The A2AC is committed to providing accessible opportunities for artists at every stage of their careers. We provide invaluable space and time to explore, experiment, and enrich their creative practice. Located in downtown Ann Arbor’s emerging creative district, the A2AC is the premier venue for artists to sell, exhibit, and teach.
A2AC Spotlight Gallery: Call for Submissions
The Anne & Howard Cooper Spotlight Gallery call opens on January 6, 2023, and closes on February 5, 2023
The Ann Arbor Art Center (A2AC) invites artists working within the context of printmaking to participate:
With the state of the world’s inequities, what is the current visual language of activist movements? From the most recent pro-union protests to the urgency of climate change to the anti-hate protests of BLM, LGBTQIA+, disability justice, AAPI and Indigenous rights groups, how have printmakers assisted with – and responded to – in creating an aesthetic of change through the use of imagery, language, and mass production?
This exhibition will showcase art working to embolden, seek justice for, and give voice to the various social justice and activist movements occurring in the U.S. and around the globe.
Artists working within the context of printmaking, in all its techniques, are welcome to apply: Woodblock, silkscreen, digital, linoleum, letterpress, litho, etching, monoprints, and more.
Accepted work will be featured in the A2AC’s Spotlight Gallery and the Ann Arbor District Library’s Downtown exhibition space.
A2AC Aquarium Gallery: Call For Proposals
The Vintage Financial Services Aquarium Gallery call for proposals opens on January 6, 2023, and closes on February 5, 2023, for shows starting in April through August 2023.
Call for proposals for solo shows opens twice a year, in January and June 2023. The street-facing gallery comprises a large window space measuring approximately 67″ x 66″ x 12″ located near the pedestrian-busy corner of Ashley St. and Liberty St. in downtown Ann Arbor. Artists are encouraged to fill the gallery and create artwork that engages a hurried audience.
Given the nature of its location, Aquarium Gallery shows last three weeks, with an expedited install/deinstall timeframe. Artists must be available to install and de-install their own work.
Access to electricity is available. Artists must provide their own equipment: Flat-screen monitors for video are permitted. Projections and sound can not be exhibited in this space at this time.
Artists 16 years and up are encouraged to apply, including high school students, artist collaboratives, college students, and under-served/under-represented artists who identify as LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC.
Exhibiting artists are featured on the A2AC Aquarium Gallery webpage, the A2AC e-newsletter, social media, and press releases.
Call for proposals are juried by a diverse group of youth artists, professional artists, and community members who serve 1-year terms.
Three times a year, we will offer an open call to be considered to be featured in the A2AC Shop/Online Shop. Applications will be reviewed by the A2AC Shop Committee, composed of community members, board members, and A2AC staff. Accepted artists will not need to reapply within one year of acceptance.
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Our goal with A2AC Murals is to help transform downtown Ann Arbor’s emerging Creative District, provide a sense of community centered around public art, and provide a platform for regional and national artists to showcase their work.
All submissions are reviewed by the A2AC Art in Public Committee. If selected, we will inform you that your work will be included in the A2AC Murals Artist Deck for one year.
Please note that if you are accepted by the Art in Public Committee, it does not guarantee that you will be hired as a final muralist.