Current & Upcoming Exhibits

Equilibrium: Paintings By Cathy Barry

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

Ann Arbor Women Artists – Fall 2014 Juried Exhibition

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

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 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 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 mid-July 2015
  • Mid-July through August 2015
  • September through mid-October 2015
  • December 2015 through mid-January 2016
  • Mid-January 2016 through February 2016

Downtown 3rd Floor Walls (2D work only)

  • June through mid-July 2015
  • Mid-July through August 2015
  • December 2015 through mid-January 2016

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

  • September through mid-October 2015

Malletts Creek Branch Walls

  • August 2015 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

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.

New Art Prints from the AADL Collection

Now through September 30, 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.

AADL is happy to display newly acquired prints in this exhibit.

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.

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.

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