Current & Upcoming Exhibits

Super Snazz: Multi-Media Collage and Assemblage By Dan Mulholland

Now through August 28, 2014 -- Downtown Library: 3rd Floor Exhibit

New Art Prints from the AADL Collection

August 5, 2014 through September 11, 2014 -- Malletts Creek Branch: Exhibits

Historic Ann Arbor Architecture

Monday August 25, 2014: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

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 application to exhibit today, and take advantage of this awesome community resource.

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

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

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • Booked through 2016!

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

New Art Prints from the AADL Collection

August 5, 2014 through September 11, 2014 -- Malletts Creek Branch: Exhibits

The circulating art print collection at the Ann Arbor District Library makes available original works of art and fine reproductions of paintings, photography, prints and drawings. Artists represented in the collection are global and multicultural in scope. Works selected ranges from the iconic to the eclectic but are always, good examples of the artists’ works.

All art prints in the collection are professionally framed by Format Framing of Ann Arbor. Images of the collection are available in the online catalog. Each library card holder may borrow up to 3 prints, circulating for 8 weeks. Sturdy nylon carrying bags are available for safe and easy transport from our staff at the Circulation Department.

Sights and Sounds: Photomontage by KaraLynn Kinsman

Now through July 12, 2014 -- Downtown Library: 3rd Floor Exhibit

This exhibit features Michigan artist KaraLynn Kinsman in a show entitled “Sights & Sounds.” The show will be open June 3 – July 10 in the Multi-Purpose Room of the downtown library. It will include 20 digital photomontage works that include urban landscapes with visual sound wave overlays.

Kinsman describes the work as a visual portrait that involves multiple senses. “Have you ever looked at a photograph and wondered ‘What would it be like to be standing in this place?’
I decided to address that question using visual layering.” The images include images taken from Chicago, Detroit, Mount Pleasant and Lansing. The work also shows a diverse group of landscapes that include everything from alleys to skylines.

KaraLynn Kinsman is a Michigan native, born in Detroit and raised in Sterling Heights. Kinsman graduated with B.A.A in 2-Dimensional Studio Art from Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, MI. She has since moved back to the Detroit Metro area where she is doing exhibitions and working as a preschool teacher. She plans on attending graduate school to obtain her M.F.A in Photography.

Historic Ann Arbor Architecture

Monday August 25, 2014: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event will be recorded

Authors Susan Wineberg and Patrick McCauley will discuss their new book "Historic Ann Arbor: An Architectural Guide". The book describes over 350 buildings in Ann Arbor, including 40 University of Michigan buildings. Style sections describe those of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries including Mid-Century Modern. Superb examples of this style can be found in many parts of Ann Arbor.

Susan Wineberg has served as President of the Washtenaw County Historical Society (1994-1999), on the Historic District Commission (HDC) three times, as Chair of the Awards Committee of the HDC for 20 years, on numerous committees including the Downtown, Landmark, Individual Historic Properties, Lower Town, Old Fourth Ward and Germantown Historic District Study Committees. She has written extensively on Ann Arbor and published Lost Ann Arbor in 2004, in addition to the second edition of Historic Buildings, Ann Arbor in 1992.

Patrick McCauly has volunteered at both the Kempf House Museum and Cobblestone Farm Museum, and served as Chair of the Fourth and Fifth Ave. Historic District Study Committee. He currently serves on the Ann Arbor Historic District Commission, having held the positions of Chair and Vice Chair, and also on the board of the Ann Arbor Historical Foundation. He has also bought and restored three neglected historic homes in Ann Arbor since 2001, winning a Rehabilitation Award from the Ann Arbor Historic District Commission (HDC) in 2009 for his efforts.

This event includes a book signing and books for sale.

Super Snazz: Multi-Media Collage and Assemblage By Dan Mulholland

Now through August 28, 2014 -- Downtown Library: 3rd Floor Exhibit

This exhibit consists of approximately 35 pieces of collage and assemblage that combine popular culture graphics and nature images, along with found objects that make many of the works more sculptural than two dimensional.

