Summer 2019 Exhibits at the Dennos Museum Center

The Dennos Museum Center (DMC) at Northwestern Michigan College will present four new exhibitions for the summer season. Showing from June 9 – September 8, 2019 will be Gerhardt Knodel, the internationally recognized fiber artist in an exhibition entitled Minglings: The Migration; the noted Michigan ceramic artist, Susanne Stephenson with a retrospective exhibition entitled Transfigurement II; and Armand Merizon 1920-2010): His Life and Art as a Grand Rapids painter. Showing from June 9 – September 22 will be the sculptural work of Korean artist, Lee Sung Keun, entitled Interconnected.

Gerhardt Knodel – Minglings: The Migration
Internationally recognized for his work, Gerhardt Knodel has contributed to the evolution and identity of contemporary work in the fiber medium for more than four decades. His most recent effort, Minglings, is inspired by a 17th century Ming dynasty textile fragment that traveled in its day from China to Portugal. Eventually a fragment of the original found its way to Gerhardt Knodel’s studio where it became the basis for an entire body of new work. Minglings: The Migration represents the second exhibition to evolve from the exploration of this Chinese textile to generate new beauty from its migration across time.

Susanne Stephenson: Transfigurement II
Susanne Stephenson has been an important contributor to the field of ceramics for six decades. She received her BFA from Carnegie Mellon University and her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art. The recipient of many awards, she has exhibited around the globe and her work may be found in numerous museum collections worldwide. As a Professor of Ceramics and Art Appreciation for nearly thirty years in Michigan she mentored and influenced the careers of countless artists. This retrospective exhibition is a new version of the original presented at Pewabic Pottery in Detroit.


Armand Merizon: His Life and Art 
Armand Merizon (1920-2010) was a lifelong Grand Rapids painter remembered for his detailed landscapes and brilliantly colored abstractions. Organized by the Muskegon Museum of Art, this exhibition highlights selected works from his entire career. Armand Merizon: His Life and Art is shown in conjunction with the recent release of a biography by the same name, written by his long-time friend and collector Muriel Zandstra.

Lee Sung Keun: Interconnected
Building a bridge between man and nature, S. Korean artist Lee Sung Keun’s creates sculptures of primordial shapes that, at first sight, evoke human cells or the notion of fertility. Made out of entangled piano wires, which the artist sometimes brightens up with vivid colors; they establish a dialogue between fullness and emptiness while sustaining the resonance of their initial role. Lee Sung Keun: Interconnected was organized by the Waterfall Mansion and Gallery, NYC.

These exhibitions are made possible at the Dennos with major support from the Art and Mary Schmuckal Fund. Additional support from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Robert T. and Ruth Haidt Hughes Memorial Endowment Fund. The Dennos Museum Center is open daily 10 AM to 5 PM, and Sundays 1-5 PM. For information on the Museum and its programs, go to or call 231-995-1055. The Dennos Museum Center is located at 1410 College Dr., Traverse City, MI 49686, at the entrance to the campus of Northwestern Michigan College.