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91st Michigan Contemporary Art Exhibition

September 4, 2019

91st Michigan Contemporary Art Exhibition
Muskegon Museum of Art
Muskegon, Michigan 49440
296 W. Webster Avenue
Opening Reception
Thursday, September 5
7:00 pm Meet the Artists
6:30 pm Awards Program
5:30 pm Reception

The exhibition presents a look at the issues, themes, and materials inspiring today’s Michigan artists. This year’s juried show features 126 works by 107 artists and includes painting, printmaking, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, textiles, jewelry, and installation. The artwork selection is meant to engage, challenge, and inspire conversation. The Muskegon Museum of Art’s 91st Michigan Contemporary Art Exhibition (formerly the annual Regional Exhibition) and runs through November 13, 2019.

About the Juror:
Amy Chaloupka, received her BFA from Western Washington University and MFA in Sculpture from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has exhibited widely and created several public works, including permanent installations in Santa Fe, Chicago, and Madison, Wisconsin.

58th Greater Michigan Exhibition

September 4, 2019

58th Greater Michigan Exhibition
Midland Center for the Arts
1801 W. St. Andrews Road
Midland, Michigan 48640

Opening Reception
Saturday, September 28, 7-9 pm

The 58th Annual Greater Michigan Art Exhibition is one of the few remaining statewide visual arts competitions in Michigan. Organized by Alden B. Dow Museum of Science & Art at Midland Center for the Arts, this exhibition provides a forum for the most recent developments by Michigan artists. Out of 164 artist that applied, 56 were accepted. The gallery spaces at the Center provide a dramatic stage for the display of contemporary work and are especially suited for the exhibition of large-scale works. The exhibition runs through November 3.

About the Juror:
Valerie Jenkins
Chair of Fine Arts
College for Creative Studies
MFA University of Minnesota
BFA Grand Valley State University

Artist Interview Series: Preserved!

July 2, 2019

Photo by M-Buck Studio, LLC
Michael Pfleghaar’s Out-of-This-World Landscapes

Read the interview here

Preserved! 2019

June 28, 2019

Land Conservancy once again partners with local artists for Preserved!

Preserved! is back! We are excited to announce the launch of the third edition of this collaboration with local artists to capture the beauty of the West Michigan natural areas we protect.

This year, we are working with 16 artists with ties to our West Michigan service area. Using diverse approaches, these painters, photographers, ceramicists and fiber artists will craft pieces capturing the vibrant natural surroundings found in the Land Conservancy’s protected lands.

Participating artists include: Justin Kellner, Kathleen Kalinowski, Randi Ford, Teresa O’Brien, Anne Corlett, Sally Jenks, Kathy Mohl, Thomas Hegewald, Cayla Tinney, Yolanda Gonzalez, Jean Allemeier Boot, Michael Pfleghaar, Susan M. Rose, Shilin Hora, Jane Everhart and youth ambassador Ellie Iorio.

Throughout the year, these artists will seek inspiration from the shady forests, towering Lake Michigan dunes, expansive prairies and mighty rivers that define West Michigan’s one-of-a-kind landscape as they spend time creating artwork en plein air on Land Conservancy protected preserves, community conservation projects and conservation agreement properties.

The final pieces will showcase the magic that the Land Conservancy protects and tell the story of why land conservation is so important. The program will culminate with two gallery exhibits of the completed works in October:

Frauenthal Center Reception Gallery, Muskegon, MI

  • October 3-8
  • Opening Reception*: Thursday, October 3, 5-8 p.m.

LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, MI

  • October 17-19
  • Opening Reception*: Thursday, October 17, 5-8 p.m.

*Tickets for the opening receptions will be available for purchase on our website later this year.

Follow along with Preserved! online as artists share their experiences on social media with the hashtag #lcwmpreserved. Get to know each artist by following our blog to read individual profiles highlighting their work throughout the year. You can also catch Preserved! Artists at work at Land Conservancy events this summer. Keep an eye on our events page for more details!

Light Conversations Podcast

June 28, 2019

We recently got a chance to better get to know Michael Pfleghaar, long time leading artist and Tanglefoot Studios resident in Grand Rapids, MI, and recorded that conversation for you so you could glean wisdom from this creative powerhouse, too. Pfleghaar admits that he’s never been afraid of color, and we dive into his fascination with houseplants—and interiors in general. He’s working to create a reminder for us to slow down and pay closer attention to stillness, in an age when everything is competing for our attention and moving so fast to do so.

We also got a chance to better understand his journey as an artist, how he’s been able to maintain a professional practice for three decades, and what other work he does to sustain himself.

