Current & Upcoming Exhibits

Ann Arbor Public Schools Annual Student Art Exhibit

Now through May 28, 2014 -- Downtown Library: Lower Level Display Cases, Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room Exhibit, Downtown Library: Youth Wall Exhibit

Child in a Strange Country: Helen Keller and the History of Education for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired

Friday May 2, 2014: 9:00 am to 9:00 pm -- Downtown Library Lobby And 3rd Floor

Exhibits at the AADL

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Apply to Exhibit at the Ann Arbor District Library

Over one million people walk through our doors each year making us an ideal community space to showcase your work at either of our Downtown or Malletts Creek Branch locations. From paintings and photographs to ceramics and glass works to special collections, a wide variety of media and shows are considered. Fill out an exhibit application today, and take advantage of this wonderful community resource.

Exhibits run for six weeks and we're currently accepting applications for the following time-slots:

Downtown Multi-Purpose Room Walls (2D work only)

  • September through mid-October 2014
  • December 2014 through mid-January 2015
  • Mid-January through February 2015
  • June through mid-July 2015
  • Mid-July through August 2015
  • September through mid-October 2015
  • December 2015 through mid-January 2016

Downtown 3rd Floor Walls (2D work only)

  • September through mid-October 2014
  • December 2014 through mid-January 2015
  • Mid-January through February 2015
  • June through mid-July 2015
  • Mid-July through August 2015
  • September through mid-October 2015
  • December 2015 through mid-January 2016

Downtown Lower-Level Glass Display Cases (2D and 3D work - cases are 14" deep)

  • Mid-January through February 2015

Malletts Creek Branch Walls

  • August 2014 and beyond...

Permanent Collection

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On Display at all library locations

The Ann Arbor District Library has an extensive permanent collection comprised of work by local as well as regionally and nationally known artists. Much of the collection is due to the generosity of the Ladies’ Library Association, which has long supported the arts at the library, donating paintings and sculpture for all AADL locations and contributing annually to our large collection of art books.

Also available on our website, are digital archives of some of our past exhibits including the Downtown Library 50th Anniversary Exhibit

Gifts of Art, Call for Entries 2014-2015

As one of the first and most comprehensive art programs in health care systems nationwide, Gifts of Art brings the world of art and music to the University of Michigan Health System. Over the course of one year, nine galleries will display over 50 exhibits, including 2-D and 3-D spaces that are viewed by approximately 10,000 people a day! These galleries are some of the most widely visited indoor, non-museum exhibits spaces in the state.

Solo exhibits, individual artists and group exhibits from art organizations are encouraged to submit their work. Selections will be made from online submissions or submissions by mail. To submit an entry by mail, download and print this form. Submission deadline is May 15, 2014.

Questions? Call (734) 936-ARTS (2787) or email GiftsofArt@umich.edu or kmtalley@umich.edu.

If you're interested in featuring your work at the Ann Arbor District Library, explore the exhibits page and send us your submission!

Inspired Addition - More Trees for Traverwood

WindbreakWindbreakOne of my very favorite spaces in town is the reading room of the Traverwood Branch Library. I think it is that combination of coziness, open space and trees, inside of the building, that makes me feel so calm. I didn't think it could get better until a donated piece of artwork was installed over the fireplace. Gale Nobe's black & white photograph, Windbreak, is the perfect addition to the space.The row of aspen trees in the image visually echos the tree-inspired architecture of Traverwood. We have exhibited Gale's work previously, but this venue highlights the lovely and haunting evening scene with the moon hanging overhead. Go in peace and enjoy!

Curriculum of Color: Rudolf Steiner School of Ann Arbor Annual Student Art Exhibit

Now through April 14, 2014 -- Downtown Library: 3rd Floor Exhibit and Downtown Library: Lower Level Display Cases and Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room Exhibit

In Waldorf education, the arts are an essential component of the curriculum, providing avenues for recognition and understanding of the world in which we live.

This exhibit will feature student oil and watercolor paintings, drawings and mosaics. Of special interest this year is the student work featured in the lower level display cases, which will include woodwork, handwork, and sculpture, plus beautiful main lesson books which span a curriculum that is unparalleled in diversity and richness.

