Dennos Spring Art Market

Dennos Museum Spring Art MarketOn Saturday, May 11 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. the Dennos Museum Center will be hosting the Spring Art Market. Engage with 25 talented artists selling work in a range of media from painting, printmaking, illustration, mixed media and ceramics to glass, wood, fiber, and jewelry. Take a museum stroll with mom and enjoy a pianist playing in the galleries. Create a Mother’s Day card with our docents. There is fun for all during this FREE DAY at the museum.

    • 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Spring Art Market
    • 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Printmaking and ceramic demos throughout the day
    • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. card making project
    • 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pianist in the galleries
    • 12–2 p.m. Coffee and cookies in the galleries (or as long as they last)
    • 2–3 p.m. Special behind-the-scenes tour with the Director

Parking is free in the Dennos Museum Center lot and throughout NMC’s campus.

Dennos Spring Art Market

On Saturday, May 13 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. the Dennos Museum Center will be hosting the Spring Art Market. Come celebrate spring and moms at the Dennos with fun museum programming! Over 20 Michigan artists who work in a range of media including ceramics, jewelry, printmaking, painting, glass, metal, mixed media, fiber and wood will be selling their pieces while the museum is open.

2023 Spring Art Market

Join us for a tour with the director, a Mother’s Day card making project, Michigan Legacy Art Park’s community art project, live art demonstrations and a pianist playing in the galleries during this FREE DAY at the museum.

    • 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Spring Art Market
    • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Make a Mother’s Day card
    • 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Michigan Blue Community Art Project
    • 12–3 p.m. Pianist in the galleries
    • 3 p.m. Tour with the Dennos Museum Director

Parking is free in the Dennos Museum Center lot and throughout NMC’s campus.

The Art Of: Sally Rogers Sept. 9

Wednesday, September 9, 2020 — 10:30 a.m. EST

Nexus sculptureJoin artist Sally Rogers and Curator of Education Jason Dake for a candid conversation online on Wednesday, September 9th at 10:30 a.m. EST about the artist’s work in the Dennos Museum Center permanent collection, including indoor and outdoor sculptures. In addition, they will talk about current and upcoming projects.

Sally Rogers grew up in the Grand Traverse region and is an alumnus of Northwestern Michigan College. She received her BFA from The Center for Creative Studies in Detroit, followed by her MFA at Kent State University, Ohio. Rogers has completed many large scale commissions and exhibits her work regularly throughout the United States.

Registration tickets are pay what you can, $0 – $15. Tickets must be reserved through the Dennos Museum Store Website. Registration will close at 9:00 a.m. the day of event to allow staff to prepare. After your ticket is reserved, a member of Dennos Staff will email you the details to join us on Zoom. A reminder email will go out the day of the event to all registrants 30 minutes prior to the start time. Registration will close an hour before the event starts.

The Art of :__ is generously supported by Art Bridges.


The Art Of: Jean Larson Sept. 2

Wednesday, September 2, 2020 — 10:30 a.m. EST

Jean Larson artJoin artist Jean Larson and curator of education Jason Dake on an international call between Traverse City and Iceland, to discuss the artist’s work in the Dennos Museum Center collection. They will also talk about Larson’s current artistic endeavors in her studio in Iceland.

A native of Northern Michigan, Jean Larson was born in Ishpeming, a small mining town in the Upper Peninsula. She grew up in Traverse City on the shores of Lake Michigan where she established a small studio and worked until 1984 when she moved to Boston in order to broaden her exposure to the art world. In 1992, Larson left the United States to settle in a small village in Southern France where once again, the natural environment provided further inspiration for her art. This was followed in 2010 by extensive periods spent in Iceland. She now expects to spend her time between Iceland, France, and Northern Michigan.

Registration tickets are pay what you can, $0-$15. After your ticket is reserved, a member of Dennos Staff will email you the details to join us on Zoom. A reminder email will go out the day of the event to all registrants 30 minutes prior to the start time. Register here.

