Muskegon Museum of Art Michigan Regional exhibition now open

By Marguerite Curran |

Muskegon —The Michigan Regional, the Muskegon Museum of Art’s 88th regional exhibition, opened on May 12 and will run through August 3, 2016.

The MMA’s annual, juried regional show is the longest-established regional art exhibition in Michigan and is known for its competitive nature and for its professional presentation. Entry is open to amateur and professional artists throughout Michigan. This year, 374 artists from across the state registered 699 artwork entries for the juror to select from for the exhibition. Guest juror Tom Lundberg chose 144 works by 123 of the artists to appear in the show. This selection of artwork—varying widely in media, theme, and style—will fill the MMA’s Walker Galleries this summer. Many of the artworks in the exhibition are available for sale.

About the juror
Tom Lundberg is a professor of art at Colorado State University. 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 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 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 for visitor information.

High-Resolution images of cash award winning artworks available for download at


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, 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 Mentions ($100)
Taimur Cleary, Marquette, To Spring (To Fall), oil on board, 2015
Liz Frankland, Berkley, Jan. 72. Pipe., acrylic on canvas, 2015
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

The Muskegon Museum of Art is located at 296 W. Webster Ave. in downtown Muskegon.
Call (231) 720-2570 or visit for information.

Categories: Fine Art

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