92nd Michigan Contemporary Exhibition Awards at the Muskegon Museum of Art

The Muskegon Museum of Art’s 92nd Michigan Contemporary Art Exhibition opened Thursday, September 23, 2021, with a public reception and awards program. The 92nd Michigan Contemporary Exhibition runs through November 10, 2021.

About the Exhibition

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.”

About the Juror

Juror Karen Hampton selected the works in the exhibition. Karen Hampton is an internationally recognized conceptual artist whose work addresses issues of colorism and kinship within the African American community. She is a weaver, dyer, painter, embroiderer, storyteller, and teacher whose work exhibits nationally and internationally. Hampton taught at Howard University in Washington, D.C. in 2007-2011 and in 2017 was an assistant professor and Critical Race Issues Resident Artist at Michigan State University.


The 92nd Michigan Contemporary Art Exhibition is underwritten by Warner Norcross + Judd, LLP. Additional programming support is provided by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Michigan Humanities Council with the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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.


Best of Show | $1,500

Bryan Hoffman, Saugatuck

Kellie Looks Left

Painting, 2019


2nd Place | $1,000

David Feingold, Freeland

Under Siege

Digital composition, 2020


3rd Place | $750

Hal Gould, Pinckney

Squatters Camp Mexico

Photography, 2020


Honorable Mention | $150

Ralph “Nunzi” Annunziata, Grand Rapids


Painting, 2021


Honorable Mention | $150

Henry Droski, Grand Rapids

Ebb and Flow

Photography, 2019


Director’s Choice | $500

Peter Blackburn, Whitehall

Dream Lake Sunset

Photography, 2021


Curator’s Choice | $500

Lee Ann Frame, Fruitport

The Waters Began at Home

Intaglio print, 2021


Friends of Art Award | $250

Carolyn Sowa, Caledonia

Rain After Dark

Painting, 2021


Phil Chmura Memorial Award | $200

Helen Hierta, Greenbush


Ceramics, 2019


West Michigan Potters Guild Eleanore Smith Memorial Ceramics Award | $150

Jamey Limbers, Lowell

Untitled #2

Ceramics, 2021


Robert and Veronica Youngman Memorial Award for Graphic Arts | $150

Nobuko Yamasaki, Grosse Pointe Shores

Big Catch

Woodblock print, 2019


Docent’s Choice Award | $100

Nathan Margoni, Benton Harbor

Desperate Times

Painting, 2020