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Historical Timeline of the A2AC

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2022

2022

As of February 2022, A2AC proudly owns both buildings mortgage-free! On May 18th, the A2AC celebrated the Grand Opening of their fully connected and renovated buildings with the A2AC Gala (formally known as Vine & Dine). A2AC now has four new art education studios, a second ceramics studio, two new art exhibition spaces, and a new HVAC system for everyone to enjoy. All the spaces are fully accessible, and we are happy to provide reasonable accommodations to make your time with us more comfortable. For an overview of the changes done in the space, please visit DFDG’s A2AC Expansion and Renovation article found HERE.
2021

2021

In spring, A2AC began construction to renovate and connect our two downtown buildings. We are expanding the number of classroom/flexible spaces, adding a second ceramics studio and gallery space that will only feature student and instructor artwork. Finally, making visual art more accessible to passersby with a street-facing exhibition gallery.

2020

2020

In March, the COVID-19 pandemic began and forced the US and many other countries to lock down. In April, the A2AC launched ArtBox: Outreach. This program started to provide youth no longer in school with art supplies, but it has since evolved and expanded. It now provides art supplies to all vulnerable populations – from childhood involved in the juvenile justice system to adults and their caregivers participating in memory care programs. A2AC also started a free art resource website, complete with art challenges and projects that people can complete with items found around one’s house, and launched a full online shop, the A2AC Shop. In July, A2AC raised $50,000 through a crowdfunding campaign to continue the growth of Art in Public and A2AC Murals. These funds paid the artists a living wage and covered other mural expenses like equipment rentals, paint, permits, etc.

2019

2019

The Ann Arbor Art Center provides services to the Metropolitan Statistical Area of Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County, with a population of 370,963 people, as well as to the surrounding counties of Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, and Wayne: and serves over 85,000 patrons.

2018

2018

The Ann Arbor Art Center serves a diverse and highly educated community that was ranked the nation’s most educated city. Ann Arbor has the highest percentage of bachelor’s degree-holding residents for a population of more than 50,000.

2017

2017

The City of Ann Arbor contracted A2AC to curate art exhibitions in City Hall chambers.

2016

2016

A2AC completed the third-floor renovation with an upgraded and modernized Jewelry and Metalsmithing Studio launch.

2015

2015

POP-X, an outdoor exhibition of contemporary art, launched a reignited the Art Center’s exhibitions and engagement programs. The third-floor renovation was completed leading to a doubling of facility rentals.

2014

2014

We launched the Roseann Hebeler Brown ARTLab (digital arts studio) and filled it to 110% capacity. The Ann Arbor Art Center installed the Aquarium Gallery with a grant from the Ann Arbor chapter of the Awesome Foundation.

2013

2013

The Art Center hired Marie Klopf as its second President and CEO.

2009

2009

The Ann Arbor Art Center celebrates its 100th Anniversary!

2000

2000

We launched the www.annarborartcenter.org website. The Board of Directors established Marsha Chamberlin President’s Fund to honor her 20 years of organizational leadership.

1999

1999

Lester John Challenge raised $217,000 to beautify and develop the exterior grounds of the Art Factory.

1998

1998

Endowment Fund established raised $95,000 in the first year.

1996

1996

The Ar Center launched ArtMakers Teens. We purchased The Art Factory on Felch Street to expand the ceramics, tile-making, sculpture, jewelry, and fiber studios. Finally, funds provided by Chrysler enabled the Art Center to renovate a section of the Liberty Street building to house the Feat of Clay Studio.

1995

1995

The Ann Arbor Art Association was renamed the Ann Arbor Art Center.

1993

1993

The Ann Arbor Art Association received the prestigious Governor’s Arts Award for exceptional leadership as a Michigan arts organization.

1992

1992

The first annual Sommelier Dinner was held.

1991

1991

The Art Association was a runner-up for Crain’s Detroit Business Best-Managed Non-Profit Organization. We expanded programs with ArtVentures Studio. Finally, we launched Art n’ Facts in the Ann Arbor Public Schools.

1989

1989

Completed restoration on the facade of 117 West Liberty. We offered Art Consulting Services to local and regional businesses.

1987

1987

The Art Association began improvements to programs with support from several sources. We received the Michigan Equity Grants for capital improvements. 50% increase in Michigan Council for the Arts funding.

1986

1986

The Art Association started community outreach programs for deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals, the developmentally disabled, senior citizens, and schools that do not have art instruction. We initiated a Corporate Membership Program with 150 business participants who underwrote shows.

1985

1985

Recipient of the Annie Award from the Washtenaw Council for the Arts as an outstanding arts organization.

1984

1984

The Art Association celebrated its 75th year of service to the city and region. ArtMakers was launched.

1983

1983

The first annual WineFest was held.

1982

1982

The Print Exhibition was established.

1980

1980

The first annual Potential! Exhibition was held. This yearly exhibition recognizes the work of outstanding artists of high school age and salutes their teachers who help train them.

1975

1975

The Liberty Street Gallery (formerly Walker Carriage Works building) is purchased and renovated. For the first time in its history, the Art Association possesses its own space.

1972

1972

The Ann Arbor Art Association donated its entire permanent art collection to the University of Michigan Museum of Art to complete its role as a non-profit organization with tax-exempt status. The collection was valued at $500,000. The Art Association rented 2275 Platt Road as a temporary gallery and studio space until they purchased 117 West Liberty.

1959

1959

The 50th Anniversary of the Ann Arbor Art Association was celebrated. Emil Lorch and Jean-Paul Slusser co-author a book on the history of the Art Association titled, A Survey of Fifty Years: The Ann Arbor Art Association, 1909-1950.

The Art Association, local retail merchants, the South University Organization, the Chamber of Commerce, and the University of Michigan organized the first Ann Arbor Art Fair.

1957

1957

The Art Association loaned the University of Michigan Museum of Art 24 works from their permanent collection for storage purposes, including five oils, six watercolors, twelve prints, and a sculpture, totaling $3,356.

1946

1946

The University of Michigan Museum of Art has been inaugurated thanks to the intensive work of the Ann Arbor Art Association members. This effort led the Art Association to direct its primary efforts toward promoting local and regional artists.

1945

1945

Ann Arbor Art Association resumed membership dues, and we brought 63 new members into the organization.

1942

1942

As a result of the war, the Art Association would collect no dues, and only the All-Media Exhibition would be held for the time being. For the first time, prizes were awarded at the exhibition, consisting of blocks of War Savings stamps.

1940

1940

Membership numbers and funds were at an all-time low. In addition, The University required all of the space within the Alumni Memorial Hall. As a result, the Art Association was left solely with Rackham galleries for its future exhibition space.

1938

1938

The Horace H. Rackham Building was built and served as more gallery space for the University of Michigan and the Art Association. The following year the Michigan School of Art was established.

1934

1934

The Michigan Daily established an Art Column in response to the community’s increasing interest in art. The column reported on new local exhibits and provided information on specific works of art, along with opinions and discussion questions.

1930

1930

The Ann Arbor Art Association established an Art Lending Service. This service allowed individuals to rent original pictures by local artists for their homes, offices, or institutions for two-month periods at an inexpensive fee.

1912

1912

The 1st Annual All Media Exhibition was held.

1910

1910

Alumni Memorial Hall was built (now the University of Michigan Museum of Art). The space also functioned as a location for the Art Association to operate.

1909

1909

The Ann Arbor Art Association was founded. It is one of the oldest arts organizations in Michigan and predates the University of Michigan’s academic art curriculum.