The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum History

The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum History

Constructed in 1838 as part of the federal Indian Agency, the “Indian Dormitory” served its original purpose for less than a decade. Use for a variety of federal government and public purposes through the middle nineteenth century, in 1867 it became the island’s public school. With several additions, it served this purpose until 1960. Surround by park commission-owned property, the Park Commission purchased the school in 1963 and restored it to its original appearance. The building opened as a museum in 1966. Featuring 1830s period settings and a Native American exhibit, by 2001 the exhibits were showing their age, and the structure was closed for renovation and reinterpretation. The evaluation of the future uses of the structure as a publicly accessible museum space thus coincided with the need for a venue for the commission’s art gallery. The upper floor, which previously contained the Native American exhibit, did not meet accessibility requirements, and, in fact, had been closed several years before the rest of the building. There was no climate control and, with the adoption of higher standards of collections care, the most fragile objects had been removed from exhibit even earlier. The building would need full climate control, fire suppression, and an elevator, all installed so as not to compromise the building’s original historic fabric. The funds for such a transformation were not available in the Park Commission’s budget. A private donor was needed. Fortunately one was available, whose interests were perfectly aligned to the idea of an art museum for Mackinac. Richard Manoogian is a major art collector and benefactor, and a Mackinac Island State Park Commissioner. With his wife Jane he is also a summer cottager with an intense interest in Mackinac Island. Impressed by the proposal, the conversion of the Indian Dormitory into an art museum was fully funded by the Richard and Jane Manoogian Foundation.

Work commenced on the project in 2009. An addition to the back of the building was required to house an elevator and emergency stairway. Before construction began, archaeologists performed a full excavation to study the site of the addition. A number of the items found during the excavation related to the history of the structure itself. Prehistoric items were also uncovered, including pottery sherds dating from ca. 800-1000 A.D. One is the rim of a vessel decorated with a linear punctuate design. It is an example of the earliest type of Mackinac art, and is featured in the museum.

The addition was carefully joined to the back of the original structure in an area that had previously been altered, with no loss of historic building fabric. Adapting the rest of the structure into a modern gallery space included the same level of care. All original material was carefully preserved and some features, such as the reconstruction of original hearths not done during the 1966 restoration, were finished at this time.

Dedicated in July 2010, the museum showcases Mackinac art from Native American objects to recent creations.

Juried Art Exhibition

2023 Mackinac Art Exhibition

A Mackinac Day

$5,000 in Cash Prizes

The entry form can be found at the bottom of the page. Please read the following guidelines carefully:

Juried Exhibition
Mackinac State Historic Parks announced an Art Exhibition at The Richard & Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum on Mackinac Island, Michigan. Art will be chosen by a juror and displayed to the public from early May, 2023 until closing in early October, 2023.

The juror will select a single Best of Show, second and third place, and three honorable mention awardees from the pieces displayed in the exhibition. Winners will be announced at the June 14, 2023 awards ceremony on Mackinac Island.

Award
There will be a single Best of Show award which will be chosen by the juror. The winner will receive The Richard & Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum Gold Medal and $2,500 cash prize. Their name will be on the list of annual Gold Medal winners, which is displayed at the museum. In addition, there will be second and third place cash prizes of $1,000 and $750, respectively, and three (3) honorable mention awards with cash prizes of $250 each. All prizes are donated by the Mackinac Arts Council and Mackinac Associates. Winners will be announced at the June 14, 2023 awards ceremony.

Guidelines
The subject of the artwork must conform to the theme A Mackinac Day

The theme for the 2023 juried art exhibition is A Mackinac Day. There’s always something special about being able to spend a day on Mackinac. The sun seems to shine a little brighter. The sky seems a little bluer. Even days where things don’t go to plan can seem perfect. Everybody has their “Mackinac Day.” We encourage artists working in all media to share with us their artistic visions of what A Mackinac Day means to them.

All media of artwork will be accepted from living artists, including photography, paint, sculpture and others. Artwork must have been completed within the last two years. No artwork that has been selected as a finalist in previous juried exhibitions will be accepted. Artists are encouraged to submit more than one artwork, but no more than three will be accepted. Due to space limitation, entries larger than 46″ high or wide (measurements include frame) will not be accepted. 

