“CALENDAR” of Art Events

(Updated 08/30/2018)



  • PWPL = Peter White Public Library (Marquette)
  • BAC = Bonifas Arts Center (Escanaba)



    *Eligibility: Open to all residents of Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin living north of the 45th parallel. There is wiggle room for people within 1 degree of this area, but the idea is to represent artists living in the upper Midwest region. Work in all media is welcome and there are no size limitations. Work previously exhibited at the museum is not eligible.
    *Submissions: All entries must be submitted by creating an account at devos.slideroom.com. There is a $20 fee to submit up to five images; the juror will select specific pieces for the exhibition based on these submissions.
    *Awards: A Juror’s Choice award will be selected by the juror, with a prize of $500. The Juror’s Choice recipient will also receive a one-on-one portfolio review with the juror. An Audience Choice award in the amount of $250 will be given at the close of the exhibition, based on votes by visitors to the exhibition. ** The Permanent Collection Acquisition award is dependent upon approval by museum committee.
    * Timeline (all dates are 2018):
    May 31, 11:59PM EST: entries due
    * July 13: jury decisions sent via e-mail
    * July 16: high resolution image due to museum for catalogue
    * August 7, 5pm ET: artwork due at the museum
    * Aug 24 – November 4: exhibition dates, with an opening reception on Aug 24
    * More info: devos.slideroom.com or nmu.edu/devos
    *Accepted entries will need to be shipped or delivered to the museum ready to display. Shipped artwork will be returned at the museum’s expense.ABOUT THE JUROR: Cortney Lederer is an arts advocate, curator and project manager with fifteen years of experience managing an array of artistic programming for organizations and businesses. From 2011–14 she served as the Director of Exhibitions and Residencies at the Chicago Artists Coalition (CAC), where she designed and managed its two residency programs: BOLT Residency and HATCH Projects. While at CAC, Cortney curated and managed special projects for businesses such as tech incubator 1871, Patron Tequila, TOMS Shoes, Groupon and Taste of Chicago (DCASE). She has curated and produced hundreds of solo and group exhibitions during her tenure at CAC. As a result of her efforts, her programs were cited as producing some of the most promising emerging practitioners in Chicago in the Chicago Tribune (2011) and voted “Best opportunity for emerging artists” by New City’s Best of Chicago (2013).In 2014 Cortney launched CNL Projects (CNL), which provides project-based consulting to organizations with a specialization in curating, project management, program design and development. CNL has worked with notable organizations such as 3Arts, Chicago Artists Coalition, Lillstreet Art Center, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, EXPO Chicago, Fashion Outlets of Chicago, LinkedIn, Wilson Sporting Goods and Hyatt Hotels Corporate Office Chicago.

    In addition, Cortney works closely with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) where she is in process of curating her third Masters of Fine Arts exhibition featuring artists working across multiple mediums. She also teaches two graduate-level courses in the Arts Administration and Policy department and provides professional development workshops to artists throughout Chicago.

    Cortney received her BA in Sociology from George Washington University (1999), a BFA from the University of Victoria (2002), and a dual Masters degree in Modern Art History, Theory and Criticism and Arts Administration and Policy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2009). Currently, she serves on the board of Every House Has a Door (previously Goat Island) the Education Advisory Committee for the Chicago Artists Coalition, and Programming Advisory committee for Snow City Arts.

  • AUGUST 30 – OCTOBER 25: The Golden Age of Album Covers
    Opening Reception: tbd
    The Golden Age of Album Covers is an amazing collection of 80 iconic album covers, curated by retired Humanities professor and former Bay College instructor, Doug Sjoquist, that present a format for exploring the changing times and culture reflected in the music.


