5 fun things to do around Ann Arbor this weekend (May 5-7)
MLive - May 4, 2023: ANN ARBOR, MI -- May is finally here and the new month is bringing a variety of events to check out in Ann Arbor. There are all kinds of activities happening in the city this weekend whether you love comic books, running or are just looking for an excuse to get out of the house. Here are five events taking place throughout Ann Arbor from Friday, May 5, to Sunday, May 7.
Press Release: Maternal Interior & Awake! Printmaking in Action Exhibition Openings
May 4, 2023 - ANN ARBOR, MI – The A2AC (Ann Arbor Art Center) continues its 2023 gallery season with Maternal Interior in the Main Gallery and Awake! Printmaking in Action in the Spotlight Gallery. Maternal Interior - The A2AC is proud to host guest curators Lee Nowell-Wilson (Baltimore), Alana DeRiggi (Ann Arbor), and Gina Balibrera (Ann Arbor) in this multidisciplinary exhibition featuring 11 visual artists in conjunction with 12 writers, who turn their gaze inward towards their personal journeys of Motherhood.
creative:impact - Jenn Cornell Queen takes the helm at A2AC
WEMU89.1 - May 2, 2023: Creative industries in Washtenaw County add hundreds of millions of dollars to the local economy. In the weeks and months to come, host Deb Polich, the President, and CEO of Creative Washtenaw, explores the myriad of contributors that make up the creative sector in Washtenaw County.
Here are 4 things to do for Mother’s Day in Ann Arbor
All About Ann Arbor - April 30, 2023: ANN ARBOR – Mother’s Day is approaching. The annual holiday celebrates mothers of all types. This year it falls on Sunday, May 14. We’ve put together a list of events, activities and gift ideas happening around Ann Arbor so you can show mom (or the person you call “mother”) just how much you care.
Ann Arbor Art Center announces performance series featuring AAPI artists
All About Ann Arbor - April 10, 2023: ANN ARBOR – A new performance series titled “IS/LAND” featuring AAPI artists is coming to the Ann Arbor Art Center this month. The interdisciplinary series will feature sound and movement-based performances by several artists and collaborators in the A2AC Main Gallery. Four ticketed performances will take place in the A2AC Gallery.
What’s that next to Ann Arbor’s Blind Pig? Alley decked with ‘multicolored portals’
MLive - March 31, 2023: ANN ARBOR, MI — “Multicolored portals” from St. Louis have arrived in downtown Ann Arbor. “LOOMROOM” is the title of the new eye-catching art installation in the alley next to the Blind Pig concert venue and 8 Ball Saloon off First Street — the latest in a series of alley art projects through the Ann Arbor Art Center’s A2AC Alleys initiative.
Press Release: IS/LAND Exhibition Opening
March 29, 2023 – ANN ARBOR, MI – A2AC Continues its 2023 Gallery Season with IS/LAND, an interdisciplinary Performance Collaborative composed of AAPIA artists and collaborators, presenting their performance piece titled TETRA.
EYES ON WATERCOLOR: JEREMY WHEELER TAKES THE BOLD STEP TO GET SOFT IN HIS NEW COLLECTION OF PAINTING
Pulp - March 22, 2023: When watercolor paintings started turning up on Jeremy Wheeler's social media accounts, I initially thought he was promoting the work of a friend. One piece in particular I remember was of Naru, the protagonist warrior in the Predator series prequel Prey. While Wheeler is known for paintings inspired by science fiction and horror films, his use of watercolors for Naru captured the ghostly mystery of her character, not just her strength. It's absolutely gorgeous.
The Softer Side of Jeremy Wheeler
Life in Michigan - March 22, 2023: Jeremy Wheeler reveals his softer side with a showcase of watercolors inspired by movies, music, and muppets at the Ann Arbor Art Center. I vividly remember the first time I met Jeremy Wheeler. It was my 50th birthday, and we stopped at Woodruff’s in Ypsilanti to see The Muggs. It turns out this was the very first Fuzz Fest. One of my favorites is the image of Jeremy blowing into a liquid lightshow projector with his patented aviator glasses.
SOUND "WAVES": CHIEN-AN YUAN PLAYS OFF THE SCREEN AT THE ANN ARBOR FILM FESTIVAL
Pulp - March 17, 2023: The Ann Arbor Film Festival celebrates collaboration. Sure, there are some movie mavericks who do everything themselves when creating a film, but it's usually a talented group of people combining their resources to create something special. Chien-An Yuan lives for collabs. The Ann Arbor polymath is capable of making films, photography, art, and music all on his own—and he has many times—but he prefers to work with others to bring creations to life.
A hero’s journey through fashion: NOIR holds annual show at UMich in support of the Ann Arbor Art Ce
The Michigan Daily - March 13, 2023: NOIR, a philanthropy-based fashion group at the University of Michigan, presented their annual runway event at the Power Center Saturday night. The event included seven designers and 40 models donning clothing by both student and professional designers based out of the Ann Arbor area. Inspired by Homer’s epic “The Odyssey”, the runway included scenes related to Homer’s story.
Downtown Ann Arbor becomes an outdoor gallery during Youth Art Month
All About Ann Arbor - March 9, 2023: ANN ARBOR – Every year in March, downtown Ann Arbor celebrates Youth Art Month to highlight the value of arts education. Throughout the month, the city streets transform into a gallery, with businesses hanging works in their storefront windows by K-12 students from art classes at Ann Arbor Public Schools.
5 fun things to do in Ann Arbor this weekend (Feb. 10-12)
MLive - February 9, 2023: ANN ARBOR, MI -- There’s a little bit for everyone to choose from Friday, Feb. 10, to Sunday, Feb. 12, in the Ann Arbor area, whether you’re a dinosaur enthusiast, shopping for Valentine’s Day or love crocheting.
Q&A: New Ann Arbor Art Center executive director outlines inclusive vision for creative community
Concentrate - February 8, 2023: It's a new era for the Ann Arbor Art Center (A2AC). Shortly after the major transition of moving A2AC's gallery to a more visible and accessible street-level space, A2AC President and CEO Marie Klopf ended her nearly 10-year tenure with the downtown arts institution. In December, the center announced its new executive director, Jenn Cornell Queen. Queen's name is likely familiar to many Ann Arborites through her previous role as senior vice president of marketing, communications, and events at Ann Arbor SPARK, her current role as an Ann Arbor City Council member, or her involvement with the Ecology Center, Main Street Area Association, Destination Ann Arbor, and Family Learning Institute.
Ann Arbor Art Center to kick off 2023 gallery season with two shows on Friday
All About Ann Arbor - January 30, 2023: ANN ARBOR – The Ann Arbor Art Center will kick off its 2023 gallery season with two exhibition openings in one night on Friday, Feb. 3. The openings include “Energy Transfer” in the Main Gallery and “Unhurried” in the Spotlight Gallery. “Energy Transfer” will feature participatory installations that give the viewer an opportunity to respond with a gesture, according to an event release. It includes installations by artists Hannah Burr, Jessica Frelinghuysen, Megan Heeres and Natalia Rocafuerte.
Ann Arbor Art Center announces new immersive fundraiser
All About Ann Arbor - January 15, 2023: ANN ARBOR – Fans of art and cocktails are in for a treat with a new immersive social event organized by the Ann Arbor Art Center (A2AC). The downtown organization has announced that it has revamped its annual wintertime Artini fundraiser to now include 4 different studios and food and drink pairings as part of a new event.
Meet the new executive director of the Ann Arbor Art Center
MLive - January 7, 2023: ANN ARBOR, MI -- For Jenn Cornell Queen, joining the Ann Arbor Art Center is a chance to guide the organization as it navigates a new phase. Cornell Queen stepped into the center’s executive director role in December. The center’s previous executive director Marie Klopf ended her 10-year career thereafter becoming the executive director of the Great Lakes Center for the Arts in Bay Harbor.
40, 50, 80 years: These Ann Arbor businesses, events celebrated big anniversaries in 2022
MLive - December 27, 2022: ANN ARBOR, MI -- While Ann Arbor welcomed plenty of new businesses in 2022, others saw milestone anniversaries. From Zingerman’s Delicatessen’s 40th anniversary to a local shoe store’s 80th, here are some Ann Arbor businesses and events that celebrated major anniversaries this year.
Find your creative side at this Ann Arbor spot
All About Ann Arbor - December 21, 2022: Once things quiet down after the holidays, many people turn their attention to trying something new in the new year. One popular experience is dabbling in the arts, such as drawing, painting, or ceramics. Not sure where to begin? The Ann Arbor Art Center has all kinds of workshops and classes for all ages and skill sets to help you get started, or get back into this fun hobby. Jean Cornell Queen joined All About Ann Arbor producer, Meredith Bruckner, to talk more about their offerings.
Ann Arbor Art Center announces new executive director
All About Ann Arbor - December 21, 2022: ANN ARBOR – Jenn Cornell Queen has been named the new Ann Arbor Art Center executive director by its board of directors. “Jenn’s broad ties in our community, her solid track record of fundraising for a range of nonprofit organizations, her ability to build partnerships, and her passion for ensuring Ann Arbor is a vibrant, cultural destination made her the stand-out candidate for this role,” said A2AC board of directors chair Anne Cooper in a release.
The A2AC Hires Jenn Cornell Queen as New Executive Director
December 21, 2022 – ANN ARBOR, MICH. -- The Ann Arbor Art Center (A2AC) board of directors has chosen non-profit and community relations veteran Jenn Cornell Queen to be its new executive director. In this role, Queen will support the organization’s mission to deliver innovative programming, exhibitions, and arts education to the community, through a focus on fundraising and community outreach.
$500K in grants given to arts and culture organizations across SE Michigan
ClickOnDetroit - December 20, 2022: Dozens of arts and culture organizations throughout Southeast Michigan are getting tens of thousands of dollars in grants from local foundations to support their work. A total of $500,000 in grants have been awarded to nearly 30 organizations by the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation and the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan as part of their effort to “transform the financial strength and long-term viability of Southeast Michigan’s arts and culture community.”
Foundations make first grants of $100 million pledge
Crain's Detroit Business - December 19, 2022: A year after pledging $100 million to metro Detroit's arts and culture organizations over the next decade, the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation and the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan on Monday made the first grants as part of the program.
Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation Grants $3M to Detroit Parks, Arts
DBusiness - December 19, 2022: The Detroit Parks Coalition, a startup nonprofit helping to support healthy, equitable, and vibrant parks in Detroit, has been awarded $2.6 million by the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation in Detroit to expand programming, provide matching grants for capital improvements and strengthen its relationship with Detroit Parks and Recreation division over the next three years.
What’s that in downtown Ann Arbor? Alley bedazzled with public art
MLive- December 7, 2022: ANN ARBOR, MI — One particularly colorful alley in downtown Ann Arbor has been turning heads lately. After many months of planning and coordination with the city, the Ann Arbor Art Center recently rolled out its A2AC Alleys installations funded in part by a crowdfunding campaign.
Press Release: A2AC’s 100th All Media Exhibition Opening
ANN ARBOR, MI – The A2AC Gallery announces the opening of the 100th All Media Exhibition. Established in 1922, the All Media Exhibition at the Ann Arbor Art Center (A2AC) has a long and rich history. In its 100th year, the A2AC is thrilled to announce the guest juror, Darryl DeAngelo Terrell, a Detroit-based artist, curator, DJ, organizer, and educator. DeAngelo Terrell juried in artwork that includes painting, photography, collage, ceramics, sculpture, textiles, mixed media, video, and performance. The show opens on Friday, November 18th, and runs through December 30th, 2022.
Things To Do: Pulp Event Roundup For November
Pulp - November 10, 2022: To fill up your November calendar, we’ve compiled a comprehensive list of arts-related events, exhibits, and more throughout Washtenaw County. Check out some local cool happenings in music, visual art, theater and dance, and written word and film.
Ann Arbor Art Center set to open 100th and final All Media Exhibition
MLive - November 10, 2022: ANN ARBOR, MI -- The Ann Arbor Art Center is set to open its final All Media Exhibition later this month. The Ann Arbor Art Center Gallery will launch its 100th and final All Media Exhibition with a public opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, November 18. The show will run through Friday, December 30.
Midnight Madness returns to downtown Ann Arbor in early December
All About Ann Arbor - November 6, 2022: ANN ARBOR – Knock out holiday shopping early this year with Midnight Madness in downtown Ann Arbor on Friday, Dec. 2. Tree Town businesses and restaurants will be open late during the annual event offering event discounts, specials, bonus gift cards, giveaways, and free gifts.
