Muskegon Museum of Art Hosts Exhibition Honoring the 75th Anniversary of the West Michigan Symphony

Muskegon, Michigan, Aug. 21, 2014 – Twelve new pieces of artwork from 11 local artists will receive their West Michigan premiere Sept. 18 at the Muskegon Museum of Art, 296 W. Webster Ave.

The West Michigan Symphony commissions, underwritten by Dr. Fred and Deb Brown, celebrate three-quarters of a century of music. The show, titled “The 75th Anniversary Exhibition: West Michigan Symphony” will run through Nov. 2 as the Symphony kicks off a season of special concerts, performances and celebrations.

The exhibit, underwritten by Nichols with additional support by Blue Lake Public Radio, features artists Richard Dorean Brinn, Lee S. Brown, Christy DeHoog Johnson, Sheila Grant, Michelle Newman, Adam Dahlstrom, Timothy Norris, Sheryl Budnik, Katherine Bourdon, Jon Workman and Amy Wilkinson. After the exhibition, the artworks will be installed in the Symphony offices and The Block.

“This is such a wonderful and lasting way to commemorate this important milestone in the Symphony’s history,” said Carla Hill, WMS president and CEO. “The Symphony is honored to partner with the Muskegon Museum of Art on this commission and exhibition. We are particularly thrilled that this collaboration will create a lasting legacy for the Symphony.”

While on display at the museum, the artwork will be surrounded by anniversary celebration cards created by West Michigan residents. Artists of all ages are invited to create and submit an original work of art in the form of a celebration cards honoring the 75th Anniversary of the West Michigan Symphony. There is no fee for entry. Cards must be postcard format and measure 7 inches by 5 inches and be mailed or delivered by Sept. 1 to Muskegon Museum of Art. More information about the display can be found on the museum website:

About West Michigan Symphony
As one of the few professional regional orchestras in Michigan, West Michigan Symphony has played a leading role in the region’s cultural community for 75 years. Serving a regional audience with eight annual main stage concerts and dozens of educational and outreach activities; the organization’s most recent addition is The Block, a new and intimate concert venue in downtown Muskegon that hosts a wide range of performers. For more information, visit

Michigan Arts & Culture Council
National Endowment for the Arts