‘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.
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.
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.