Get in the holiday spirit with these art workshops in Ann Arbor
All About Ann Arbor - October 30, 2022: ANN ARBOR – It’s not too early to start thinking about holiday gifts, and what’s better than a handmade one? The Ann Arbor Art Center is offering adult and family-friendly winter workshops ranging from hot cocoa mugs and sterling silver earrings to light-up Christmas trees and ornaments. All classes and workshops cost between $35-$280 each. Many include supplies but those interested should check before signing up.
Ann Arbor Art Center transforms downtown alley with confetti-filled installation
All About Ann Arbor - October 24, 2022: ANN ARBOR – The alley between Alley Bar and Pretzel Bell has a new look. Throughout October, the Ann Arbor Art Center has worked with Indiana-based design studio LAA Office to transform the typically ignored alleyway into a place of wonder and color. The installation, called “Urban-Fetti,” has bright, confetti-like stripes and dots of neon color that draw in passersby. In its project statement, LAA Office said that “the installation is designed to provide a surprising moment of joy in the urban fabric that appears random at first but is in fact installed and orchestrated using a precise pattern. Materials include foil-based decals and powder-coated aluminum elements in bright, fluorescent colors that glow in the evening.”
A2AC Expansion and Renovation
Damian Farrell Design Group - October 11, 2022: The Ann Arbor Art Center (A2AC) has been serving the Ann Arbor community for over 100 years, and the historic Walker Carriage Works building on Liberty Street has been A2AC's home since 1975. Demand for classes has always been high, but capacity was often limited by the facilites available at Liberty Street. The Art Center experimented with leasing off-site satellite studios to help meet demand, but the arrangement was operationally suboptimal.
10 MUST-VISIT MURALS IN ANN ARBOR
Destination Ann Arbor - September 23, 2022: Ann Arbor is well-known for hosting the largest juried art fair in the country, but did you know the city is full of inspirational artwork year-round? Check out these beautiful murals and collaborative art projects designed and painted by area creatives, and see for yourself why Ann Arbor is a true arts destination.
Learn About Downtown Ann Arbor’s Vibrant Murals
Ecurrent - September 27, 2022: Ann Arbor Art Center (A2AC) is finishing up its scheduled live, in-person “Mocha + Murals: Walking Mural Tours,” but has a related upcoming talk on Oct. 2 for all ages. The purpose of the tours was to educate attendees about the array of murals throughout downtown Ann Arbor as well as to highlight the artists themselves.
Sip mochas and learn about murals at a new Ann Arbor Art Center series
All About Ann Arbor - September 11, 2022: ANN ARBOR – Grab a cup of java and learn about Tree Town’s many murals during the new Mochas and Murals tours. Organized by the Ann Arbor Art Center, the tours will educate participants about the various murals around the downtown area and the artists who created them. Tours will meet at the art center gallery at 117 W. Liberty St. and will be led by Beyond the Pail curator Louise Jones or gallery director Thea Eck.
Art Center to celebrate 100th, final All-Media Exhibition with history display
MLive - August 24, 2022: ANN ARBOR, MI -- After 100 years of hosting a variety of artists and mediums, the Ann Arbor Art Center will close out its All-Media Exhibition with a final show. The Ann Arbor Art Center, 117 W. Liberty St., has opened its artist call for its All-Media Exhibition for its 100th and final show. The exhibition, taking place from Friday, November 18, to Friday, December 30, will feature the art of all types. “We’re hoping to get a really good mix of not just artists, but mediums too,” Thea Eck, art center exhibitions director, said.
Ann Arbor Art Center seeks artists for 100th All Media Exhibition
All About Ann Arbor - August 16, 2022: ANN ARBOR – The A2AC has issued an open call for artist submissions to its 100th All Media Exhibition. The exhibition will run Nov. 18-Dec. 30 and the submission deadline is Sept. 11. The All Media Exhibition was established at the A2AC in 1922. This will be its final year, according to the art center.
Press Release: 100th All Media Exhibition: OPEN CALL for Artists
ANN ARBOR, MI – The A2AC announces an OPEN CALL for artist submissions to the 100th All Media Exhibition (Nov. 18 - Dec. 30, 2022). Established in 1922, the All Media Exhibition at the A2AC (Ann Arbor Art Center) has a long and rich history. The A2AC is thrilled to announce Darryl DeAngelo Terrell as the guest juror. DeAngelo Terrell is a Detroit-based artist, curator, DJ, organizer, and educator.
Graffiti Alley & More Amazing Street Art in Ann Arbor
AwesomeMitten - August 8, 2022: Ann Arbor is close enough to my hometown of Fenton that I’m lucky enough to visit quite often, whether for photoshoots or, my favorite, brunch with my besties. Most importantly, Ann Arbor is a hub for artists to show off their artwork by splashing it on walls, buildings, and alleyways, including the iconic Graffiti Alley. If you haven’t been to Ann Arbor in a bit, you are in for a treat!
Ann Arbor Mural Walk: an Interactive Experience
Ecurrent - August 5, 2022: Most Ann Arbor residents, and even non-residents, are aware of the variety of murals around downtown. These murals are curated and fundraised for by the Ann Arbor Art Center. According to the A2AC website the murals around town are “the culmination of pairing downtown building and business owners with local, regional, and national artists who transformed the building walls into spectacular murals—providing the community and visitors the opportunity to experience and enjoy these large, vibrant works of public art in Ann Arbor and the SE Michigan area.”
Ann Arbor Art Center is seeking new executive director
MLive - August 3, 2022: ANN ARBOR, MI – The Ann Arbor Art Center (A2AC) is searching for a new executive director following the departure of its former president and CEO, Marie Klopf. After 10 years in her role, Klopf has accepted a position to be the executive director of the Great Lakes Center for the Arts in Bay Harbor. Kate Robertson, the organization’s senior director of operations, is serving as interim executive director while the Art Center searches for “the right person” to fill the position, she said.
Ann Arbor Art Center will showcase mural-making process with new exhibition
MLive - July 28, 2022: ANN ARBOR, MI — The streets of Ann Arbor are filled with a variety of murals, but some community members may be left wondering how these large-scale pieces of artwork came to be. The Ann Arbor Art Center’s A2AC Gallery is hoping to answer these questions through its new exhibition, Beyond the Pail: Mural Making and the Artistic Process.
Ann Arbor Art Center to debut new mural making exhibition
All About Ann Arbor - July 22, 2022: ANN ARBOR – The Ann Arbor Art Center Gallery will present new exhibit “Beyond the Pail: Mural Making and the Artistic Process” from July 29-Oct. 8. Curated by Louise Jones, aka Ouizi, the exhibition will examine how muralists address the challenges each project and surface presents. The show will feature artists whose work is displayed in museums and public spaces around the world.
Press Release: Marie Klopf Departure
ANN ARBOR, MI. - After ten years as President and CEO of the A2AC, Marie Klopf, has accepted the position of Executive Director of the Great Lakes Center for the Arts in Bay Harbor, Mich. Kate Robertson, the organization’s Sr. Director of Operations, has accepted the position of Interim Executive Director. “Marie’s contributions to the organization over the past ten years were enormous, most notably leading the organization in realizing its vision of a welcoming and inspiring space where creativity can thrive for years to come,” said Anne Cooper, current Board Chair.
Ann Arbor Art Center looking for next executive director
All About Ann Arbor - July 18, 2022: ANN ARBOR – Know a leader with an eye for art and creativity? Put them forward as the Ann Arbor Art Center’s next executive director. Marie Klopf, the current A2AC Executive Director, is moving on to lead the Great Lakes Center for the Arts in Bay Harbor, and A2AC officials are looking for her replacement. Klopft helped the art nonprofit expand into the space next to its 117 W. Liberty St. address and double its footprint.
The Share Zone: Ann Arbor Art Center Launches Multimedia Exhibit "Sharing Space," The First Show In
Pulp - May 27, 2022: What is space? Is it the physical area around you? Is it your mental perceptions of isolation versus intimacy, distance versus closeness? Finding your place in a crowd versus being alone with your thoughts? Is space the place where we should launch Elon Musk on a Major Tom-like mission to Mars? The artists in Sharing Space, a new multimedia exhibit at the Ann Arbor Art Gallery (A2AC), ask variations of these questions—except the one about an Elonaut floating around a tin can, that's all on me.
How should Ann Arbor allocate $500K for the arts? Public input sought
MLive - May 25, 2022: ANN ARBOR, MI — Ann Arbor is putting $500,000 of its federal stimulus toward the arts, but how is still up for discussion. The city’s Public Art Commission is now seeking public input on how the city should allocate the funds. City Council recently voted on a spending plan for the city’s $24 million shares of pandemic-recovery funds under the American Rescue Plan Act, deciding that $500,000 should go to the arts, including $200,000 for arts-based trauma programs.
Press Release: Sharing Space: Inaugural Exhibition of the 2022 A2AC Gallery Season
ANN ARBOR, MI - May 10, 2022: The A2AC’s inaugural art exhibition, SHARING SPACE, is the first exhibition of the 2022 exhibition season. It coincides with the grand opening of the new 1200 sq. ft. street-facing A2AC Gallery located in the heart of downtown Ann Arbor. This exhibition is curated by Ashley Miller, Interim Gallery Director, with support from the A2AC Exhibition Committee. It opens on Friday, May 20th, and runs through July 8th, 2022.
See what a $1.2M renovation has added to the Ann Arbor Art Center
MLive - May 24, 2022: ANN ARBOR, MI -- With a new front-facing gallery and double the studio space, the Ann Arbor Art Center is ready to bring creativity to the city. The Ann Arbor Art Center, 117 W. Liberty St., is hosting the public debut of the new, 1,200-square-foot A2AC Gallery from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 27. The grand opening will not only show off the new gallery but the rest of the $1.2-million improvements made to the space.
Ann Arbor Art Center offering summer classes for all ages
All About Ann Arbor - May 23, 2022: ANN ARBOR – The Ann Arbor Art Center has opened registration to the general public for its summer art classes. From teen wheel-throwing, and date night on the wheel to family screen printing, the art center has programming for people of all ages. The art center now boasts eight art education studios after a full-building renovation. The center also just opened its brand-new 1,200-square-foot A2AC Gallery.
Ann Arbor Art Center gallery announces first exhibition of 2022
All About Ann Arbor - May 12, 2022: ANN ARBOR – The Ann Arbor Art Center will be launching its first exhibition of the season on May 20, alongside the grand opening of its brand-new 1,200-square-foot A2AC Gallery, which also features updated studio spaces. The exhibition is curated by A2AC’s interim gallery director Ashley Miller and the A2AC Exhibition Committee. SHARING SPACE will open with a reception on May 27 from 6-9 p.m. and will run through July 8.
Ann Arbor Art Center gallery shop now accepting new artists
All About Ann Arbor - April 24, 2022: ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Those looking for a new way to show off their art can now apply to the Ann Arbor Art Center. The downtown nonprofit is accepting applications from new artists who want to sell their art in the 117 W. Liberty St. gallery shop. “We want local and regional artists to thrive, working closely with creatives to uncover their talents and realize their visions. The A2AC strives to nurture a welcoming environment for artists, designers, and art enthusiasts to share their creativity with our community,” the center said in its call for new artists.
Ann Arbor Art Center launches campaign to fund expansion, new art studios
All About Ann Arbor - March 13, 2022: ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The Ann Arbor Art Center is doing one final push to complete a $5 million expansion and equip eight art studios. Having acquired the space right next to its current 117 W. Liberty St. location, the organization has been taking steps to expand since 2013 to meet growing demands for more art experiences. In 2017, more than 800 people were on waitlists for art classes and camps, according to the expansion website. As part of the Art Center’s Capital Expansion Campaign, the newly launched “The Home Stretch” funding campaign aims to raise $72,166 by April 15.
Press Release: A2AC Launches "The Home Stretch" Fundraising Campaign
ANN ARBOR, MI, March 11, 2022 – In response to an ever-growing demand for art activities, in 2017, the A2AC acquired an adjacent building and launched a $5.2M Capital Expansion Campaign to own, combine, and fully renovate both buildings. Providing more studio space for events, classes, and exhibitions enables the A2AC to meet the growing student demand for art education, increase opportunities for community partnerships, and participate in more creative collaborations
A2AC Has Lots to Celebrate | Ann Arbor Art Center’s February Events
ECurrent - February 25, 2022: The nonprofit, Ann Arbor Arts Center (A2AC) has a triad of events to celebrate this month. For over a century, the Ann Arbor Arts Center has been a creative hub in the local community for all ages and continues to do so. Annually, A2AC partners up with local restaurants to craft cocktails using a mural as their inspiration. This year’s partners include Alley Bar, Aventura, Babs Underground, The Circ Bar, Nightcap, and Of Rice & Men. This year A2AC will have two options for you to choose from—celebrate in-person or from the comfort of your own home!
