October 20, 2023 – January 26, 2024


The Anishinaabe word Ningaaseg, to artist Michael Belmore, means coming to a sudden stop or disappearing into the wind, becoming enveloped into the world. Michael’s work is focused on the Great Lakes environment, land, water, and what it means to be Anishinaabe.

The Exhibit

As an artist, Michal has always endeavored to be fluid and responsive to place. Ningaaseg searches for the wind, for the feel of how water moves around the reeds knee-deep on the shore of a slow-moving river. Michael’s work is focused on the Great Lakes environment, land, water, and what it is to be Anishinaabe. These liminal sites are spiritually active places. Shorelines that mark the threshold between opposing elements of water, earth, and sky are similar to the liminal states of beings, such as in the dream between sleep and awake. In the Anishinaabe worldview, the universe is understood to be composed of layers.

The Artist

Michael Belmore, of Anishinaabe descent, based in Ontario, Canada. Michael works primarily in sculpture. Utilizing a variety of materials, including wood, stone, and metal – drawing inspiration from his surroundings and exploring the dramatic effects of human activity on the land.

Related Programming

Creative hands-on programming is available for learners of all ages inspired by, and working with, artist Michael Belmore. Students can work directly with Michael with both in-classroom and fieldtrip programming; but students aren’t the only ones getting creative. Behind the scenes experiences, specially curated dinners with Michael and Chef Mindy Trafman, and so much more are also available for adults this fall + winter!

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