The Muskegon Museum of Art Kicks Off its 100th Year Celebrations

artwork: John Steuart Curry - "Tornado Over Kansas", 1929 - Oil on canvas - 46 1/4" x 60 3/8" - Collection of the Muskegon Museum of Art, Michigan. On view in "The First 100 Years" until January 29th 2012.

Muskegon, Michigan.- The Muskegon Museum of Art kicked off the celebration of its 100th Year on December 11 with the unveiling of “The First 100 Years”, a set of new exhibitions on display throughout the museum that highlights masterworks from the extensive museum collections. Exhibitions of “The First 100 Years” will be open through January 29, 2012. The museum’s history began with a gift from lumber baron Charles Hackley, who made his fortune in during the 1980s Michigan lumbering boom. Hackley believed that the growth of Muskegon—the young city he adopted as home—would benefit from progressive new schools, a library and a hospital, and an art museum. Hackley died in 1905 before realizing his dream of an art gallery. However, he left an expendable trust of $150,000, through a bequest in his will, to the Board of Education of Muskegon Public Schools.