Ann Arbor Art Center opens new street-level gallery
Concentrate - March 10, 2022: The Ann Arbor Art Center (A2AC) is asking art lovers to save the date May 27 for the opening reception of the center's new 1,200-square-foot street-level gallery and renovated studio spaces at 117 W. Liberty St. in downtown Ann Arbor. "We've had a really long history of showing exhibitions that goes back to 1908, but this is really big for us," says Ashley Miller, A2AC's gallery director. "Having this new street-level, front-facing, really open space increases the chances for people walking by to see that we have exhibitions."
Ann Arbor cocktail competition serves up drinks inspired by downtown murals
MLive - February 18, 2022: ANN ARBOR, MI -- Whether you’re looking to put the art in martini or fun in fundraising, the Ann Arbor Art Center’s cocktail competition is the place to be. The Ann Arbor Art Center, also known as A2AC, will be hosting its annual cocktail competition in-person on Feb. 25, with an at-home version taking place through March 4. Artini has previously raised more than $250,000 for the art center.
‘Buy One Give Some’ art kits to support two Ann Arbor nonprofits in March
All About Ann Arbor - February 16, 2022: ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Artists in the making can support two Washtenaw County organizations while crafting masterpieces. Until Sunday, March 6, proceeds from the purchase of pre-prepared art kits, ArtBoxes, will go towards similar kits being donated to Wonderfool Productions and Peace Neighborhood Center, Ann Arbor Art Center said in a release.
Ann Arbor Art Center (A2AC) Announces WonderFool Productions As Their New Artbox
We Love Ann Arbor - February 7, 2022: ANN ARBOR – A2AC has a new Artbox: Buy One Give Some partner, WonderFool Productions! Artbox: Buy One Give Some is a giving program that provides the opportunity for our community to support three local non-profits by shopping at the A2AC. Now through March 6th, 2022, proceeds from every ArtBox purchase will help provide ArtBoxes to WonderFool Productions!
Press Release: A2AC Announces WonderFool Productions As Their New Artbox: Buy One Give Some Partner
ANN ARBOR, MI, February 4, 2022 – A2AC has a new Artbox: Buy One Give Some partner, WonderFool Productions! Artbox: Buy One Give Some is a giving program that provides the opportunity for our community to support three local non-profits by shopping at the A2AC. Now through March 6th, 2022, proceeds from every ArtBox purchase will help provide ArtBoxes to WonderFool Productions!
Arts advocates want Ann Arbor to put $2.4M toward creative industry’s recovery
MLive - February 4, 2022: ANN ARBOR, MI — Ann Arbor is still considering 13 ways to spend the city’s $24 million federal stimuli, but local arts advocates say something is missing from the list. Creative Washtenaw, an advocacy group, formerly known as the Arts Alliance, is asking the city to consider putting $2.4 million of its American Rescue Plan Act funds toward the financial recovery of Ann Arbor’s arts and creative industry. That includes funding for nonprofit organizations, businesses, and individual artists and creative workers who have struggled during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ann Arbor Art Center
DBusiness - February 4, 2022: The Ann Arbor Art Center is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the encouragement, education, exploration, collaboration, and exhibition of visual arts for people of all ages. The organization serves artists and the community in four ways: retail, galleries, education, and community engagement.
Downtown Ann Arbor businesses, museums close for snowstorm
MLive - February 2, 2022: ANN ARBOR, MI -- As snow pelted Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County on Wednesday, multiple downtown businesses were closed, citing bad roads and inclement weather. Here’s a list of everyone in the downtown area that was not open on Feb. 2, with some also not opening on Feb. 3.
Ann Arbor Art Center using $100K federal stimulus to reactivate, expand programs
MLive - January 31, 2022: ANN ARBOR, MI — The Ann Arbor Art Center has announced plans to use a $100,000 federal stimulus grant to add staff resources to reactivate and expand programs. The nonprofit, located at 117 W. Liberty St. downtown, made the list of 567 arts organizations across the country recommended by the National Endowment for the Arts to receive a combined $57.8 million under the American Rescue Plan to help the arts and culture sector recover from the pandemic.
Tickets to annual Ann Arbor cocktail competition on sale
All About Ann Arbor - January 30, 2022: ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Community members can once again support the Ann Arbor Art Center and explore Tree Town’s cocktail scene through the annual Artini competition. On Feb. 25, participants can visit different Ann Arbor bars to try six specialty cocktails between 5:30-10 p.m. A curated tasting guide will accompany in-person Artini attendees to make their way around downtown and cast their votes.
Press Release: A2AC to Receive $100,000 Grant from the NEA as part of the American Rescue Plan
ANN ARBOR, MI – The Ann Arbor Art Center is pleased to announce they have been approved to receive an American Rescue Plan grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to help the arts and cultural sector recover from the pandemic. The A2AC is recommended to receive $100,00 and may use this funding to save jobs and to fund operations and facilities, health and safety supplies, and marketing and promotional efforts to encourage attendance and participation.
Press Release: The A2AC is excited to welcome you back downtown for Artini 2022 on Friday, February
ANN ARBOR, MI – The Ann Arbor Art Center (A2AC) is bringing Artini, the annual cocktail competition, and fundraising event, back to downtown Ann Arbor! Thanks to our generous sponsor Alex Milshteyn Real Estate Associates, partnership with the Ann Arbor Distilling Company, and incredible venue partners (Alley Bar, Aventura, Babs’ Underground, The Circ Bar, Nightcap, and Of Rice & Men ), this event will be one to experience!
Ann Arbor Public Art Commission names winners of Golden Paintbrush Awards
MLive - January 15, 2022: ANN ARBOR, MI — The Ann Arbor Public Art Commission has named its four winners of the 2021 Golden Paintbrush Awards. The winners of this year’s Paintbrush Awards consist of artists and organizations that have created artwork throughout the Ann Arbor area. The 2021 Golden Paintbrush Award winners and their winning work include: Ann Arbor Art Center for the A2AC Murals project and the ArtBox program.
ANN ARBOR GALLERY CRAWL: CATCHING UP WITH RECENT EXHIBITS AND NEW ART SPACES
Pulp Ann Arbor District Library - December 15, 2021: COVID-19 has wrecked plans and canceled events for nearly two years (and counting). It has sabotaged the momentum and slashed the incomes of Ann Arbor’s small community of visual artists and galleries, leaving a cultural landscape greatly altered in ways large and small. But the creatives here are nothing if not resourceful and, well, creative.
2021 Golden Paintbrush Award Winners!
Ann Arbor Public Art Commission - January 12, 2022: This award gives the Ann Arbor community an opportunity to recognize the creativity and talent of artists and organizations that have contributed to the cultural and aesthetic richness of our beautiful city in the form of public art.
11 Ways You Can Celebrate the Holidays in the Ann Arbor Area This Year
Reinhart Realtors Blog - November 29, 2021: The seasonal jingles, festive displays and jolly atmosphere in the Ann Arbor area can only mean one thing—the holidays are officially upon us! This time of year, the Ann Arbor area is buzzing with exciting things to do, from holiday festivals to gift shopping at some of the area’s many local businesses.
Ann Arbor Art Center offering free Black Friday workshop for all ages
All About Ann Arbor - November 24, 2021: ANN ARBOR – Looking for something to do on Black Friday that doesn’t involve shopping with the masses? The Ann Arbor Art Center is hosting a free magnet workshop for community members of all ages from 1-3 p.m. Participants can choose from a series of designs of magnetic winter characters or can design their own holiday-themed magnets.
Press Release: HISTORIC FUTURES: Preview for 2022 Exhibition Season AND Brand New Gallery
ANN ARBOR, MI - November 10, 2022 – The A2AC’s newest art exhibition, HISTORIC FUTURES, is the first preview of our 2022 exhibition season. Juana Williams, Director of Exhibitions for the Library Street Collective, will be curating this exhibition that opens on Friday, November 12th, and runs through to December 30th, 2021.
Ann Arbor Art Center announces lineup of winter workshops
All About Ann Arbor - October 29, 2021: ANN ARBOR – The Ann Arbor Art Center has announced its upcoming winter classes and workshops for people of all ages. Ranging from $35-$280, classes at the Art Center are a great way to exercise your creativity and learn something new this season. Classes range from one-day workshops to four-week classes and virtual workshops.
Ann Arbor Art Center announces new downtown gallery space
All About Ann Arbor - October 21, 2021: ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Get a sneak peek of Ann Arbor Art Center’s brand new space on Friday, Nov. 12. Art fans can visit the organization’s street-facing gallery, right next to its main space on Liberty Street, during an opening reception from 6-9 p.m. for its new exhibition, Historic Futures.
‘Multi-colored portals’ and ‘bursts of confetti-like’ art coming to Ann Arbor alleys
MLive - October 15, 2021: ANN ARBOR, MI — Four new public art displays are coming to downtown Ann Arbor alleys next spring. The Ann Arbor Art Center, the nonprofit behind the initiative, has unveiled artist designs for two of the installations planned to bring more color to the downtown Creative District.
Ann Arbor Art Center opens call for entries for annual Holiday Shop
All About Ann Arbor - October 6, 2021: Are you a local or regional artist and want a chance to expand sales of your handmade work? The Ann Arbor Art Center has opened a call for entries for handmade works of art for its annual Holiday Shop. The shop showcases and sells the works in-person and online.
Ann Arbor Art Center opens registration for fall classes
All About Ann Arbor - August 26, 2021: The Ann Arbor Art Center will be offering a diverse selection of in-person and virtual classes this fall for people of all ages.
Ann Arbor Family 2021 Family Favorites
Ann Arbor Family Press - August 5, 2021: Favorite Kids Art Class Winner: Ann Arbor Art Center
Here’s how you can celebrate ‘Buy Michigan Week’ all year in Ann Arbor
All About Ann Arbor - August 2, 2021: Spruce up your home with illustrative tiles from Motawi Tileworks or regionally-made art from the Ann Arbor Art Center or Gutman Gallery.
Most Instagram-able Murals in Downtown Ann Arbor
Current - July 26, 2021: Intriguing public art downtown doubles as perfect backdrops for social media posts.
Campaign hits $50K goal to bring more public art to Ann Arbor’s new Creative District
MLive - July 26, 2021: ANN ARBOR, MI — A new crowdfunding campaign to bring more public art to downtown Ann Arbor’s building walls and alleyways has reached a $50,000 goal.
Ann Arbor Art Center Seeks Artist Submissions for The Alleyway Project
The Current - June 25, 2021: The Ann Arbor Art Center’s (A2AC) Art in Public Program has officially launched their open invitation to architects, designers, engineers, and artists from around the world to take part in The Alleyway Project: Activating Ann Arbor’s Alleys Through Art Design challenge.
Ann Arbor Art Center launches crowdfunding campaign for new downtown murals, alleyway projects
All About Ann Arbor - June 27, 2021: ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The Ann Arbor Art Center has announced the launch of a crowdfunding campaign to bring new murals and immersive installations to downtown’s new Creative District.
Crowdfunding Campaign Launched
Patch - June 23, 2021: LANSING, Mich. – The A2AC Art in Public program will bring more art into downtown Ann Arbor with new murals and installations with the help of a new crowdfunding campaign, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and Ann Arbor Art Center (A2AC) announced today. The campaign is being offered through the Michigan-based crowdfunding platform Patronicity.
Ann Arbor Art Center seeks proposals for alley art installations
Concentrate - June 23, 2021: The Ann Arbor Art Center (A2AC) is currently accepting proposals for innovative spatial art installations in Ann Arbor alleys, seeking to activate pedestrian space and increase public art.
$50K crowdfunding campaign aims to bring more public art to downtown Ann Arbor
Mlive - June 23, 2021: ANN ARBOR, MI — The Ann Arbor Art Center plans to bring more public art to downtown building walls and alleys with the help of a new crowdfunding campaign.
