Art

Painting Conservator & Art Historian Uncovers Cranach Mystery on May 6

Solving the Cranach Mystery Surrounding the Portraits of Martin Luther and Katharina von Bora
With Art Conservator and Historian Barry Bauman

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Lucas Cranach the Elder
Martin Luther and Katharina von Bora
Signed and Dated 1537
Height 20” x Width 14”

Muskegon, MI – Is it true that a painting conservator is also a detective? According to acclaimed conservator and art historian Barry Bauman, every painting has its secrets. During his 46 years of experience treating and analyzing damaged paintings, he has uncovered many of them—lost signatures, hidden dates, and entire paintings hidden beneath other works. Two of his discoveries were so phenomenal they landed on the front page of The New York Times. Bauman will uncover answers to mystery surrounding two of the Muskegon Museum of Art’s treasured paintings in a free Zoom presentation, “Solving the Cranach Mystery Surrounding the Portraits of Martin Luther and Katharina von Bora,” hosted by the museum on Thursday, May 6, at 5:00 pm EDT.

Those who attend Bauman’s Zoom presentation will share in the joy of one of his most remarkable discoveries. The Muskegon Museum of Art will host the event online. The virtual event is free and open to the general public. Registration is required. To register, visit www.muskegonartmuseum.org event page at https://muskegonartmuseum.org/event/zoom-presentation-by-painting-conservator-art-historian-barry-bauman/.

About Barry Bauman

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Barry Bauman With Conserved Thomas Sully’s Portrait of George Washington and John Singer Sargent’s Portrait of General Lucius Fairchild

Bauman’s discoveries lectures have been his most popular, especially for a museum audience, where attendees interested in art, art history, chemistry, physics, history, and museum studies all overlap with conservation concerns. Most individuals are not aware of the conservation field and the rewards it has to offer.

At the beginning of his career, Barry Bauman worked for eleven years at the Art Institute of Chicago, departing as the Associate Conservator of Paintings. He then founded and directed the Chicago Conservation Center for 20 years, which was the largest conservation facility in the nation. In 2004, Bauman left the private sector to establish Bauman Conservation, America’s first conservation laboratory dedicated to offering complimentary services to museums and non-profit organizations. When he closed Bauman Conservation in 2018, it was estimated he had contributed more than $6,000,000 in conservation services to museums and nonprofits.

In August 2019, Barry Bauman opened Conservation Ventures (ConservationVentures.org), a company that focuses on presentations and CAP grants to assist museums with recommendations and priorities for long-range collection care. Bauman is an Elected Fellow of the American Institute for Conservation.

Barry Bauman in the News
ConservationVentures.org
“Fine Art Connoisseur” CAP Article
CBS National Evening News (VIDEO)
New York Times Front-Page Story

Our Voice & Expressions at Muskegon Museum of Art

Celebrating the Coretta Scott King Book Awards & Muskegon County Student Artists

Muskegon, MI — Two new exhibitions at the Muskegon Museum of Art celebrate art in children’s literature and art by students. Our Voice: Celebrating the Coretta Scott King Book Awards is now on display and runs through May 23, 2021. Expressions Revisited: 39th Annual Muskegon County Student Exhibition opens March 25 and runs through May 9, 2021.

Pictured: Kathleen Atkins Wilson (1993 Coretta Scott King Award Winner), The Origin of Life on Earth introduction page, 1992.

The Coretta Scott King Award is presented annually by the American Library Association (ALA) to African American authors and illustrators of books for children and teens that contribute to an understanding and appreciation of African American culture and universal human values.

Our Voice, organized by the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature and ALA, features original artworks by past award winners Jerry Pinkney, Ashley Bryan, Bryan Collier, Leo and Diane Dillon, Kadir Nelson, and many others. Our Voice celebrates this important award and explores the ways in which artists can educate and elevate, offering new perspectives and opening our eyes to the world and the experiences of our neighbors, inviting greater understanding and unity. The MMA presentation of Our Voice is underwritten by the Folkert Family Foundation. Media support is provided by Blue Lake Public Radio.

EXPRESSIONS REVISITED: 39th Muskegon County Student Exhibition

Expressions, the annual Muskegon County student art exhibition, is an annual collaboration between the Muskegon Area Intermediate School District (MAISD) and the MMA that showcases the artistic talents of Muskegon County K-12 students. This year’s exhibition features student artworks in a variety of media that have been purchased by the MAISD in previous years. The works on display were selected from the MAISD collection by the Muskegon Museum of Art and MAISD staff. Expressions Revisited is underwritten by the MAISD and Comerica Bank.

