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Future Exhibitions

14th Annual North of the 45th

June 21 - July 30, 2021


14th Annual North of the 45th

DATES: June 21 - July 30, 2021


North of the 45th is an annual juried exhibition of artists living in the geographical area north of the 45th parallel in Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota. This line is known as the halfway point between the equator and the north pole, and crossing this line from the south is often associated with being “up north.” The exhibition and this catalogue showcase the breadth and depth of artists living in this upper Midwest region from both rural and urban areas. Each year, under the guidance of a juror, the exhibitions are completely different but equally fascinating to present. This year’s exhibition is juried by Ron Platt. Platt is Chief Curator at the Grand Rapids Art Museum, where he plans and organizes the Museum’s program of changing exhibitions and leads the presentation and growth of GRAM’s permanent collection. Throughout his career as a curator, Ron has organized numerous thematic and solo artist exhibitions. His recent exhibitions include Monir Farmanfarmaian: Mirror Variations, which comprised large-scale sculptural reliefs of cut mirror mosaic and reverse-glass painting that demonstrate the late artist’s interest in the serial progression of rectilinear forms, and Dylan Miner: Water is Sacred//Trees are Relatives. Current projects include An Interwoven Legacy: The Black Ash Basketry of Kelly Church and Cherish Parrish, a mother and daughter duo of West Michigan artists and environmentalists, which opens in December, 2020, and a two-person exhibition pairing the work of Dawoud Bey and Carrie Mae Weems, which premieres at GRAM in 2022 and then travels to other U.S. museums.



NOVEMBER 2020 - MARCH 2021





With over fifty artists competing for three spots, the jurors had a difficult task. Each selected artist was on at least two of the three jurors' top ten list. The jurors created a small exhibition that highlights different approaches, media, and concepts. Thank you to Rachel Fugate, Melissa Matuscak, and Whitney Warstler for jurying and for helping us celebrate artists living and working in the Upper Peninsula.

Kaelyn Wright's 'Stonecold' photograph submission

Kaelyn Wright



Originating from lower Michigan, Kaelyn Wright moved to Marquette to pursue a bachelor's degree in cultural anthropology. Now a Marquette local, she works as the manager of Velodrome Coffee Company. She spends her free time outdoors, where she often finds inspiration, roping her friends into spontaneous photoshoots. Kaelyn's work explores the solitary moments of limbo and empty places.

Catherine Benda's 'Redridge' painting submission

Catherine Benda



Catherine Benda grew up in Detroit, Michigan, and has a BFA in painting and drawing from Central Michigan University. She currently resides in Marquette, Michigan, after spending 40 living in the Keweenaw on the shores of Lake Superior. Benda's paintings are influenced by nature, the landscape, the lake, and the human connections to them. She strives to uncover the dynamics of nature, which sometimes are positive, subtle, and suggestive and, at other times, are intense, direct, and overwhelming. Benda's paintings and collaborative art projects have been on display regionally and nationally. In 2019, Benda earned the Bruce and Allie Kotila Award at the 32nd Northern National Exhibit sponsored by the Nicolet Art Gallery in Rhinelander, Wisconsin, and a first-place award at the Northern Exposure Exhibit at the Bonifas Art Center.

Emilee Covers's 'Ellis' painting submission

Emilee Covers


Emilee Cover's VSCO site

Emilee Covers is originally from a Little suburb right outside Chicago but currently resides here in Marquette, MI, junior status, as a Graphic Design major at Northern Michigan University. Although she is strictly under the umbrella of graphic art, she likes to dabble in several other mediums, including painting. Covers hopes to inspire other artists to venture out into other mediums and expand their minds to find a new passion.


Upper Peninsula artists are invited to submit one entry to the competition. Artists should submit their best artwork. The selected artists will have their artwork produced as a banner and displayed on the DeVos Art Museum at NMU.

