Exhibits at AADL


Apply to Exhibit at the Ann Arbor District Library

Tens of thousands of people walk through our doors each month making us an ideal community space to showcase your work at either 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 fantastic community resource!

Applications are welcome anytime and are reviewed on a revolving basis. Exhibits run for six weeks and all works must remain available for the full six week period. We are currently accepting applications for the following time-slots:

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

  • June through August 2015: Banner Moments
  • September through mid-October 2015: accepting applications
  • Mid-October through November 2015: Ann Arbor Women Artists
  • December 2015 through mid-January 2016: accepting applications
  • Mid-January through February 2016: accepting applications
  • March through mid-April 2016: Rudolph Steiner Student Exhibition
  • Mid-April through May 2016: Ann Arbor Public Schools Student Exhibition

Downtown 3rd Floor Walls (2D work only)

  • June through mid-July 2015: AADL New Art Prints
  • Mid-July through August 2015: Portraits by Bertie Bonnell
  • September through mid-October 2015: Kerrytown Book Festival's Student Book Covers
  • Mid-October through November 2015: Ann Arbor Women Artists
  • December 2015 through mid-January 2016: AADL
  • Mid-January through February 2016: AADL
  • March through mid-April 2016: Rudolph Steiner Student Exhibition
  • Mid-April through May 2016: Ann Arbor Public Schools Student Exhibition

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

  • June through mid-July 2015: Sister Cities: Tubingen and Beyond
  • Mid-July through August 2015: AADL Summer Game
  • September through mid-October 2015: Ceramics (group show)
  • Mid-October through November 2015: Ann Arbor Women Artists
  • December 2015 through mid-January 2016: UM Special Collections: Children's Books
  • Mid-January through February 2016: Thirst Quenchers from the Dinnerware Museum
  • March through mid-April 2016: Rudolph Steiner Student Exhibition
  • Mid-April through May 2016: Ann Arbor Public Schools Student Exhibition
  • June through mid-July 2016: accepting applications
  • Mid-July through August 2016: accepting applications
  • September through mid-October 2016: accepting applications

Malletts Creek Branch Walls

  • May through mid-June 2015: American Institute of Architects
  • Mid-June through July 2015: UM Women Faculty (group show)
  • August through mid-September 2015: Paintings by Betsy Beckerman and Joyce Tinkham
  • Mid-September through October 2015: Photographs by Sandy Schopbach
  • November through mid-December 2015: accepting applications
  • Mid-December 2015 through January 2016: accepting applications
  • February through mid-March 2016: Ann Arbor Art Teachers
  • Mid-March through April 2016: Ann Arbor Women Artists: Spring Show
  • May through mid-June 2016: Lucy Burrows Morley Collection
  • Mid-June through August 2016: UM Women Faculty (group show)

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

Food of Love: Paintings in Various Media by the Painting Section of the U-M Faculty Women's Club

Now through July 30, 2015 -- Malletts Creek Branch: Exhibits

This group exhibit of 35 paintings features the collected works of the Painting Section of the University of Michigan’s Faculty Women’s Club (FWC) covering a large variety of styles and media.

The theme of this year’s exhibit is “Food of Love”, taken from the Shakespeare quote:
“If music be the food of love, play on…” The works in this show are meant to be an embrace of the sensuous: love, food, music and a reminder to enjoy beauty in life. As artists, we felt free to base our paintings on any or all facets of the Bard's idea of “food of love”.

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 members of this group strive to enrich the cultural life of the Ann Arbor area by raising awareness of, and by encouraging active participation in, the visual arts.

New Art Prints from the AADL Collection

Now through July 14, 2015 -- Downtown Library: 3rd Floor Exhibit

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.

Celebrating 50 Years of Sister City Friendships

Now through July 24, 2015 -- Downtown Library: Lower Level Display Cases

This display of photographs, memorabilia and artifacts illustrates Ann Arbor’s fifty years of sister city relationships with seven countries.

Items include:
• a dress from Senegal,
• the trophy from the Arborough games,
• miniature items used as teaching aids for Japanese trips,
• a wooden model of a Tubingen punter boat,
• many books, pictures, and posters.

This exhibit is held in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the Ann Arbor/Tubingen sister city partnership. On December 9, 1965 the official charter of the Tubingen and Ann Arbor partnership was presented to City Council, followed by a concert of Christmas carols sung in German by Ann Arbor High School students. Visits between the two areas started as soon as the decision was made.

