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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! 

 

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.

SURVIVING ON CRUMBS: THE ART OF MICHAEL WREN MORTIMER

Scheduled for October 6, 2021 — January 2, 2022

Using common materials that he could find within the prison, Wren developed a series of works on paper that speak to the isolation, boundaries, and psychological and emotional stress that results from over 40 years in confinement.

2021 ANNUAL CAPE DORSET PRINT COLLECTION

Scheduled for October 16, 2021 — November 28, 2021

Composed of 32 dynamic prints, this release showcases a diverse selection of stone cuts, lithographs, hand-colourings, and etching & aquatints by Kinngait’s extraordinary artists. 

JEAN LARSON: BEYOND THE SUM OF ITS PARTS

Scheduled for November 3, 2021 — January 2, 2022

By exposing one image over another, artist Jean Larson creates transformative images that exceed the sum of their individual parts.

THE NMC FACULTY SHOW

Scheduled for November 3, 2021 — January 2, 2022

This exhibition of artwork by the NMC Art Department faculty is the first on this campus in over five years and presents a diverse range of traditional and contemporary media. Each faculty member is a dedicated educator as well as a working professional artist and each brings a wealth of experience to their teaching as well as their daily practice.

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.

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


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MCACANEA