David Shannon’s work has appeared in publications like The New York Times, Time and Rolling Stone, but he found a true calling by going back to his childhood roots.

Supermarket stationary aisles are rife with cards cheekily announcing 40th birthdays as the harbinger of old age, the demise of youth, and the decline of usefulness. Meanwhile, the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA) is choosing instead to celebrate its 40th birthday as a milestone of achievement, with two massive exhibits celebrating diversity and representation.

For emerging artist Michelle Martin, events like Wine About Winter provide confidence, exposure and even some commission work.

Art Martin never minded pounding nails into the wall, but for now, he’ll put down the hammer and settle into a more scholarly and public role at Muskegon Museum of Art. 

Just months after the National Museum of African American History finally opened in Washington, D.C., Grand Rapids got its own African American museum in the heart of downtown. George Bayard, owner of Bayard Art Consulting and Frameshop, led the charge on the Grand Rapids African American Museum and Archives (GRAAMA), which has now set up shop in a pop-up gallery space downtown. 

Q&A: Kathy Bechtel, Gallery Manager at Frauenthal Center

Written by Marla R. Miller | Thursday, 01 December 2016 09:00 |

As the new gallery manager at the Frauenthal Center in Muskegon, Kathy Bechtel hopes to increase daily traffic to the historic theater and for special events. 

Poetry of Content Shines Spotlight on the Un-Abstract

Written by Justine Burdette | Thursday, 01 December 2016 09:00 |

A typical preview of an art exhibition might start out with a Cliffs Notes version of Art History 101 to set the scene.

Making A Mark: Signature Gallery annually supports local artists

Written by Jane Simons | Thursday, 01 December 2016 09:00 |

Holiday parades and pre-Black Friday sales signal the start of the holiday shopping season. But for people who seek locally made works of art, the opening of Signature Gallery in Kalamazoo is their sign.

Muskegon Museum of Art’s winter exhibits explore expressions of faith

Written by Marla R. Miller | Thursday, 01 December 2016 09:00 |

Their faces, rich with expressions of struggle, joy and faithful devotion, tell the story of an enduring human spirit without saying a word.

At first glance, the soft, subtly shifting hues in artist Mary Brodbeck’s Japanese woodblock prints take on the look of a painting. 
But there is a much more labor-intensive process that goes on behind-the-scenes, one that she explores in the documentary “Becoming Made.” It can take months to find the right imagery and inspiration, then sketch, carve, paint and create one print.

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