KIA presents Curator Jane Connell Thursday, Spetember 10

Posted: September 2, 2015

Muskegon Museum of Art Curator E. Jane Connell to speak at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts

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KALAMAZOO, MI -- The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts welcomes E. Jane Connell, Director of Collections and Exhibitions, Muskegon Museum of Art, for a curator's talk Thursday, September 10, at 6:30 p.m.

Ms. Connell will talk about curating Manierre Dawson: Engineering Abstraction, a KIA exhibition running through December 13. Organized by the Muskegon Museum of Art, the exhibition of 26 works represents examples of Dawson's work from public and private collections in the region.

Raised and educated in Chicago, Manierre Dawson (1887-1969) spent much of his life in Michigan, trading in a promising engineering career to pursue art. Among the first painters to produce purely abstract work, he is recognized as a pioneer of modern art in America.

Prior to her current position, Connell held curatorial positions at the Columbus Museum of Art, Ohio, and the Grand Rapids Art Museum. She has been an independent curatorial consultant, editor, and writer with special interests in 19th-century American and 17th-century Dutch art. Connell was project director, editor, and contributing essayist to the 400-page history of the Muskegon Museum of Art, Pictures of the Best Kind: The First 100 Years, published in June 2012. She earned her B.A. and M.A. degrees in art history from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Ms. Connell's talk is included with museum admission: $5, $2 for students, free for members, active military, and youth under 18. For more information, see, or call (269) 349-7775.