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Matter, Matter, Object, Wall preview | ClickonDetroit | May, 1 2018

Matter, Matter, Object, Wall preview | ClickonDetroit | May, 1 2018

ANN ARBOR - The Ann Arbor Art Center will be presenting the debut curatorial project of Aaron Decker, an Ann Arbor based artist, from May 11 to June 9.

Visit Ann Arbor | 04/23/2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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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

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

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

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

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

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.

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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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 | WEMU-FM | May 2017

Art & Soul - The Visual Arts - Healing Through A Special Film Benefit

ESSENTIAL ARTS EVENTS | CONCENTRATE | MAY 2017

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

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

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).

Art & Soul | WEMU-FM | April 2017

Art & Soul | WEMU-FM | April 2017

Art & Soul - The Visual Arts: From Photography To Pencil Drawings

ESSENTIAL ARTS EVENTS | CONCENTRATE | APRIL 2017

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

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 | March 2017

Art & Soul | WEMU-FM | March 2017

The Visual Arts: A Busy Time For Openings And Events

Art & Soul | WEMU-FM | February 2017

Art & Soul | WEMU-FM | February 2017

The Visual Arts: Protecting Them And Keeping Them Funded

Art & Soul | WEMU-FM | January 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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 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.

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Wish List Review in HYPERALLERGIC | by Sarah Rose Sharp | August 27, 2015

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

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.

Allegorical Space | Current | by Louis W. Meldman | January 2015

Allegorical Space | Current | by Louis W. Meldman | January 2015

Allegorical space refers to the background, the context, the setting within which all of our experiences are based—visual experience, of course, but also the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of our lives.