Crowdfunding campaign launched for ‘A2AC Art in Public’ project in Ann Arbo
LANSING, Mich. – The A2AC Art in Public program will bring more art into downtown Ann Arbor with new murals and installations with the help of a new crowdfunding campaign, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and Ann Arbor Art Center (A2AC) announced today. The campaign is being offered through the Michigan-based crowdfunding platform Patronicity.
Press Release: Crowdfunding campaign launched for 'A2AC Art in Public' project in Ann Arbor
ANN ARBOR, MI – The A2AC Art in Public program will bring more art into downtown Ann Arbor with new murals and installations with the help of a new crowdfunding campaign, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and Ann Arbor Art Center (A2AC) announced today. The campaign is being offered through the Michigan-based crowdfunding platform Patronicity.
Downtown Ann Arbor’s west side rebranded as city’s Creative District
MLive - June 21, 2021: ANN ARBOR, MI — Following the painting of several new public art murals in the last year, the west side of downtown Ann Arbor is undergoing a rebranding.
A2 Outlook: Michigan to go maskless, downtown developments and presumed plume doom
Michigan Daily - June 21, 2021: The Ann Arbor Art Center is looking for proposals for a public art project to “reimagine Ann Arbor’s alleyways”
Ann Arbor Art Center seeking artists for new alleyway design challenge
All About Ann Arbor - June 20, 2021: ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The Ann Arbor Art Center is looking for artists, architects, designers and engineers for its new alleyway project. The Alleyway Project: Activating Ann Arbor’s Alleys Through Art design challenge is the first project from A2AC Alleys, an initiative focused on reimagining overlooked pedestrian spaces.
Press Release: The Ann Arbor Art Center (A2AC) launches their A2AC Alleys initiative with a Call for
ANN ARBOR, MI, June 11, 2021]—The Ann Arbor Art Center’s (A2AC) Art in Public program has launched an open invitation to architects, designers, engineers, and artists from around the world to take part in The Alleyway Project: Activating Ann Arbor’s Alleys Through Art design challenge.
16 Events in the Ann Arbor Area to Attend June 2021
Reinhart Realtors Blog - May 17, 2021: June brings us countless wonderful things, including the official first day of summer, Father’s Day and Ann Arbor’s annual festival season! While several events have been canceled or postponed due to the recent uptick in COVID-19 cases, there are still plenty of socially distanced things to do over the next few weeks.
14 Things to Do with Your Mom This Mother’s Day in Ann Arbor
Reinhart Realtors Blog - April 14, 2021: The Ann Arbor Art Center is always hosting new and exciting courses on everything from painting to sculpting and jewelry making.
Ann Arbor Runs on the Arts
Michigan Daily - April 13, 2021: Spring finally feels like it has permanently sprung as the sun shines down on a happily busy State Street. Even the deepest crevices of Graffiti Alley on East Liberty feel just a little bit brighter. For the first time in months, Ann Arbor looks crowded. Families and students alike are spread across the Diag basking in the coveted “Michigan spring,” taking in the 55 degree weather.
Ann Arbor Mural Hunt
Concordia University - April 5, 2021: Photo op! Did you know that Ann Arbor is home to many awesome murals? For lovers of art or those looking for unique spots to take pictures, we hunted down some local murals for you and your friends to visit in Ann Arbor.
Under the Radar - March 13, 2021: Learning more about the Fool Moon event and celebrations happening in advance of the Fool Moon event coming up on April 9th!
Registration for Ann Arbor Art Center summer camps opens Wednesday
All About Ann Arbor - February 18, 2021: ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Have a young artist in the family? Registration for in-person summer camps at Ann Arbor Art Center will open on Wednesday, February 24. Five-day summer camps will take place from July 12 to August 27.
7 ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day and support local in Ann Arbor
MLive - February 11, 2021: 7 ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day and support local in Ann Arbor. Purchase a Valentine’s Day art box from the Ann Arbor Art Center. Each box contains supplies for two with instructions on to help you along the way. Options include printed totes, copper plates, pottery painting, watercolors and designing a board game.
8 Things to Do in Metro Detroit This February
Seen Magazine - February 5, 2021: Artini, a cocktail competition and fundraiser, is going virtual this year for their 13th annual event. The Ann Arbor Art Center has partnered with Ann Arbor Distilling Co. to provide participants with four canned cocktails inspired by the A2AC murals and created by four celebrity bartenders. Tickets are $125 and attendees must be 21 or older to participate.
Support the arts while tasting a new cocktail recipe
Live in the D - February 5, 2021: Looking to support the arts while tasting some new cocktail recipes? Then look no further. The Ann Arbor Center is hosting their 13th Annual Martini Fundraiser and now you can bring the fun home with you.
4 ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Ann Arbor
The Ann Arbor Art Center is offering special Valentine’s Day Art Boxes. Build your own boardgame, paint some pottery, etch your love into a copper plate or learn the basics of block printmaking.
Ann Arbor Art Center Announces 13 Annual Artini Cocktail Competition and Fundraiser
Ann Arbor Family - January 13, 2021: The Ann Arbor Art Center is teaming up with Ann Arbor Distilling Company to bring us the 13th Annual Artini fundraising event! The Ann Arbor Art Center (A2AC) is hosting a virtual toast on Friday, February 26. Everyone is welcome to come enjoy a virtual toast and cocktail with some of the best bartenders in the area.
Ann Arbor Art Center’s ‘Artini-at-Home’ cocktail competition goes virtual
MLive - January 11, 2021: ANN ARBOR, MI -- The Ann Arbor Art Center is celebrating its annual cocktail competition virtually. This year’s Artini-at-Home, a fundraising event and yearly competition, will take place from Friday, Feb. 26 to Friday, March 5 through a partnership with Ann Arbor Distilling Company, according to a news release.
Artini-at-Home: Ann Arbor Art Center’s annual cocktail competition goes virtual
All About Ann Arbor - January 8, 2021: ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Join the Ann Arbor Art Center in celebrating art and its yearly cocktail competition, but from the comfort of home. This year, the nonprofit’s thirteenth annual fundraising event is going virtual between Feb. 25 and March 5.
Ann Arbor Art Center Announces Artini-at-Home 2021
[ANN ARBOR, MI, January 7, 2021]—The Ann Arbor Art Center is pleased to announce tickets are now on sale Artini-at-Home 2021. Artini, the A2AC’s annual juried cocktail competition and fundraising event, takes place between Friday, February 25th and Friday, March 5th. Thanks to our partnership with the Ann Arbor Distilling Company we are able to bring Artini to you this year!
A Guide to the Ann Arbor Art Center's Art in Public Art Murals Project
Pulp - January 6, 2021: Ann Arbor has innumerable large- and small-scale murals already, but they have new company as the result of a crowdfunded project to bring art to walls and alleys around town.
Ann Arbor Distilling Company introduces new collaborative cocktails with local organizations
All About Ann Arbor - December 11, 2020: ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Get into the spirit of giving with Ann Arbor Distilling Company’s new canned cocktails. Made in partnership with three Ann Arbor nonprofits and one not-for-profit organization, each of the four special cocktails helps them to acquire much-need donations this holiday season.
4 gifts ideas for things you can only get in Ann Arbor
All About Ann Arbor - Dec. 5, 2020 - ANN ARBOR, Mich. – It’s that time of year when families and friends are shopping for their loved ones (and their 2020 pod). This year, shoppers are looking for gifts that are comforting, come from the heart and support local businesses.
Ann Arbor-based EntryPoint releases its 2020 Midwest Shop Local Gift Guide
All About Ann Arbor - Nov. 10, 2020: ANN ARBOR – Nonprofit research institution EntryPoint has released its 2020 Midwest Shop Local Gift Guide in order to boost sales this holiday season at local businesses.
Ann Arbor Art Center launches virtual art camps to entertain kids during fall and winter breaks
Concentrate Media - Nov. 4, 2020: The Ann Arbor Art Center (A2AC) has announced three virtual art camps for the Ann Arbor Public Schools' fall, winter, and mid-winter breaks. Jean Spindler, A2AC's youth programs manager, expects that the camps will be "a hit with anyone who has a child between the ages of 5-12 needing something to do." "With so many people being limited to having to stay inside, we thought it would be great to offer something that would be fun and creative," she says.
The Ann Arbor Art Center Launches Virtual Art Camps for Upcoming School Breaks
Ann Arbor Family - Oct. 25, 2020: During the upcoming school breaks, come take some art classes together! Registration is now open for all upcoming sessions, and all classes will be held virtually. The Ann Arbor Art Center (A2AC) is expanding its distance learning initiatives with three new fun and creative virtual camps for the fall, winter, and mid-winter breaks in the Ann Arbor School schedules. Registration for the three upcoming 3-Day Virtual Camps is open now.
Ann Arbor Art Center to host virtual art camps during fall, winter school breaks
All About Ann Arbor - Oct. 23, 2020: ANN ARBOR – The Ann Arbor Art Center is bringing back its distance learning initiatives after the success of its first-ever virtual art camp over the summer. Registration is now open for three new online art camps for Ann Arbor Public Schools' fall, winter and mid-winter breaks. Its fall camp has an autumn theme, its winter camp has a New Year’s theme and its mid-winter camp’s theme is jungle explorers.
Press Release: Ann Arbor Art Center Launches Virtual Art Camps for Upcoming School Breaks
[ANN ARBOR, MI, Oct.23, 2020]—Coming off the success of their inaugural virtual art camp programming this past summer, the Ann Arbor Art Center (A2AC) is expanding its distance learning initiatives with three new fun and creative virtual art camps for the fall, winter, and mid-winter breaks in the Ann Arbor Public Schools’ schedule.
Marie Klopf: From tech to art
Ann Arbor Observer - Oct. 2020: What would motivate a successful, techy sort of businesswoman to throw over money, power, and glamour to take up a modestly paid job in the nonprofit art world with which she was totally unfamiliar? Just a phone call, apparently.
Art & Soul: The Visual Arts - Thriving And Surviving In A Pandemic And Local Exhibitions
WEMU - 10/8/20: This week, "Art and Soul" is about the visual arts. WEMU's Lisa Barry and state and local arts leader Omari Rush talk with Marie Klopf, founder and CEO of the Ann Arbor Art Center, about how they have been able to survive and even thrive during the current pandemic.
A2AC Murals project celebrates downtown
Ann Arbor Observer - 10/1/20: Ten highly visible works of art beautify the city's "creative district"
REVIEW: Copper Plate Embossing – Ann Arbor Art Center ArtBox
Arts at Michigan - 9/14/20: The Ann Arbor Art Center is a nonprofit arts center that hosts rotating exhibits in its gallery, various classes for children and adults, as well as an art shop. Located on W Liberty Street, the art center is one of the oldest community arts organizations in Michigan as it was established in 1909. Upcoming classes include sketching, comics, calligraphy, and perspective drawing. However, this weekend, my friend and I stopped by the art center to pick up some ArtBoxes.
Ann Arbor Art Center welcomes 'Man in the City’ international sculpture project
MLive - 9/9/20: ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Look up while passing by the Ann Arbor Art Center’s Walker Carriage Works Building to see a bright orange, fedora-wearing figure. The newest addition to the art center’s latest A2AC Murals project, the figure’s installation is part of the Man in the City International Sculpture Project.
Press Release: Celebrated Man in the City Public Art Project Comes to the Ann Arbor Art Center
[ANN ARBOR, MI, September 9, 2020]— The Ann Arbor Art Center (A2AC) is proud to host a Man in the City sculpture atop its historic Walker Carriage Works Building. The project is the brainchild of artist, activist, and teacher, John Sauve. Sauve, a Detroit native, has activated numerous skylines with his celebrated orange fedora-wearing silhouetted men. The installation is the newest addition to A2AC Murals (the public art project currently taking shape in the downtown area), an initiative of the Art Center’s Art in Public Program.
Dancing amid the pandemic: New murals springing to life in downtown Ann Arbor
MLive - 9/7/20: ANN ARBOR, MI — The big, red, stormy-skied mural Gary Horton is painting in downtown Ann Arbor was commissioned back in March on what he calls “the last day of normal.”
Ann Arbor Art Center To Add New Murals In Downtown
WEMU - 7/23/10: The Ann Arbor Art Center plans to add 10 new murals in the downtown area. The center has partnered with local business owners to transform their outside building walls into works of art during the next five months. Mike Wolf is the exhibitions coordinator for the center and mentions some of the locations that local, national, and international artists will work on.