Michigan Artists Partner with MSU RCPD for a Dynamically Inclusive ArtPrize Entry

With a large demographic of the population that can be excluded from a variety of art forms, a group of artists known as The Diatribe took on the challenge of changing how art can be accessed. These Grand Rapids natives’ passion to expand the limits of accessibility to art inspired them to create their own exhibit at ArtPrize, the world’s largest public art competition. While hosting ArtPrize, the city of Grand Rapids becomes home to a diverse collection of independent artist’s work from 45 states and 47 countries. The Diatribe felt that ArtPrize was far too important of an event to still be inaccessible to some very large demographics. They set out to change this through their spoken word and in particular their exhibit, The Word of Mouth. Their piece will feature live portions of their poetry, along with videos, Braille text, murals, and visual art pertaining to sight, speech, or hearing. The videos will feature sign language and/or captions of the group’s spoken word. When faced with the challenge of making an entirely accessible exhibit, one of the collaborators turned to the MSU Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities when doing research. After a meeting, RCPD was left in awe of the work that these artists were doing and was ecstatic to be able to help them through the captioning and building tactile and Braille elements of their work and spreading the word about their exhibit. The biggest way you can help them spread their words and share in their art is by attending ArtPrize and voting on site for their exhibit. ArtPrize runs September 18 - October 6, 2013 and The Diatribe’s shows will be Mondays and Wednesdays from 5-8 pm.

Michigan Wildlife Exhibits From The Leslie Science And Nature Center

This summer we welcome back three live animal exhibits from the Leslie Science and Nature Center.

Visit the Malletts Creek Branch to see an eastern newt in an aquatic enclosure along with some little pond bug friends (at least until he eats them all). Drop in to the Pittsfield Branch to visit a grey tree frog who may even sing to you if you’re lucky. And be sure to stop by the Traverwood Branch for a lifecycle exhibit of the cecropia moth, currently housing last year’s cocoons, that will hatch into North America’s largest native moth over the next 3-5 days. The moths only live for about one week, and we release them after a few days, so you’ll need to hurry if you want to see them before they’re gone. The moths reproduce by laying eggs that hatch into caterpillars, who will spend the summer growing through several impressive phases before building cocoons for the winter. You’ll get to witness multiple caterpillar instars simultaneously at any given time in the enclosure, try to identify them all!

Be sure to watch for this Friday's badge drop at play.aadl.org for a chance to earn Summer Game badges and points for visiting the critters, and read on for some sneak preview video!

Exhibition of New Art Prints

On view on the third floor of the Downtown Library is the current exhibition of new art prints just added to the circulating collection.

While we continue to add new images of perennial favorites like Ansel Adams, Richard Diebenkorn, Georgia O'Keeffe, and Mark Rothko to the collection, we are always looking to introduce new talents and new artists into the mix.

Rhett Lynch of New Mexico, is a mufti-talented artist whose whimsical depiction of family pets are delightful (Art Print 614, image at left). Fiona Hoop, is actually the collaborative work of two Toronto (Canada) artists - Michele Woodey and Mary Kennedy. We hope you will enjoy their contemplative abstract landscape Blue Sky.

And at long last, we were able to add to the collection British-born photographer (now based in Seattle) Michael Kenna's work, this one capturing an atmospheric and moody view of Marly-le-Rio, France.

These and other prints will be available for circulation on October 11th, 2012 when the exhibition closes.

The Caterpillar Eggs Have Hatched! Come Visit the Caterpillars!

The Cecropia Moth eggs have hatched, and we have a batch of fuzzy little 1st instar caterpillars happily munching away on Black Walnut leaves. The 1st instar will only last for about 1 week, so visit Malletts Creek soon if you want to see them before they molt and start developing some very colorful patterns. There's also a new game code worth 200 points to celebrate the arrival of the caterpillars.

The Cecropia Moths Have Produced Eggs! New Game Code Now Available!

A pair of the Malletts Creek Cecropia Moths have successfully bred, and just recently laid a significant batch of eggs in the exhibit. Visit them quickly before they hatch, which will occur sometime in the next five days to two weeks, and collect a new game code to earn 150 Summer Game points. This fresh batch of eggs herald the imminent return of the caterpillars, watch for them soon.

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