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.