Press Release: Whipstitch
Ann Arbor, MI (March 13, 2017) ¬— Whipstitch: The State of Contemporary Design is an Ann Arbor Art Center exhibition, running March 31 to April 29, that explores myriad present-day departures from the foundations of textile construction and use.
Press Release: Off The Screen!
Ann Arbor, MI (February 20, 2017) — The Ann Arbor Art Center presents a moving images exhibition, called Off the Screen!, March 10-25 in partnership with the 55th annual Ann Arbor Film Festival.
Essential arts events for March 2017
This is a new monthly column by Concentrate where the Ann Arbor Art Center external relations director Omari Rush will spotlight events that are moving the county's art scene forward in innovative and exciting ways.
Review: Art Now: Printmaking | by K.A. Letts | February, 25 2017
Juror Tyanna Buie, an accomplished printmaker in her own right, has selected artworks by 86 artists from all over the country that describe the ways in which the methods of printmaking can be stretched to their outer limits and combined with other techniques such as collage, painting, drawing and photography, to name only a few.
See who won best drink at the 2017 Artini Fundraiser | MLive | February 15, 2017
The results are in for the 2017 Artini event, bringing 400 participants together for a night of fun in downtown Ann Arbor.
Ann Arbor Art Center planning renovation of downtown space | MLive | January 25, 2017
The Ann Arbor Art Center is looking to enhance the storefront presence of art in the downtown and make arts experiences that are free and open to the public more accessible to the community.
Review: Emergent Effect by K.A. Letts | January, 25 2017
What happens when one becomes many? How do patterns, objects, gestures repeated and systematically arranged, reveal thoughts and ideas that are otherwise invisible? The artists of Ypsi Alloy Studios think they know the answer–or answers–to that question.
2017 Preview - Creative Edition
Every year, new and distinctive attractions pop up in the Ann Arbor area. 2016 was no exception, with exciting creative developments throughout Ann Arbor and its surrounding communities. In 2017, even more artistic, theatrical, and expressive attractions and events await visitors and locals alike.
Tickets available for Artini martini-crawl fundraiser in Ann Arbor
This year's event is a martini bar crawl with friendly competition among 11 local bars and restaurants from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10. It serves as a fundraiser for the Ann Arbor Art Center.
How impact investors are making money and a difference in Washtenaw County
Last year, Ann Arbor Art Center (AAAC) president and CEO Marie Klopf had obtained funding to renovate class and event space on the center's third floor, but she nonetheless found herself in a bit of a pickle.
Help choose public art design for Ann Arbor's Stadium Boulevard | by Ryan Stanton | MLive | 11/10/16
As part of the upcoming reconstruction of Stadium Boulevard near the Big House, artists submitted proposals for adding art to the streetscape along a new retaining wall to be built on the south side of the road next to a new sidewalk.
The Art Center wants you to vote for Public Art | by Eric Gallipo | Concentrate | November, 9 2016
The Ann Arbor Art Center is asking community members to choose their favorite of three proposals for work to be installed along Stadium Boulevard as part of a major reconstruction project beginning Nov. 21. Voting is open through Nov. 15.
Review: Free Wet Hugz by K.A. Letts | 94th Annual All Media Exhibition | October 22, 2016
"Kotula has chosen to put his emphasis on abstract painting, and this is some of the strongest work in that medium I've seen locally in quite some time."
Overview: Pop-X 2016 by John Carlos Cantú | PULP | October 12, 2016
It may sound like lofty praise, but it’s becoming readily apparent that POP•X is one of the most important events on the contemporary Ann Arbor visual arts calendar. It’s a curious blend of some of our most talented arts groups and individual artists tacitly stepping out of their comfort zone.
How a low-cost loan made a huge impact for the Ann Arbor Art Center | Concentrate
When the Ann Arbor Art Center decided to renovate the third floor of its historic building in downtown Ann Arbor, they realized they could save thousands of dollars in construction costs if they did the whole project at once, rather than in phases. There was only one problem — they needed the cash up front.
POP-X Review by Life in Michigan | September 28, 2016
POP-X may sound like some crazy new energy drink, but it is actually a brilliant exhibit that pops up each year at Liberty Plaza in Ann Arbor.
