Bettye Clark-Cannon Gallery
Art In Our City
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
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