July 1 – August 13
Juror: Peter Baker[hr]
“How do you describe a big, contradictory, many-faceted place like the United States of America? That is what Real American, the juried group show on view from now until August 13 at the Ann Arbor Art Center aims to do. What you see in this country right now depends on where you are standing and the juror, eminent Ann Arbor-based photojournalist Peter Baker, treats us to his personal view of not just one America but several.”
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? Are we entering the sci-fi World of Tomorrow, longing for the Norman Rockwell past, or painting ourselves into an Idiocracy? If our culture is our biggest export, what kind of image are we presenting to the world? This exhibition seeks artworks that span the spectrum from whimsical to austere, nostalgic to provocative. Artworks may consist of images from popular and visual culture, contain everyday objects assembled in unexpected ways, or incorporate stars and stripes.
Featured Artists: Jim Aho • Mark Bleshenski • Tina Blondell • CJ Breil • Sarah Buddendeck • Seder Burns • Barbara Melnik Carson • Vanessa Compton • Errol Daniels • Keith Downie • Dan Farnum • Kathie Foley-Meyer • Heather Freeman • Jonathan Frey • David Gardner • Sarah Hahn • Amber Harrison • Christian Helser • Timothy Householder • Melissa Lynn • Astrid Muller-Karger • Dietmar Krumrey • C. B. Murphy • John Posa • Shawn Quinlan • Jim Rehlin • Jaye Schlesinger • Geoffrey Stein • Marilynn Thomas • Seth trent • Tamara Wasserman • Chad Yenney • Micah Zavacky
About the juror: Peter Baker
Peter Baker is an Ann Arbor-based photographer who specializes in editorial, travel, and advertising photography. His clients include Herman Miller, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Businessweek, ESPN The Magazine, National Geographic Traveler, and Popular Mechanics. Peter’s work has been featured in numerous exhibitions nationally and internationally, as well as in HOW Magazine, American Photography, and Hemispheres. He also serves as Creative Director at local tech darling Duo Security, and has been involved in creating many arts and culture events in Ann Arbor, MI.
Entries Submission Deadline: Sunday, June 12
Artists Notified of Juror Selections: Monday, June 20
Accepted Artwork Drop-off Deadline: Tuesday, June 28
Opening Reception: Friday, July 1, 6-9pm
Exhibition Closes: Saturday, August 13
Pick-up of Work: August 14 – August 17