After French impressionist painters like Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro and Pierre-Auguste Renoir made the technique famous more than a century and a half ago, plein air painting has been enjoying a resurgence in recent years.

Object Permanence: How art museums shape their permanent collection displays

Written by Marla R. Miller | Thursday, 03 August 2017 14:15 |

In an epic example of creating a unique exhibit from the permanent collection, Muskegon Museum of Art’s "Edward S. Curtis: The North American Indian" encompasses more than 80 percent of its gallery space.

American Artistry: Kay WalkingStick's art at the KIA

Written by Jane Simons | Thursday, 01 June 2017 09:00 |

Kay WalkingStick honors her Native American roots each time she strokes paint across a canvas.

Many artists experience a turning point — a personal crisis or epiphany, learning a new technique or taking a class, or reflecting on a negative critique or rejection — that propels them in a new direction.

Capturing the Magnitude of a People

Written by Marla Miller | Monday, 01 May 2017 09:00 |

Many people recognize and collect Edward S. Curtis’ portraits of Native Americans and canyon and desert landscapes in America’s west, but his real intent was to document the lives of the indigenous tribes he spent nearly 30 years studying.

Defining Rube Goldberg

Written by Dana Casadei | Monday, 01 May 2017 09:00 |

Rube Goldberg is more than just a man — he’s also an adjective. Defined in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary as “accomplishing by complex means what seemingly could be done simply,” the iconic American cartoonist and illustrator’s work — including his famous invention drawings — will be on display this month at the Grand Rapids Art Museum in its latest exhibit.

Piece by Piece: Eana Agopian’s collages earn her UICA’s Fresh Pick award

Written by Marla R. Miller | Thursday, 30 March 2017 09:00 |

Ready to board a plane for Mexico last May, recent Kendall College of Art and Design graduate Eana Agopian checked her email one last time.

Palette of Petals: Floral art takes over the GRAM

Written by Josh Veal | Thursday, 23 March 2017 12:20 |

Tomorrow, the smell of peonies, carnations, orchids and more will fill the halls of Grand Rapids Art Museum. Well, we don’t yet know exactly what flowers will be on display, but Art In Bloom is returning for the first time since 2015, bringing with it some can’t-miss events centered around the weekend exhibition.

Renee Zettle-Sterling grieves through art

Written by Marla Miller | Wednesday, 22 March 2017 12:52 |

After the sudden death of her brother during a hunting accident in 2002, metalsmith Renee Zettle-Sterling took an interest in how to channel grief and healing through the process of making art.

Big, Squishy Art: Inflatable exhibition takes over Muskegon Museum of Art

Written by Marla R. Miller | Wednesday, 01 March 2017 09:00 |

Pink bunnies, a life-size Trans Am, reclining Buddha — they have more in common than you think.

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