Additional support is provided by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs with the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Michigan Humanities Council with the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The museum is open 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays, and closed Mondays. Health and safety measures include limited occupancy in galleries and other public spaces, enhanced cleaning, and mask wearing is required for guests and staff.

Visit www.muskegonartmuseum.org for museum updates, visitor information, and exhibition information.

91st Michigan Contemporary Exhibition Awards

Muskegon, MI –The Muskegon Museum of Art’s 91st Michigan Contemporary Art Exhibition opened Thursday, September 5, with a public reception and awards program. The show includes 125 works by 107 Michigan artists, which were selected from a record number of 734 entries by 406 artists from throughout the state. Individual artist awards were announced on the opening evening. The 91st Michigan Contemporary Exhibition runs through November 13, 2019.

AWARDS
Best of Show | $1,500
Bowen Kline, Romeo (MI), Workday

2nd Place | $1,000
Jillian Dickson, Kentwood, Dear, I’ll Paint You a Drawing Forever

3rd Place | $750
Emily Mayo, Grand Rapids, Untitled #2

Honorable Mention | $150
Patricia Constantine, Grand Rapids, Eeka

Honorable Mention | $150
John Dempsey, Flint, Glare #16: Ascender

Honorable Mention | $150
Gloria Joseph, Dearborn, Opening

Director’s Choice | $500
Scott Provonche, Muskegon, The Fish Rots from the Head II

Curator’s Choice | $500
Jeanne Bieri, Grosse Pointe Farms, Agent Orange Drift and Mended Wedding Ring Quilt

Gordon Hall Memorial Award | $300
Ilene Curts-Thayer, Mason, 58 Objects

Muskegon Friends of Art Award | $250
Steve Loar, East Grand Rapids, Holland Bowl Mill Collaboration – Dialogue

Phil Chmura Memorial Award | $200
Vicki Cook, Watervliet, Pierced

Revel Award | $200
Michelle Bennett, Detroit, Cheryl

West Michigan Potters Guild Eleanore Smith Memorial Ceramics Award | $150
Madeline Kaczmarczyk, Rockford, Generational Tea

Robert and Veronica Youngman Memorial Award for Graphic Arts | $150
Kelly Vander Kley, Mattawan, Intravenous

Muskegon Museum of Art Docent’s Choice | $100
Lou Rizzolo, Glenn, Dancing Unknowns

High-resolution images can be viewed at:
https://muskegonartmuseum.org/media-room/images/91st-michigan-contemporary-art-exhibition-winners/

About the Show & Curator’s Statement
The Michigan Contemporary continues the museum’s well-established legacy of showcasing the work of Michigan artists, from talented beginners to accomplished professionals in the longest running juried show of its kind in Michigan. According to Art Martin, MMA Director of Collections and Exhibitions/Senior Curator, “The exhibition presents a look at the issues, themes, and materials inspiring today’s Michigan artists. The artwork is meant to engage, challenge, and inspire conversation.”

Juror Statement
The works in the exhibition were selected by juror Amy Chaloupka, Curator of Art at the Whatcom Museum in Bellingham, WA and an art/art history instructor at Western Washington University. In a Juror Statement, Chaloupka commented that she was “truly astounded by the caliber and range in the grouping of over 700 works of art” and “I saw interesting patterns and connections between works that felt regionally specific yet universally resonant.”

Underwriters
The 91st Michigan Contemporary Art Exhibition is underwritten by Warner Norcross + Judd, LLP and Shape Corporation. Awards are underwritten by the Swanson Pickle Company. Additional programming support is provided by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Arts.

Visitor Information
The Muskegon Museum of Art is located in downtown Muskegon at 296 W. Webster Ave. Visitor information is available at www.muskegonartmuseum.org or by calling 231-720-2570. The museum is open Tuesdays through Sundays and closed Mondays.

