Stadium Boulevard Art Installation
The City of Ann Arbor has partnered with the Ann Arbor Art Center to enhance the visual distinction of Stadium Boulevard by choosing a large-scale artwork to be installed as part of the soon-to-be reconstructed streetscape. (Construction is scheduled to begin in 2017.) The Art Center posted a public call for art and received an astounding 57 impressive submissions, notable given the requirements for this being a site-specific installation. Stay tuned for opportunities to participate in the public vote to help select the winning artwork.
New Mural at the Art Center
Detroit artist Chazz Miller and teens from the Neutral Zone, led by visual arts program coordinator Mary Thiefels, installed a new mural on the south exterior wall of the Art Center. The mural, which covered a bare wall, explores identity, immigration, and the ways in which we are all alike. (For instance, the skin-stripped faces emphasize a muscle structure that is common to us all).
An artist in POP-X 2015, Chaz Miller utilized painted butterflies as a metaphor for immigration. The teens, as part of a mural making camp at the Neutral Zone, collaborated with Chaz to create the mural which represents a great exploration of a social issue through the arts.