Current & Upcoming Exhibits

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.

Ann Arbor Public Schools Annual Student Art Exhibit

Now through May 27, 2015 -- Downtown Library: 3rd Floor Exhibit and Downtown Library: Lower Level Display Cases and Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room Exhibit

Each year the Ann Arbor Public Schools come to the Ann Arbor District Library to showcase the work of their students. Once again, the developing talents of students from across the city will be shown throughout the Library.

Both two-dimensional and three-dimensional art in many mediums will fill the display cases and cover the walls of our art display areas. Enjoy the wonderfully creative projects of the students of kindergarten through fifth grade art classes.

Equilibrium: Paintings By Cathy Barry

Now through December 11, 2014 -- Malletts Creek Branch: Exhibits

This group of paintings explores Cathy Barry’s ongoing interest in views of land, space and the cosmos as seen from many types of references: aerial photography, cartography, astrophotography and images from the Hubble telescope.

She finds the imagery very beautiful and though provoking. Her process involves splattering, sanding, scraping, rubbing and layering, using templates to build up each layer. She also uses drawing and watercolors to inform the oil paintings.

Ann Arbor Women Artists – Fall 2014 Juried Exhibition

Now through November 24, 2014 -- Downtown Library: 3rd Floor Exhibit and Downtown Library: Lower Level Display Cases and Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room Exhibit

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.

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.

In Remembrance of 9-11

In Remembrance of 9-11

Today is the 13th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the twin towers of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. We will always remember the thousands of victims and their families, as well as the bravery of the police and firefighters who selflessly fought to save them.

The attached photo was taken at the Downtown Library in 2006, at the time of the 5th anniversary, when AADL hosted the New York, September 11 By Magnum Photographers Exhibit.

9-11 Exhibit

Kerrytown Bookfest: The Art of the Book

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

The Kerrytown BookFest celebrates all aspects of book writing and creation. This year, this annual exhibit at the Library showcases entries from the Bookfest’s 7th annual Book Cover Design contest for high school students.

he contest, which was open to all Michigan High School students and was sponsored in part by the Michigan Humanities Council, asked the students to re-imagine a cover for a chosen book and give a visual interpretation of the written word. This year’s book was Paddle-to-the-Sea, a Caldecott medal winning book by Holling C. Holling.

Three judges then evaluated the work, submitted by students from Crystal Westfield’s graphic design classes at Pioneer High School; Keith Raynor’s class at Lakeview High School; and Elizabeth Miller-Wallau’s class in East Grand Rapids. Over 80 entries were judged by Christopher Raschka, a two time Caldecott medallist (A Ball for Daisy); Nancy Shaw, a children’s author (Sheep in a Jeep); and Cecily Donnelly, a painter, graphic designer and illustrator.

Eight finalists were chosen representing work submitted by each school on the basis of originality, execution, and understanding and application of the subject matter. A Pre Reception and Exhibition Opening is scheduled for September 5 at 7 pm.

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