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Art in Public


Art in Public is an initiative of the Ann Arbor Art Center. We believe the experience of art should be accessible and equitable to everyone. We collaborate with local organizations, businesses, and individuals to help bring high-quality art into public spaces and elevate Ann Arbor as a destination for creatives and art-lovers.


A2AC Murals

New and exciting discoveries for our community from the Ann Arbor Art Center (A2AC)!

Park(ING) Day

PARK(ing) Day is an annual event that encourages community members, students, and designers to transform metered parking spaces into temporary parklets.

120 E. Liberty Mural | Jesse Kassel

Gracing the west-facing wall of The Historic Pretzel Bell Building, the mural is the creation of Detroit-based artist Jesse Kassel.

Grizzly Peak Mural | Pat Perry

This project was completed in October 2018 and made possible by the generous support of Grizzly Peak Brewing Co., the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority, First Martin Co. and Bank of Ann Arbor, as well as the contributions of several individuals who are passionate about public art.

Straight Up Event Archive

Straight Up is an experimental pop-up series hosted at Alley Bar featuring local and regional emerging artists working in 2D mediums. Other venues include Ann Arbor Distilling Co, Hyperion Coffee Co, and Leon Loft.

City Gallery Exhibit Archive

In collaboration with the City of Ann Arbor, the Ann Arbor Art Center curates rotating exhibitions in the City Council Chambers. Each exhibition highlights the talent and creativity of artists who live and work in Ann Arbor and throughout Washtenaw County.

Manhole Cover Art

In collaboration with the City of Ann Arbor, the Ann Arbor Art Center lead an initiative to refresh the city’s manhole cover designs with artwork to celebrate the history and culture of our community.

Circ Bar | Patrick Ethen

From October 3 - December 5, Detroit based artist and designer took over the storefront of 210 S 1st St with four light sculptures that illuminated the windows with mesmerizing patterns.

Ann Arbor Art Center | Paula Schubatis

From October 2 - November 4, 2018, Detroit based artist, Paula Schubatis took over a portion of our gallery shop to create an immersive textile installation titled, Noli tubare circulos meos.