Awkward Family Photos exhibition open at JMKAC

Childhood friends Mike and Doug began a blog after Mike saw an awkward vacation photo hung in his parents’ house. Realizing there were probably plenty of other people out there with their own awkward family images, the two friends decided to create a friendly, online place where everyone could come together and share their uncomfortable family moments. Thus, Awkward Family Photos was born. The site quickly took off and became an internet sensation; it now receives millions of hits daily and submissions from around the world.

This summer, visitors to the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wis., will have the opportunity to see a selection of 51 cringe-worthy photos in person. The AWKWARD FAMILY PHOTOS exhibition, opening June 17, marks the first time the collection will be shown in a museum setting.

“Over the past 45 years, the Arts Center has become a special gathering place for families,” said Amy Horst, education and community arts department head. “This exhibition offers a fun, lighthearted way for us to celebrate that special—and sometimes awkward— family bond.”

In honor of the exhibition, visitors are invited to share their own funny family snapshots and stories behind the photos, for a chance to win fantastic Arts Center and Awkward Family Photo prizes. To submit a photo online, post the image to the John Michael Kohler Arts Center’s timeline on Facebook. Hard copy pictures will also be accepted.

The public is also invited to “like” their favorites on Facebook or vote in person at the Arts Center. Finalists will be announced biweekly, with the best (most uncomfortable!) chosen October 14 by Awkward Family Photos founders Mike Bender and Doug Chernack.

For additional details visit and click on Exhibitions. The exhibition and community photo finalists will be on view through October 27.

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