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Ten Distinct Galleries. One Amazing Experience.

Temporary Exhibitions

The Dennos Museum Center regularly presents new temporary exhibitions every 2-4 months, seeking to engage, entertain, and enlighten our campus and community audiences. No two visits are ever the same! 

TOM PARISH: AN AMERICAN IN VENICE

Scheduled for June 6, 2021 — September 26, 2021

Tom Parish (American, 1933 - 2018) committed his life to painting the essence of Venice. Inspired by shimmering canals and architectural beauty of Italy's Serenissima ​(the old serene one), his stylized realist paintings are constructed from blocks of sturdy modernist color. The shimmer of rolling water, depths of captivating linear vistas and the classicism of craft are elements moored to the heart of Parish's timeless imagery.

AWAY FROM HOME: AMERICAN INDIAN BOARDING SCHOOL STORIES

Scheduled for September 1–October 20, 2021

This exhibition explores off-reservation boarding schools in its kaleidoscope of voices. Visitors will explore compelling photographs, artwork, interviews, interactive timelines, and immersive environments, including classroom and dormitory settings. Objects such as a period barber chair and a young Seminole girl’s skirt, as well as reproduction elements poignantly illuminate first-person accounts.

CLOSE TO HOME: CONTEMPORARY ANISHINAABEK ARTISTS

Scheduled for September 1–October 31, 2021

Close to Home: Contemporary Anishinaabek Artists is an exhibit of works from Anishinaabek artists in our region, supplemented by objects in the Dennos Museum Center’s collection.

BIRDS FLY IN: A HUMAN REFUGE

Scheduled for September 1, 2021—January 2, 2022

BIRDS FLY IN: A Human Refuge is a cross-cultural art collaboration focusing on themes related to Migration and Intuition. This exhibit is intended to heighten awareness of how individuals, liberated from the cage of limiting beliefs, might open to good ideas that “fly in” to inspire action that is helpful to all.

Permanent Exhibitions

In addition to temporary galleries, the Dennos Museum Center curates six distinct permanent collection galleries with something for everyone to enjoy. From modern and contemporary Inuit art to the popular hands-on discovery gallery for children, bring your friends and family or enjoy a quiet moment in the galleries.

BARBARA AND DUDLEY SMITH WING FOR INUIT ART &

POWER FAMILY INUIT GALLERY

Since 1991, the Dennos Museum Center's core collection of Inuit art has been on permanent exhibit. The Power Family Inuit Gallery, named in 1995 for their generous support of Inuit art and the Dennos Museum Center's collection, has welcomed hundreds of thousands of visitors to view, explore, and discuss contemporary Inuit art. With the opening of the Barbara & Dudley Smith Wing for Inuit Art in 2018, this unique collection of over 1,600 objects has additional capacity for exhibition, education, and programs.

DIANA AND RICHARD MILOCK WING

EUGENE A. JENNEMAN GALLERY

JANIS FAMILY PROMENADE

Thanks to a generous lead gift from Diana and Richard Milock, the Dennos Museum Center dedicated an additional 10,000 square feet of semi-permanent exhibition space in spring 2018. These galleries see selected rotations several times a year, drawn from a permanent collection of over 1,500 artworks by regional, national, and international artists.

THOMAS A. RUTKOWSKI DISCOVERY GALLERY

The Dennos Museum Center's 2,000 square foot Thomas A. Rutkowski Discovery Gallery offers over a dozen "hands-on" interactives related to the arts and sciences for children and adults. From a laser harp and a sound wall to a giant lightbright board, the gallery offers something for kids of all ages. The recent re-installation of the Gallery in 2018 focuses on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM).

ZIMMERMAN SCULPTURE COURT

A beautiful sunken courtyard space centrally located in the museum, the Zimmerman sculpture court hosts art installations, highlights from the permanent collection, and event rentals and receptions.

Outdoor Sculpture Collection

Spread throughout the campuses of Northwestern Michigan College, the Dennos Museum Center's outdoor sculpture collection provides visitors with an opportunity to slow down, reflect, and enjoy 14 outdoor sculptures in beautiful Traverse City.

Traverse City Art Banner Project

The Traverse City Art Banner Project is the brainchild of former NMC Art Department Chair Paul Welch. Working alongside a committee of artists and art supporters, the project seeks vacant walls on downtown Traverse City buildings and asks owners to host an outdoor banner. These reproduction banners feature artwork by regional artists, former NMC art students, and the Dennos Museum Center permanent collections.

The project is supported by private donors who provide funding for printing and installation. Services provided by Britten Studios.

Learn more about how you can help support a banner by clicking here.

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Support provided by:

MCACANEA