‘We’re so thankful.’ 10 murals coming to Ann Arbor after Art Center hits $50K goal
MLive - 7/31/20: ANN ARBOR, MI — Ten new murals will come alive in downtown Ann Arbor in the coming weeks. The nonprofit Ann Arbor Art Center reached a $50,000 crowdfunding goal for its A2AC Murals campaign, unlocking a $50,000 match from the Michigan Economic Development Corp.
A Michigan Art Murals Project is Raising $100,000
Culture Pledge - 7/22/20: The Ann Arbour Art Center (AAAC) is crowdfunding $50,000 to infuse art into their city. Funds pledged by the community will then be matched by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (an arts fundraising model we’ve seen before in Australia).
Ann Arbor Art Center launches Murals project
Ann Arbor Observer - 7/15/10: With a newly launched crowdfunding campaign, the Ann Arbor Art Center is planning to bring more public art to downtown Ann Arbor.
Ann Arbor Art Center launches crowdfunding campaign for mural project
All About Ann Arbor - 7/6/2: ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The Ann Arbor Art Center has launched a crowdfunding campaign to fund a new project creating a series of murals to downtown Ann Arbor. If the nonprofit art center can raise $50,000 by July 31 through Patronicity, a Michigan-based crowdfunding platform, it will win a matching grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s Public Spaces Community Places initiative.
Press Release: Crowdfunding campaign launched for the A2AC Murals project in downtown Ann Arbor
7/1/20 - LANSING, Mich. – The Ann Arbor Art Center (A2AC) is working to create a series of murals in downtown Ann Arbor through a crowdfunding campaign, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and the Ann Arbor Art Center announced today. The campaign is being offered through the Michigan-based crowdfunding platform Patronicity.
Ann Arbor Art Center Reopens With Limited Access
WEMU - 6/30/20 - The Ann Arbor Art Center will launch a soft reopening Tuesday after closing its doors to the public because of COVID-19.
Ann Arbor Art Center softly reopens, implements safety changes
All About Ann Arbor - 6/30/20 - ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Today, the Ann Arbor Art Center quietly reopened its doors after being closed to the public since March due to the coronavirus (COVID-19).
Ann Arbor Art Center to offer online workshops throughout July
All About Ann Arbor - 6/23/20: ANN ARBOR – With in-personal summer camps canceled, the Ann Arbor Art Center has created a set of online workshops and classes for artists of all ages and interests.
Virtual Summer Camps Offer Campers a Safe Summertime Option
Ann Arbor Family - 6/5/20: Summer camps are a fundamental learning experience for many students. But as the coronavirus pandemic rages on in Washtenaw County, institutions are rethinking how camps are being held. This has caused some institutions to make the change from in-person camps to virtual ones.
Ann Arbor Art Center creates online art activities to try from home
Mlive - 5/30/20: ANN ARBOR, MI – Looking for something to do at home? The Ann Arbor Arts Center has plenty of ideas. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the art center has added craft ideas, challenges and galleries to its website. Youth program manager Jean Spindler said the pandemic necessitated innovation with the center’s outreach and to make visual art more accessible.
The local subscription box that helps kids channel their creativity
Click On Detroit - 5/27/20: With school and summer camps canceled, parents are facing the new challenge of keeping kids entertained at home. Ann Arbor Art Center has something that can help. They have created a new subscription box that will keep kids entertained and allow them to explore their creativity.
With in-person summer camps canceled, Ann Arbor Art Center announces virtual art camp
All About Ann Arbor - 5/21/20: ANN ARBOR – The Ann Arbor Art Center has announced the cancellation of its in-person summer programming due to federal and state guidelines surrounding the coronavirus.
Press Release: Ann Arbor Art Center Launches ArtBox: Summer Camp Edition
5/21/20 - Our education staff has been hard at work developing creative new ways to deliver visual art programming to our campers this summer. We wholeheartedly believe that “CREATIVITY cannot be canceled!” Therefore, in lieu of in-person camps, we are happy to announce the launch of ArtBox: Summer Camp Edition!
Art Center Bringing Kids and Supplies Together
Ann Arbor Family - 5/8/20: The Ann Arbor Art Center is hoping to inspire kids to explore their creative side during quarantine with its ArtBox program.
Ann Arbor Bloom Fest to take place virtually from May 16 to 23
All About Ann Arbor - 5/11/20: ANN ARBOR, Mich. – From May 16 to 23, the second annual Bloom Fest in downtown Ann Arbor will take place online.
Ann Arbor art teacher crafting decorative PPE masks
MLive - 5/5/20: Daria Paik started her spring cleaning back in mid-March once the statewide stay-at-home order went into effect. She discovered something during her reorganizing that gave the Ann Arbor Art Center teacher inspiration.
Ann Arbor Art Center selling, donating ‘Artbox’ to foster creativity at home
MLive - 4/26/20: ANN ARBOR, MI – The Ann Arbor Art Center is selling and donating a new “ArtBox” supplies set to encourage creativity at home.
Ann Arbor Art Center launches ArtBox outreach program during stay-at-home order
All About Ann Arbor - 4/22/20: ANN ARBOR – The Ann Arbor Art Center has announced its latest creative outlet for all children in the local community: ArtBox.
Ann Arbor Art Center Rolls Out ArtBox
[ANN ARBOR, MI, April 21, 2020]—The Ann Arbor Art Center is pleased to present ArtBox, an exciting new creative outlet during our shared experience at home.
Ann Arbor Art Center finger photography challenge is the lift you didn’t know you needed
All About Ann Arbor - 4/17/20: Since the statewide stay-at-home order began, the Ann Arbor Art Center has been issuing weekly art challenges for community members to have fun and be creative.
Debbie Dingell's Coronavirus update: April 9, 2020
Here’s a project for the weekend. The Ann Arbor Art Center challenges everyone to use art to express thanks for essential service workers including doctors, nurses, grocers, pharmacists, sanitation workers, truckers, law enforcement, first responders, farmers, journalists, and many many more. Remember, “Not all heroes wear capes.” Put a sign in your yard or window. Create a card for them. Show them how much we appreciate them each and every day. Email your art challenge to email@example.com by Monday.
Five things to do in and outside your home in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti April 3-5
The Ann Arbor Art Center website has a list of activities for all ages to do at home. Categories include sketchbook warm-ups for kids, art projects for everyone, drawing for kids and adults on AADL-TV, weekly art challenges, staff-picks and games.
Ann Arbor Art Center Offering Free Resources
The Ann Arbor Art Center is offering free art resources on its website to help families get through the coronavirus pandemic.
Your guide to luminary, puppet workshops around Ann Arbor
What can be just as fun as the annual FOOLMoon and FestiFOOLs parades in town? The various community workshops leading up to the foolish events.
A Thread of Jewels: The 6X Collective's "Mistaken for Strangers" Fills the A2 Art Center's Gallery 1
The contemporary jewelry-making collective 6X makes interconnected, wearable artworks. The six-member group of Midwesterners explained their approach as part of its February exhibition at the Ann Arbor Art Center: “Ties, which may not consciously be acknowledged at a simple glance, are visible upon further consideration of approaches to concept, material, and process.”
Art-infused martinis inspire Ann Arbor cocktail crawl
Tickets for an annual fundraiser combining art and cocktails are selling fast.
Tickets on sale for annual Artini cocktail competition, fundraiser in Ann Arbor
Starting today, tickets for the general public have gone on sale for the annual Artini cocktail competition to be held on Feb. 21.
Ann Arbor Art Center Offers Winter Workshops
As the weather gets colder and the snow piles higher, The Ann Arbor Art Center is offering a great way to avoid cabin fever with its winter workshops.
Five fun things to do with kids in Ann Arbor throughout December
December is a tricky month for parents. Between possible snow days and the long winter break from school or daycare, it’s hard to keep kids of all ages entertained.
Parking spot takeover PARK(ing) Day returns to Ann Arbor Friday
PARK(ing) Day returns to the downtown area on Friday with several businesses taking part in the international initiative to transform metered parking spots into tiny public spaces. The project began as an open source movement by the REBAR Group in 2005. It quickly gained steam and cities around the world now take part on the third Friday in September.
Ann Arbor Art Center
Ann Arbor is known for hosting one of the country's largest juried art fairs each July. The streets transform into an art lover’s paradise where you can experience and enjoy original works of art, street performances, culinary treats, and a variety of sidewalk sales. It covers an area so large that the fair creates its own shuttle bus system so that visitors need not walk too long in the sweltering heat that usually accompanies the festivities. If you can't make it to town that weekend or simply do not like crowds, the Ann Arbor Art Center is like a microcosm of the festival.
Annual Wayzgoose & Printing Festival to take over Ann Arbor District Library mid-October
On Oct. 11 and 12, get an answer the burning question, "What is a Wayzgoose?" Join the Ann Arbor District Library downtown branch as it hosts a two-day festival full of art and local printing vendors, a speaker series and hands-on printmaking sessions.
The stories behind the scenes of three new Washtenaw County murals
There's no shortage of eye-catching public art in Washtenaw County, but this summer saw the arrival of three major new mural projects. We chatted with the folks responsible for each of the new murals to get some insights on the inspiration behind them and how they came together.
Annual Art & Brew fundraiser to serve up food and drink pairings, friendly competition in Ann Arbor
This Ann Arbor pub crawl is for those who like a bit of beer with their art, or art with their beer. On Oct. 10, the annual Art & Brew fundraiser for the Ann Arbor Art Center will take place all over downtown Ann Arbor. A beer crawl and friendly competition, local restaurants and beer venues will each offer food and wine pairings for Art & Brew crawlers.
ANN ARBOR ART CENTER'S "THE INSTRUCTOR SHOW" SHOWCASES THE TALENTS WHO NURTURE FUTURE TALENTS
Befitting an exhibition made up of works from 18 of its teachers, The Instructor Show at the Ann Arbor Art Center offers a diverse range of media, including painting, sculpture, jewelry, printmaking, drawing, fiber arts, and encaustic. The exhibit is a fine display of the talent behind the multitude of programs, events, and classes the Art Center offers.
New mural on E. Liberty in downtown Ann Arbor nearly complete
If you've been walking downtown over the past week, you may have noticed a new mural going up on the west-facing wall of the Pretzel Bell building at 120 E. Liberty Street. The Ann Arbor Art Center is facilitating the project with Detroit-based artist Jesse Kassel. Known for his bold, colorful designs, Kassel has left his mark on numerous walls both locally and internationallyl, and has worked with major companies on advertisements and public art. He said his art is inspired by graphic design and vintage ads.
Ann Arbor Art Center presents ‘The Instructor Show' exhibition Aug. 2
Beginning Aug. 2, the Ann Arbor Art Center will present a new exhibit highlighting instructor skills. “The Instructor Show" showcases the many talents of instructors from the Ann Arbor Art Center’s Education Department. Artwork of different media, ranging from painting and mixed media to ceramics and photography, will be displayed in the 117 Gallery through Sept. 4.
Ann Arbor rolls out public art on manhole covers
If you don’t look carefully at the ground below, you might miss Ann Arbor’s latest public art. City manhole covers are being gradually replaced with new ones featuring artsy, Tree Town-themed designs.
OF SKIN AND DIRT: ANN ARBOR ART CENTER'S "EARTHBODY" EXPLORES THE HUMAN FRAME'S RELATIONSHIP TO ITS
The Ann Arbor Art Center’s Earthbody features works from 11 artists whose works explore, in some aspect, the relationship between the body and the environment. The exhibit focuses on works of current and recent students at the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design at the University of Michigan. The Earthbody exhibition text is short and to the point: “How does our understanding of our bodies as earthly objects affect our ability to perceive and engage with the environment? Earthbody explores these relationships between body, self, and environment.”
PAINTING THE EVERYDAY: SARAH INNES' "AROUND THE TABLE" AT ANN ARBOR ART CENTER FOCUSES ON THE SMALL
Ann Arbor artist Sarah Innes is a radical. The fashion of the day in contemporary art is that we concern ourselves with the Big Issues: gender equality, climate change, gun violence, and the like. Instead, Innes commits to painting only what she knows, deep in her bones.
ANN ARBOR ART CENTER'S "PERIPHERAL TECHNOLOGIES" JUXTAPOSES MODERN TECHNIQUES WITH CLASSIC CRAFT
With Peripheral Technologies, curated by Thea Augustina Eck, the Ann Arbor Art Center continues its trend of bringing together a diverse group of voices who ask us, through their works, to reconsider the limits of fine art in an era when we are constantly being asked to do so.