Participation is open to all artists, nationally and internationally, who are 18 years of age or older.

Sales
Artwork selected for inclusion in the exhibition may be available for sale with permission of the artist.

Fee
There is a non-refundable entry fee of $25 for each entry. There is a limit of three entries.

Procedures
The entry form link is at the bottom of this page. All entries are accepted electronically. Entries must be a high-resolution (300 dpi and at least 3 MB but no larger than 5 MB) JPG image of the artwork. Incomplete entry forms will not be considered.

Entries must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 3, 2023.  Artists will be notified of the juror’s selection by Friday, March 17, 2023. Please do not call or email to inquire. 

Preparation Requirements
Accepted entries must be ready for presentation. Accepted pieces must be ready for hanging with wire or other appropriate mounting hardware. It is recommended that framed pieces have a glass or Plexiglas front. Additional arrangements may have to be made for three-dimensional objects. Works that are not prepared may cause disqualification from the final judging.

Rights and Reproductions
Mackinac State Historic Parks reserves the right to photograph and reproduce all entries accepted for the exhibition, regardless of copyright for the sole purpose of catalog publication and publicizing the show.

Delivery of Accepted Artwork
Artwork must be shipped to the Mackinac Island State Park Field Office between March 27, 2023 – April 14, 2023.

Mackinac Island State Park Field Office
ATTN: 2023 Art Contest
PO Box 370
1856 Fort Service Road
Mackinac Island, MI 49757

Liability
Mackinac State Historic Parks’ staff will exercise all reasonable care with your original artwork. However, Mackinac Island State Park Commission, its directors, staff, volunteers, and anyone connected with the exhibition will not be responsible for loss or damage, including damages made during the mailing process. It is suggested that artists carry their own insurance.

Agreement
Submission of a work shall constitute and agreement to comply with all the conditions set forth in this invitation. The juror reserves the right to reject any work not accurately represented by the digital image. The decision of the juror is final.

Juror
Juror for the 2023 show will be announced soon.

Important Dates

June, 2022
Mackinac State Historic Parks begins accepting submissions.

March 3, 2023
Submission deadline. Any entries received after 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time March 3, 2023 will not be considered.

March 17, 2023
Artists notified by email of juror results.

March 27 – April 14, 2023
Ship artwork to the Mackinac Island State Park Field Office.

Early May, 2023
The Seasons of Mackinac exhibition opens to the public

June 14, 2023
Awards ceremony announcing the exhibition winners held at The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum.

Early October, 2023
Exhibit closes to the public for the season. However, it may reopen during various dates through late October for special group tours and events. All artwork must remain at the museum through October 31, 2023.

After Close of Exhibition 2023
Artwork can be picked up by artists. Appointments for pick-up must be made between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. If artists wishes to have artwork returned via mail, the appropriate packaging and return postage must be included during prior delivery. Please ensure that packaging and postage included for return artwork is of the appropriate dimensions and denomination.

Click here to submit an entry/submit entries to the 2023 juried art exhibition.

Artist-in-Residence Program

**The link to apply is below. Please read all of the following information first before applying.**

Program Description

The Mackinac State Historic Parks Artist-In-Residence Program is designed to promote and encourage the creation of artistic works inspired by the history, natural wonders, and beauty of Mackinac Island. The residencies are available to artists in all mediums, including writers, composers, sculptures, and visual artists including photographers, among others.

The 2 and 3 week residencies are available beginning in early June and continuing through early October.

