Exploring Truth and Meaning through Text and Image

TEXT/IMAGE (May 5 – June 3)

Ann Arbor, MI (April 14, 2017) ­— Text / Image, a new exhibition of the Ann Arbor Art Center, opens May 5 and runs through June 3 in downtown Ann Arbor (117 West Liberty Street).

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.

This art show is free and open to the public and includes various opportunities for the community to engage with its art and ideas. The exhibition opens May 5 with a free, public kick-off party with the artists from 6:00pm to 9:00pm at the Art Center.

“When visitors drop by this exhibition, they won’t need decoder rings to discover meaning; it will instead be wonderfully legible in these amazing examples of ideas skillfully conveyed through both text and image. We are delighted to have Jack Summers as our partner in this project, as well as the many collaborating organizations and artists, too.”

Artists include Randy Asplund, Barbara Brown, Taurus Burns, Tom Carey, Darcel Deneau, Amy Fell, Bruce Giffin, John Gutoskey, Alvey Jones, Andy Malone, Scott Northrup, Cathy Peete, Jaye Schlesinger, Chris Schneider, Stephen William Schudlich, and Ryan Standfest.

Community members are invited to attend a free, public gallery talk with the curator and participating artists on Sunday, May 21. The Art Center will also host a relatedprintmaking workshop led by exhibiting artist Ryan Standfest where participants will make use of current news front pages as a starting point to create a series of quick monotypes (pre-registration required).

About the Ann Arbor Art Center

For 107 years, the Ann Arbor Art Center has been sparking creativity in people of all ages and artistic abilities. Our mission is to be a contemporary forum for the visual arts through education, exploration, and exhibition, and to expand perspectives and ignite growth in students, artists, and the community. In this work we aspire to be a gathering place that serves artists and the community in four distinct, yet related ways: Exhibition, Retail, Education, and Community Engagement.