Muskegon Museum of Art 91st Michigan Contemporary Exhibition & Awards

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 this evening. The 91st Michigan Contemporary Exhibition runs through November 13, 2019.


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
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.”


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 or by calling 231-720-2570. The museum is open Tuesdays through Sundays and closed Mondays.