2022 Artist-in-Residence Schedule: 

June 7 – June 19, workshop June 15: Alexander Utz, Playwright
June 21 – July 10, workshop June 29: Leila Chatti, Poet
July 12 – July 24, workshop July 20: Kateri Kaminski, Freelance Artist/Jewelry Maker
July 26 – August 7, workshop August 3: James Swanson, Painter
August 9 – August 28, workshop August 17: Jenna Wood, Porcupine Quill Artist
August 30 – September 11, workshop September 7: Amy Sacka, Documentary Photographer
September 13 – October 2, workshop September 21: Jean Gumpper, Woodcut Print Artist

The Residence

The resident artist is housed in the newly-remodeled second floor of the Mackinac Island Visitor’s Center, formerly the 1915 Mackinac Island Coast Guard Station. The residence, which overlooks the Straits of Mackinac, includes a studio apartment with one full size bed with bedding and towels provided, private bath and shower, kitchen with stove, sink, and full-size refrigerator, washer and dryer, WIFI, and basic kitchen and cleaning supplies. This is a historic building and the second floor is only accessible by stairway. This is a non-smoking facility and no pets are allowed. The residence is provided solely for the artist, and no guests are permitted without permission from MSHP. The residence is provided rent free.

The Station 256 Conference Room, which is immediately adjacent to the residence, is available by appointment for the artist when not in use by park. The artist also has access, with previous arrangement, to the work space in the lower level of The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum for project work and/or workshops.

Expectations

The artist is asked to provide one public presentation (workshop, lecture, reading, demonstration, etc.) during the residency. The presentation will take place at 7:00 p.m. on the second Wednesday of the artist’s residency. There are multiple options for the location of the presentation and a final decision will be made after the artist is selected. The artist will also contribute one piece of their work to Mackinac State Historic Parks within 12 months of the end of the residency.

The artist is responsible for transportation to and from and while on Mackinac Island as well as all personal equipment, supplies, and food. The resident can call for a dray or taxi (906-847-3323) on Mackinac Island to help transport their own supplies; this service will not be provided by Mackinac State Historic Parks. There is a grocery store located across the street. Check-in is on Tuesday between 3 and 5 pm, and a representative from Mackinac State Historic Parks will meet you at the residence; check out is on Sunday by 12 noon. No housekeeping is provided during the residency and artist is responsible for leaving the residence clean and in good order.

Application Process

Applications are no longer being accepted for the 2022 season.

Applications will only be accepted electronically. There is a $25 application fee, and applications will not be considered complete until the fee is received. The deadline to receive applications is January 14, 2022 by 5:00 p.m. EST. Additionally, all applications fees must be received by this date as well. An option to pay online is available while filling out the application. If you’d like to send a check, please use the address below.

Questions or comments on submitting your application can be sent to mackinacparks@michigan.gov.

Notification of acceptance will be by February 11, 2022.

If paying by check or money order, please send the application fee to:

Mackinac State Historic Parks
Attn: Artist-in-Residence Program
P.O. Box 873
Mackinaw City, MI 49701

Selection Process

A jury of representatives from Mackinac State Historic Parks, the Mackinac Island Arts Council, and the Mackinac Island Community Foundation will select from the pool of applicants. Selections will be made solely on the basis of merit and how their work can advance the program’s goal of encouraging the creation of artistic works inspired by the history, natural wonders, and beauty of Mackinac Island.

Artists-in-Residence for the 2022 season: 

June 7 – June 19, workshop June 15: Alexander Utz, Playwright
June 21 – July 10, workshop June 29: Leila Chatti, Poet
July 12 – July 24, workshop July 20: Kateri Kaminski, Freelance Artist/Jewelry Maker
July 26 – August 7, workshop August 3: James Swanson, Painter
August 9 – August 28, workshop August 17: Jenna Wood, Porcupine Quill Artist
August 30 – September 11, workshop September 7: Amy Sacka, Documentary Photographer
September 13 – October 2, workshop September 21: Jean Gumpper, Woodcut Print Artist

Historic Downtown Mackinac

Historic Downtown Mackinac

Mackinac State Historic Parks operates several historic structures in the downtown area of Mackinac Island. The McGulpin House, American Fur Company Retail Store & Dr. Beaumont Museum, Biddle House, and Benjamin Blacksmith Shop are all located on Market St.

Though only open during Mackinac State Historic Parks’ main season, admission to these sites is included with your purchase of a Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum or Fort Mackinac ticket.

To learn more about Historic Downtown Mackinac, click here: Historic Downtown Mackinac

 

Get Here

Get Here

The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum is located on Main Street on Mackinac Island at the east edge of Marquette Park. Click here to map your route to the Mackinac Art Museum.

