegon Museum of Art’s permanent collection. The result is an exploration of shared aesthetics and visual and conceptual subject matter.

The Museum Project

The Museum Project was established by artists and curators Robert von Sternberg and Darryl Curran in 2012 as a means of promoting the collection and exhibition of contemporary photography by museums and universities. Each year, the participating artists offer, free of cost, archival prints of their artwork to interested institutions. As of 2017, the artists of The Museum Project have donated over 3,300 photographs to the permanent collections of 125 museums, 10 library special collections, and 6 municipal or hospital foundations in 46 U.S. states, Washington D.C., Australia, Canada, and France.

The Muskegon Museum of Art was contacted in 2016 with an invitation to select artworks. We chose photographs from four of the artists, focusing on images that matched existing themes in our collection. By adding these works to our holdings, we build upon a base of vintage photos by preeminent artists first collected by the MMA in the 1970s. In addition to carrying on the legacy of fine art photography in the United States, The Museum Project images provide inspiration to our own regional photographers.

Robert von Sternberg and Darryl Curran spent their careers creating, teaching, and curating contemporary photography. In their experience, the greatest advocacy for photography was the willingness of museums and university galleries to mount exhibitions and add images to their collections. This support enabled artists to not only build their individual reputations, but to provide a forum in which to explore the possibilities of the medium. The Museum Project allows the participating artists, all accomplished professionals, to give back to the museum community, with a focus on small to mid-size institutions—the ones most willing historically to give voice to photography.

The Artists

Barry Andersen (American, Born 1945) Salt Flat Pool, Camargue, Arles, France Archival pigment print, 2013 Gift of the artist, through The Museum Project 2017.2.1

Barry Andersen (American, born 1945) is based in Kentucky, where he is a Professor Emeritus of Northern Kentucky University. He received a BA from California State University, Northridge in 1973 and a MFA from the University of Florida in 1975. He works primarily in landscape, exploring what he describes as the “interface of human activity on the land.” In his later works, Andersen uses digital photography to mimic traditional dark room techniques to subtly manipulate the pictorial impression.

Darryl Curran (American, Born 1935) Bird, Eucalyptus Leaves, Flowerbox (from the “All About Doris” Suite) Archival pigment print, 2001 Gift of the artist, through The Museum Project 2017.3.3

Darryl Curran (American, born 1935), one of the founders of The Museum Project, is a prominent California photographer. He holds a BA and MA from UCLA, and founded the photography degree programs at California State University, Fullerton in 1967. Curran has exhibited extensively in the Los Angeles region, including at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Hammer Museum, as well as other venues around the United States. His current work involves the arrangement and digital scanning of still life objects.

Kenda North (American, born 1951) Descent (from the “Submerged” Series) Archival pigment print, 2012-2017 Gift of the artist, through The Museum Project 2017.4.1

Kenda North (American, born 1951) is a Professor and head of photography at the University of Texas, Arlington. She has been an active artist since 1977, participating in over 50 solo and 95 group exhibitions across the U.S. She holds a BA in Fine Arts from Colorado College in Colorado Springs, Colorado and a MFA from the Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, New York. Her water images are shot with a digital underwater camera, and examine the balance between constraint and freedom and the “buoyancy, fluidity and weightlessness” of being suspended in water.

Robert Von Sternberg (American, Born 1939) Bowling Lanes II, Woodland Hills, California Archival pigment print, 2015 Gift of the artist, through The Museum Project 2017.5.1

Robert von Sternberg (American, born 1939) holds a BA and MA from California State University, Long Beach. He is Professor Emeritus of California State University, Northridge, where he taught photography. In addition to teaching, von Sternberg has exhibited in over 200 solo and group shows, and curated several photography exhibitions. His own work is held in 95 museums in the U.S. and internationally, and he is a founder of The Museum Project. Von Sternberg’s photographs capture the “incursion” of humans into the natural world, whether through incidental moments or the iconography of the American road-trip.

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October 5 Crash Course: Points of Interest in Points of Resonance


89th MI Regional Exhibition

September 28 through November 8, 2017

The 89th Michigan Regional Exhibition returns to again showcase some of the best contemporary art being created by Michigan artists.

The juried 89th Michigan Regional Exhibition, featuring 156 works from 145 artists, returns to showcase some of the best contemporary art in Michigan. Juried from a wide pool of entries, the Michigan Regional is comprised of representational and abstract painting, sculpture, drawing, textiles and fibers, ceramics, mixed media, and photography. Visitors will be engaged and challenged by objects both traditional and experimental, and can explore issues of technical skill, artistic inspiration, social and political discourse, and how others perceive the world around us. Many of the artworks on display are for sale, creating the opportunity for guests to collect original art and directly support a vital Michigan artist community.

Note from the MMA Curator…

“358 artists from around Michigan (with approximately 160 from the Muskegon, Holland, and Grand Rapids areas) submitted 691 works for jurying. 156 works from 145 artists were ultimately selected. The level of craft, conceptual content, aesthetic, ambition, and scale was amazing, and made for a significant challenge for our juror, Petra Fallaux. Last year’s show was one of the most exciting, experimental, and materially and conceptually diverse Regional exhibitions in recent history, and this year’s selection builds on this success.

The Muskegon Museum of Art 89th Regional features representational and abstract painting, sculpture, ceramics, installation, printmaking, drawing, textiles and fibers, and photography covering a range of subjects. Always a something-for-everyone experience, the 89th Regional offers an increased display of artistic skill and what we hope will be some real surprises.”

–Art Martin
Director of Collections & Exhibitions/Senior Curator
Muskegon Museum of Art


Underwritten by Warner Norcross & Judd, LLP and Shape Corp. Awards sponsored by Swanson Pickle Co. Media Sponsor is WGVU Public Media.

About the Juror

This year’s juror was independent curator, writer, and artist Petra Fallaux. She is the former director of the Hewlett Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University, where she oversaw eight to fourteen exhibitions a year that included multi-disciplinary shows in the visual and performing arts and various sciences. Fallaux was the founding director of the Regina Gouger Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University, which serves as the University’s primary contemporary art gallery. Today, she works as an independent writer, curator, juror, teacher, grant panelist, and artist. She has curated or juried exhibitions of not only traditional media, but new media including textiles, film, architecture, industrial design, holograms, and digital. A teacher, Fallaux specializes in film and film editing, dyeing and screen printing, and arts management and administration.

Related Events

September 28 Opening Reception & Awards Presentation
The 89th Michigan Regional opens on September 28, 2017. Join us for the opening reception and awards program from 5:30 to 8:00 pm.
On October 12, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm, prize winning artists will be on hand in the gallery to discuss their artworks in our popular and casual “Meet the Artist” event.