Upper Penisula Artists aged 18 & up

FREE juried art competition
Selected artists recieve $250 in prize money

SUBMIT BY: October 19, 2020
DISPLAYED: November 2020 - March 2021

SUBMIT (closed): An image file of 6088 px (w) X 12000 px (h) & a short artist statement (Word or PDF)

Explorations In Wood

February 22 – April 30


Explorations In Wood

EXHIBTIONS DATES: February 15 - March 19, 2021


Our dependence on – and love for – wood cannot be overstated. It’s integral to our very existence in a range of ways, encompassing our man-made environments as well as both utilitarian and decorative items. The organic qualities of wood, our ability to manipulate its shape, its abundance, and its renewable potential are among the reasons wood permeates our culture – including the art world. The seventy objects comprising Explorations in Wood are a small sample of the work held in the collection of Philadelphia’s Center for Art in Wood, gathered over a forty-year period.

These works stem from a love of wood and display a rich variety of wood types. Processes are varied, too, including wood-turned vessels as well as more sculptural forms. Many celebrate the natural beauty of wood, evident in rich warm-brown tones and assorted grain patterns, typical of materials gathered around the globe.

While many of the artworks might beg to be touched due to the enticingly tactile nature of wood, it’s the design and form of each that were the basis for selection. Variety and handling also were criteria, noting that some artists, after maximizing the manipulative qualities of wood then use paint to highlight an object’s form. Others combine multiple wood types, creating forms with contrasting colors or manipulating shapes to expose varied natural and machined textures. These approaches and others highlight the diversity and unlimited potential of wood.

The Center for Art in Wood encourages an international roster of artists to not only explore the many facets of wood; the Center also continues to challenge artists to discover the inherent and dynamic possibilities of the medium.

- Curator Andy McGivern


Gianfranco Angelino, Italy
Mark Bishop, Tasmania
Ed Bosley, US
Miriam Carpenter, US
M. Dale Chase, US
Frank E Cummings, III, US
Mike Darlow, Australia
Ron David, Canada
Michael de Forest, US
Virginia Dotson, US
Jean-Francois Escoulen, France
Al Francendese, US
Dewey Garret, US
Malcolm Martin & Gaynor Dowling, UK
Andrew Gittoes, Australia
Michael N. Graham, US
Reed Hansuld, US
Stephen Hogbin, Canada
Michael Hosaluk, Canada
Todd Hoyer, US
Ted Hunter, Canada
William Hunter, US
Hans Joachim Weissflog, Germany
Amber Johnston, US
Ron Kent, US
Maria van Kesteren, Netherlands
Max Krimmel, US
Bud Latven, US
William Leete, US
Melvin Lindquist, US
Zina Manesa-Burloiu, Romania, & Adrian Segal, US
Thierry Martenon, France
Terry Martin, Austria
Hugh McKay, US
Gael Montgomerie, New Zealand
Ed Moulthrop, US
Rolly Munro, New Zealand
Liz & Michael O’Donnell, Scotland
Sean Ohrenich, US
William Patrick, US
Michael Peterson, US
Peter Petrochko, US
Hillary Pfiefer, US, Dennis Carr, US
and Neil Scobie, Australia
Carl R. Pittman, US
David Pye, UK
Wayne & Belinda Raab, US
Marc Ricourt, France
Allen Ritzman, US
Hap Sakwa, US
Betty Scarpino, US
& Remi Verchot, Australia
David Sengal, US
Michael Shuler, US
Jack Slentz, US
Hayley Smith, US
Butch Smuts, Africa
Alan Stirt, US
Bob Stocksdale, US
Tim Stokes, UK
Marcus Tatton, Tasmania
Joel Urruty, US
Remi Verchot, Australia
Derek Weidman, US
Jakob Weissflog, Germany
Vic Wood, Australia
Malcolm Zander, Canada

Annual Children's Exhibition

May 3 - May 28, 2021


Annual Children's Exhibition

EXHIBTIONS DATES: May 3 - May 28, 2021


Each year the DeVos Art Museum celebrates our area schools that support art programs for students. This annual exhibition, featuring talented K-12 students creating artwork in all media, was organized by the hardworking art teachers from local schools.

Thank you to the Michigan Council for the Arts for generous programming support.