Frauenthal Theater

Bettye Clark-Cannon Gallery



 Art In Our City 


 Art in Our City Exhibit is Now Open

Winners and Honorable Mentions

1st Place Shannon Maisel

2nd Place Colton Lane

3rd Place Lester A. White

Honorable Mention

Andy Branch

Diann Marie Bartnick

Ron Varga

The Frauenthal Center and the Century Club Center have teamed up to present downtown Muskegon’s first annual Art in Our City exhibit from June 1, 2014 to August 20, 2014.

Art in Our City is an invitational exhibit for artists whose works were entered, but not selected, for the 86th Regional Exhibition at the Muskegon Museum of Art.

Two jurors viewed the art submissions from the Regional Exhibition and chose works for potential exhibition in Art in Our City.

The Art in Our City reception was designed to follow the Muskegon Museum of Art’s “Meet the Artists” event, so visitors can view both exhibits easily by walking from one venue to the next.

The Art in Our City exhibition features 48 original works of art. The exhibition and the reception are free events open to the public.

“Art In Our City allows artists to exhibit their work in a show that complements the Muskegon of Art’s 86th Regional Exhibition and spreads art into the downtown Muskegon community,” commented Polly Doctor, Special Project Coordinator for the Frauenthal Center.

At the same time, Gary Post, owner of the Century Club Center, is establishing an exhibit space with the Red Lotus Gallery in his facility, and he offered gallery space for the Art in Our City exhibit. Gary Post stated, “We are excited about this exhibit and look forward to it becoming an annual event in downtown Muskegon’s art life.”

Jurors for the Art in Our City exhibit were Grand Rapids artists and instructors Tamara H. Fox, MFA, and Stephanie Wooster, MFA. Shannon M. Mullally, MFA, Ph.D., is authoring the exhibit catalog and internet information. She has currently displayed pieces in the exhibit at

Dr. Shannon M. Mullally commented, “Art in Our City celebrates the diversity of Michigan artists, and yet, there is something in each piece that speaks to me about Michigan. You will have to see for yourself if you agree with me!

As for showcasing the exhibit on Pinterest—that seemed like a natural extension of the spirit of the exhibit—to let the work spill beyond the walls of galleries.”

For more information about Art in Our City, contact Polly Doctor at 231-332-4102 or Gary Post at 231-578-2033.


Jurors’ Statement Art in Our City


It gives us great pleasure to be invited to jury the inaugural Art in Our City exhibition for Muskegon. We want to thank the Community Foundation for Muskegon County and the Century Club Center for this opportunity.


The Muskegon Museum of Art's annual juried exhibition is in its 86th year. Formerly restricted to regional artists, the show is now open to artists throughout the state. This year, 501 artworks were submitted, of which 200 works were selected. Recognizing that many superb works were not selected, Art in Our City opened the possibility for those works to be exhibited in tandem with the regional museum exhibition. The idea for Art in Our City was inspired by the 1863 Salon des Refusés in Paris, France. That year 5,000 artworks were submitted for the esteemed annual exhibition. In response to criticism regarding the limited scope of works accepted into the academic salon, the French government conceived of a second exhibit, the Salon des Refusés (the Salon of the Rejected Ones), to allow artists who were not selected, a chance to display their work in Paris at the same time as the official Paris Salon exhibition. Among the 3000 works featured in the Salon des Refusés, were examples by several notable artists including Paul Cézanne, Édouard Manet, James Abbot McNeil Whistler, and Claude Monet to name a few. The objective of Art in Our City is also to showcase the work of talented artists who might otherwise have gone unnoticed and unrecognized this year.


With two exhibition spaces in mind, the Frauenthal Center’s Bettye Clark Cannon Gallery and the Century Club Center, we decided to create two, distinctly different exhibitions. For the Bettye Clark Cannon Gallery, we conceived of a serene theme that included primarily subjects from nature, and organic forms. We felt that the Century Club Center should feature works that are bold and stylized or whimsical. In both spaces, we juxtaposed abstract or non-objective artwork with representational subjects, to further the dialog between individual works. So be sure to ask yourself, “Why is this artwork placed next to this one?” “How are these pieces similar?” “How are they different?”


We hope that you enjoy the exhibitions!


Bettye Clark Cannon Gallery Open Monday - Friday  
11 am - 5 pm with extended hours on show nights
Free Admission
The Bettye Clark Cannon Gallery is located on the 2nd floor of the Hilt Building
inside the Frauenthal Center for the Performing Arts.
Art can be purchased at the Frauenthal Box Office