Besser Museum

2020 Juried Art Exhibition

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2020 Juror
Justin Christensen-Cooper
Executive Director - Art in the Loft

   Justin Christensen-Cooper is the Executive Director at Art in the Loft. He graduated with honors from Michigan State University in 2005 with a Bachelor’s degree in Kindergarten through 12th grade Art Education. He previously taught sixth through eighth grade art at Prairie Middle School in Aurora, CO, which is Colorado’s largest middle school. 
   In addition to teaching, Mr. Christensen-Cooper is a practicing artist with a focus on ceramics and printmaking. He has led large scale art exhibits and fine arts events throughout Denver, CO during his seven years of living there.     Mr. Christensen-Cooper has been the Gallery Coordinator at Art in the Loft since February 2013 and Executive Director since 2016. He oversees all gallery operations, educational programming, artists and inventory, coordinating of gallery events and programming, along with increasing community involvement through memberships and sponsorships. 
   Justin is a native of Alpena and now raises his 4 children with wife Mary by his side. 

2020 Calendar

Mon., Oct. 12–Mon., Oct. 19

Tues., Oct. 20–Sat., Oct. 24


Sun., Oct. 25–Sat., Oct. 31


Sat., Jan. 2–Fri., Jan. 8

Exhibit Opening
Sunday, November 1st

Delivery of Work & Fee

Art Selection & Jury Process
(work is no longer accepted)

Non-accepted work pick up
(notification by phone)

ALL work must be picked up


 First place $300

plus solo exhibition in 2017
sponsored by Lucas & Janet Pfeiffenberger Fund

Second place $200
sponsored by Lucas & Janet Pfeiffenberger Fund

Third place $100
sponsored by Northeast Michigan Artists Guild

Honorable Mention Awards will also be presented
Awards will be presented the night of the opening reception.

Notice to All Artists and Art Lovers:

   In order to maintain social distancing, there will be no opening reception this year.  The Besser Museum is enforcing new guidelines to ensure limited capacity and the safety of our staff and guests.  Click here for more information.  

   Please call to make reservations during our regular business hours to bring your family and friends to tour this year's exhibit showcasing your special artwork.


Our mission is to collect, preserve, interpret, and exhibit authentic articles and artifacts of art, history, and science to 

inspire curiosity, foster community pride, and cultivate personal legacy.

Besser Museum for Northeast Michigan


Monday - Saturday  -  10 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Sunday  - 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.



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Alpena, MI 49707