Current & Upcoming Exhibits

Stationary Structures Against A Changing Landscape: Paintings by Amy Gieschen-Thill

On display at Malletts Creek Branch, July 31- August 30

Amy Gieschen-Thill is a photo-representational landscape and figurative painter who has studied fine art with a focus on painting at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit and the Kendall College of Art & Design in Grand Rapids.

Teen Graffiti Art Contest Entries Now on Display

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All of the entries in the 7th Annual Teen Graffiti Art Contest are now on display at the Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room and Third Floor Exhibit Area through August 30. You can also check out all of the entries in our online gallery from both this year and last year's contests.

During the 2009 Art Fair, teens from across the area gathered in the Downtown Library’s parking lot to try their hand at the art of Graffiti. Each artist was given a 4' x 4' canvas and a variety of colors of spray paint. Come see the end result, on display through the end of the summer.

Breakfast In The Library and Other Collages by Karen Gallup

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On display at Malletts Creek Branch, June 18 through July 29.

Karen Gallup's collages play with perspective, moving objects out of their natural relationship to one another. She loves to include the implausible and to cause the viewer to do a double take. Her interest in images of books and their colors, texture, size and arrangements, has resulted in the "Library Series", a major part of this exhibition. She lives in Ann Arbor with her husband, Al, and a dog and cat.

Ann Arbor Art Fair, The Original, 50th Anniversary Exhibit

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On display at the Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room & Lower Level Glass Display Cases, June 2 through July 19.

To celebrate 50 years of originality, the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair is exhibiting original posters, art, and photographs spanning its first half-century. Visitors to the exhibit can explore the history of the Fair through narrative panels chronicling each decade from its humble beginnings to its place today as one of the most highly regarded art fairs in North America. Included in the exhibit is an original retablo by artist Nicario Jiminez depicting the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair. Also check out the online collection of images from the history of the Fair that is a part of AADL's pictureAnnArbor collection.

American Institute of Architects Huron Valley 2008 Honor Awards Recipients

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On Display at the Downtown Library Third Floor Exhibit Area, June 2 through July 16.

As part of its commitment to advancing the contemporary understanding of architecture, the Huron Valley chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA Huron Valley) announced the recipients of its 2008 Honor Awards Program at its annual awards ceremony at the University of Michigan’s League on April 18th, 2008.

Fifteen projects, designed by registered Architects practicing in the Huron Valley Chapter area were submitted for consideration by an independent jury. Four of the projects were selected by the jury to receive a merit-based Honor Award. All submissions will be exhibited at several locations throughout the year.

Ink Drawings on Paper by Aleksis Lahti

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Aleksis Lahti was born in Ann Arbor and graduated from the University of Michigan in 1963 with a BS in design. He also attended the Accademia Di Belle Arte in Florence, Italy. He has been self-employed since 1967 doing architectural, interior, product, and graphic design, and has taught drawing at Lawrence Technological University for more than thirty years.

According to the artist, "These new drawings just happen. I add small elements of line or color a little at a time. Any of these drawings could go on and on. They are finished only because I stop drawing. The line or color cannot be removed. I can only go forward not back." The drawings will be on display at Malletts Creek Branch from May 2 through June 16, 2009.

Michael Flynn's Ferrofluid Magnetoscope

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Try it yourself! Control powerful magnets and levitate a puddle of ferrofluid in this amazing hands-on exhibit in the Downtown Library lobby. The exhibit will be on display for through March 18. To learn more about Michael Flynn's work, visit www.FunExhibits.com.

Library patron Sean Patrick visited a few days ago and made this high quality film of the magnetoscope, set to the music of his local band, In Braille. We love it when our patrons are inspired by the Library!

A ferrofluid Magnetoscope at the AADL? Come check it out!

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Control powerful magnets and levitate a puddle of ferrofluid in this new hands-on exhibit by inventor, Michael Flynn. Ferrofluid is a nano-engineered oil containing magnetic particles that are only 5 nanometers in diameter. Rapid advancements in nanotechnology are harnessing many other surprising properties from nanoscale physics for use in our normal, full-scale experience. You can learn more about this exhibit at www.FunExhibits.com, and during the month of March you come see it in action at the Downtown AADL!

Underground Railroad Display

Enjoy colorful creations by Judy Schmidt of Ann Arbor Storyteller’s Guild fame who incorporated the Monkey Wrench, Flying Geese, Bear Paw and other designs into her beautiful quilts. Stop by the glass case in the Downtown Youth Department to see books about the Underground Railroad and the much discussed Quilt Code and then check out Karen Simpson's lovely quilts on the far wall of the Youth Department. Maybe they will inspire you to color a quilt design of your own and hang it beside hers!

Notice the Nutcrackers

If you are indulging yourselves in a performance of the Nutcracker this season, make sure to stop in to the Downtown Youth Room and see the small collection of colorful Nutcrackers in the glass display case. Santa, a pirate, an artist, Robinhood and a royal nutcracker are awaiting your arrival.

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