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Marguerite Curran
Marketing Director/Volunteer Coordinator
231.720.2574 | mcurran@muskegonartmuseum.org
Muskegon Museum of Art | 296 W. Webster Ave. | Muskegon, MI 49440
www.muskegonartmuseum.org

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EXHIBITIONS
Through November 13, 2019 | 91st Michigan Contemporary Art Exhibition
September 12, 2019 – January 5, 2020 | Undying Traditions: Memento Mori
September 19 – November 15, 2019 | The Land: The Art of Bill Hosterman and Ed Wong-Ligda

Environmental Awards, National Accolades and a Call for Artists

MUSKEGON, MI – The Lakeshore Art Festival takes art and environmental stewardship to the next level each and every year.

The newly released 2018 Sustainability Report outlines the ways the festival continues to make progress towards a zero waste event. Over the last five years, the festival has diverted 7,510 pounds of material from landfills, achieving a diversion rate of 21.5% – the best of any festival in Muskegon County! Many factors play into this accomplishment, including compostable serving-ware requirements, multi-purpose recycling containers scattered throughout the festival, and the use of free refillable water stations. To review the complete report, visit bit.ly/LAFSustainability.

The festival continues to increase the number of exhibitors and move up in national rankings each year. Sunshine Artist Magazine, known for high-quality fine art and craft content, ranked the Lakeshore Art Festival #11 in the nation. Art Fair Calendar, an outlet promoting attendance at art fairs, just announced the Lakeshore Art Festival as the 5th best Art Fair in the country!

“This recognition shows us that exhibitors and guests are talking about the show on a national level. These efforts are rooted in the dedication to excellence from our talented team, quality art exhibitors and an amazing guest experience. All of these factors not only generate a buzz for Muskegon County, but have a direct impact on the local economy, both of which are major priorities for the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce,” commented Carla Flanders, Lakeshore Art Festival Director.

Exhibitor applications will be accepted until Friday, February 1, for the festival taking place Friday, July 5 and Saturday, July 6, 2019. Artists who create original works of art in either the fine art or craft categories are encouraged to apply online via Zapplications: bit.ly/LAF2019.

About Lakeshore Art Festival
The Lakeshore Art Festival is always the first Friday and Saturday in July. The Lakeshore Art Festival features a unique blend of 350+ fine art and craft exhibitors, street performers, specialty food booths, interactive art stations, children’s activities and so much more in beautiful Downtown Muskegon, Michigan. Local businesses interested in supporting this locally and nationally recognized festival through sponsorship can contact Carla Flanders at artfest@muskegon.org. For more information visit lakeshoreartfestival.org.

Acclaimed Folk Duo Kieran Kane & Rayna Gellert to Perform at Muskegon Museum of Art

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Photo Credit: Molly Secours

Muskegon, MI – Acclaimed folk musicians Kieran Kane and Rayna Gellert will perform at the Muskegon Museum of Art’s Frey Foundation Auditorium on Saturday, April 27, at 7:00 pm.

Kieran Kane has been referred to as “the godfather of Americana music” for good reason. His seminal work in The O’Kanes and Kane Welch Kaplin, as well as co-founding the independent label Dead Reckoning Records, laid the foundation for the contemporary world of Americana music. A successful solo artist, collaborator, and songwriter (with songs recorded by Alan Jackson, John Prine, Emmylou Harris, and many more), Kieran is a musician’s musician: his playing is always understated, always groove-oriented, and always serving the song.

If Rayna Gellert seems a preternaturally gifted songwriter, it’s because she’s seen farther into the old songs than most. Growing up in a musical family, she turned to Appalachian old-time music at a young age, becoming a prodigious fiddler, and leading a new revival of American stringband music through her work with the acclaimed roots band Uncle Earl. An in-demand collaborator, she has toured and recorded with artists such as Scott Miller, Abigail Washburn, Toubab Krewe, and Robyn Hitchcock.

Kieran and Rayna met at San Francisco’s celebrated Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, which led to co-writing songs for Kieran’s recent album, Unguarded Moments (Dead Reckoning).They joined forces again for Rayna’s 2017 release, Workin’s Too Hard (StorySound Records). Their first duo album, The Ledges, was released in February on Dead Reckoning Records.

Fans of either artist will recognize musical kindred-spiritedness in their restrained and roots-oriented approach to both songs and arrangements.

Concert tickets are $25 at the door, $20 in advance and $15 for members of the museum. They may be purchased at the MMA Museum Store or by phone at 231-720-2580.  Doors open at 6:30. Beer and wine will be available at a cash bar prior to the concert and at intermission.

