New Exhibitions at the Dennos Museum Center

The Dennos Museum Center at Northwestern Michigan College is presenting three new summer exhibitions.

On exhibit now through September 9th, 2017 is:

MYTHS AND MORTALS: The Mixed Media Sculpture of Sally Rogers

An alumna of Northwestern Michigan College, Sally Rogers is a nationally known artist and sculptor creating mixed-media sculptures in cast glass, pate de verre, steel, stainless steel, stone, wood, and bronze. She has one of her major public sculptures installed on the NMC campus.

Sally writes of her work: My mixed media sculptures incorporate glass, steel, wood, stone, and bronze. The work ranges from architectonic abstract forms, to pieces that are more organic and representative. Both approaches reference human and animal forms, with accompanying narrative elements.

The sculptures are not literal representations; instead they convey a mood, an idea, or a time in life, as a take-off point for exploring a range of human emotions. I find inspiration in the enduring mythologies of various cultures and faiths; underneath the idiosyncrasies of specific religions and races, lay deeper truths and similarities that connect us more than they divide us. Many human experiences are shared or archetypal, and cross all boundaries of culture, race, and religion – even time. It is these universal emotions and experiences that I seek to convey in my work.

Opening July 23rd thought September 9th is:


David Grath has been painting the natural world throughout his career. His world is often where land and water interact in quiet places. Grath’s paintings are in numerous collections – public, private, and corporate – in this country and abroad. He works and shows at his studio in Northport, Michigan.

Commenting on his work David says,” For more than three decades, I have been looking at the land and waters of northern Michigan, endeavoring to evoke the sense of time and mystery I feel is important in my painting. The hours and days spent in looking at special places culminate, in the studio, where a painting may come to life in several hours or several years. The time it takes is the time it takes. Art is long.

On exhibit now through October 1st is:

DIANE CARR: Spiral Gestures and a Jester

Diane Carr taught art at colleges in Detroit and enjoyed a large downtown warehouse studio space. Now, with her studio in a northern Michigan woods she is surrounded by the source of her art.

Describing her installation at the Dennos, Diane writes, “Metal sculptures wave across the wall. Painted surfaces cast glowing shadows which become part of the sculptural rhythm. I want a quality of light, movement and sparkling color that vibrates with life. Metal strips wave into spirals, movement into form, the motions of birth and growth. I feel like I am creating my own flora and fauna, a cosmos of Life Forms.”

“We are very pleased to be able to showcase these three outstanding artists with connections to our area,” Says Gene Jenneman, Executive Director of the Dennos Museum Center, “because of delays with the renovation of the galleries in which these exhibitions are being presented, the length of the exhibits has been shortened and we encourage our visitors to not delay their plans to see these wonderful exhibitions.”

The Dennos Museum Center is open Monday to Saturday 10 AM – 5 PM, Thursday until 8 PM and Sunday 1-5 PM. Admission is $6.00 for adults, $4.00 for children and free to museum members. For more information on the Museum and its programs, go to or call 231-995-1055. The Dennos Museum Center is located at 1410 College Drive, Traverse City, MI 49686, at the entrance to the campus of Northwestern Michigan College.