September always seems to bring a flurry of activity to the Dennos. Exhibitions are changing, we prepare for our concert season and area schools get information on what programming is available as tours and performances for their students in the new academic year.

While we usually would be getting ready to open new exhibitions about now, this year National Geographic’s Monster Fish remains for a few more weeks in our galleries. But Oct. 7 is the closing day, so if you have not seen this amazing exhibition do not delay doing so. It is a great exhibition for the whole family. We have the pleasure of hosting Susan Goldberg, the editor of National Geographic Magazine, to see Monster Fish on Sept. 20 before her International Affairs Forum presentation at Corson Auditorium that evening.

We have a great concert season ahead for 2018-19 with outstanding blues and bluegrass, world music and jazz. Two great jazz pianists will bookend the series: Vijay Iyer, in collaboration with the Interlochen Center for the Arts, and the legendary Bob James, who returns in a trio format featuring work from his newest CD, "Espresso." Performers from Chicago to Ireland, Inner Mongolia and China are all part of the new performing series.

Have you ever been to the Apple Store in New York City? The store's designer, AIA Gold Medal award-winning architect Peter Bohlin (who also designed PIXAR’s world headquarters, the homes of Steve Jobs and Bill Gates, and Tusen Takk, an amazing home and residency facility for visiting artists and scholars in Leelanau County), will be here in Milliken Auditorium Sept. 27 to talk about his work and the Leelanau project. Get tickets for this event and our concert season at

The new permanent collection galleries at the museum continue to attract wonderful new works to our collection. In 2005 we hosted a spectacular exhibition of the dimensional paintings of the British artist Patrick Hughes. These works changed in appearance as you walked by them, surprising the viewer as they did. I am pleased to say that one of Hughes' works has been gifted to the Dennos and will soon grace the walls of the museum. Stop by to see this incredible work and find out who made this fantastic gift.

Not only will this new addition to our collection fascinate the thousands of school students who will visit the museum this coming year, but so will many other great exhibition tours, performances and programs our education curator, Jason Dake, has planned. Whether you are a teacher or a home-school parent you can learn all about the offerings at

Finally, as noted above, we are changing exhibitions in October this year. The Detroit Institute of Arts' American Paintings from the Manoogian Collection, and Homage, an exhibition of beautiful necklaces created by Canadian gold and silversmith Donald Stuart, will open Oct. 21. That weekend we also welcome back to the Dennos the Inuit Art Society’s annual conference starting Oct. 19, during which collectors from across the USA will converge here to learn about and celebrate Inuit Art.

The following week brings the annual Holiday Art Sale.

Please join us for all of what is to come.

Gene Jenneman is the executive director of the Dennos Museum Center. He can be reached at