Smash, destroy everyday objects at new Ann Arbor Summer Festival installation
New Zealand-based artist Kate McIntosh will be bringing her interactive popup experience Worktable to Ann Arbor Summer Festival. From June 18 through July 7, the workshop will be taking place at 115 W. Liberty and members of the public are invited to break everyday objects apart.
THE MUSIC OF LIFE: “FRACTURED HISTORY: A SOLO EXHIBIT BY AARON DWORKIN” AT ANN ARBOR ART CENTER
Aaron Dworkin's Fractured History exhibition is art in the key of life. His 11 artworks in the Ann Arbor Art Center’s entry-level gallery gives us a revealing glimpse of this authentic Michigan institution as well as his view of the world around us.
See the Odds & Ends of art at the Ann Arbor Art Center new exhibit
On Friday, the Ann Arbor Art Center is welcoming another exhibit this May: "Odds & Ends". Highlighting the evolution of collages as a medium of artistic expression, "Odds & Ends" explores the reimagining of materials and artwork and its transformation into new and exciting work in 51 pieces of art from 34 artists. A juried selection of collages, the pieces in "Odds & Ends" have been chosen by juror, artist, designer, printmaker and collector John Gutoskey.
'Fractured History: a solo exhibition' to make the Ann Arbor Art Center its home for May, June
Join the Ann Arbor Art Center for "Fractured History: a solo exhibition" from May 6 to June 4. Created by social entrepreneur, author, performing artist and Sphinx Organization founder Aaron Dworkin, "Fractured History" explores themes of music, diversity, relationships, friendships, love and separation.
Tattooers and the tattooed take over Ann Arbor Art Center in Embodied exhibition starting Friday
On Friday the Ann Arbor Art Center will debut Embodied, an exhibition featuring tattoo artists and other artists with experience in the tattoo industry, which will run through May 4. Displayed in the 117 Gallery, Embodied allows audiences to take a good look at the work performed by artists in the tattoo industry and explore the relationship between tattoos, tattooing and people. Curated by Michigan tattoo artist Jen Munford, the exhibition shows the magic of tattoos and how tattooing highlights the individuality and uniqueness of the human form.
Ann Arbor: Michigan’s Culture Capital
Home to the University of Michigan and just west of Detroit, Ann Arbor looks great from a variety of angles. The city’s flourishing dining, arts and cultural scenes offer nightlife and a full calendar of year-round events. Kayaking, canoeing and hiking are easily accessed on the picturesque Huron River, which flows throughout the area’s lush parks. Ann Arbor’s walkable Main Street has been ranked by Fodor’s Travel as one of the best in the nation, with charming local shops and eateries.
Students at Ann Arbor's Skyline High School create flags to hang downtown for Youth Art Month
On Friday, a large art studio at Skyline High School was bustling with students and members of the Ann Arbor Art Center's staff. Ann Arbor Public Schools partnered with the center this year to engage students to create eye-catching art to be displayed on Main Street in downtown Ann Arbor for Youth Art Month.
Art Now 2019: Painting Exhibition Opening Party
The Ann Arbor Art Center presents the fifth annual Art Now exhibition, opening Friday, February 15th and running until March 16th. This year’s exhibition focuses on painting and is juried by Roula David, the Executive Director of Detroit’s Murals in the Market.
Art Now 2019: Painting Exhibit at the Ann Arbor Art Center
The Ann Arbor Art Center is proud to present the fifth annual Art Now exhibition, opening Friday, February 15th and running until March 16th. This year's exhibition focuses on painting and is juried by Roula David, the Executive Director of Detroit's Murals in the Market.
"WORKS IN PROGRESS" IS A CELEBRATION OF BEAUTY AND CHAOS AT ANN ARBOR ART CENTER
We live in a world of things. Each chair, cup, table, door, and car in our built environment is the product of human ingenuity, from concept to execution. Works in Progress, an exhibit on view now at the Ann Arbor Art Center, celebrates the creativity of 24 international and domestic designers, at varying stages in their careers, who bring functional works to life through fashion, graphic design, furniture, architecture, and industrial design.
Art & Soul: The Visual Arts - Exploring What Art Is Across Washtenaw County
This week, "Art and Soul" is about the visual arts. 89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry is joined by state and local arts leader Omari Rush and Megan Winkel of the Ann Arbor Art Center to talk about several visual arts events in the Ann Arbor area, including one that explores what art is.
‘Works in Progress’ gives viewers insight on what it takes to create art
Artists’ Instagram pages are riddled with their beautiful finished photographs, drawings, paintings, etc. I rarely ever come across photos of the countless canvases thrown in the trash or the numerous photographs where the lighting was too low or the model wasn’t posed the correct way. I sit on chairs every day of my life, but seldom do I think about the engineering and logistical work it took to create those chairs.
Get ready for Artini 2019 with the Ann Arbor Art Center Feb. 22
Ann Arbor’s favorite annual martini crawl, cocktail competition and fundraiser is back for its 11th year on Feb. 22. From 6:30 to 10 p.m., saunter between participating bars downtown to taste creative martinis while supporting the Ann Arbor Art Center. When you’ve tasted your fill (or have used up your drink tickets) vote for your favorite Artini.
16 Birthday Party Ideas in the Ann Arbor Area that are Better than Dinner and Drinks
If you’ve been in Ann Arbor long, the following sentence probably won’t surprise you. Our hometown is loaded with amazing local food and impressive craft beer. So, when you’re looking for a place to celebrate your birthday, dinner and drinks is always a good option. But if you’ve been there, done that, we’re happy to tell you it’s not your only option.
25+ Holiday Events in the Ann Arbor Area 2018
The holidays in Ann Arbor kick off with lighting ceremonies, parades and shopping events, then continue throughout the season with themed classes, concerts, plays, screenings and more. To help you join the fun this year, we rounded up more than 25 events where you can shop local holiday gifts, meet Santa, enjoy carriage rides, and even get your blood pumping with a festive 5k!
Check our these holiday events coming up in Washtenaw County
ANN ARBOR, MI - With the holiday season getting into full-swing, there are plenty of events to keep you busy in between visits with family and friends over the next couple of weeks. From performances of "The Nutcracker" to building gingerbread houses, take a look at some events in Washtenaw County that are sure to put you in the holiday spirit.
23 Local Charities in the Ann Arbor Area and How You Can Help
Our Ann Arbor area communities are famously skilled at coming together in times of need and in times of celebration: thanks in large part to the people who call these neighborhoods home. Over the years, our peers have built outstanding organizations and nonprofits which serve our community in countless ways—from providing shelter to providing laughter.
LOVE IS ALL AROUND: AN INTERVIEW WITH CURATOR ANDREW THOMPSON
Some art must be seen and experienced in person to get the full effects of its power. This is particularly true of the exhibit Love Has a Thousand Shapes at the Ann Arbor Art Center. Every piece in the show expresses a different aspect of love. Curator Andrew Thompson says that the inspiration came from a phenomenal experience he had in an independent study that he taught at Antioch College. “We read Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse and looked at the artwork of Ann Hamilton,” who created art based on this story.
ACTS OF AMORE: "LOVE HAS A THOUSAND SHAPES" AT A2 ART CENTER
Love Has a Thousand Shapes is an intimate look at the works of five artists, curated by Andrew Thompson. In the exhibition announcement, the exhibition’s inspiration is cited as having come from Virginia Woolf’s character Lily Briscoe in To the Lighthouse.
New mural by artist Pat Perry comes to downtown Ann Arbor
ANN ARBOR - The newest mural in the downtown area is complete and ready for viewing. The Ann Arbor Art Center commissioned world-renowned artist and Michigan native Pat Perry to create a large-scale public mural on the Grizzly Peak building's north side near South Ashley Street.
New mural being unveiled on Grizzly Peak in downtown Ann Arbor
ANN ARBOR, MI - The newest mural in downtown Ann Arbor is being unveiled during a happy hour at Grizzly Peak, 120 W. Washington St. on Tuesday, Oct. 23.
'Love Has a Thousand Shapes' demonstrates capacity for emotional diversity
“Love Has a Thousand Shapes,” an exhibit now on display at the Ann Arbor Arts Center until Oct. 27, explores the many ways in which love manifests itself and tells tales reflective of each artist’s personal experience. While the point of the exhibit is to demonstrate how love can be just about anything, the diverse works lack a common ground to prove this point.
Alley Bar in Ann Arbor hosting PBR Art Party Oct. 4
The Ann Arbor Art Center is bringing art influenced and inspired by Pabst Blue Ribbon to the Alley Bar on Thursday.
Move over food and wine, Ann Arbor bars compete for best food and beer pairing
Yes, food goes well with wine, but it can go very well with beer, too. And who better to step up to the challenge than several of Ann Arbor's best gastropubs? The Ann Arbor Art Center's Art & Brew fundraiser -- like a beer crawl with food -- is back this year and will take place on Thursday, Oct. 4.
EXPLORING THE RITUAL AND ROUTINE: ANN ARBOR ART CENTER'S "RINSE/REPEAT" | Pulp | September 7, 2018
The Ann Arbor Art Center’s most recent juried exhibition asks: “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.”
Downtown Ann Arbor bars compete to create best food and beer pairings | MLIVE.com | September 2, 201
The Ann Arbor Art Center is holding gits annual Art & Brew fundraiser on October 4, 2018.
Dance and make prints with Jeremy Wheeler at the Ann Arbor Art Center pop-up art event
Join Ann Arbor Art Center for its third Straight Up roaming summer fling series
6 (nearly) free Ann Arbor date ideas | MLIVE.COM | July, 27 2018
If you're looking for a more hands-on artistic experience, head to Ann Arbor Art Center, 117 W. Liberty St. The art center hosts a variety of classes, with some workshops branded specifically for date night. There is a fee for the date night workshops - $65 to create a comic on Aug. 3 and $100 for screen printing on Aug. 30 - but admission to the exhibitions and art shop are free.
Press Release: New Mural Dedicated To All Things Ann Arbor
Ann Arbor, MI, June 25, 2018 - A new mural has been installed on the back of the Ann Arbor Art Center (facing the Republic Parking lot) and features over 25 unique Ann Arbor-themed references, themes, and landmarks.
REFUGE AND ISOLATION: YPSI ALLOY STUDIOS' "SANCTUARY" AT ANN ARBOR ART CENTER | Pulp | 07/06/2018
Ann Arbor Art Center’s Sanctuary exhibition features some pieces that focus on the meditative aspect of the titular concept, but other works confront the “double-edged sword” of what "sanctuary" means, lending to the gallery’s successful interpretation of a broad theme.
New downtown mural incorporates unique Ann Arbor themes | MLive , June 26, 2018
A new mural featuring more than 25 Ann Arbor themes and landmarks was installed on the back of the Ann Arbor Art Center Monday, June 25.
New public mural behind Ann Arbor Art Center is ode to all things A2 | ClickonDetroit, June 26, 2018
If you drive north on Ashley between William and Liberty, you will see a brand-new work of public art on the back of the Ann Arbor Art Center.
Ann Arbor, MI - The People's Republic | HocTok, June 2018
Ann Arbor is the place to visit for many good reasons, but we have selected some special ideas for you here.
Mention in the hospital medicine journal ‘ACP Hospitalist’,
Among many Ann Arbor attractions, The Ann Arbor Art Center was mentioned in this highly read publication.
Press Release: Sanctuary
Kicking off an exciting lineup of summer programming, the Ann Arbor Art Center is pleased to present Ypsi Alloy Studios’ third group exhibition titled, Sanctuary, opening Friday, June 15.
Sanctuary | ClickonDetroit | June 13, 2018
The Ann Arbor Art Center has partnered with Icon Interactive to launch a new augmented reality experience in its newest exhibition called "Sanctuary" by Ypsi Alloy Studios, which opens Friday.
Visit Ann Arbor | 04/23/2018
The Ann Arbor area has much to be grateful for — thriving businesses, beautiful landscapes and a booming cultural scene. So, it’s only right that we give back to the community. As you look around our neighborhoods, you’ll see an undaunted commitment to sharing all that we have.
Altering the Landscape: Written into Rock | Pulp | 04/26/18
Ann Arbor Art Center’s current exhibition, Written Into Rock, explores imagery associated with the Earth, geology, and human impact on the environment. Curated by Gina Iacobelli, the exhibition features the works of seven artists dispersed throughout the gallery instead of placing works by each artist together.
