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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!

RESILIENCE: AFRICAN AMERICAN ARTISTS AS AGENTS OF CHANGE

Scheduled for June 6, 2021 — August 15, 2021

Resilience: African American Artists as Agents of Change presents outstanding works of art by artists who have enlightened and uplifted America in countless ways. The exhibition honors aspects of African American history and culture and its contributions to all of America, highlighting a select group of artists who use art as an indispensable tool for social commentary and change. 

RUFUS SNODDY: DISAPPEARING MAN

Scheduled for June 6, 2021 — August 15, 2021

The Disappearing Man work presents itself as a symbolic clarion call. It evokes a personal narrative of concern for future human existence. I utilize an array of generic, wide-eyed, naïve appearing, repetitive portraits of man. Like artists from the past, I am reflecting a contemporary narrative of social and cultural concern. - Rufus Snoddy

RUSSELL PRATHER: AND THE HEART IS PLEASED BY ONE THING AFTER ANOTHER

Scheduled for June 6, 2021 — August 15, 2021

Russell Prather makes visually volatile renderings of simple forms and ordinary objects from layers of transparent and translucent media. He creates these layers using both additive and subtractive methods: painting tinted acrylic medium onto sheets of transparent polyester film, or cutting out shapes from sheets of insect screening another materials. He then aligns these layers on metal rods and suspend them from the ceiling, or stretches them on aluminum screen frames that he mounts on light boxes that sit on the floor.

TOM PARISH: AN AMERICAN IN VENICE

Scheduled for June 6, 2021 — August 15, 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.

THE CLYDE AND PATRICIA RISDON COLLECTION: TOK, ALASKA

Scheduled for June 9, 2021 — September 5, 2021

A family visit in the early 1970's to view a dog sled race in Florence, Wisconsin, soon became a lifetime career for Clyde and Patricia Risdon. Clyde Risdon had seven sled dogs and was racing in his spare time just two years later. After learning about what other mushers liked and disliked about their sleds, he began making his own in 1979. In 1995, he was asked to donate a sled to Tok, Alaska for their annual auction, and in 1999 the people of Tok began sending them gifts of mostly beaded work made by Athabascans. View this collection of beadwork by the people of Tok in the Milliken cases. 

VOICES AND VOTES: DEMOCRACY IN AMERICA

Scheduled for July 3, 2021 — August 15, 2021

When American revolutionaries waged a war for independence they took a leap of faith that sent ripple effects across generations. They embraced a radical idea of establishing a government that entrusted the power of the nation not in a monarchy, but in its citizens.

 

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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