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93rd Michigan Contemporary Art Exhibition Opening

October 06

The 93rd Michigan Contemporary Art Exhibition continues a rich legacy of showcasing the work of Michigan artists, from talented beginners to accomplished professionals. A competitive show, the Michigan Contemporary presents a look at the issues, themes, and materials inspiring today’s Michigan artists. Featured media include painting, printmaking, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, textiles, jewelry, and installation. A visitor favorite, the exhibition engages, challenges, and inspires conversation. Entry is open to Michigan residents ages 18 and over.

October 6 through November 30, 2022

About the Juror:
Kira Nam Greene’s work explores female power, sexuality, and desire for control through figure and food still-life paintings surrounded by complex patterns. Imbuing the feminist legacies of the Pattern and Decoration Movement with transnational/multicultural motifs and figurative art history, Greene creates colorful paintings that are unique combinations of realism and abstraction, employing diverse media such as oil, acrylic, gouache, watercolor, and colored pencil. Born in Seoul, Korea, Greene lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She received her BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute, her MFA from School of Visual Arts, and her BA in International Relations from Seoul National University. Prior to becoming an artist, Greene earned her Ph. D in Political Science from Stanford University, specializing in Political Economy in East Asia, and taught a wide variety of subject matters in Political Economy both in academic and business settings.

Greene has shown her work widely at venues such as Sheldon Museum of Art, Muskegon Museum of Art, Reading Public Art Museum, Brown University, Salisbury University, City College of New York (CUNY), Wave Hill, Bronx Museum of Art, Noyes Museum, Contemporary Art Matters, Lyons Wier Gallery, Accola Griefen Gallery, Gallery Korea, A.I.R. Gallery, and Jane Lombard Gallery. In 2019, Greene was a finalist for the inaugural Bennett Prize for female figurative painters. She is a finalist for the Outwin Boochever Portrait Award and will participate in the exhibition at Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. in 2022-23. Her work has been covered in publications such as American Art Collector, Fine Arts Connoisseur, Artnet News, Art F City, BmoreArt, Wallpaper, W Magazine, Lincoln Star Journal, Art21 Blog, Hyphen Magazine, The Korea Daily and New York Art Beat. She was a Stewart MacMillan Chair in Painting at Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD in 2017-18 and is a part-time faculty of Fine Arts MFA Program at Parsons School of Design in New York.

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Muskegon Museum of Art