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

Tory Wright Lee Aquarium Gallery Installation


ARTIST: Tory Wright
(Ann Arbor, MI)

Pictures Under Pictures
(mixed-media collage)

March 16 – April 13, 2019


Tory Wright Lee uses a reductive language to filter the viewer’s gaze by altering the surface of advertising. Lee hand cuts imagery pulled from mass produced women’s magazines to reveal a new conversation with broad references to the female form. Fragmented images, goddesses, tears and textiles overlap as they strip down and reorganize the messaging of our aspirational consumer culture.


Tory Wright Lee (b.DE 1975) earned a Masters of Fine Art from Maryland Institute Collage of Art, Baltimore, MD. and a Bachelors of Fine Arts from The University of Delaware. Lee has exhibited work with; Civilian Art Projects Washington, DC, Phillips Exeter Academy Lamont Gallery Exeter,NH, and Lump Gallery Raleigh, NC. She lives with her Husband and young family in Northville MI.

Formerly a Visual Merchandiser of ten years Tory has had the opportunity to observe consumer culture and branding from inside the Department Store. Now, five years later and no longer a Merchandiser Lee continues to use a critical gaze with humor as she works with the material within women’s magazines.

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