The Muskegon Museum of Art is located in downtown Muskegon at 296 W. Webster Ave., in downtown Muskegon, MI. Visit www.muskegonartmuseum.org for visitor information.

Made possible through generous support from Art Bridges

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MUSKEGON MUSEUM OF ART EXHIBITIONS
Through March 10, 2019 | SONS: Seeing the African American Male
Through March 10, 2019 | Ad Man: Joseph Grey II
January 31 through May 12, 2019 | A+ for Educators: Illustrations by Patricia Polacco
February 14 through April 21, 2019 | In Pieces: The Art of Vintage Puzzles

New Assistant Director at Muskegon Museum of Art

Muskegon, MI—The Muskegon Museum of Art Foundation has announced the promotion of Catherine Mott to Assistant Director, effective March 20, 2018. She has been employed at the Museum since 2007 as Curator of Education. She will assist Executive Director Kirk Hallman with lead administrative responsibilities in her new role.

Ms. Mott has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History, with a minor in math, from St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame. She resides in Montague, Michigan with her husband and two children.

Muskegon Museum of Art Foundation President Charles Johnson, II, comments, “In her eleven years at the Muskegon Museum of Art, Cathy has excelled in creating vibrant educational programs for both students and the public. Her contributions to the MMA’s vitality as a world class community art museum cannot be understated and her skill sets have continually expanded, making her a natural choice for this important position.”

The MMA is taking applications for the position of Curator of Education. Application information and the job description are posted at www.muskegonartmuseum.org.

The Muskegon Museum of Art is located at 296 W. Webster Ave., in downtown Muskegon, Michigan. www.muskegonartmuseum.org.

Summer Shows at the Muskegon Museum of Art Offer Eclectic Trip Through American History and Culture

Overview
The Muskegon Museum of Art offers exhibitions rooted in American history and culture this summer, starting with a selection of 150 photogravures from The North American Indian by Edward Curtis, and moving to more recent times with vintage motorcycles from area bike collectors, 1951 stock car race photos, contemporary hyper-realistic sculptures of people, and a circus peanut and honey bear installation created from wax.

Exhibition Schedule
May 17 through August 12, 2018
•  Up Close and Personal: The Ultra-Realistic Sculpture of Marc Sijan
•  American Icon: The Art of the Motorcycle and Whiskey Ridge: The Summer of ‘51

May 24 through September 9, 2018
•  The 150th Anniversary of Edward Curtis: 150 Masterpieces from The North American Indian

June 21 through September 16, 2018
•  Perchance to Dream: The Art of Michael Peoples

Additional exhibitions on display throughout the summer:
•  Pictures of the Best Kind: Treasures from the Permanent Collection
•  Picasso in Print: 20th Century European Masters

Opening Receptions
Special events and programs will accompany the exhibitions, starting with free public receptions to open the shows:
Thursday, May 17, 5:30-8:00 pm
•  Up Close and Personal: The Ultra-Realistic Sculpture of Marc Sijan
•  American Icon: The Art of the Motorcycle and Whiskey Ridge: The Summer of ‘51

Thursday, May 24, 5:30-8:00 pm
•  The 150th Anniversary of Edward Curtis: 150 Masterpieces from The North American Indian

Thursday, June 21, 5:30-8:00 pm
•  Perchance to Dream: The Art of Michael Peoples

Record Number of Exhibitors Apply to the Lakeshore Art Festival

Muskegon, MI – A record number of nearly 450 exhibitors applied for this year’s Lakeshore Art Festival. “448 to be exact,” commented Lakeshore Art Festival Director, Carla Flanders. “This year’s numbers exceed our previous record by 122 exhibitors! The Lakeshore Art Festival has been getting national attention since its inaugural year in 2013 and the results are showing in record exhibitor numbers, enhanced quality of work and increased guest attendance!”

Show quality has also been enhanced by the “blind jury process.” Every year, a group of industry professionals, artists and crafters review each entry, not knowing who the applicant is (i.e. blind jury). Jurors rely solely on the images and body of work provided by the applicants and score each applicant based on standards of quality, uniqueness and hand-crafted appeal. “Careful attention is made to ensure variety and diversity in terms of items displayed throughout the show,” says Carla Flanders. “The focus of the Lakeshore Art Festival is not only to present one-of-a-kind art to attendees, but also to bring a lasting sense of creativity to the local community.”

