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Be an Art Critic 2017 – Grand guests voted for their favorite pieces in the 2017 Manoogian Exhibit “Art That Moves Us”

Art The Moves Us book

Grand Guests voted for their favorite pieces in the 

2017 Manoogian Exhibit

“Art That Moves Us”

Fredrick Judd Waugh, A Dawn Flight
Fredrick Judd Waugh, A Dawn Flight

Mackinac Island summer residents and philanthropists, Jane and Richard Manoogian, share with Grand Hotel each season a world-class art exhibit from their personal collection featuring a variety of paintings from 19th and 20th century artists. After graduating from Yale University and providing financial consultation to the Detroit Institute of Arts, Mr. Manoogian soon developed an interest for the arts and began collecting pieces he was attracted to. Today the Manoogians have arguably one of the world’s best American Art collections. For 26 years Grand Hotel has had the pleasure of sharing these collections in themed exhibits every year in the hotel’s Art Gallery. Every spring Grand Hotel invites Mackinac Island residents and hotel guests to a reception honoring the summer’s exhibit. The gallery is then open to all guests while visiting the hotel for the season. Grand Hotel  is forever grateful for Jane and Richard Manoogian’s ongoing generosity in sharing their Art Collection with Grand Hotel every year.

   The Annual Opening of the Manoogian Art Collection exhibition in the Grand Art Gallery.

This year’s theme exhibits “Art that Moves Us” both literally and figuratively and was inspired by Mr. Manoogian’s love for 20th-century oil paintings and Grand Hotel’s iconic preservation of 20th-century style. With transportation being this years theme, the collection consisted of paintings of horses, carriages, boats, bicycles, and airplanes; embracing the unique modes of travel one experiences particularly on Mackinac Island.

Each painting was numbered and gallery visitors were able to participate as art critics of the exhibition. “I’m interested to know what the public thinks of the artwork,” Mr. Manoogian said. “Sometimes the most unusual pieces are the favorite, while critically-acclaimed are least.” After viewing the 2017 Manoogian Art Collection, ” Art That Moves Us” guests were asked to cast their votes on their personal favorites and Grand Hotel Historian, Bob Tagatz, collected their ballots throughout the season.

We’ve tallied up all the submissions and the final votes are in. We would like to announce the winning pieces from this year’s collection.

3rd place – Frederick Rondel, Statue of Liberty Celebration

Frederick Rondel (American 1826-1892) Statue of Liberty Celebration
Frederick Rondel (American 1826-1892) Statue of Liberty Celebration.

Lithographer and painter, Frederick Rondel was born and trained in Paris and moved to New York in 1859. Painting mostly landscape scenes of the Hudson River Valley and the Adirondack Mountains, Frederick was most known for his genre scenes set within rustic landscapes.

 2nd place – Maurice Poirson, The Farewell

Maurice Poirson The Farewell
Maurice Poirson, (French, 1850-1882) The Farewell

French Painter, Maurice Poirson studied under the supervision of Cabanel. From 1869 to 1882, he exhibited subjects of genre and seascapes at the Salon of Paris.

 1st Place Winner – Carl Hirschberg, Fresh Air Mission, 1902 

Carl Hirschberg, Fresh Air Mission, 1902
Carl Hirschberg, Fresh Air Mission, 1902

American Painter, Carl Hirschberg (1854-1923) was a prominent figure in the American art movement and trained at the Student Arts League in New York and the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris. Famous for his successful transition from academic genre painter of the 19th century to 20th century impressionist painter, Hirschberg vividly painted  plein-air scenes such as the Fresh Air Mission seen above.

Thank you to to everyone that participated in Be an Art Critic 2017!

Thank you to Richard and Jane Manoogian for making this possible. Make sure to visit the Grand Art Gallery next year and see what is next!