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The Dennos Museum Center presents a variety of programs for all ages, seeking to engage, enlighten and entertain audiences. Check out the listings here to find out what's happening.

Bob Holdeman and Paul Welch in the Studioartists in the studio with paul welch and craig hadley

Wednesday, September 23, 2020 — 10:30 a.m. EST

Join Paul Welch, NMC Professor Emeritus, and Craig Hadley, Director of the Dennos Museum, for a virtual conversation about 20th century artists, their practice, and their studios. This virtual event will take place on Wednesday, September 23rd at 10:30 a.m. EST and will be available for free through Facebook Live. You can join us at the start time of the event by visiting our Facebook page

The Art Of: _ is a series of programs that help connect the visual arts to broader topics in our busy lives, from coffee to education, The Art Of: _technology, and even death and dying. Programs have included films, panel discussions, hands-on art, and food and drink tastings. Have an idea for a program? Contact Jason Dake at to pitch it.




The Art Of: Ron Gianolathe art of: ron gianola

Wednesday, September 30, 2020 — 10:30 a.m. EST

Join artist Ron Gianola and Curator of Education Jason Dake for a virtual conversation about Ron’s work in the Dennos Collection. They will also discuss his current and any upcoming projects.

Ron Gianola drew from an early age. Growing up in Detroit, he was immersed in the rich automotive styling and music culture of the time. After attending the Center for Creative Studies in auto design, he eventually moved on to study Fine Art painting and drawing.

After the automobile as concept art, and a long series of representational figures, Gianola's first passionate subject was our northern Michigan landscape, done in a colorful, poetic style. His art evolved from there to a unique series of abstracted interiors; Passages. These led to his current series of color and music based paintings, and now drawings, involving an improvisation based on an intended or discovered structure, much like jazz.

Gianola's paintings are the result of a fifty-plus year long experience with the Art Spirit, pursuing the possibilities of a personal transformative vision, engaging emotion, expression, and the poetry of visual music.

Registration is pay what you can $0 - 15 and must be completed by 9:00 a.m. EST the day of the event. After you complete the registration, a member of Dennos staff will email you the details to join us on Zoom. Register here.

Learn more about Ron Gianola by visiting his website.

The Art of:__ is generously supported by Art Bridges.


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The Art of:_ is sponsored in part by Morsels of Traverse City.



Live & Local with Seth Bernardlive & local with seth bernard

Thursday, October 8, 2020 — 7:00 p.m. EST

Join musician Seth Bernard for a performance and interview with curator of education Jason Dake on Zoom. During this wide-ranging program of song and discussion, Bernard will share some of his latest tunes with you and welcome your questions about music, agriculture, community empowerment, and more.

Born and raised on Earthwork Farm in rural Northern Michigan, Seth Bernard was brought up in the folk and farmstead culture with an enriching integrative experience of the arts, agriculture, and community. Bernard has traveled the world and blanketed the US as a magnetic performer and uplifting cultural worker, and is equally at home fronting a large electrified ensemble as he is holding a crowd alone with an acoustic guitar. As Founder of Earthwork Music, Bernard encourages community healing through collective musicianship and organizes the Earthwork Harvest Gathering, a celebrated annual cultural event that takes place on his family farm. As Founder and Co-Executive Director of Title Track, he works for clean water, racial equity, and youth empowerment.

Registration is pay what you can $0 - 15 and must be completed by 5:00 p.m. EST the day of the event. After you complete the registration, a member of Dennos staff will email you the details to join us on Zoom. Register here.