Learn more about Jean Larson on her website.

The Art of :__ is generously supported by Art Bridges.


The Art of: Perspective

Saturday, October 27, 2018, 6:30-8 PM, Dennos Museum Center

Free Event

Join author and activist Larry Plamondon for an in-depth look at the stories between the paintings in the exhibition, Visions of American Life: Paintings from the Manoogian Collection, 1850-1940, organized and toured by the Detroit Institute of Arts. Plamondon will offer a historical perspective of the time period as it relates to the Native American experience, pulling from his own involvement in various movements during the 20th century. Supported by a grant from Art Bridges. Sponsored by Northwestern Michigan College’s Native American Student Organization (NASO).

John Primer Blues Concert

Saturday, October 20, 2018, 8 PM, Milliken Auditorium

John Primer has undisputedly helped build the sound and style of Chicago blues as we know it today. The echos of tradition bellowing from the birthplaces he played such as: Maxwell Street, Theresa’s, Checkerboard and Rosa’s Lounges, pulse from every chord in his fingers today. John Primer is still at the top of his game. With his strong traditionalist blues phrasing, seasoned rhythm and blues vocals and lightning-fast slide guitar techniques, few artists can match him and none have his vast, real deal, blues history. John Primer is a Chicago Blues living legend.

Tickets are free for NMC students with valid ID (pick them up in person at the Museum), $24 for members, $27 advanced, and $30 at the door by calling the museum at 231.995.1055, MyNorth Tickets at 800.836.0717, or online at

Free Screening of Dawnland

Thursday, October 11, 2018, 7 PM, Dutmers Theatre

Dawnland presented by Indy Lens Pop-Up (56 minutes)
By Adam Mazo and Ben Pender-Cudlip

Follow the first government-sanctioned truth and reconciliation commission in the U.S., which investigates the devastating impact of Maine’s child welfare practices on Native American communities. With exclusive access to this groundbreaking process and never-before-seen footage, Dawnland reveals the untold narrative of Indigenous child removal in the United States. Supported by a grant from Art Bridges. Sponsored by Morsels of Traverse City.

Linda O’Meara Day of the Arts

Saturday, October 6 – Noon-4 p.m.

Visit the Dennos for a day of celebrating the arts. Local partners and artists will be on hand to help inspire your work, whether it’s a drawing, painting, dance, or performance — anything goes! Day of the Arts is the official kickoff event for DRAW NoMI, a local event whose purpose is to encourage making art together. Supported by the Linda O’Meara Fund for Arts Education. The Museum will be free admission for children 17 and under.

Designing Tusen Takk – A Modernist Masterpiece

Thursday, September 27, 7 p.m.
Milliken Auditorium
Dennos Museum Center

This presentation is a unique opportunity to hear one of the world’s finest architects, Peter Bohlin, discuss the fundamental design principles that underlie his understanding of how great buildings consider the circumstances of the nature of people, places and how we make things.

The designing of Tusen Takk will serve as a means to explore the ideas behind many of the iconic modernist buildings that AIA Gold Medal recipient Peter Bohlin and his firm Bohlin Cywinski Jackson ( have created. Geoffrey Peckham, a photographer and Tusen Takk’s visionary owner and director, will assist in describing Tusen Takk’s past, present and future.

Peter Bohlin was commissioned by Geoffrey Peckham to create Tusen Takk, a spectacular residence with a now under construction artist-in-residence guesthouse and studio located on the shores of Lake Michigan in Leelanau County. Individual artists, one at a time, will come from around the world to Tusen Takk to work for a short period of time. Plans are for collaboration activities to take place at Northwest Michigan College, The Dennos Museum or Leland’s Old Art Building where the Tusen Takk guest artist will share insights about their work with the people of this region.

Tickets are $10 and available by calling the museum at (231) 995-1055, MyNorth Tickets at 800-836-0717, or online at Tickets are free for NMC students with a valid photo ID (pick tickets up at the museum).