An Art-Lovers Trip to Ann Arbor | From One Globe Blog | April 19, 2018
Travelers first encounter art in Ann Arbor as they walk along the streets. Fire hydrants sport splashes of color and fanciful designs, and glancing down, visitors find tiny artful doors, leading from the street to inside a shop or cafe.
Written into Rock Exhibition opening party this Friday at Ann Arbor Art Center | Damn Arbor
How are humans altering Earth's geology? As a species we have left an indelible mark on our planet through climate change, atomic bombs, and our production of plastics. Written into Rock is a new art exhibition that explores the idea of the Anthropocene, a new geologic era defined by humanity's impact on Earth's systems.
Ann Arbor Art Center's spring exhibition opens Friday | ClickOnDetroit.com | April 6, 2018
The newest exhibition at the Ann Arbor Art Center, titled "Written Into Rock" and curated by Gina Iacobelli, opens Friday.
Press Release: Written Into Rock
Ann Arbor, MI (April 3, 2018) — The Ann Arbor Art Center’s newest art exhibition, Written Into Rock opens Friday, April 6 as the latest curatorial project by Gina Iacobelli, a native metro-Detroiter who holds an MA in Art History from Boston University.
10 Reasons We’re Lucky to Live in Ann Arbor | The Reinhart Blog, March 16, 2018
A2 is also the home of Shakespeare in the Arb each summer, Kerrytown Concert House, The Michigan Theater, The State Theater and the Ann Arbor Art Center, a nonprofit exhibition, gallery and retail space.
Review ART NOW: DRAWING | artsatmichigan.umich.edu | March 11, 2018
"It didn’t take very long to notice the depths of the variety in style from piece to piece, and I quickly began to realize that I was getting an indirect lesson in the possibilities of drawing as a media."
Ann Arbor is ranked #1 in the 2018 Top 100 Best Places to Live list | Livability
After appearing on our Top 100 Best Places to Live list for five years in a row, Ann Arbor finally nabbed the #1 spot this year, which means a chorus of "Hail to the victors!" is in order.
ANN ARBOR ART CENTER'S "ART NOW: DRAWING" LEAPS OFF THE PAGE | Pulp, Feb 27, 2018
As I looked at each piece in the gallery, another visitor exclaimed to me that the exhibition had a wide range of work on display. I nodded in agreement, though I was unsurprised, as the Art Center’s past exhibitions have done an excellent job of representing diverse artists and works, while at the same maintaining a cohesive theme for each show. Drawing could be a potentially limiting category, but the Art Center proves once again that it's always in thick of exploring current trends in contemporary art.
Top 5 things to do in Ann Arbor this weekend | ClickOnDetroit | Feb 16, 2018
Ann Arbor offers so much in the world of art, and as the years go by, we find ourselves more and more fascinated by the wonderful work local artists do all around the city.
Live in the D: Shake Things Up At Artini In Ann Arbor | Feb 6, 2018
Our CEO Marie Klopf and Alley Bar's Jude Walser talking about Artini on Live in the D.
Which Design Would You Pick For A Manhole Cover In Ann Arbor? | WEMU | Feb, 16, 2018
The City of Ann Arbor needs your help to choose the winners of a manhole cover art contest.
Ann Arbor Art Center opens public voting for manhole cover art | ClickOnDetroit | Feb 16, 2018
The Ann Arbor Art Center is turning to members of the public to decide which finalists will have their artwork featured on manholes throughout the city.
Press Release: Public Voting for Manhole Cover Launches
The Ann Arbor Art Center has launched the public voting for three winners of the manhole cover art project. The public will be able to view six semi-finalists, vote for one, and determine the final three winners. They will receive a $1000 stipend each from the City of Ann Arbor. Each of the three winning designs will be produced for approximately two years on new cast iron manhole covers installed throughout the City.
A2 ART CENTER'S "FAVORITES’ FAVORITES" KICKS OFF JAN. 19 WITH A PARTY | Pulp, January 16, 2018
The Ann Arbor Art Center exhibition Favorites’ Favorites opens Friday, Jan. 19, kicking off with a free opening night party from 6-9 pm. The artists will be in attendance, and you can ask them why they chose their individual pieces in the show. That's right, though there was a curator who chose which artists would exhibit, it was the creators who picked what would be displayed in Favorite Favorites.
CONTEMPORARY HISTORY: ANN ARBOR ART CENTER'S 95TH "ALL MEDIA EXHIBITION" | Pulp, December 29, 2017
The 95th All Media Exhibition marks the continuation of a tradition established in 1922 when the Ann Arbor Art Center was known as the Ann Arbor Art Association. There are 29 artists’ works on display through January 13, with a large portion from Michigan and others from surrounding areas including Illinois, Indiana, New York, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.
You need to check out these 10 Ann Arbor artisans | USA Today 10 Best, Jan 22, 2018
Plan your visit to coincide with one of the city’s many art events and crafts fairs, and pack an empty bag to bring home one-of-a-kind handmade treasures from WSG Gallery, the Ann Arbor Art Center or the gift shop at the University of Michigan Museum of Art.
How to get on Artini's waitlist after Ann Arbor event sells out in a day | Jan. 9, 2018 | MLive
ANN ARBOR, MI - It's too late to purchase tickets, but you can still join the waitlist for the 10th annual Artini, a fundraiser to find the most creative martini in Ann Arbor.
Downtown A2 bars to compete for martini crawl's top cocktail | Jan 2, 2018 | ClickonD
ANN ARBOR - Artini will be back next month and downtown bartenders are already flexing their mixology muscles.
Ann Arbor Art Center adds building next door to expand offerings | Dec 21, 2017 | MLive
ANN ARBOR, MI - For two-and-a-half years, the Ann Arbor Art Center had been looking for the ideal situation and location to expand its offerings.
Ann Arbor Art Center purchases 115 W. Liberty | Dec 20, 2017 | The Ann
The Ann Arbor Art Center has purchased 115 W. Liberty, which is adjacent to its existing location, to expand its programs and exhibits.
Ann Arbor Art Center purchases adjacent property on Liberty St. | Dec 19, 2017 | ClickOnDetroit
The Ann Arbor Art Center has purchased 115 W. Liberty, a property adjacent to its current location, in order to expand its operations.
Deadline nears for artists to design decorative city manhole covers | Dec 8, 2017 | MLive
ANN ARBOR, MI - The city of Ann Arbor is looking to spruce up the town a bit by having some of the city's manhole covers replaced with covers cast as decorative art.
Press Release: Ann Arbor Art Center Purchases 115 W. Liberty
The Ann Arbor Art Center has purchased 115 W. Liberty, which is adjacent to its existing location, to expand its programs and exhibits.
Ann Arbor Art Center's 95th All Media exhibit opens Friday | by Clickondetroit
The Ann Arbor Art Center's annual All Media show opens this Friday and is juried by Alison Wong, director of Wasserman Projects located in Detroit's Eastern Market.
Press Release: 95th Annual All Media Exhibition
The Ann Arbor Art Center's annual All Media exhibition opens Friday, December 15, 2017 as a show juried by Alison Wong, Director of Wasserman Projects in Detroit’s Eastern Market.
Press Release: Art for Manhole Covers
Ann Arbor, MI - The Ann Arbor Art Center is calling for submissions for original art that will be cast onto manhole covers throughout the City of Ann Arbor. The installations will take place over an approximate six year period and will include three publicly selected designs.
What does the public think about artwork on Ann Arbor manholes? | By Meredith Bruckner
Ann Arbor, MI - ANN ARBOR - The Ann Arbor Art Center has announced its role in a new project designed to make manholes throughout the city, well, prettier.
The Ann Arbor Art Center Is Tickled (Millennial) Pink | October 7, 2017
Ann Arbor, MI - It was a rainy Friday night in Ann Arbor on Oct. 6., but the second floor of the Ann Arbor Art Center was in full color.
Ann Arbor Art Center to debut Millennial Pink on Friday | October 2, 2017
Ann Arbor, MI - New multimedia art exhibition explores gender identity, pop culture
Ann Arbor Art Center 'Straight Up' series back on Sept. 28 | September 27, 2017
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Love beer and art? See them combine on Thursday, Sept. 28 at the Ann Arbor Art Center's September edition of "Straight Up" - a series that features local artists.
PRESS RELEASE: MILLENNIAL PINK
Ann Arbor, MI (September 28, 2017) — Millennial Pink is the new multi-media art exhibition by the Ann Arbor Art Center that explores gender identity, pop culture, sexuality, politics, and shades of Pantone pink.
In Transit photos from the Washtenaw Voice | September 25, 2017
Ann Arbor, MI - The photography exhibition, In Transit, which comprises work by former and current WCC students made one of its four stops at the Ann Arbor Art Center on Friday, Sept. 15.
Public transit is focus in new Ann Arbor art exhibit | September 14, 2017
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - A new three-month multi-modal art exhibition focusing on mobility and transportation is coming to Ann Arbor.
View art during your morning commute | September 11, 2017
Ann Arbor, MI - In Transit is an art show that will showcase WCC student art by putting it on display in four different contexts around Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti.
REVIEW: IN TRANSIT | BY K.A. LETTS | SEPTEMBER 2017
From the back hall of the City Council Chambers to The Session Room on Jackson Avenue, to the buses (inside and outside) of TheRide, this collection of photos by current and former photography students at Washtenaw County Community College will be all over town for the next three months.
The A2 Art & Brew fundraiser is back in town this month
Ann Arbor Art Center's annual event features art, craft beer and food pairings
A2 Art & Brew to Benefit Ann Arbor Art Center | PrideSource | August 17, 2017
On Sept. 28, visit some of the best downtown Ann Arbor bars and restaurants and taste well-crafted beer and bite pairings to see how different craft beers and foods work together.
Art & Soul | WEMU-FM | August 2017
Lisa Barry is joined by Omari Rush, vice president of strategic initiatives for the Ann Arbor Art Center and Olivia Guterson. Guterson is a recruiting coordinator for Duo Security in Ann Arbor and also an artist painting a mural in the company's newest location the historic Allmendinger Building on First Street in Ann Arbor.
Press Release: A2 Art & Brew 2017
Returning this year is A2 Art & Brew, the Ann Arbor Art Center's beer and bite tasting fundraising event taking place Thursday, September 28, 2017.
Detroit Performs at the Ann Arbor Art Center | June 27, 2017
DJ Oliver from Detroit Performs checks out the Ann Arbor Art Center’s 117 Gallery.
Review: REMIX / REMIXED | by Elizabeth Smith, PULP | June, 27 2017
REMIX, an exhibition at the Ann Arbor Art Center’s 117 Gallery, contains two exhibitions: one in the physical space of the gallery and one virtual. Described as an “augmented reality experience,” ReMIXED Reality was created by Andrew Rosinski and ICON Interactive.
Art & Soul | WEMU-FM | June 2017
This week’s Art and Soul is about the Visual Arts. 89.1 FM WEMU’s Lisa Barry is joined once again by Omari Rush, director of external relations, at the Ann Arbor Arts Center. Omari joins Lisa to talk about how the Ann Arbor Arts Center has a variety of activities taking place right now, including launching a special new arts App.
Press Release: REMIX
Ann Arbor, MI (June 5, 2017) — REMIX, a new exhibition of the Ann Arbor Art Center, opens Thursday, June 8 in downtown Ann Arbor (117 West Liberty Street). This art show is free and open to the public daily through July 22.
ESSENTIAL ARTS EVENTS | CONCENTRATE | JUNE 2017
In this monthly column by Ann Arbor Art Center external relations director Omari Rush, Concentrate spotlights events that are moving the county's art scene forward in innovative and exciting ways.
Review: Text/Image | by K.A. Letts | May, 19 2017
The art in this exhibit thoughtfully uses language and image together to address a variety of themes from autobiography to social commentary, and while curator Jack O. Summers has put together an interesting and beautiful exhibit, the subject is far from exhausted and possibly never can be.
Art & Soul | WEMU-FM | May 2017
Art & Soul - The Visual Arts - Healing Through A Special Film Benefit
ESSENTIAL ARTS EVENTS | CONCENTRATE | MAY 2017
In this monthly column by Ann Arbor Art Center external relations director Omari Rush, Concentrate spotlights events that are moving the county's art scene forward in innovative and exciting ways.
Review: Whipstitch | by John Cantu, PULP | April, 24 2017
The Ann Arbor Art Center’s “Whipstitch: The State of Contemporary Textiles” does the rather nifty trick of reimagining yesterday’s art today through a conceptualization of what may be the art of tomorrow.
Press Release: Text/Image
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).
