Current & Upcoming Exhibits

Equilibrium: Paintings By Cathy Barry

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

Seemingly Unrelated: Paintings By The Saline Painters Guild

December 2, 2014 through January 14, 2015 -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room Exhibit

New Art Prints From The AADL Collection

December 2, 2014 through January 14, 2015 -- Downtown Library: 3rd Floor Exhibit

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

December 2, 2014 through January 14, 2015 -- Downtown Library: Lower Level Display Cases

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

December 16, 2014 through January 29, 2015 -- Malletts Creek Branch: Exhibits

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.

Farewell to Youth: Mixed Media Paintings – The Painting Section of the U-M Faculty Women's Club

Now through July 31, 2014 -- Malletts Creek Branch: Exhibits

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

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

Stacked Vessels: Glass Artwork by Annette Baron

Now through June 29, 2014 -- Downtown Library: Lower Level Display Cases

The Stacked Vessels series is a combination of classic and whimsical vessel forms. These assembled forms are inspired by the image of a water drop landing in a pool of still water. The rings are reminiscent of ripples and the lid of rebounding drops thrown back into the air.

Baron's formal study was not in visual arts but in music. After working as a professional musician she made a career change. Baron took classes at the Toledo Museum of Art and studied the museum’s vast glass collection. She has found it both significant and self-informing how much her experience as a musician now reveals itself in her work as a glass artist. Time, rhythm, form and color, all familiar concepts that fluently translate into glass.

The furnace at Baron Glassworks was fired up on November 24, 1998 in Ypsilanti, Michigan. It was designed and built to function equally as a working artist’s studio and school. People walk through the door with different aptitudes for this media. Some have many transferrable skills and excel with judicious guidance and access to facilities while others require a greater investment of time and energy. Baron accepts all students who share her passion for glass.

Sights and Sounds: Photomontage by KaraLynn Kinsman

Now through June 28, 2014 -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room 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.

Child in a Strange Country: Exhibit and Events


The traveling exhibit from the Museum of the American Printing House for the Blind, "Child in a Strange Country: Helen Keller and the History of Education for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired" officially opens this Friday, May 2, with a reception featuring library director Josie Parker, Museum Director Micheal A. Hudson, harpist Deborah Gabrion, and refreshments.

But the exhibit is already assembled enough (in the Downtown Library's lobby and 3rd floor) to see it will be fun and informative featuring a big globe with raised features, selections of writing such as Valentin Hauy’s tactile book and Louis Braille’s dot code, and insights, events, and photographs from Helen's life.

The title of the exhibit comes from Anne Sullivan's report about Helen in which she said, “For the first two years of her intellectual life she was like a child in a strange country,” and noted that no learning was possible until she could overcome the communication barrier posed by blindness and deafness. With that in mind, “Child in a Strange Country” explores four primary subjects: Reading, Science, Math, and Geography. Using Helen Keller’s educational journey as a lens, the exhibit uses tactile reproductions and authentic artifacts to uncover the roots of modern education for children with vision loss. The exhibit is designed to be fully accessible and interactive. You can touch and explore that big globe as much as you want.

If the exhibit whets your appetite, come see Child in a Strange Country or Why is Helen Keller at the Water Pump the Only Person Who Was Blind that Most Americans Know?, on Sunday, May 4 from 2 - 3:30 PM, a talk by Museum Director Micheal A. Hudson in which he explores major advances in learning and literacy since 1784 for people who are blind or visually impaired, introducing characters that most people do not know. Also join us on Wednesday, May 7 from 7 - 8:30 PM for Sensory Communication: Relaying and Receiving Information Through Touch, in which UM Performing Arts Technology Professor Sile O'Modhrain discusses touch, communication, and Helen Keller.

You may also be interested in Visions 2014 in the Morris Lawrence Building at Washtenaw Community College on Wednesday, May 14 from 10 AM - 3 PM, where a variety of exhibitors demonstrate the latest products and services for people with vision loss. The fair also features presentations by guest speakers from the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Disabled, UM Kellogg Eye Center, WLBPD @ AADL, and the AT Guys.

Artist Margaret Carney Discusses 'Demystifying Women and Dinnerware'

Friday October 17, 2014: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

In conjunction with their Annual exhibition, Ann Arbor Women Artists join the Library to present this lecture by Margaret Carney, the juror for the Fall 2014 exhibit at the Library. Winners of the Ann Arbor Women Artists Fall 2014 Juried Exhibition will also be announced. The evening will begin with a 6:00 pm reception, where the public is invited to view the exhibition before the lecture and awards presentation.

In Carnery’s lecture, Demystifying Women and Dinnerware, the creations of woman artists and designers represented in the permanent collection of the Dinnerware Museum in Ann Arbor will be explored, as well as examples from the Museum’s “wish list.” There will also be some surprises. Don’t expect to see grandma’s dishes during this presentation unless your grandma’s cups, saucers, and spoons were fur-lined.

Gifts of Art, Call for Entries for August 2014- August 2015 Exhibition Year

As one of the first and most comprehensive art programs in health care systems nationwide, Gifts of Art brings the world of art and music to the University of Michigan Health System. Over the course of one year, nine galleries will display over 50 exhibits, including 2-D and 3-D spaces that are viewed by approximately 10,000 people a day! These galleries are some of the most widely visited indoor, non-museum exhibits spaces in the state.

Solo exhibits, individual artists and group exhibits from art organizations are encouraged to submit their work. Selections will be made from online submissions or submissions by mail. To submit an entry by mail, download and print this form. Please do not email JPG images or submit entries in-person. The submission deadline has been extended to May 31, 2014.

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

If you're interested in featuring your work at the Ann Arbor District Library, explore the exhibits page and send us your submission!

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