    The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center (MACC), together with local musician Nancy Railey, is proud to present the very first BachFest Marquette! BachFest is a season-long Festival which celebrates the life and legacy of famed composer J.S. Bach, as well as highlights the fantastic musical and artistic talent in our community. The Festival will run from September until December, and feature ten unique musical events intended to inspire and engage listeners of all ages with the power of classical music. Please note: Programming and performer lineups are subject to change. Please visit: Marquette365.com, the MACC on Facebook, or contact Tristan at: tluoma@marquettemi.govor (906) 225-8655 for up-to-date information about each event.
  • SEPT 13, 9:30-10:15 am: Toddler Art — Session 1 (Recurring Class) For toddlers (mobile to age 3) & their caregivers at WM. BONIFAS FINE ART CENTER, 700 First Ave South, Escanaba, MI 49829; (906-786-3833); www.bonifasarts.org
    Instructor: Lorne Watson
    Join us for creative play activities & music fun!Led by professional teachers & musicians, toddlers will be combining fun & learning to help nurture imagination, problem solving, & develop motor skills. Art stations & music provide hands on fun.
    * Session 1: Sept 13, 20, 27, Oct 4, 11, 18, 25
    * Session 2: Nov 1, 8, 15, 29 (skips Thanksgiving),
    Dec 6, 13, 20
    7-Week Session: $32 | Per Day: $5
  •  SEPT 13, 10:30-11:15 am: Preschool Art & Music (Recurring Class) at WM. BONIFAS FINE ART CENTER, 700 First Ave South, Escanaba, MI 49829; (906-786-3833); www.bonifasarts.org
    Instructor: Lorne WatsonREGISTER BY SEPT 13
    4-5 yrd old with an adult
    Meets for a 6-week semester on Thursdays.
    Sept. 13, 20, 27, Oct. 4, 11, 18
    This new workshop offers a guided & joyful experience in the Bonifas Gallery for preschool-aged children & their caregivers. Young artists will explore layering, textures, & colors in varied mediums such as paint, clay and drawing. Their imaginations will grow as an individual & through collaborative projects based in art-play, storytelling, & music.
    6-Week Session: $45
  • SEPT 18: LSAA Program – “Meet & Greet” – free, and open to the public
    Location: Lakeview Arena, 401 E Fair Ave, Marquette,
    Citizens Forum room (has it’s own entrance on the west, front side with sign). Bring a piece of your work or a share a bit about yourself & your art interests.Some easels will be provided or bring your own.LSAA programs are held on the 3rd Tuesday of the month, at 7 pm
(Sept, Oct, Jan through April). These programs are free and open to the public & snacks provided. Contact Michele Tuccini at: (906) 250-7364 or 
mtuccini@chartermi.net for more information.


  • OCT 12: LAST DAY TO NOMINATE SOMEONE FOR AN AWARD FOR THE 2019 22ND ANNUAL ART AWARDS Nomination forms and criteria may be picked up at the MACC or found online at: https://goo.gl/1Yniqq. A complete list of past award winners can be found at https://goo.gl/3yPsWi
  • OCT 12, 7:30 pm: Siril Concert Series – Viano String Quartet, Reynolds Recital Hall, NMU campus http://www.vistatheater.org/events.html
  • OCT 12-14Frankenstein, the play, at the Historic Vista Theatre in Negaunee, MI – 218 Iron St, Negaunee, MI 49866. Showtimes: Fri – 7 pm, Sat & Sun – 2 pm
  • Oct 13 (Sat), 1 pm & 7:30 pm: Fringe Festival – “Fighting for the Arts”, Black Box, 105 McClintock, NMU campus
  • OCT 13 (Sat), 6 pm: JazzyBach at
    Ore Dock Brewing Company. FREE admission; donations appreciated. Join local jazz saxophonist Patrick Booth over some refreshments for a refreshing, jazzy take on Bach’s legacy!
  • OCT 13, 7:30 pm: NMU Choirs, Reynolds Recital Hall, NMU campus
  • OCT 14 (Sun), 3 pm: ChamberMusic Concert at Reynolds Recital Hall. FREE admission; donations appreciated. This Sunday afternoon collage concert will feature music from a host of local musicians & music educators, including Marquette Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet (Mark Flaherty, Matt Ludwig, Brian Carter, Steve Grugin, & Bruce Cassell), Debbie Carlson, Nancy Railey, Anne Perket, N. Lynne Koski Lanczy, Barbara Rhyneer, Claudia Drosen, Nancy Zimmerman, & a chamber orchestra. Programming includes Bach’s My Spirit Be Joyful in D Major, two movements from Sonata #4 in c minor, Gamba Sonata #1 in G Major, and Brandenburg Concerto #5 in D Major[PART OF BACHFEST MARQUETTE]
  • OCT 16, 4 pm: Student Recital,Reynolds Recital Hall, NMU campus
  • OCT 16: LSAA Program – “Eco Printing” – free, and open to the public
    Location: Lakeview Arena, 401 E Fair Ave, Marquette,
    Citizens Forum room (has it’s own entrance on the west, front side with sign). Charlice Steward & Michele Tuccini will present what it is, how it’s done, & why it’s a perfect art form for nature loves. Older children will love the fun too!LSAA programs are held on the 3rd Tuesday of the month, at 7 pm
(Sept, Oct, Jan through April). These programs are free and open to the public & snacks provided. Contact Michele Tuccini at: (906) 250-7364 or 
mtuccini@chartermi.net for more information.
  • OCT 20 (Sat), 3 pm: NMU Orchestra w/ Sault Sainte Marie Youth Orchestra, Reynolds Recital Hall, NMU campus
  • OCT 21 (Sun), 3 pm: LakeSuperior Piano Workshop at Reynolds Recital Hall. FREE admission; donations appreciated. Special Bach recital by members of the Lake Superior Piano Workshop. Featured performers & programming includes: Toccata and Fugue in d minor, performed by Robert Buchkoe; Partita #1 in Bb Major,performed by Esther Barrington; Italian Concerto,performed by Nancy Railey;Prelude & Fugue in D Major, WTC Iand Prelude & Fugue in F# minor, WTC II,performed by Nancy Zimmerman; & Chromatic Fantasy and Fugueperformed by Anna Martin. [PART OF BACHFEST MARQUETTE]
  • OCT 29, 3 pm: Siril Concert Series – Hans de Jon, saxophone, Reynolds Recital Hall, NMU
  • OCT 30, 4 pm: Student Recital, Reynolds Recital Hall, NMU


