November 11, 2014 - January 28, 2015

1998.8.10aArt of War: Call to Action in Support of the Geat War 

Twenty four promotional posters from World War I, from the Museum's Permanent Collection of Art. The posters include Red Cross promotions, recruitment for men, Liberty Loans, YMCA promotions, civic organizations, and general promotion including victory gardens and war bonds.


 October 17, 2014 - January 3, 2015

photoforwebMichigan Ceramics 2014: Biennial Exhibition & Competition

Michigan Ceramic Art Association's Michigan Ceramics 2014 is one of the few US exhibitions of its caliber operated entirely by artists. The biennial exhibition and competition, organized and sponsored by the MCAA, showcases the excellence of ceramic art in its diversity across Michigan and in neighboring states. The 2014 exhibition features ceramic art from 24 artists.

About the Juror: Andrea Gill is a Professor of Ceramic Art at Alfred University's School of Art and Design in Upstate New York. Gill’s work is in the collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art and the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institute as well as many private collections. She is a Fellow of the American Crafts Council, and a member of the International Academy of Ceramics.

Artists: Brian Caponi, Julie Devers, Thomas and Sarah Gelsanliter, Steve Hansen, Ed Harkness, Brian Kakas, Kim Wansoo, Chrys Lewis, Mark Muhich, Sarah Olmstead, Carrie Anne Parks, Tom Phardel, Robert Piepenburg, Marcia Polenburg, Hayden Richer, LeAnne Schnepp, Greg Stahly, Susanne Stephenson, Ann Tubbs, Leah Waldo, Blake Williams, Marie Woo, and Paul Young

The exhibition will move to the Dennos Museum Center in Traverse City from January 25 to May 17, 2015.


September 15, 2014 - January 3, 2015

FaerberSAMSaginaw en Plein Air

En plein air is a French expression meaning "in the open air" used to describe painting outdoors, which involves all of the senses. Artists create a painting expressing the mood of a scene which includes not only the sights, but also the sounds, temperature, atmosphere and changing light. The Museum provided canvasses and paper to local artists to create their own plein air pieces depicting the Great Lakes Bay Region. View their work showcasing the beauty of this region.

Artists: Deanna Bergman, Judy Carr, Jane Faerber, Linda Grindahl, Luther Hale, Karen Janczewski, Jim Kelly, L.R. Marr, Diana Rohde, Julia Rohde, D. Joanne Rummel, Cinda Schantz, Jan Wegner, Alice Wilsey






 July 16 - September 6, 2014


Twenty-one talented artists from across the state of Michigan showcased their work in the 2014 Art Quilt Exhibition. This juried exhibition included 45 handcrafted art quilts, each an original design.  Multiple techniques and mediums combined to create these pieces of art including applique, beading, dying, and fusing. Themes and subjects varied, ranging from religious to humorous, from bittersweet to inspiring.



May 2 - June 28, 2014

scottpostcardFeatures over 100 works in a variety of media including acrylic, oil, wood, glass, steel, aluminum, found objects and Michigan alabaster. Influenced by true experiences in the artist’s life, the work is installed in the exhibition as a collection of stories that range from the spiritual – revealing images of angels, crosses and the cosmos – to the secular – depicting responses to contemporary events, pop culture and political affairs. Lurain’s work and his chosen titles draw upon his background as a musician and writer. Both are often play on words, titles of rock and roll songs or television programs, or simply left untitled for the viewer to decide what he was thinking.

Lurain painted a curious American landscape by alternating everyday images into imaginative new shapes, such as a cherub, a popular social network and a consumer product. In a number of paintings, hidden faces and flags become more visible after spending time in front of the work. In others, the images seem to unveil secrets, loneliness, evasions, corruption, satire and joy – sometimes all at once. In the end, Scott Lurain’s True Stories tells the story about the artist behind the work.

Here Comes the Sun (August), 2001, mixed media, 61 3/8" x 89 1/2"