Past Exhibitions

Past City Galleries

Mistaken for Strangers, January 31 - February 28, 2020

117 Gallery

97th All Media Exhibition, October 18 - November 15, 2019

117 Gallery

Stuff Found in the Back of the Flat File by Amos Kennedy, October 1 - 13, 2019

117 Gallery

The Instructor Show, August 2 - September 4, 2019

117 Gallery

EARTHBODY, July 12-27. 2019

117 Gallery


117 Gallery

ODDS&ENDS, MAY 10 - JUNE 1, 2019

117 Gallery


117 Gallery

Off the Screen! 2019, March 26 - 31, 2019

The Ann Arbor Art Center presents a moving images exhibition, Off the Screen!, March 26-31 in partnership with the 57th annual Ann Arbor Film Festival.

Art Now 2019: Painting, February 15 - March 16, 2019

Each year, on a rotating basis, the Art Center presents a media-focused exhibition as part of our Art Now series. This year's fifth annual exhibit features innovative work in painting.

Works in Progress, January 11 - February 9, 2019

Works in Progress celebrates the beauty and chaos involved in designing and bringing functional works to life through fashion, graphic design, furniture, architecture, industrial design, and more.

Heat Wave, December 7, 2018 - January 5, 2019

Transport yourself to a warmer state of mind, where the air is heavy with the sweet smells of summer. Soak up the warm glow of gallery lighting and leave your coat at the door. We’re having a heat wave.

The 96th Annual All Media Exhibition, November 2 - December 1, 2018

For the 96th edition of the annual All Media exhibition, artists from across the Great Lakes Region have been invited to submit their artwork for consideration by this year's guest juror, Sarah Rose Sharp.

Love Has a Thousand Shapes, September 28 - October 27, 2018

The exhibition “Love Has a Thousand Shapes” at the Ann Arbor Art Center brings together a variety of artworks and events that explore the many manifestations of love in our diverse contemporary culture. Here are some of the ways that artists portray the experiences of love between lovers, friends, family, and with pets, places, and the past. The act of making artwork can be considered an act of love in and of itself.

Rinse/Repeat, August 17 - September 15, 2018

When does action transcend habit to become something more meaningful? RINSE/REPEAT explores concepts of ritual or routine in creative practice, where the experience is intentional, sacred - not solely focused on the product or outcome, but on the set of actions.

Sanctuary, June 15 - July 14

Ypsi Alloy Studios Group Show - Curated by Ilana Houten, Elize Jekabson, and Jessica Tenbusch

Matter, Matter, Object, Wall - May 11 - June 9

Engaging the language intrinsic in craft disciplines through a nuanced approach divorced from traditional function, the works challenge the gallery as a housing for art by introducing relationships between objects, wall, viewer, and maker into the white cube.

Written into Rock - April 6 - May 5, 2018

Written into Rock is an exploration of the ways in which humans have altered the natural landscape and how this activity has accelerated in the shadow of industry and capitalism. Inspired by the writings of Donna Haraway and Heather Davis and their exploration into the Anthropocene, a new geologic era defined by humans’ mark on the geologic record, this exhibition will examine how artists explore the distinctions between “nature” and “human culture” and the integration of the two.

Off The Screen - March 20 - March 25, 2018

We are proud to partner with the Ann Arbor Film Festival once again to present a moving images exhibition in our gallery. Come on over March 22-25 and see the installations by artists Razan AlSalah and David Olson

Art Now: Drawing - February 16, March 17, 2018

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.

Favorites' Favorites - January 19 - February 10, 2018

Artists are often asked to make work to fit a theme. Or to try to fit an existing piece into a themed show. Consequently, an artist may have a favorite piece they have never had the opportunity to exhibit because they haven't found a show that was a good fit for their piece. The artists in this exhibit share one or more pieces that are their personal favorites.

95th Annual All Media Exhibition - December 15 - January 13, 2018

Curated by Alison Wong

Hot Fresh Glazed - November 3 - December 10, 2017

The Ann Arbor Art Center invited artists from across the country to submit their work to Hot Fresh Glazed, an exhibition of functional pottery. More than just a cup show, this exhibit featured a range of functional ceramic designs.

Millennial Pink - October 6 - November 4, 2017

Millennial Pink is an all-media exhibition that explores gender identity, pop culture, sexuality, politics, and shades of Pantone pink.

In Transit - September 15 - September 30, 2017

In Transit is a moving exhibition featuring the work of current WCC photographic technology students presented in four unique contexts, curated by WCC faculty.

Intermural - August 15 - September 7, 2017

Intermural is a special pop-up exhibition featuring unique murals by Michigan based artists.

Remix - June 8 - June 22, 2017

A multimedia exhibition curated by Brooklyn-based artist, Andrew Rosinski.

