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Largest ever Regional Exhibition opens at Muskegon Museum of Art on June 4

The Muskegon Museum of Art’s 87th Regional Exhibition, the longest-established regional art exhibition in Michigan, opens for public viewing at 10:00 am on Thursday, June 4, 2015. The public is invited to an opening reception that evening from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. Prize winning artists will be recognized at awards ceremony, beginning at 6:45 p.m.

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Afternoon II Evening: 103rd Anniversary Gala at the MMA

The Muskegon Museum of Art will hold its Afternoon II Evening 103rd Anniversary Gala on Saturday, June 13, 2015.

This year’s Gala takes its name and inspiration from the painting Afternoon II by Manierre Dawson, a pioneer of abstract painting. The painting is a very important work of art in the MMA collection and is the cornerstone of our summer exhibition Manierre Dawson: Engineering Abstraction. Afternoon II embodies summer with golden tones that Dawson may have drawn from his life as a Michigan orchard farmer and shapes mapped by his earlier engineering training and life in Chicago. The MMA invites guests to enjoy the golden glow of a Michigan evening during the event’s pre-dinner cocktail party with open bar and appetizers, and the “Tribute to Michigan” gourmet dinner and dessert served by Hearthstone. From appetizers to dessert, Hearthstone has created a locally-sourced menu that celebrates the bounty of Michigan.
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MMA to host workshops by C. Pazia Mannella and Luis Acosta

In conjunction with its Extreme Fibers: Textile Icons and the New Edge, the Muskegon Museum of Art will host workshops by C. Pazia Mannella and Luis Acosta in August.To register for the workshops, call 231.720.2571 by June 26, 2015.

Extreme Fibers Workshops

Painting with Needles | Instructor: C. Pazia Mannella

Thursday, August 20 through Saturday, August 22; 2015
9:00 am – 4:00 pm (hour lunch)
Cost: $300/$260 MMA member ($150 non-refundable)
Materials are included in workshop cost.
Adults (ages 16 and up)  Max # of students: 16
Learn to create textile paintings with embroidery, applique, and needle felting. Traditional and alternative needle technique will be explored on fabric, canvas, and paper. Images, textures, and patterns will be rendered in colored fiber. Ideal for all skill levels—adults, teens, and children. We will examine and discuss work exhibited in Extreme Fibers: Textile Icons and the New Edge for inspiration.

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The Art of Gettysburg and the Civil War collaborative lecture series and tour program planned for fall

Muskegon Community College Art Instructor Tim Norris and History Instructors Kurt Troutman and George Maniates will present a voyage through Civil War American art and history in The Art of Gettysburg and the Civil War, a special series of six lectures will be presented at the Muskegon Museum of Art Frey Auditorium. The lecture series will be followed by an optional four-day guided excursion to Gettysburg National Military Park in October 2015. The project is a collaboration of Muskegon Community College and the Muskegon Museum of Art.

Learn how the Civil War—the pivotal event in American history—not only changed the course of our country but also shaped the work of artists such as Winslow Homer, an artist represented in both painting and fine art prints in the Permanent Collection of the Muskegon Museum of Art. Gain an understanding of how our nation’s memorials and monuments have evolved over time and how the fledgling art of photography came of age in the 1860s to forever change people’s view of war.

The deadline to register for either the lecture series or trip, or the combination of both is September 11. 2015.

 

Muskegon Museum of Art Presents ON TAP. Michigan Brews. Michigan Art on May 16

The Muskegon Museum of Art will host a beer, food, and art event on Saturday, May 16, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Guests at “ON TAP. Michigan Brews. Michigan Art.” will taste craft brews from 10 Michigan breweries and beer-friendly food samples from local restaurants and caterers while viewing hundreds of recent artwork entries created by Michigan artists for the MMA’s annual juried All-State Regional Exhibition. More…