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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.


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.


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.


Colossal Avian Avatars flock to Muskegon

The Muskegon Museum of Art announces that Avian Avatars, an art installation of five colossal sculptures, each symbolizing a mythical bird, designed by The Myth Makers, artists Donna Dodson and Andy Moerlein, will arrive in Muskegon on April 27, 2015. The sculptures are crafted from maple saplings, wire ties, and found objects, and stand from 18 to 26 feet tall. Each of the sculptures will be installed in a different downtown Muskegon location for a full year, from April 27, 2015 through May 1, 2016. Avian Avatars is currently on display in the Garment District of New York City, from where it will travel directly to Muskegon. More…