Review: Re: Formation at the Ann Arbor Art Center | by PULP | September 26, 2016
As the exhibit’s statement tells us, the display “examines this unique moment [in history] when ordinary people are declaring a la Peter Finch [from Sidney Lumet’s 1977 film Network]: “‘I’m mad as hell and I won’t take it anymore.’”
Creative Voice covers POP-X Festival | September 23, 2016
Featuring ten exhibition pavilions, the Ann Arbor Art Center's POP-X festival aims to add some creative, inspirational, and interactive art experiences for the public to enjoy. POP-X is a ten day festival that runs from September 22nd to October 1st that is free and open to the public.
10-day art festival called POP-X underway in Ann Arbor | MLive | September 23, 2016
Now in its second year, POP-X invites the public to the downtown area experience temporary, interactive art displays installed in nine different pavilions, featuring the work of regional artists and art organizations at 255 E. Liberty St.
How arts organizations are rethinking community engagement | Concentrate | September 21, 2016
"In simple terms, the Art Center is a sort of one-stop shop for cultural transactions. The 107-year-old institution's Liberty Street home features a first-floor store, second-floor rotating gallery, and third-floor studio classrooms."
Ann Arbor Art Center at it again | Current Magazine | September 20, 2016
It sounds funny, but the Ann Arbor Art Center, now in its 107th year, is getting better with age. Take the Pop-In, Pop-Up, Pop-X and Re:Formation/Gallery Project shows. Two have just ended, one is ongoing and one is upcoming. All are worth mentioning, illustrative of how cool and ever-evolving the AAAC remains.
Preview: POP-X AAWA Installation | by K.A LETTS | September 15, 2016
The goal of POP-X is to present work that actively engages the community, and this year’s POP-X artists have interpreted this in their own unique ways. Ann Arbor Women Artists, a 300 member non-profit artists' organization, has chosen to implement this vision in the broadest possible way, designing and executing a comprehensively inclusive art installation that cuts across barriers of age, gender, race and disability.
Ten reasons to experience POP-X | by visitannarbor.org
I. It is free and open to the public. Enjoy this unique event, free of charge! Attending POP-X will provide a clear representation of the Ann Arbor area’s commitment and passion for the arts. A long history of making the arts accessible to locals and visitors, The Ann Arbor Art Center has become a pillar of the arts community for over 100 years.
Re:Formation Review | by K.A. LETTS | September 12, 2016
The rage, the politics, the anger at injustice and environmental ruin remain in this new iteration but in a lower, more thoughtful key.
Real American Review | by John Carlos Cantú | Pulp | July 31, 2016
The Ann Arbor Art Center’s latest 117 Gallery offering asks a tantalizing, if not also impossible question to satisfactorily answer: Who—and what—is a real American?
New Art Center mural ready just in time for 2016 Ann Arbor Art Fair
A new mural is expanding the Ann Arbor Art Center's exploration of cultural identity beyond the four walls of the center.
Real American | by K.A. LETTS | July 7, 2016
How do you describe a big, contradictory, many-faceted place like the United States of America? That is what Real American, the juried group show on view from now until August 13 at the Ann Arbor Art Center aims to do.
POP-IN | Pulp | by Patrick Dunn | June 27, 2016
All three floors of the Ann Arbor Art Center pulsed with energy Friday night for this summer's inaugural Pop-In event. While the center's programming is generally eclectic on the whole, the free Pop-In series presents a particularly diverse assortment of art and entertainment in a single night, suitable for all ages but particularly aimed at young adults.
Comics Unbound Review | by K.A. LETTS | June 13, 2016
THE ART OF THE STORY - The show aims to illustrate the process through which comics, both in short and longer form, are created. It “reveals what is usually an invisible narrative in comics–the journey from artist’s vision to clear transmission of meaning. ”
Instructor Show Review | by K.A. LETTS | May 30, 2016
THOSE WHO CAN…ALSO TEACH - It’s a well-known fact that few visual artists working here in the Rust Belt have a realistic hope of making a living exclusively from selling their art. So many find themselves teaching to make a living while also trying to keep up their studio practice and actively showing their work. This requires energy, dedication, resourcefulness and maybe an ability to do without a full night’s sleep.
