Melissa Matuscak (DeVos Art Museum) and Kaye Hiebel of the Marquette Regional History Center were Quest for Excellence award recipients at the Michigan Museums Association (MMA) award dinner held during the three-day MMA Annual Conference Oct. 16-18 in Harbor Springs. The Quest for Excellence Awards recognize outstanding contributions to the museum community. Matuscak and Hiebel won the Most Awesome Experience award for their work on the collaborative exhibit titled "John Lautner: A Life in Architecture."

Lautner, a Marquette native and NMU alum, studied with Frank Lloyd Wright at Taliesin. He settled in Los Angeles, where he became well known for designing innovative structures, particularly residential buildings that demonstrated a true sensitivity to location, space, structure and the wishes and needs of clients. The exhibit has two separate components: one at the DeVos Art Museum focusing on his career and design process; and another at the Marquette Regional History Center focusing on the influence family and the Upper Peninsula had on his life and work.  The effort has been supported by a three-month series of lectures and educational events. 

There are two remaining events in the NMU exhibit, which closes Nov. 13. A screening of Infinite Space: The Architecture of John Lautner will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3. The film features original drawings and historical photographs from the John Lautner Archives at the Getty Museum, layered with artistic photography of seminal buildings and commentary from Lautner, architects influenced by his work, clients and builders. A closing weekend concert featuring Terminal Orchestra of Marquette is scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12. The Terminal Orchestra is conducted by Jesse Decaire and described as “a studio outlet for making pastoral movie soundtrack music turned performing live act."

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