Banner Moments: The National Anthem in American Life

Now through August 30, 2015 -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room Exhibit

Celebrating the bicentennial of the U.S. National Anthem, this exhibit illustrates through interpretive panels, historical documents and photographs, the cultural 200-year history of “The Star-Spangled Banner” (1814–2014). The tale that emerges demonstrates the power of music and poetry to spark the social imagination and thus create a sense of shared community.

The year 2014 marked the 200th birthday of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” the national anthem of the United States of America. Inspired by the successful defense of Baltimore, Maryland from British attack on September 13 & 14, 1814, lawyer and amateur poet Francis Scott Key penned his now famous lyric. Rather than extraordinary, Key’s creative impulse was typical of early America’s broadside ballad tradition in which new words were written to fit well known tunes. The result, however, was far from everyday—Key could not have predicted that his song would survive the moment, yet become his nation’s singular anthem.

Follow the “The Star-Spangled Banner” from the moments leading up to September 14, 1814 through the present day and explore the social history of our national song.

Call for Entries from Gifts of Art

Gifts of Art at the University of Michigan Health System is currently accepting proposals for the August 2015-September 2016 exhibition year!

As one of the first and most comprehensive arts in healthcare programs nationwide, Gifts of Art brings the world of art & music to the University of Michigan Health System. Nine galleries display over 50 exhibits a year. They include 2-D and 3-D spaces that are viewed by approximately 10,000 people a day. The galleries are some of the most widely visited indoor, non-museum exhibit spaces in the state.

Gifts of Art is seeking both solo exhibits by individual artists and group exhibits by arts organizations. Selections will be made from online submissions or submissions by mail. Emailed JPG images or in-person submissions will NOT be considered. The submission deadline is May 31, 2015.

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

AIA Huron Valley Chapter 50th Anniversary Exhibit

Now through June 11, 2015 -- Malletts Creek Branch: Exhibits

The Huron Valley chapter of the American Institute of Architects celebrates its 50th anniversary with this exhibit of 50 buildings that helped shape our community and 50 ideas for the future.

“50 Ideas for the Future,” showcases community-inspired designs for the future. The Chapter members have been conducting a year-long program of gathering public input about what people would like to see in various public open spaces like the Kerrytown lot and Liberty Plaza. This was inspired by the public work of Candy Chang and her "I wish this was a..." series. The exhibition displays some of the cards that captured the public's thoughts and ideas for these spaces. In addition, the Chapter followed up with a public charrette that consolidated some of these thoughts. Architects led a number of groups to help teams give forms and shapes to the ideas. The exhibition also displays the results of the charrette.

“50 Buildings that Helped Shape Our Community” showcases 50 significant buildings throughout the five county membership region: Jackson, Lenawee, Livingston, Monroe, and Washtenaw Counties. These buildings and a list of their architects, history, and significant notes about the buildings have been placed in an app called "Field Trip." This app alerts you to the fact that you are in proximity to one of the buildings and you can stop, look, and read a brief paragraph about it.

Ann Arbor Women Artists’ 2015 Spring Exhibit

Now through April 29, 2015 -- Malletts Creek Branch: Exhibits

Ann Arbor Women Artists is a non-profit organization of approximately 330+ women and men with connections to Ann Arbor, ranging from beginning to professional artists. The purpose of the AAWA is to stimulate creative expression and sharing among its members in order to continually raise the quality of the art produced.
Each calendar year the AAWA holds two or three juried shows. A juror is invited to select from a large group of submissions a final show that is a reflection of the body of work produced by the membership which ranges from beginning to professional artist.

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

Now through April 13, 2015 -- Downtown Library: 3rd Floor Exhibit and Downtown Library: Lower Level Display Cases and Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room Exhibit

This exhibit consists of student art and schoolwork from students in Kindergarten through 12th grade at the Rudolf Steiner School of Ann Arbor.

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. The exhibit will feature student oil and watercolor paintings, drawings, and mosaics on the third floor and in the multi-purpose room of the library.

Of special interest this year is the student work featured in the lower level showcases, which will include woodwork, handwork, and sculpture, plus beautiful main lesson books which span a curriculum that is unparalleled in diversity and richness.

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