  • NOV 3, 7:30 pm: Senior Recital Series – Kyle Mol, trumpet, 7:30 pm, Reynolds Recital Hall, NMU
  • Nov 7, 7:30 pm: Faculty Jazz Trio Recital – Flaherty /Ziegner/South, Reynolds Recital Hall, NMU
  • NOV 9 – DEC 20: Northern Exposure Competition & Art Show
     (Bonifas Arts Center (BAC), Escanba, Powers Gallery)
    Meet the Artists’ Reception: Thursday, Nov. 9 from 7-9 p.m.
    The U.P.’s premier and longest-running regional arts competition, Northern Exposure supports artists throughout the region by encouraging new work and offering over $3,000 worth of prizes.This exhibit showcases a comprehensive look at the contemporary artwork being created in the Upper Peninsula.
  • NOV 10, 3 pm: NMU Percussion Ensemble, Reynolds Recital Hall, NMU
  • NOV 11, 3 pm: NMU Choirs – Veterans Day, Reynolds Recital Hall, NMU
  • NOV 13, 4 pm: Student Recital, Reynolds Recital Hall, NMU
  • NOV 15, 4-8 pm: 22ndAnnual Ladies Night in downtown Marquette. Free event, passports $2 donation. Get passport stamped at local businesses to register for gift baskets, each valued at over $600. Proceeds benefit Marquette Women’s Center.
  • NOV 17 (Sat), 10 am-5 pm: 19th Annual Holiday Art Sale
    The Marquette Regional History Center (MRHC) and the City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center (MACC) are proud to announce the 2018 Holiday Art Sale, scheduled for Saturday, November 17, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For the second year, the Sale will take place at the Marquette Regional History Center, providing shoppers with a beautiful space to shop the juried sale, visit world-class exhibits, enjoy an old-fashioned bake sale, MRHC membership drive, and other surprises. Booth rental fees and the small $2 admission will help support the MRHC, a private non-profit 501c3 organization.
  • NOV 17 (Sat), 1 pm: Youth Recital & Bach Art Exhibitionat the MACC. FREE admission. Enjoy a Bach-themed recital put on by area youth, as well as Bach-inspired artwork produced by MAPS students! [PART OF BACHFEST MARQUETTE]
  • NOV 27, 4 pm: Student Recital, Reynolds Recital Hall, NMU
  • NOV 28, 7:30 pm: NMU Orchestra Concert, Reynolds Recital Hall, NMU
  • NOV 29, 7:30 pm: NMU Jazz Band, Reynolds Recital Hall, NMU
  • NOV 30, 7:30 pm: Faculty Recital Series – Nancy Zimmerman, piano, Reynolds Recital Hall, NMU
  • NOV 30, 6-8 pm: Winter Snow Fun Holiday Parade & City Tree Lighting After parade, spectators welcomed to Marquette Commons where Santa Claus & friends will light up Downtown at the annual City of Marquette Tree Lighting. Festivities include a performance by the Marquette Senior High School Redmen Chorale, pony rides, hot chocolate & photos with Santa. The Marquette Post Office staff lends a helping hand to Santa’s elves by collecting children’s letters to Santa along the Holiday Parade route. Contact: (906-228-9475)


