Art Now: Drawing

Art Now Drawing Exhibition at the Ann Arbor Art CenterART NOW: DRAWING

February 16 – March 17

“As I looked at each piece in the gallery, another visitor exclaimed to me that the exhibition had a wide range of work on display. I nodded in agreement, though I was unsurprised, as the Art Center’s past exhibitions have done an excellent job of representing diverse artists and works, while at the same maintaining a cohesive theme for each show. Drawing could be a potentially limiting category, but the Art Center proves once again that it’s always in thick of exploring current trends in contemporary art.” – PULP Review. Read entire review here.

ART NOW: DRAWING is the fourth annual exhibition in the Ann Arbor Art Center’s Art Now Series.  Each year, on a rotating basis, the AAAC presents a media-focused exhibition as part of the series.  We are pleased to present this year’s exhibit which features innovative work in drawing.

While some artists are heavily based in traditional modalities of drawing, using drawing in preparatory ways, other artists will test the limits of what defines a “drawing” and push beyond the conventional boundaries, allowing for hybrid processes to be employed and combined. The use of such advances include, digital imaging, sculpture, performance, video, installation, painting and printmaking.

This exhibition highlights artists that employ traditional drawing processes, as well as artists who move across disciplines, using “drawing” as their foundation, with an emphasis on investigative and exploratory ways of drawing.



Darren Oberto (Chicago, IL)


Best in Show _The Janet Gallup Award_ tt-54-16-18 - Darren Oberto (Chicago, IL)


Lillian Crum (Ferndale, MI)

“Untitled 1607”

_2nd Prize_ Untitled 1607 - Lillian Crum (Ferndale, MI)


Todd Freeman (Grand Rapids, MI)

“Colours of the EX EX Southern Seaweed Crab”


Matthew McLaughlin (Greenbelt, MD)

“Piggy Backin'”


Scott Teplin (Brooklyn, NY)

“Big School”


Chad Andrews • Judith Bemis • Laura Beyer Jackie Brown • Katlyn Brumfield • Debra Buchanan • Larry Butcher Youyun Chung • Larry Cressman Lilian Crum • Jay Del Greco • Jacqueline Diesing • Sarah Dugger • Todd Freeman • Michelle Friars Rachel Goldsmith • Helen Gotlib •  Ashley Gunter • Lavinia Hanachiuc Jonathan Hanna • Betty Hendrix • Todd Herzberg • David Hile • Laura Hines Jiayin Hu • Karolina Kawiaka • Sarah Knill • David Kohan • Kip Kowalski •  Geneviève L’Heureux • Wayne Madsen Rebecca Mancia • Emily Mayo • John McKaig • Matthew McLaughlin •  Rosemary Meza-DesPlas • James Mullen •  Jennifer Nelson • Darren Oberto • Ashley Pigford • Gail Postal •  Sara Wissinger Fulden • Janet Schaffer •  Pamela Sloan • Scott Teplin • Wen Yu •  Jacob Zapor • Arienne Zimmerman

About the Juror: Perry Kulper

Perry Kulper is an architect and Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Michigan. In a prior life he was a 17 year SCI-Arc faculty member and held visiting teaching positions at the University of Pennsylvania and Arizona State University. His interests include the generative potential of architectural drawing, the outrageously different spatial opportunities of diverse design methods and in broadening the conceptual range by which architecture contributes to our cultural imagination. He has recently published Pamphlet Architecture 34, ‘Fathoming the Unfathomable: Archival Ghosts and Paradoxical Shadows’ with Nat Chard. They are at work on a new book to be published by Routledge.

“Perry Kulper’s work resists the construction logic of flattened photomontage with a thick surface of woven imagery. His work is a radically different synthetic operation than assemblage – his works are drawn in a mixed language hybridizing the two traits of analytical drawing & descriptive geometry with the distinctly separate traits of episodic vignettes & nonchalant doodling into a new species of visionary architecture, which when drawn appear like episodes from a single vast mechanized daydream.” 
– from Rare Breeds + Extinct Species, Rensselaer Architecture, 2010.

Art Now: Drawing is sponsored by

Synecdoche Design Studio

Beverages for the opening reception provided by