Many of the titles of the exhibit pieces refer to obscure music recordings. The assemblages deal mostly with decay, and consist of found objects and things Dan has collected over the years. They could be 78 or 45 rpm records mixed with images of Jesus, kids toys, flowers and bugs. Some of these pieces come together in a few days, while others take months to fall into place. He enjoys the process and hopes that you like the result.

Yarn Bomb Zone

This past weekend the outdoor garden at the downtown branch was yarn bombed to celebrate International Yarn Bombing Day! Patrons learned how to knit at a library program and took their creations outdoors to create a bit of whimsy. I’m not sure how long the exhibit will stay up, so check it out the next time you’re downtown!

If you’re curious and want to learn more I recommend Yarn bombing: the art of crochet and knit graffiti by Mandy Moore. The book talks about the birth of knit graffiti and all it encompasses. It’s a great read for the crafters out there, whether you knit or not.

Farewell to Youth: Mixed Media Paintings – The Painting Section of the U-M Faculty Women's Club

Now through July 31, 2014 -- Malletts Creek Branch: Exhibits

This group exhibit features the collected works of the Painting Section of the University of Michigan’s Faculty Women’s Club (FWC) covers a large variety of styles and media.

The FWC is a cross campus organization, offering members acquaintance and fellowship. The members of the Painting Section have been “painting” together regularly since 1929, creating award-winning pieces in a wide variety of media, and learning from one another at weekly gatherings in their homes. Sharing experiences with new media, critiquing one another’s work, and encouraging exploration in artistic expression are the basic elements of their continuing study of the visual arts as a group. Shows of their works have been displayed for the past 44 years at venues in the greater Ann Arbor area, including art fairs, art galleries, banks, churches, and libraries. The FWC strive to enrich the cultural life of the Ann Arbor area by raising awareness of, and by encouraging active participation in, the visual arts.

Stacked Vessels: Glass Artwork by Annette Baron

Now through June 29, 2014 -- Downtown Library: Lower Level Display Cases

The Stacked Vessels series is a combination of classic and whimsical vessel forms. These assembled forms are inspired by the image of a water drop landing in a pool of still water. The rings are reminiscent of ripples and the lid of rebounding drops thrown back into the air.

Baron's formal study was not in visual arts but in music. After working as a professional musician she made a career change. Baron took classes at the Toledo Museum of Art and studied the museum’s vast glass collection. She has found it both significant and self-informing how much her experience as a musician now reveals itself in her work as a glass artist. Time, rhythm, form and color, all familiar concepts that fluently translate into glass.

The furnace at Baron Glassworks was fired up on November 24, 1998 in Ypsilanti, Michigan. It was designed and built to function equally as a working artist’s studio and school. People walk through the door with different aptitudes for this media. Some have many transferrable skills and excel with judicious guidance and access to facilities while others require a greater investment of time and energy. Baron accepts all students who share her passion for glass.

Sights and Sounds: Photomontage by KaraLynn Kinsman

Now through June 28, 2014 -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room Exhibit

This exhibit features Michigan artist KaraLynn Kinsman in a show entitled “Sights & Sounds.” The show will be open June 3 – July 10 in the Multi-Purpose Room of the downtown library. It will include 20 digital photomontage works that include urban landscapes with visual sound wave overlays.

Kinsman describes the work as a visual portrait that involves multiple senses. “Have you ever looked at a photograph and wondered ‘What would it be like to be standing in this place?’
I decided to address that question using visual layering.” The images include images taken from Chicago, Detroit, Mount Pleasant and Lansing. The work also shows a diverse group of landscapes that include everything from alleys to skylines.

KaraLynn Kinsman is a Michigan native, born in Detroit and raised in Sterling Heights. Kinsman graduated with B.A.A in 2-Dimensional Studio Art from Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, MI. She has since moved back to the Detroit Metro area where she is doing exhibitions and working as a preschool teacher. She plans on attending graduate school to obtain her M.F.A in Photography.

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