Historic Indian Dormitory

The Indian Dormitory was built on Mackinac Island as part of improvements to the Mackinac Island United States Indian Agency called for in the 1836 Treaty of Washington, in which Indian nations of the Great Lakes deeded significant portions of Michigan’s upper and lower peninsulas to the United States.  The dormitory was constructed to house Native Americans who came to the island to receive payment as part of the provision.  However, as the Native Americans visiting the agency continued to camp along the harbor, it was primarily used by Indian agents as an administrative building and as the residence of the dormitory keeper.  After eight years, it no longer served this purpose and was eventually converted into a schoolhouse for island children.  The front of the building was subsequently enlarged for that purpose, and it served as the Mackinac Island Public School for nearly 100 years.

During the early 1940s, the school building served as the “Mackinac Island Summer School of Art.”  The program was part of an effort to establish a permanent summer art colony on the island.  Artists taught courses and the students’ works were exhibited in the school.  Although successful, the program was suspended during WWII and not revived.

In 1964 the seven-member Mackinac Island State Park Commission, the governing body of Mackinac State Historic Parks, purchased the property from the Mackinac Island Board of Education.  In 1965-66 the commission completely restored the building to its 1838 appearance including the removal of later additions.  Exhibits were installed and it was opened each summer to the public from 1966 until 2002, at which time it was closed due to budget cutbacks.  The building remained closed and has since fallen into disrepair.

In 2007, Mackinac State Historic Parks staff began working to convert the unused historic structure into an art museum.  The art museum has been generously funded by the Richard and Jane Manoogian Foundation.

The Richard & Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum

The Richard & Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum

Be inspired.  

This is Mackinac. 

Nowhere else does such a rare and exceptional collection of Mackinac-related art and photography come together to tell Mackinac’s story.

In complement to the natural beauty of Mackinac Island, The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum allows visitors to experience fine and decorative arts inspired by Mackinac through the ages.

One of the most diverse art museums in the region, the museum’s collection offers no shortage of beauty and history – from hand-beaded Native American garments and 17th and 18th-century maps of the Great Lakes, to one-of-a-kind pieces from the height of Mackinac Island’s Victorian era.

Original photographs from the mid-19th to the mid-20th century present the beauty of Mackinac as captured by the camera’s eye. Featured are the works of William H. Gardiner, including dozens of his famed early-twentieth century hand-tinted views.

Highlights

Exhibits

Fine and decorative arts related to Mackinac are presented in four long-term exhibits. The first floor main gallery contains works depicting views of Mackinac from the early 19th to the late 20th century as well historic maps. Two smaller galleries feature decorative and Native American Art. Mackinac photography from the permanent collection is featured on the second floor. Audiovisual presentations provide deeper exploration of some of the prominent works.

2022 Gold Medal Winner “The D.M.C.” by Kelly Heck. 

2022 Contemporary Art Show: Mackinac Journeys

The theme for the 2022 juried art exhibition is “Mackinac Journeys.” Every Mackinac journey is unique. From lifelong residents to the novice first-timer, the journey to, around, and from Mackinac is always memorable. The gallery is on display through October 9. At the June 15, 2022 awards ceremony, Kelly Heck won The Richard & Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum Gold Medal for “The D.M.C.”

2023 Contemporary Art Show: A Mackinac Day

The theme for the 2023 juried art exhibition is A Mackinac Day. There’s always something special about being able to spend a day on Mackinac. The sun seems to shine a little brighter. The sky seems a little bluer. Even days where things don’t go to plan can seem perfect. Everybody has their “Mackinac Day.” We encourage artists working in all media to share with us their artistic visions of what A Mackinac Day means to them. Click here for more information.

Artist-in-Residence Program

Mackinac has inspired artists for generations. Here’s your chance to let it inspire you. Click here for more information.

Kids’ Art Studio

How has Mackinac inspired you? Allow your creativity to flow in the Kids’ Art Studio, where art museum staff have prepared projects every day or the materials to let you create your own work of art.

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