Text and Image - May 5 - June 5, 2017

Curated by Detroit-based artist Jack O. Summers, this 117 Gallery exhibition includes artwork of everyday objects whose meanings are enhanced or subverted by the multi-dimensional interplay of text and images. Whether ads or zines, comic books or billboards, artists of all ilks have used combinations of letter and pictures to excavate truths of our daily lives.

Whipstitch - March 31 - April 29, 2017

This exhibition explores contemporary approaches to making and using textiles, where centuries-old traditions serve as the foundation and concept behind embroidery, quilting, weaving, and mixed media sculpture.

Off The Screen! March 10 - March 25, 2017

The Ann Arbor Art Center presents a moving images exhibition, called Off the Screen!, March 10-25 in partnership with the 55th annual Ann Arbor Film Festival.

Art Now: Printmaking

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

Emergent Effect

In Emergent Effect, the artists use these methods to create meaning and find meaning in the spaces between all of their work as well.

Art Off the Wall: November 18, 2016 - January 7, 2017

Both our galleries combine together to create at two-floor holiday exhibition and shopping extravaganza this holiday season!

Free Wet Hugz: 94th Annual All Media Exhibition

Juror: Paul Kotula | Established in 1922, the Annual All Media Exhibition at the Ann Arbor Art Center has a long and rich history. Submissions are accepted in any media.

Re:Formation by Gallery Project

Re: Formation examines this unique moment when ordinary people are declaring, ala Peter Finch, “I am mad as hell and I won’t take it anymore.”

Ultimate Stars

A two-week showcase of local artists who explore creativity through visual art and music.

Real American

What is “Real American”? We seek to explore the generational, ethnographic, cultural, and anthropological ideals of what the word American means. From fresh apple pie to Budweiser, the Star Spangled Banner to Party in the USA, what is the modern American experience?

Comics Unbound

Comics Unbound explores how cartoonists use shape, size, line, color, and context to activate the readers’ imaginations and invite them into the partnership of comics narrative.

Instructor Show

The Ann Arbor Art Center is proud to present the Instructor Show (May 20 – June 4), an exhibition that celebrates the creativity and skill of the instructors who make the Education Department at the Art Center thrive.

Art Now: New Directions of Contemporary Photography

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

Never Not Broken

Curated by Anna van Schaap | The circumstances of life are such that at one point or another something will break us. The loss of a life, a love, a job, a home, will shake our foundation and we will inevitably crumble. We then consider ourselves defeated; disheartened and utterly broken. But there is power in the acknowledgment of brokenness.

MW Furniture ZOKU

This exhibition is but a small sampling of a much larger group of like-minded artists, designers, and educators working in the context of furniture.

GIG - The Art of Michigan Music

GIG: The Art of Michigan Music features concert photography, gig posters, and shirt designs by twenty Michigan artists of Michigan bands and musicians.

Art Off the Wall - 2nd Annual Holiday Exhibition

This exhibit features the work of 12 invited artists, each showcasing up to 15 original works of art “Salon Style”, representing a variety of mediums available in a range of prices to fit any budget.

93rd Annual All Media Exhibition

Juror: Cristen Velliky

In an effort to showcase regional talent, this juried competition is open to all artists who live in the Great Lakes region. Artists living in Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Minnesota are invited to submit to All Media Exhibition 2015.

Wish List

Gallery Project's Wish List, a dual-site, multi-media exhibition in which 50 local, regional, national artists share their visions for a desired future state.

Tech + Art

Technology in art refers to the production of arts using technical processes, methods, or knowledge; the application of technology to produce novel visual imagery and sound; and the broadening of the viewer’s participation in the artistic experience.

Finding a Place in Time: Three Artists and Detroit

Nicole Macdonald, Steve Panton, and Kathleen Rashid each use their art practices to discover the overlooked details, histories and phenomenon in their physical surroundings. Through close-observation and dedicated study of place, each artist illuminates a way of understanding the city of Detroit. Their examples of looking beyond the obvious inspire us to meet Detroit in new ways, and wakefully inhabit the places we live.


Refractive’s roots come from its curators, Peter Baker and Jeremy Wheeler. A 10 day exhibit where the artists taking part bent the perceptions of the world around them through their own creative endeavors.


Each year, on a rotating basis the AAAC will present a media-focused exhibition in its Art Now Series. Painting in 2015 is characterized by its inclusiveness of genres, styles, aesthetics, concepts, materials, and processes. There is no single direction, but multiple vectors of highly energetic artistic expression. The result is a continuing flowering of independent, eclectic, and significant art works that characterize the American art scene.