ART NOW 2016: Photography Review | Pulp | by Amanda Szot | April 27, 2016
The variety of scale, subject, and point of view in this exhibit and the ways in which the artists push the boundaries of a traditional medium, made the viewing this show an experience beyond what might be expected in a photography exhibit.
ART NOW 2016: Photography Review | The Detroit News | by Michael Hodges | April 7, 2016
Some of the most striking photographs in “Art Now 2016: New Directions in Contemporary Photography” at the Ann Arbor Art Center are those that look the least like photographs — abstract compositions that in some cases read more like paintings than pictures.
MW Furniture ZOKU Review | Ann Arbor Observer | by Sally Wright Day | March 2016 issue
Honestly, I stopped by the Ann Arbor Art Center to rule out the current exhibit, Mid-West Furniture Zoku, as a review subject. Furniture? As art? I left two hours later, tripped out, my art heart pierced. I'd taken 109 photos of the thirty or so pieces, just so I could pore over them later.
MW Furniture ZOKU Review | by Clark Malcolm | February 20, 2016
Design solves problems. Art inspires and provokes human emotion. The Ann Arbor Art Center’s Mid-West Furniture ZOKU exhibition exemplifies the two impulses and a charming variety of arresting combinations of the two. Beauty, wit, and function join in wonderful ways throughout the upper two rooms at the Art Center on Liberty.
MW Furniture ZOKU Review | Pulp | by Terry Soave | February 18, 2016
If you enjoy challenging your notions of what is functional, what is craft, and what is art then you’ll find the Ann Arbor Art Center’s latest exhibition, Mid-West Furniture Zoku, especially engaging.
GIG Review | The Detroit News | by Patrick Dunn | January 20, 2016
A gallery setting is unfamiliar territory for most of the artists featured in the Ann Arbor Art Center’s new show, “GIG: The Art of Michigan Music,” although many are professionals with decades of experience.
GIG Opening Reception | Life in Michigan | by Brenda Sodt Foster| January 19, 2016
Artists and patrons were in high spirits despite the rain on Friday night. The studio on the second floor of the Ann Arbor Art Center was filled with laughter and smiling faces during the entire event. One artist said, “You all know how to make a fellow feel special. And thanks to Chuck Marshall for including me and curating such an epic collection of artists. You are all amazing people and I’m very lucky and humbled to show with such a fantastic group of creatives.”
GIG Review in PULP | by Patrick Dunn | January 20, 2016
The show is cleverly laid out in that it groups works not by artist but by theme, subject matter, and color scheme. There are few enough artists in GIG that each could easily be segregated into their own little stretch of wall.
GIG Review in Life in Michigan (Part II) | by Chuck Marshall | January 10, 2016
An introduction to a few of the wonderful artists who make GIG special.
GIG Preview in Life in Michigan (Part I) | by Chuck Marshall | January 4, 2016
GIG: The Art of Michigan Music is designed to give music fans the immersive experience of the diverse Michigan music scene from promotion to performance. Some of the artwork will be on sale and is sure to please music fans as well as art lovers.
GIG Review in MetroTimes | by Lee DeVito | January 6, 2016
GIG show pays respects to the visual artists who bring Michigan music to life [...] Highlighting those invisible extra band members (as it were) is the idea behind GIG: The Art of Michigan Music, an exhibition opening at the Ann Arbor Art Center.
Wish List Review in HYPERALLERGIC | by Sarah Rose Sharp | August 27, 2015
Rocco DePietro and Gloria Pritschet characterize the massive group show they curated for Gallery Project, Wish List, as a contemporary statement of cultural desire. If your desire, like mine, is for a visual smorgasboard embodying the collective wishes and hopes of a range of rust belt artists, then Wish List should be on your (to-do) list. cultural desire.
ART NOW 2015: Painting Review | Ann Arbor Observer | by Sally Wright Day
But it was the Best in Show, awarded after I left, that kept me fascinated-and creeped out. "Cheek Spreader Sagan" by Christine Wuenschel- a portrait of a woman wearing a plastic dental applaince that retracts her lips- is ominous and strong, muscular and menacing, and I couldn't take my eyes off of it, despite a dental phobia.