  • DEC 1: Marquette Arts & Culture Center (MACC) GRAND REOPENING after renovations – in lower level of Peter White Public Library (PWPL) Time TBD.
  • DEC 1, 12-9 pm: Irontown Turns Tinseltown 2018
    Stand and cheer for the Holiday Parade, take some pictures with Santa, sing with the Caroling, watch the tree lighting, shop at the craft show, enjoy free drinks, appetizers, & specials in Downtown Negaunee’s participating businesses. Fill out your shopping passport & drop it into Santa’s mailbox for a chance to win a grand prize basket filled with treats, gift certificates, goodies, & more donated by the local businesses. Have questions or would like more information on how to get in the craft show? Call: Hanna at (906-362-1426)
  • DEC 3: MACC Creative Community program to start back up after MACC remodel.
  • DEC 3, 9-11 am: Donckers’ Music Series “Toast & Jams” Featuring twin vocalists & musicians, Karen & Megan Ludwig at Donckers, 137 W Washington St
  • DEC 4, 7-9 pm: Masonic Arts Fellowship Christmas Variety Show 128 W Washington St. An enchanting evening of Christmas entertainment from wonderfully talented local area singers and dancers for the entire family! FREE admission!! Appearances by the Grinch AND Santa Claus! A free-will $5 donation requested as a fundraiser for future performances to benefit the Masonic Center. https://www.facebook.com/events/1533976676695702/
  • DEC 6, 7:30 pm: Holiday Collage Concert, Reynolds Recital Hall, NMU
  • DEC 8, 7:30-9:30 pm: Sounds of the Holidays
    by Marquette Symphony Orchestra at Kaufman Auditorium w/ MSHS Chorale.
  • DEC 10, 1:30 pm: Tuba Christmas at MRHC, 145 W Spring (tubachristmas.com)
  • DEC 15 (Sat), 7:30 pm & DEC 16 (Sun), 3 pm: Marquette Choral Society Winter Concert at St. Peter Cathedral [PART OF BACHFEST MARQUETTE – last event of 2018] Free-will offering. Founded in 1971, The Marquette Choral Society is a mixed chorus composed of members of the community of Marquette & its surrounding area & students at NMU. A true gem & staple within Marquette’s creative community, they perform two major concerts each year – Dec & April. December concert: Features the work of J.S. Bach. Join the MCS & Director Dr. Erin Colwitz for his famed Magnificat& Wachet auf, BWV 140, & enjoy one of our creative community’s true gems!
  • DEC 31, 11:45 pm: New Year’s Eve Ball Drop
    130 W Washington St, Marquette


  • LSAA 41st Annual Members Show and 22nd Annual Art Awards will take place in January in the newly remodeled Marquette Arts & Culture Center (MACC) in the lower level of the Peter White Public Library (PWPL). Date TBD.
  • JAN 19, 7 pm: Hit The Road With Jack Deo at Kaufman AuditoriumJoin us for an entertaining night of vintage automobiles, motorcycles, gas stations, and dealerships.  There will be amazing photographs, movie footage and hilarious stories by local legends.  Special guests include Dennis Henderson, Dan Hornbogen, Dick Lutey, and Rosemary Michelin.$15 general admission / $20 at the door.  $20 VIP balcony seating (only 134 available!) / $25 at the door.Sponsored by  Northern Michigan Bank & Trust