Here is a link to the Podcast page: Getting to Know Michael Pfleghaar

Art Now: Painting

February 25, 2019

“Brass and Glass Plant Stand 2” acrylic on canvas, 36 x 36

Art Now 2019: Painting

February 15 – March 16, 2019
Ann Arbor Art Center.
117 W. Liberty St.
Ann Arbor, MI. 48104 
(734) 994-8004

Each year, on a rotating basis, the Art Center presents a media-focused exhibition as part of our Art Now series. This year’s fifth annual exhibit features innovative work in painting.  I have a painting, “Brass and Glass Plant Stand 2” included in this show. 

This exhibition highlights artists who employ traditional painting techniques, as well as those who move across disciplines and push the boundaries of what defines contemporary painting, including through the application of hybrid processes and use of mixed media.

About the Juror: Roula David

Roula David is the Executive Director of Murals in the Market, the Eastern Market, Detroit-based street art festival that has produced more than 125 outdoor murals since 2014. She is also COO of leading publisher of art prints, 1xRun in Detroit, where she is head of the company’s Special Projects initiative, which pairs artists with projects across the region at the intersection of art, government, and business, including murals for Wayne State University’s Mike Ilitch School of Business and the Detroit city government’s public art program, City Walls.

The Neighborhood

February 25, 2019

My “Michigan Farm” giclee print is featured on the set of CBS’s The Neighborhood. It’s truly surreal to see my artwork on mainstream tv, and even better when it is featured on a smart funny sitcom.

Now for the shameless plug: you too can also have a piece of my work over your fireplace. Open edition prints from Imagekind on canvas or paper here:

Tanglefoot 27: Tanglefoot Artists 27th Annual Open Studios

October 24, 2018

Tanglefoot 27: Tanglefoot Artists 27th Annual Open Studios
Friday, November 16, 5 – 9 p.m.
Sunday, November 18, Noon – 5 p.m.
314 Straight Ave SW, Door K
Grand Rapids, Mi 49504

Permanent Vacation

August 19, 2018

Permanent Vacation
Janssen Artspace
255 East Tahquitz Canyon Way
Palm Springs, CA 92262

My work will be included in a group show at Janssen Artspace during Modernism Preview Week in Palm Springs, CA from October 18-21.


Michigan Regional Exhibition

August 19, 2018

90th Michigan Regional Exhibition

Muskegon Museum of Art
296 W. Webster Avenue
Muskegon, Michigan 49440

“Brass and Glass” 2018, acrylic on canvas, 64 x 42 (above) has been accepted into the Michigan Regional at the Muskegon Museum of Art. The 90th Michigan Regional Exhibition opens Thursday, August 30, 2018. An opening reception will be held that evening starting at 5:30 pm. Awards will be announced at 7:00 pm.


Other Art Fair Chicago

August 19, 2018

The Other Art Fair Chicago
Mana Contemporary Chicago
2233 S Throop St.
Chicago, IL 60608
September 28-30, 2018

I have been selected for the Other Art Fair Chicago. As the contemporary art world trend turns toward art fairs, I will be taking my first step into this arena at the Other Art Fair Chicago.

Following successful installments in the UK, Australia, and the US, The Other Art Fair is thrilled to make it’s debut in the creative heart of Chicago at Mana Contemporary Chicago.

Presented by the world’s leading online art gallery Saatchi Art, The Other Art Fair showcases work by 130 talented independent and emerging artists, each hand picked by a Selection Committee of art world experts.

To cover my fair booth fee, travel, and other expenses I am running a fundrazr crowdsourcing campaign. Take pride in knowing you played a role in this giant career step. You will be recognized along with the other donors on my Other Art Fair announcements and have some optional perks when you give. Join the others who have donated to get me over half way there!  Follow this link to donate

New Botanicals: Paintings and Drawings

August 19, 2018

New Botanicals: Drawings and Paintings
July 2 – September 23, 2018
Creston Brewery
1504 Plainfield Ave NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49505

An exhibition of my new botanical paintings and drawings continues until September 23 at Creston Brewery in Grand Rapids, MI. A closing reception for the exhibition will be on Sunday, September 23, from 2-5PM. This exhibiton is the largest collection of  artwork since my show at the Grand Rapids Art Museum.

There are few venues in Grand Rapids which allow an artist to curate and exhibit art for an extended period of time quite like Creston Brewery. The brewery also features an amazing beer, cider, and food menu to enjoy while viewing.

The concept for showing at my Creston neighborhood brewery was born out of the tap room’s lush interior of exotic houseplants as a perfect compliment to the botanical subject matter. It also marks my return to representational work after a long period of abstraction. A digital limited edition print (above) and original triptych painting “Window Plants” were directly drawn from Creston’s interior.

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