ESSENTIAL ARTS EVENTS | CONCENTRATE | APRIL 2017
In this monthly column by Ann Arbor Art Center external relations director Omari Rush, Concentrate spotlights events that are moving the county's art scene forward in innovative and exciting ways.
Press Release: Wearable Tech and New Directions in Textile Design
Ann Arbor, MI (March 13, 2017) ¬— Whipstitch: The State of Contemporary Design is an Ann Arbor Art Center exhibition, running March 31 to April 29, that explores myriad present-day departures from the foundations of textile construction and use.
Art & Soul | WEMU-FM | January 2017
The Visual Arts: Ypsi Artists Work Together To Inspire Each Other
Press Release: Film Festival Moves 'Off the Screen,' Into the Art Center
Ann Arbor, MI (February 20, 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.
Essential Arts Events | Concentrate | March 2017
This is a new monthly column by Concentrate where the Ann Arbor Art Center external relations director Omari Rush will spotlight events that are moving the county's art scene forward in innovative and exciting ways.
Review: Art Now: Printmaking | by K.A. Letts | February, 25 2017
Juror Tyanna Buie, an accomplished printmaker in her own right, has selected artworks by 86 artists from all over the country that describe the ways in which the methods of printmaking can be stretched to their outer limits and combined with other techniques such as collage, painting, drawing and photography, to name only a few.
See who won best drink at the 2017 Artini Fundraiser | MLive | February 15, 2017
The results are in for the 2017 Artini event, bringing 400 participants together for a night of fun in downtown Ann Arbor.
Ann Arbor Art Center planning renovation of downtown space | MLive | January 25, 2017
The Ann Arbor Art Center is looking to enhance the storefront presence of art in the downtown and make arts experiences that are free and open to the public more accessible to the community.
Review: Emergent Effect by K.A. Letts | January, 25 2017
What happens when one becomes many? How do patterns, objects, gestures repeated and systematically arranged, reveal thoughts and ideas that are otherwise invisible? The artists of Ypsi Alloy Studios think they know the answer–or answers–to that question.
2017 Preview - Creative Edition
Every year, new and distinctive attractions pop up in the Ann Arbor area. 2016 was no exception, with exciting creative developments throughout Ann Arbor and its surrounding communities. In 2017, even more artistic, theatrical, and expressive attractions and events await visitors and locals alike.
Tickets available for Artini martini-crawl fundraiser in Ann Arbor
This year's event is a martini bar crawl with friendly competition among 11 local bars and restaurants from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10. It serves as a fundraiser for the Ann Arbor Art Center.
How impact investors are making money and a difference in Washtenaw County
Last year, Ann Arbor Art Center (AAAC) president and CEO Marie Klopf had obtained funding to renovate class and event space on the center's third floor, but she nonetheless found herself in a bit of a pickle.
Help choose public art design for Ann Arbor's Stadium Boulevard | by Ryan Stanton | MLive | 11/10/16
As part of the upcoming reconstruction of Stadium Boulevard near the Big House, artists submitted proposals for adding art to the streetscape along a new retaining wall to be built on the south side of the road next to a new sidewalk.
The Art Center wants you to vote for Public Art | by Eric Gallipo | Concentrate | November, 9 2016
The Ann Arbor Art Center is asking community members to choose their favorite of three proposals for work to be installed along Stadium Boulevard as part of a major reconstruction project beginning Nov. 21. Voting is open through Nov. 15.
Review: Free Wet Hugz by K.A. Letts | 94th Annual All Media Exhibition | October 22, 2016
"Kotula has chosen to put his emphasis on abstract painting, and this is some of the strongest work in that medium I've seen locally in quite some time."
Overview: Pop-X 2016 by John Carlos Cantú | PULP | October 12, 2016
It may sound like lofty praise, but it’s becoming readily apparent that POP•X is one of the most important events on the contemporary Ann Arbor visual arts calendar. It’s a curious blend of some of our most talented arts groups and individual artists tacitly stepping out of their comfort zone.
How a low-cost loan made a huge impact for the Ann Arbor Art Center | Concentrate
When the Ann Arbor Art Center decided to renovate the third floor of its historic building in downtown Ann Arbor, they realized they could save thousands of dollars in construction costs if they did the whole project at once, rather than in phases. There was only one problem — they needed the cash up front.
POP-X Review by Life in Michigan | September 28, 2016
POP-X may sound like some crazy new energy drink, but it is actually a brilliant exhibit that pops up each year at Liberty Plaza in Ann Arbor.
Review: Re: Formation at the Ann Arbor Art Center | by PULP | September 26, 2016
As the exhibit’s statement tells us, the display “examines this unique moment [in history] when ordinary people are declaring a la Peter Finch [from Sidney Lumet’s 1977 film Network]: “‘I’m mad as hell and I won’t take it anymore.’”
Creative Voice covers POP-X Festival | September 23, 2016
Featuring ten exhibition pavilions, the Ann Arbor Art Center's POP-X festival aims to add some creative, inspirational, and interactive art experiences for the public to enjoy. POP-X is a ten day festival that runs from September 22nd to October 1st that is free and open to the public.
10-day art festival called POP-X underway in Ann Arbor | MLive | September 23, 2016
Now in its second year, POP-X invites the public to the downtown area experience temporary, interactive art displays installed in nine different pavilions, featuring the work of regional artists and art organizations at 255 E. Liberty St.
How arts organizations are rethinking community engagement | Concentrate | September 21, 2016
"In simple terms, the Art Center is a sort of one-stop shop for cultural transactions. The 107-year-old institution's Liberty Street home features a first-floor store, second-floor rotating gallery, and third-floor studio classrooms."
Ann Arbor Art Center at it again | Current Magazine | September 20, 2016
It sounds funny, but the Ann Arbor Art Center, now in its 107th year, is getting better with age. Take the Pop-In, Pop-Up, Pop-X and Re:Formation/Gallery Project shows. Two have just ended, one is ongoing and one is upcoming. All are worth mentioning, illustrative of how cool and ever-evolving the AAAC remains.
Preview: POP-X AAWA Installation | by K.A LETTS | September 15, 2016
The goal of POP-X is to present work that actively engages the community, and this year’s POP-X artists have interpreted this in their own unique ways. Ann Arbor Women Artists, a 300 member non-profit artists' organization, has chosen to implement this vision in the broadest possible way, designing and executing a comprehensively inclusive art installation that cuts across barriers of age, gender, race and disability.
Ten reasons to experience POP-X | by visitannarbor.org
I. It is free and open to the public. Enjoy this unique event, free of charge! Attending POP-X will provide a clear representation of the Ann Arbor area’s commitment and passion for the arts. A long history of making the arts accessible to locals and visitors, The Ann Arbor Art Center has become a pillar of the arts community for over 100 years.
Re:Formation Review | by K.A. LETTS | September 12, 2016
The rage, the politics, the anger at injustice and environmental ruin remain in this new iteration but in a lower, more thoughtful key.
Real American Review | by John Carlos Cantú | Pulp | July 31, 2016
The Ann Arbor Art Center’s latest 117 Gallery offering asks a tantalizing, if not also impossible question to satisfactorily answer: Who—and what—is a real American?
New Art Center mural ready just in time for 2016 Ann Arbor Art Fair
A new mural is expanding the Ann Arbor Art Center's exploration of cultural identity beyond the four walls of the center.
Real American | by K.A. LETTS | July 7, 2016
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.
POP-IN | Pulp | by Patrick Dunn | June 27, 2016
All three floors of the Ann Arbor Art Center pulsed with energy Friday night for this summer's inaugural Pop-In event. While the center's programming is generally eclectic on the whole, the free Pop-In series presents a particularly diverse assortment of art and entertainment in a single night, suitable for all ages but particularly aimed at young adults.
Comics Unbound Review | by K.A. LETTS | June 13, 2016
THE ART OF THE STORY - The show aims to illustrate the process through which comics, both in short and longer form, are created. It “reveals what is usually an invisible narrative in comics–the journey from artist’s vision to clear transmission of meaning. ”
Instructor Show Review | by K.A. LETTS | May 30, 2016
THOSE WHO CAN…ALSO TEACH - It’s a well-known fact that few visual artists working here in the Rust Belt have a realistic hope of making a living exclusively from selling their art. So many find themselves teaching to make a living while also trying to keep up their studio practice and actively showing their work. This requires energy, dedication, resourcefulness and maybe an ability to do without a full night’s sleep.
ART NOW 2016: Photography Review | Pulp | by Amanda Szot | April 27, 2016
The variety of scale, subject, and point of view in this exhibit and the ways in which the artists push the boundaries of a traditional medium, made the viewing this show an experience beyond what might be expected in a photography exhibit.
ART NOW 2016: Photography Review | The Detroit News | by Michael Hodges | April 7, 2016
Some of the most striking photographs in “Art Now 2016: New Directions in Contemporary Photography” at the Ann Arbor Art Center are those that look the least like photographs — abstract compositions that in some cases read more like paintings than pictures.
MW Furniture ZOKU Review | Ann Arbor Observer | by Sally Wright Day | March 2016 issue
Honestly, I stopped by the Ann Arbor Art Center to rule out the current exhibit, Mid-West Furniture Zoku, as a review subject. Furniture? As art? I left two hours later, tripped out, my art heart pierced. I'd taken 109 photos of the thirty or so pieces, just so I could pore over them later.
MW Furniture ZOKU Review | by Clark Malcolm | February 20, 2016
Design solves problems. Art inspires and provokes human emotion. The Ann Arbor Art Center’s Mid-West Furniture ZOKU exhibition exemplifies the two impulses and a charming variety of arresting combinations of the two. Beauty, wit, and function join in wonderful ways throughout the upper two rooms at the Art Center on Liberty.
MW Furniture ZOKU Review | Pulp | by Terry Soave | February 18, 2016
If you enjoy challenging your notions of what is functional, what is craft, and what is art then you’ll find the Ann Arbor Art Center’s latest exhibition, Mid-West Furniture Zoku, especially engaging.
GIG Review | The Detroit News | by Patrick Dunn | January 20, 2016
A gallery setting is unfamiliar territory for most of the artists featured in the Ann Arbor Art Center’s new show, “GIG: The Art of Michigan Music,” although many are professionals with decades of experience.
GIG Opening Reception | Life in Michigan | by Brenda Sodt Foster| January 19, 2016
Artists and patrons were in high spirits despite the rain on Friday night. The studio on the second floor of the Ann Arbor Art Center was filled with laughter and smiling faces during the entire event. One artist said, “You all know how to make a fellow feel special. And thanks to Chuck Marshall for including me and curating such an epic collection of artists. You are all amazing people and I’m very lucky and humbled to show with such a fantastic group of creatives.”
GIG Review in PULP | by Patrick Dunn | January 20, 2016
The show is cleverly laid out in that it groups works not by artist but by theme, subject matter, and color scheme. There are few enough artists in GIG that each could easily be segregated into their own little stretch of wall.
GIG Review in Life in Michigan (Part II) | by Chuck Marshall | January 10, 2016
An introduction to a few of the wonderful artists who make GIG special.
GIG Preview in Life in Michigan (Part I) | by Chuck Marshall | January 4, 2016
GIG: The Art of Michigan Music is designed to give music fans the immersive experience of the diverse Michigan music scene from promotion to performance. Some of the artwork will be on sale and is sure to please music fans as well as art lovers.
GIG Review in MetroTimes | by Lee DeVito | January 6, 2016
GIG show pays respects to the visual artists who bring Michigan music to life [...] Highlighting those invisible extra band members (as it were) is the idea behind GIG: The Art of Michigan Music, an exhibition opening at the Ann Arbor Art Center.
Wish List Review in HYPERALLERGIC | by Sarah Rose Sharp | August 27, 2015
Rocco DePietro and Gloria Pritschet characterize the massive group show they curated for Gallery Project, Wish List, as a contemporary statement of cultural desire. If your desire, like mine, is for a visual smorgasboard embodying the collective wishes and hopes of a range of rust belt artists, then Wish List should be on your (to-do) list. cultural desire.
ART NOW 2015: Painting Review | Ann Arbor Observer | by Sally Wright Day
But it was the Best in Show, awarded after I left, that kept me fascinated-and creeped out. "Cheek Spreader Sagan" by Christine Wuenschel- a portrait of a woman wearing a plastic dental applaince that retracts her lips- is ominous and strong, muscular and menacing, and I couldn't take my eyes off of it, despite a dental phobia.