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Muskegon Museum of Art

296 West Webster Avenue
Muskegon, MI

Phone: 616-722-2600

Statement of Purpose

The Muskegon Museum of Art's permanent collection provides West Michigan access to a world-class collection of visual art - paintings, prints, sculpture and glass.

Masterevorks by Cassatt, Degas, Homer, Hopper, Remington, Whistler, Wyeth and others are enhanced by a wide range of educational programs, services and temporary exhbits designed to make art accessible to a variety of audiences.

The museum's Hackley Galleries feature selections from the permanent collection, while the museum's Walker Galleries display the temporary exhibitions.

The Muskegon Museum of Art was founded in 1912, as the result of a bequest from a Muskegon lumber baron, Charles H. Hackley, to improve the quality of life of the community. Hackley's bequest carried with it an instruction to purchase "pictures of the very best kind."

Following Hackley's admonition, early museum directors assembled the nucleus of the collection that achieved national recognition in 1916 as a "remarkable example of progress in ffie arts" (Chicago Tribune).

In its 80 year history, the MMA has maintained the high standards of Hackley's bequest and established a collection that has been acknowledged by museum peers, art historians and national accrediting agencies as the premier collection between Chicago and Detroit.

The MMA's permanent collection will surprise the first time visitor as well as the art scholar with its quality, depth and charm. The rich collection of American paintings includes works by Burchfield, Cassatt, Homer, lnness, Whistler, Wyeth and the only paintings by Hopper in a Michigan public collection. European painting is represented by the rich creations of such masters as Bonnard, Cranach, van Cleve, Sisley, Pissarro, and Vuillard.

Highlights & Collections

Noteworthy among the museum's treasures are the more than 5,000 works on paper, including an outstanding selection of prime examptes of old master and modern prints among these works by Degas, Durer, Rembrandt, Matisse, Renoir, Chagall and Picasso. In addition, such noted photographers as Curtis, Adams, Cunningham and Weston are represered in the collection. Tiffany glass, contemporary glass sculpture, Native American textiles and sculpture add strength to the collection.

In 1978, the L.C. and Margaret Walker Foundation made a major contribution for the addition of the Walker Wing, including gallery space, administrative offices and collections storage. The museum's Hackley Galleries features selections from the permanent collection, while the Walker Galleries display a wide range of temporary exhibitions.

The Hackley Gallery Renovation project, completed in l994 for nearly $1 million, installed climate contol and new electrical systems, providing a stable, secure environment for the treasures of the permanent collection. The renovation also returned the galleries to the architect's original (1912) intent wilh a restoration of oak floors, box-style ceilings and colored wall treatments. The permanent collection has been reinstalled in theese newly refurbished galleries, and provides an aesthetic experience unparalleled in West Michigan.

Exhibits & Special Events

16th Annual Student Art Show

This colorful exhibition features masterworks by Muskegon County school students, kindergarten through 12th grade.

Purr...Children's Book Illustrators Brag About Their Cats

Today's most popular children's book illustrators have created portraits of their favorite feline friends! Purr...represents the Muskegon Museum of Art's continuing commitment to present exhibits of quality book illustration.

Illuminating: Louis Comfort Tiffany Lamps

Light, color and glass fascinated American artist Louis Comfort Tiffany. Lamps were the ultimate artform that allowed him to combine and to control all three with his brilliant stylistic flair. This exhibition showcases the museum's Tiffany lamps as well as selections from area private collections.

70th Annual Regional Art Competition

The Muskegon Museum of Art proudly hosts the longest running juried art competition in the state of Michigan. This annual exhibition features West Michigan's finest artists in a wide variety of media.

Hackley-Hume Historic Sites: Paintings by Bruce McCombs

With his highly intricate watercolors, Michigan artist Bruce McCombs shares his impressions of the Muskegon Hackley-Hume Historic Sites.


Admission & Directions

Key Personnel

Henry Matthews, Director

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