Current & Upcoming Exhibits

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.

Landscapes: Pastel Paintings by Sara Lowell Swanson

Now through March 12, 2015 -- Malletts Creek Branch: Exhibits

Inspired by landscapes of woods and water, these impressionistic pastels are built layer upon layer, with an under painting of watercolor followed by multiple applications of oil pastels.

The work is unpredictable and challenging, and conveys the light, complexity and colors of a brief moment in the natural world.

A Saline artist, Sara Lowell Swanson often paints a series of pastels from local parks and countryside and finds these landscapes a source of changing beauty and inspiration.

AIA Huron Valley Chapter 50th Anniversary Exhibit

Now through February 26, 2015 -- Downtown Library: 3rd Floor Exhibit

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.

Lurie Terrace 50th Anniversary Art Exhibit

Now through February 26, 2015 -- Downtown Library: Lower Level Display Cases and Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room Exhibit

Residents of Lurie Terrace Senior Center are exhibiting art works in a variety of media, including painting, drawings, ceramics, photographs and quilts, to honor the 50th Anniversary of Lurie Terrace. Included will be a painting of Shata Ling, whose inspiration resulted in the planning and building of Lurie Terrace.

The hexagonal design was featured in the New York Times and the buildings won a citation at the 1964 New York World's Fair.

The original buildings featured a room for arts and crafts. Residents continue art activities on site and two residents, Margaret McCully and Dorothy Mitchell, are enrolled in a ceramics class at Washtenaw Community College. One resident, Joan Riemer, has a loom and weaves in her apartment. Painters’ talents and interests vary from abstract works, by Virginia Newell who is legally blind, to portraiture by Richard Marks whose career was making stained glass windows including all the windows in the Westminister Presbyterian Church. Large and small quilted items will be on display done by two residents who are quilters, Kate Baker and Mary Beth Troxell.

Planes And Trains And Things That Go!: The 2014 Childrens' Book Exhibit By The U-M Special Collections Library

Now through January 14, 2015 -- Downtown Library: Lower Level Display Cases

The University of Michigan’s Special Collections Library is happy once again to present an exhibit drawing upon its rich Children’s Literature Collection and Transportation History Collection. This year’s theme is transportation throughout the decades and how it influenced and became part of children’s books. The exhibit includes classics such as The Little Engine That Could while also documenting how authors used this genre to educate children about the changing transportation in the world around them.

The four main areas of the exhibit are "On The Road," "Up In The Air," "Riding the Rails" and "Ships Ahoy!." Each segment is subdivided into two sections, titles that focus on teaching children about a mode of transport, and those featuring tales of travel and adventure in that genre. The majority of the material is from the 20th century with a few examples from earlier and later periods. It should be noted that this is only a sampling from the extensive holdings of such material within the Special Collections Library’s Children’s Literature Collection. These materials and many other related titles are available for viewing in that Library.

Some titles will be readily recognized such a Ian Fleming’s Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Norton Juster’s Phantom Tollbooth, and Richard Scarry’s Cars and Trucks and Things That Go. Many others will be new to the viewer. Books in all formats have been included as well, including picture books, board books, chapter books, and pop-up and other mechanic styles. Together they present a solid picture of how development of modern transportation methods has been incorporated into children’s literature through the last 150 years.

This year’s exhibit has been curated by Kathleen Dow, Head, Archives Unit and Curator, Transportation History Collection, and assisted by William A. Gosling, Curator Emeritus, Children’s Literature Collection, Special Collections Library. The exhibit was prepared by Cathleen Baker, Conservation Librarian and Exhibition Conservator and Marieka Kaye, Conservation Librarian/Book Conservator, Preservation and Conservation Department; with the assistance of Anne Elias and Karmen Beecroft, Collection Services Specialists, Special Collections Library.

Nature And Nurture: Art Teachers As Artists: Mixed Media By The Ann Arbor Art Teachers And Alumni Association (AAATAA)

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

Ann Arbor Public Schools art teachers, current and retired, present their annual Group Show. These drawings, paintings, photographs, fiber and mixed media works reflect the current passions and interests of this unique group of artists.

The variety of works should engage most viewers: from a large, dreamlike luminous painting to an intimate semi-abstract line drawing to a series of digitally enhanced photographs, you will find something to enjoy.

New Art Prints From The AADL Collection

Now through January 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.

Seemingly Unrelated: Paintings By The Saline Painters Guild

Now through January 14, 2015 -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room Exhibit

Like myths from opposing cultures, the different approaches by the twenty artists in The Saline Painters Guild Exhibit fit their theme of “seemingly unrelated” to a “T”. The paintings in this exhibit include abstracts, landscapes, patterns, still life and portraits executed in oil, acrylic or watercolor on canvas, paper, Yupo and cloth.

When seen for the first time, the paintings do seem entirely unrelated. But when we look beneath the surface we find the connections: they tickle our memories of landscapes we’ve seen before, floral gatherings in a still life and games we might have played on a beach somewhere. Like the signature myths of widely separated cultures, the principle details of these paintings have relationships of which we are hardly aware, until we pause to view the world through the artists’ eyes.

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