posted January 15, 2008

Work by Steve Nelson Featured in Muskegon

 As a recent addition to the permanent collection of the Muskegon Museum of Art, photography by Steve Nelson of the HopeCollege art faculty is featured in an exhibition at the museum that is continuing through mid-March.

Nelson's work is among more than 50 works of art in a wide variety of media displayed in "Legacy: A Decade of Collecting," which highlights a group of acquisitions that the museum has made since 1998. The exhibition opened on Friday, Dec. 14, and will continue through Saturday, March 16.

The exhibition includes "Labyrinth of Stone" (black and white gelatin silver print, 2002), one of two of his photographs that were added to the museum's permanent collection during the decade being celebrated. The two works are from his "Dissolution Series," which features black-and-white, panoramic images of abbey ruins in the British Isles that were taken between 2001 and 2003. They were part of a two-person show, "Aspects of Reality: Howard Bond & Steven Nelson," featured at the museum in 2003.

Nelson is an associate professor of art and chairperson of the department at Hope, where he has taught since 1989. His photographs have been exhibited widely, including in solo and group exhibitions in Chicago and New York. This past fall he had a solo exhibition of his photographs at Aquinas College titled "Simultaneity."

On Saturday, Jan. 19, he will present "Photography: Past and Present Tense" at 11 a.m. as part of the college's Winter Happening program. Admission to the Jan. 19 presentation is free. The seminar location will be announced during the event's registration starting at 9 a.m. at morning at the college's Haworth Inn and Conference Center.

Admission to the Muskegon Museum of Art is $4 for adult admission and free for those 17 and under or students with a student ID. The museum is located at 296 W. Webster Ave. next to the Hackley Public Library in Muskegon, and is open Sundays from noon to 4:30 p.m.; Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The museum is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Additional information about the exhibition may be obtained by calling the museum at (231) 720-2570 or online at www.muskegonartmuseum.org.