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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! 

2022 Northwest Michigan regional juried exhibition

January 23, 2022 — May 29, 2022

Held regularly at the Museum for 30 years, the exhibition features art made by regional artists over the last year and juried by an arts professional outside of the region.

Nathalie Miebach: Stay Healthy and Strong

January 23, 2022 — May 29, 2022

Nathalie Miebach explores the human response related to extreme weather patterns and the Covid-19 pandemic through the translation of scientific data into woven sculptures, installations and musical scores. This exhibition includes works focused on Covid-19 data and natural disasters that have taken place before and during the pandemic. 

artist spotlight: jinwon chang

Scheduled for April 15, 2022 — July 24, 2022

The Artist Spotlight series is a collaboration between the Tusen Takk Foundation and the Dennos Museum Center. The initiative highlights recent work by Tusen Takk’s artists-in-residence and makes those efforts available to the general public.

Green Intentions: One Community Promoting Environmental Awareness

Scheduled for April 15, 2022 — September 25, 2022

This exhibit highlights activities by the Green Elk Rapids Committee since their inception in 2009.

nmc HOSTED HIGH SCHOOL ART EXHIBITION

May 6, 2022  — May 29, 2022

The NMC High School Art Exhibition, juried by NMC Art and VisCom faculty, features artwork in a variety of media and styles by juniors and seniors from Northern Michigan’s regional high schools.

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 was the brainchild of former NMC Art Department Chair Paul Welch. These reproduction banners feature artwork by regional artists, former NMC art students, and the Dennos Museum Center permanent collections. 

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

View Traverse City Art Banner Project locations in a larger map.


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