Located in the historic Walker Building in the heart of downtown the Ann Arbor Art Center is a unique venue to host your next private event. From intimate gatherings to mid-size celebrations the Art Center is the perfect event space in Ann Arbor for any occasion including bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, small to medium size weddings ceremonies and receptions, corporate training events, holiday parties, high school reunions, Bar and Bat Mitzvah’s, tailgate parties and more.
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Surrounded by art, we offer three unique spaces, each a different canvas for a one of kind experience:
The 117 Gallery on the second floor of the Art Center features eight art exhibitions annually showcasing both local and national artists adding to the excitement and décor of your event, as well as Studio 3 and 5 located on the third floor with a “New York Loft” vibe of exposed brick walls, wood floors and high ceilings. Studio 3 and Studio 5 may be rented separately or together to accommodate your event requirements. Together the 117 Gallery and Studios 3 & 5 will accommodate up to 75 guests per *floor based on set-up and rental pricing starts at $1000.
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NEW SPACE: STUDIO 115
A new multi-level event space, featuring a gorgeous 2300 sq. ft. loft divided into two floors, that is the perfect stage for your corporate event, holiday party or social celebration. All in a centrally located landmark building.
The first floor is a chic storefront with dark hardwood floors, black and metallic details, and track lighting. The second floor has exposed brick and three gorgeous arched windows. They are joined by a stunning architect-designed staircase.
Strolling capacity of up to 160 guests and a seated capacity of up to 130 guests. Amenities include three bathrooms, catering staging area, and a storage space. Rentals are available for both spaces or just one.
"We've planned hundreds of weddings throughout the State of Michigan, and I can say without hesitation that the Ann Arbor Art Center has been one of the best places we've ever planned an event. Going into it I was certain that they wouldn't be supportive and allow us to take risks (most venues aren't and would rather do the same event time and time again), but I don't know why I thought that. They believe in the arts! The art of design, the art of creativity, the art of wonder, and the art of entertainment! It is for this reason we were able to design and execute the type of event that brought our clients to tears, and their guests to a point of total amazement. Thank you, Ann Arbor Art Center. Not only is your space a perfect blank canvas in which to create, but your staff went above and beyond for us. We really cannot thank you enough!" - Alison Laesser-Keck and Bryan Keck, VLD Events
Our facility rental program allows for your choice of caterers, bartenders, entertainment and rental equipment. To learn more about hosting your next event and to schedule a tour, please contact Chelsea O'Hayer at (734) 926-4131 or fill out the inquiry form.
Interested in adding an element of art to your event? Check out our Art Party Add-Ons
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Please look at our calendar to see what dates we are already booked:
Support local artists this holiday season by shopping for one-of-a-kind gifts from the Art Center's gallery shop! Gallery Hours: Monday - Saturday: 10AM-7PM Sunday: 12PM-6PM Closed at 2PM on Christmas Eve Closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Years Day
Nov 24 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Nov 26 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
The November edition of Straight Up presents artwork by Shreya Patel and live DJ from the Michigan Electronic Music Collective. $5 drink specials all night. 21+ | No cover
Nov 28 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Presented in partnership with the Ann Arbor District Library, this talk will focus on the admittedly unromantic and mercenary underpinnings of a successful freelance career. Sarah Rose Sharp will unfold some of her tactics for survival over the course of a 12-year (and counting!) freelance writing career. All are welcome | This is a free program
Nov 30 @ 7:00 pm – Dec 1 @ 12:00 am
The Art Center is open until midnight for holiday shoppers! Enjoy discounts on art purchases and holiday themed refreshments all evening.
Dec 7 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
We're turning up the heat for the opening party of Heat Wave on Friday, December 7, 6-9pm. All are welcome | Free, drop-in event Refreshments will be served | Beverages provided by O&W Inc.
Dec 8 @ 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Fine art and gifts handmade by Ypsi Alloy's Artists for one weekend only. Treats and beverages generously provided by Bona Sera Catering.
Dec 9 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Fine art and gifts handmade by Ypsi Alloy Artists. Treats and beverages generously provided by Bona Sera Catering.
The gallery shop is open for last-minute shoppers from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM on Christmas Eve.
Jan 11 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
All are welcome | Free, drop-in event
Feb 22 @ 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm