The Dennos Museum Center in Traverse City has three new fall exhibits set to open on September 21. The exhibits include experimentation with lights and mirrors, pushing the limits of paper and the Leelanau County landscapes. Read on to learn more about these fresh fall exhibits.

Chul Hyun Ahn: Infinite Space

September 21-January 4, 2015

Korean artist Chul Hyun Ahn creates sculptures utilizing light, color, and illusion as physical representations of his investigation of infinite space. The exhibit includes his work with LEDs, fluorescent and black lights as well as mirrors to create a feeling of infinite space.

Li Hongbo & Matt Shlian: Stacked & Folded Paper As Sculpture

September 21-January 4, 2015

These two paper artists come together in one exhibit to showcase the endless possibilities of paper sculpture.

Li Hongbo from Beijing developed his specific technique over a 12-year period after his former career as a book editor and publisher. The sculptures vary from the bust of a person to a tree trunk. Each sculpture is flexible and can move around, providing an interesting aesthetic appeal. Check out his YouTube channel to see the movement in action!

Matt Shlian is a paper engineer from Ann Arbor who works with print media, book arts, and commercial design, as well as scientists and researchers. To see pictures of his sculptures and more check out his website.

Meet the Artist: Matt Shlian

Sunday, September 21, 2014 at 2 pm

Visit the museum for a chance to meet artist and paper engineer, Matt Shlian. Learn how to create intricate folded designs and explore the exhibition, Stacked and Folded – Paper as Sculpture, with Mr. Shlian as your guide. Free with museum admission.

The Leelanau Conservancy through the Lens of Ken Scott

September 21 – October 26, 2014

In celebration of its 25th Anniversary, the Leelanau Conservancy commissioned landscape photographer Ken Scott to take pictures of the natural areas and farm land it has preserved on the Leelanau peninsula. Ken, self-taught, has been photographing nature for more than twenty years.


A Conversation with Ken Scott

Thursday, October 2, 2014 6:30pm

Join Dennos Curator of Education, Jason Dake, and photographer Ken Scott as they discuss the exhibition, Leelanau Conservancy Legacy through the Lens of Ken Scott. Using the photographs and related materials as a backdrop, this informal conversation will shed light on Scott’s process while focusing on the images, not the technical jargon. Free with paid admission to the museum.


Sunday with the Leelanau Conservancy

Sunday, October 19, 2014 1:30 pm & 2:30 pm

Visitors of all ages will enjoy an interactive tour of the Ken Scott photography exhibition with Leelanau Conservancy Executive Director, Brian Price. Learn about the Conservancy’s mission and the land it protects. Free with paid admission to the museum.

The Dennos Museum Center in Traverse City is open Monday-Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm, Thursday until 8 pm and Sundays 1-5 pm. Admission prices: $6 for adults, $4 for children and free to museum members. For more information about the museum go to or call them at 231.995.1055.


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Photo(s) by Chul Hyun Ahn, MD21 2013