Regional Arts Collaboritives Showcase 2015

The Ann Arbor Art Center presents Regional Art Collaboratives Showcase, an exhibit featuring highly diverse groups of emerging artists from Detroit, Hamtramck, Ypsilanti and Toledo that have banded together to share space, materials, and exhibit and performance opportunities.

Allegorical Space 2015

Allegorical Space features artists who use the landscape as a metaphor. These imagined spaces create environments that act as allegories for our own. Through exaggeration, elimination and cultural reference the images contrast with our present reality, reflecting back and isolating the smallest, strangest detail of contemporary living.

Art Off the Wall 2014

Art Off the Wall will feature ten talented local artists each showcasing up to 25 original works of Art “Salon Style” in the Ann Arbor Art Center's 117x (our Exhibition Gallery on the 2nd floor). The Show will highlight an array of mediums both 2-D and 3-D in nature and will provide an opportunity for visitors and Art Center patrons alike to purchase original works of art for themselves or as holiday gifts.

A Celebration of Local Architecture and Design 2014

The AIA Huron Valley Chapter: 50+50+50 is a celebration of the “50 years” of the Huron Valley Chapter of the American Institute of Architects that will feature “50 significant buildings” in Ann Arbor and surrounding areas, as well as a demo of “Field Trip”, an app that alerts people that they are in the proximity of one of the structures featured in this app, giving facts and architectural information about it. This exhibit will also feature “50 Ideas for the Future,” showcasing community-inspired designs for the future gathered by AIA members from open public involvement.

Annual All Media Exhibition 2014

Established in 1922, the Annual All Media Exhibition at the Ann Arbor Art Center has a long and rich history. Submissions are accepted in any media, and this year, the juried competition is open to all artists, regardless of residency.

Unseen 2014

In Unseen, participants’ work may express a range of conceptual dimensions. For example, they may be disclosing the purposely hidden or the inadvertently unseen. They may seek out significant and impactful information or simply delight in the creative, visually beautiful or surprising. Participants’ work may also express a range of thresholds of visibility. For example, they may be exploring micro, meso or macro levels of invisibility, from microbial and sub-atomic worlds to social, global and universal phenomena.

Gather: New Directions in Contemporary Glass 2014

Gather explores the conceptual, structural, and social functions of materiality and space as manifested in contemporary glass design. The work featured in this exhibit was selected to challenge the way we interact with and think about glass forms in terms of both visual culture and tactile experience. For this exhibition, guest currator Herb Babcock, professor emeritus at the College for Creative Studies, has assembled a collection of objects from glass artists whose work centers on the formal and conceptual considerations of functional design and aesthetics.

The Print 2014

Printmaking is an expansive process—generative in its nature and experimental in technique. Many artists use printmaking as a tool to transcend media boundaries and develop sincere creative expression; most traditional processes incorporate sculpture, painting and drawing as integral to their execution. In its contemporary form, print media easily spreads between installation, street art, collage, zines and artist books, as well as the long-held tradition of a limited edition of ink on paper. This exhibition, 32 years in the running, encompasses how print media has evolved—and continues to evolve—as a discipline. The Print 2014 is an invitation to showcase the status of print media today, dynamic and ever-evolving.

Potential 2014

For the 32nd year, The Ann Arbor Art Center is delighted to present Potential, an all-media juried exhibition that showcases the work of local high school artists. This exhibition will be on display in the Gallery from April 11-Mary 11, 2014. An opening reception and awards ceremony will take place on Saturday, April 12 from 3:00-5:00 PM. Awards announced at 4pm. This event is free and open to the public.

Decompose/Recompose 2014

DECOMPOSE/RECOMPOSE brings together the work of four artists who are connected by a shared interest in the concepts of breakdown and transformation. At its core, this exhibition is about transmogrification, the process of changing from one substance or object into another. Transformation through decomposition and othernatural processes is a constant touchstone in these works, not only as a reference, but also as a metaphor for their artistic processes-- breaking down and reconstructing their materials to create something entirely new.

Drones 2014

Gallery Project presents DRONES, a multimedia exhibit in which over 40 local, regional, national, and international artists explore the phenomenon of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in American society, with its implications for modern warfare, surveillance and everyday life. The exhibit includes Drone Shadows by U.K. artist, James Bridle, recently at the Corcoran in Washington, D.C., drone proof clothing by Adam Harvey, highlighted in a July issue of The New York Times.

Ann Arbor Painted 2013

The exhibit features 24 Michigan artists and will be on public display through December 22 at the Art Center. After the public exhibition the works will be installed throughout properties owned by First Martin, a real estate development and management firm.

Annual All Media Exhibition 2013

Established in 1922, the Annual All Media Exhibition at the Ann Arbor Art Center has a long and rich history. Submissions are accepted in any media, and this year, the juried submission process was open to all artists, regardless of residency. And the response was tremendous!

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