89th Michigan Regional Exhibition opens at Muskegon Museum of Art

The Muskegon Museum of Art’s 89th Michigan Regional Exhibition opens for public viewing at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 28, 2017. The public is invited to an opening reception at the MMA that evening from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. Prize winning artists will be recognized at an awards ceremony, beginning at 6:45 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. (Award winners are listed below.)

The MMA’s annual, juried regional show is the longest-established regional art exhibition in Michigan and is known for its competitive nature and professional presentation. Entry is open to amateur and professional artists throughout Michigan. This year, 358 artists from across the state registered 691 artwork entries for the exhibition. Guest juror Petra Fallaux chose 155 works by 145 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 through November 8, 2017. Many of the artworks in the exhibition are available for sale to offer the opportunity to collect high caliber works of art by artists throughout Michigan.

About the juror

This year’s juror was independent curator, writer, and artist Petra Fallaux. She is the former director of the Hewlett Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University, where she oversaw eight to fourteen exhibitions a year that included multi-disciplinary shows in the visual and performing arts and various sciences. Fallaux was the founding director of the Regina Gouger Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University, which serves as the University’s primary contemporary art gallery. Today, she works as an independent writer, curator, juror, teacher, grant panelist, and artist. She has curated or juried exhibitions of not only traditional media, but new media including textiles, film, architecture, industrial design, holograms, and digital. A teacher, Fallaux specializes in film and film editing, dyeing and screen printing, and arts management and administration. JUROR’S STATEMENT

Underwriters and Sponsors

The 89th Michigan Regional Exhibition is underwritten by Warner Norcross & Judd, LLP and Shape Corporation. Awards are underwritten by Swanson Pickle Company. Additional support is provided by WGVU Public Media and the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs with the National Endowment for the Arts.

RELATED EVENT: Meet the Artists event

Thursday, October 12, 5:30–7:00 pm
Meet the prize winning artists from the 89th Michigan Regional. The artists will be on hand to discuss their artwork and answer questions. Refreshments will be served. 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.

2017 Artist Awards

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

Best of Show | $1,500
Donita Simpson, Royal Oak, Portrait of the Artist: Jo Powers

2nd Place | $1,000
Deborah Bowen, Spring Lake, Mystic Path

3rd Place | $750
Margaret Davis, Ann Arbor, Debarking

Director’s Choice | $500
Margaret Davis, Ann Arbor, Debarking

Curator’s Choice | $500
Elizabeth Brandt, Holland, Inside Passage

Friends of Art Award | $250
Carolyn Reed Barritt, Ann Arbor, Conflagration

West Michigan Potters Guild Eleanore Smith Memorial Award | $250
Flynn Sochon, Twin Lake, unvasepourFranz

Phil Chmura Memorial Award | $200
John DeHoog, Ann Arbor, Stepper and Wrecker

Gordon Hall Memorial Award | $200
David Huang, Sand Lake, Luminous Relic 1519

Robert and Veronica Youngman Memorial Award for Graphic Arts | $150
Armin Mersmann, Midland, Fractured Patterns

William L. “Bill” Rogers Best Photography Award | $150
C.J. Breil, Ann Arbor, Conduct Becoming: Survey #17

Docents’ Choice | $100
Chuck Sharbaugh, Holly, Pivots & Rows

Honorable Mentions | $100
David Bartlett, Farmington Hills, Cell XV
Elizabeth Brandt, Holland, Inside Passage
Karin Nelson, Wyoming, Contrast