117 Gallery

Location: Second floor of the Ann Arbor Art Center.

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The 117 Gallery provides a platform for the community to engage with regional, national, and international artists.

The 117 Gallery hosts 8 exhibitions throughout the year and strives to create meaningful experiences in which artists and ideas converge. Both juried and curated, our exhibitions present an ongoing opportunity for artists to submit their work as well as a platform to strengthen public appreciation of contemporary art through exhibitions, education, and community exchange.

Please see our exhibitions calendar to learn about upcoming exhibitions and call for entries.

Aquarium Gallery

Jane Reiter Aquarium Gallery Micro Gallery Ann Arbor Art Center Michigan Artist


ARTIST: Jane Reiter
(Lansing, MI)

Large Blue Thing

July 14 – August 17, 2019


A love of fiber, fabric, and yarn — along with a sense of adventure and joie de vivre – that’s me! An enthusiastic approach combined with unique combinations of materials – that’s me! A quirky attitude using color, texture, and pattern to express itself – that’s me! A lifetime centered on creating tactile artwork and following an offbeat path — YES. For me, art is fun, provocative, mind boggling, and limitless — welcome to my visual universe.

“An artist cannot speak about his art any more than a plant can discuss horticulture.”

Jean Cocteau, 1889-1963


I am an artist living in Delta Township, Eaton County, having relocated from New Jersey to Michigan in 2000. My academic background is in fiber, having earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in studio art. I use mixed media collage as my primary expression, incorporating fiber, yarn and fabric along with stitching and glueing. Love of color, pattern, texture and a sense of humor infuses my artwork. I have displayed and marketed my artwork in numerous regional shows and sales. I am motivated by repurposing nontraditional materials into new and unexpected fabrics and objects. My Mission: Follow an artFULL path!

Location: Ashley Street, near the intersection with Liberty, in downtown Ann Arbor

The Aquarium is a micro gallery that hosts ten exhibitions annually. The gallery is comprised of a large window space measuring approximately 8′ x 8′ x 2.5′ located near the corner of Ashley and Liberty streets in downtown Ann Arbor.   The mission of the Aquarium is to showcase site-specific installations. Artists are invited to fill the gallery in its entirety, and create a work of art that can engage with a street-level audience. Initial support for the Aquarium Gallery was generously provided by the Ann Arbor Awesome Foundation.

See some of the Aquarium Gallery’s past installations