In addition to the exceptional level of artistry and entertainment, the Lakeshore Art Festival will offer two new artful components…

The Door Project: In conjunction with the Muskegon Area Intermediate School District and Nuveen Art Center, the Lakeshore Art Festival will host its first ever community Door Project. The project will include 15 local schools decorating/painting refurbished doors. The doors will be displayed on location during the festival. Additionally, Nuveen Art Center will host a door painting celebration for guests to decorate during the show. A majority of the doors have been secured, but the festival is seeking a few additional doors. If you are interested in donating a gently used door, please contact Carla Flanders at artfest@muskegon.org.

Kayak Sculpture Public Art Project: Lakeshore Art Festival attendees will also be treated to a unique downtown art experience in the form of public artworks incorporating real kayaks. Several kayak sculptures, measuring up to eleven feet high and six feet wide, will be on display throughout downtown beginning July 5. Kayaks are being provided by KL Outdoor, the world’s largest kayak manufacturer. The downtown sculpture project is just one way the community is celebrating KL’s recent decision to locate their corporate headquarters in Muskegon.

Artists interested in participating in the Kayak Sculpture Project should click here to view the Call for Artists document, which includes detailed artist requirements and a submission form. Artists chosen to participate will receive a $500 stipend. The deadline to submit entries is Friday, April 20.

In addition to new events, Lakeshore Art Festival favorites will return, with a Craft Beer and Wine Garden in Hackley Park, Student Art Showcase, Street Performers and a Children’s Lane.

The Lakeshore Art Festival is always the first Friday and Saturday in July and will take place July 6 and 7, 2018. The Lakeshore Art Festival features a unique blend of 300+ fine art and craft exhibitors, street performers, specialty food booths, interactive art stations, Children’s activities and so much more in beautiful Downtown Muskegon, Michigan. Local businesses interested in supporting this locally and nationally recognized festival through sponsorship can contact Carla Flanders at artfest@muskegon.org. For more information visit lakeshoreartfestival.org.

Prize to Recognize Women Figurative Realist Painters

Call for entries for first-of-its-kind prize to propel careers of women artists
$50,000 Bennett Prize recognizes women figurative realist painters

PITTSBURGH – Women who paint in the figurative realist style are invited to apply for the $50,000 Bennett Prize, the largest ever offered solely to women painters.

The call for entries runs from April 13 – Sept. 28, 2018. Details are at www.thebennettprize.org.

Endowed by art collectors Steven Alan Bennett and Dr. Elaine Melotti Schmidt at The Pittsburgh Foundation, The Bennett Prize aims to spotlight women artists who are, or seek to become, full-time painters, but have not yet reached full professional recognition.

“The Bennett Prize is seminal at this moment, when it’s harder than ever to pursue a career as a painter or artist of any kind,” said renowned American painter Alyssa Monks. “Artists are being pushed to the fringes and art markets are making it more and more difficult for any artists to feel secure.”
“A prize at this level of value and seriousness can propel an artist’s career at a time when so many quit or lose faith or stamina,” Monks said.

The winner of The Bennett Prize will create her own solo exhibition of figurative realist paintings, which will first be shown at the Muskegon (Michigan) Museum of Art and then travel the country.

The Prize is also designed to create opportunities for the public to learn more about the creative vision of talented women painters in the increasingly popular style of figurative realism.

“Women are creating important figurative realist paintings that should be seen by a wider audience,” Bennett said. “Figurative realist painters portray the diverse human form, and have much to say in a society struggling to understand human differences, including race, gender and social status.”

American painter Aleah Chapin echoed those thoughts. “A prize such as this is a microphone for women’s thoughtful and unique voices,” Chapin said. “We paint because we have something important to say. When the world listens, that is life-changing. The Bennett Prize amplifies that voice, telling the world that that what women have to say is valid.”

Bennett and Schmidt, of San Antonio, Texas, have endowed a $3 million fund at The Pittsburgh Foundation to ensure the prize will be awarded every two years in perpetuity.

“The Pittsburgh Foundation has a history of funding artists whose work and unique perspectives might otherwise be overlooked,” said Maxwell King, foundation president and CEO. “The Bennett Prize establishes an ongoing mechanism for recognizing and elevating the work of women painters.”

A four-member jury, including renowned realist artists Maria Tomasula and Andrea Kowch, will select 10 painters from among the entrants. The 10 finalists will each receive $1,000 to participate in an exhibition opening May 2, 2019 at the Muskegon Museum of Art, where the winner will be announced.

“The Muskegon Museum of Art looks to showcase innovative programs, and we expect The Bennett Prize to be a tipping point for the artists’ careers,” said Kirk Hallman, executive director of the museum.

The winner will receive $25,000 annually for two years, so she can devote the time necessary to mount a solo exhibition, which will open in Muskegon in 2021 and then travel the country.

The Bennett Prize is not open to hobbyists, students or artists who have been paid or received an award of $25,000 or more for any single work of art.

Schmidt and Bennett are among the country’s top collectors of figurative realist art and are committed to seeing that talented women painters receive long-overdue recognition.

“We’re aiming to help ensure that there are as many paintings by women as men in museums, commanding the same prices and critical esteem,” Schmidt said.

Women artists appear ready for the challenge of making that happen.

“The Bennett Prize validates and encourages artists who are placing all their chips precariously on their dreams,” Chapin said. “A prize like this tells them that what they are doing is valuable and important – to go ahead and buy that big canvas and big tubes of paint and spend time making the thing you want to exist. It’s worthwhile.”

First-of-its-Kind Prize Aims to Propel Careers of Women Artists

$50,000 Bennett Prize recognizes women figurative realist painters

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – The Bennett Prize, the largest ever offered solely to women painters, was announced today by art collectors Steven Alan Bennett and Dr. Elaine Melotti Schmidt, who are endowing the $50,000 biennial prize at The Pittsburgh Foundation.

The Prize will spotlight women artists who paint in the figurative realist style, and who have not yet reached full professional recognition – both new artists and those who have painted for many years. It will allow the winner to create her own solo exhibition of figurative realist paintings, which will first be shown at the Muskegon (Michigan) Museum of Art and then travel the country. The Prize is designed for women artists who are, or seek to become, full-time professional painters.

The Bennett Prize also aims to expand opportunities for the public to learn more about the creative vision of talented women painters in the increasingly popular style of figurative realism.

“We are excited to announce The Bennett Prize at a time when women are creating important figurative realist paintings that should be seen by a wider audience,” Bennett said. “Figurative realist painting features the human form in all of its diversity. It has an important role to play in a society struggling to understand human differences and commonalities, including race, gender and social status.”

A four-member jury, including renowned realist artists Maria Tomasula and Andrea Kowch, will select 10 painters from among the entrants. The 10 finalists will each receive $1,000 to participate in an exhibition opening May 2, 2019 at the Muskegon Museum of Art where the winner will be announced.

“The beauty of this prize is in the extended significance of its effects: not only will it recognize recipients’ past achievement, it will also help foster their future accomplishment,” said artist and juror Maria Tomasula, “I know how important both of these things are to the life of an artist.”

The Bennetts, along with The Pittsburgh Foundation, consider the Muskegon Museum of Art one of the great hidden gems among American museums. It was chosen as the inaugural venue for The Bennett Prize due it its commitment to both women and realism, as evidenced by the art on its walls and the exhibitions it sponsors.

“The Muskegon Museum of Art has built a reputation over the past decade for redefining what a small city art museum can accomplish,” said Kirk Hallman, executive director of the museum. “Serving as inaugural host of The Bennett Prize is a wonderful opportunity for the museum to continue showcasing innovative programs.”

The winner will receive $25,000 annually for two years, so she can devote the time necessary to mount a solo exhibition, which will open in Muskegon in 2021 and then travel the country.

The call for entries runs from April 13 – Sept. 28, 2018. Full details are available here: www.thebennettprize.org

The Bennett Prize is not open to hobbyists, students or artists who have been paid, or received an award of $25,000 or more for any single work of art.

Bennett and Schmidt are among the country’s top collectors of figurative realist art and are committed to seeing that talented women painters receive long overdue recognition for their superb artistry.

 

Muskegon Museum of Art Exhibits:

•  Through March 18, 2018 | Southern Roots: The Paintings of Winfred Rembert
•  Through March 18, 2018 | Sarah Wagner: Vegetable Lamb of America
•  Through May 20, 2018 | Thunder Boy, Jr.: Illustrations by Yuyi Morales
•  March 1 through June 10, 2018 | The Poetry of Metal: David Barnhill and David Huang