Girls Standing On Lawns

Stand for something,
stand for something!
Otherwise what do
you stand for,
why are you even standing?

Is it possible to fall in love with a book? Of course. This one did not fall short of that. While reading Girls Standing On Lawns I was overcome with a sense of nostalgia, feminism, purpose, and life.

This little book is the first in a series of collaborations between illustrator Maira Kalman, author Daniel Handler, and the Museum of Modern Art. It is filled with photographs of girls standing on lawns that are straight from MoMA's collection. With each photo is text by Handler, with paintings by Kalman interspersed. The way the words and images unfold together is magical and you can’t help but wonder… who are these girls standing on lawns? How many times have we stood on a lawn in a similar fashion on the first day of school, on graduation day, or on Easter Sunday and posed for a quick snapshot whether we wanted to or not? What a sense of history and normalcy in looking back at such "unartistic" vernacular photos, and here done in such a touching way.

Call for Entries from Gifts of Art

Gifts of Art at the University of Michigan Health System is currently accepting proposals for the August 2015-September 2016 exhibition year!

As one of the first and most comprehensive arts in healthcare programs nationwide, Gifts of Art brings the world of art & music to the University of Michigan Health System. Nine galleries display over 50 exhibits a year. They include 2-D and 3-D spaces that are viewed by approximately 10,000 people a day. The galleries are some of the most widely visited indoor, non-museum exhibit spaces in the state.

Gifts of Art is seeking both solo exhibits by individual artists and group exhibits by arts organizations. Selections will be made from online submissions or submissions by mail. Emailed JPG images or in-person submissions will NOT be considered. The submission deadline is May 31, 2015.

Questions? Call (734) 936-ARTS (2787) or email or

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.

Diego & Frida

From now through mid-July the Detroit Institute of Arts is hosting the exhibition Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo in Detroit. The exhibit focuses on their lives and work before Detroit, during Detroit, and after Detroit. Diego and Frida spent 1932-1933 in Detroit, where Diego worked on the Detroit Industry murals that are painted on the walls of the DIA. The work is amazing, as is the exhibit. Here’s a sneak peek of the magic if you haven’t been yet.

There’s been a lot of buzz about this exhibit and the artists are popping up all over the place, particularly Frida. Feeling inspired for more? Take a peek at the Caldecott Honor picture book Viva Frida!. There are also many other books and DVDs on Diego and Frida in the AADL collection, including the exhibit catalog that’s on order, and the visual book Diego Rivera: The Detroit Industry Murals.

Home: a work of art for children and adults

The concept of “home” has meant a lot of different things to people over the ages and is still unique for each one of us today. Artist Carson Ellis makes her solo debut with a beautiful picture book, titled simply Home, that explores the meaning and concept of home. A snail shell, a covered wagon, an igloo, a castle surrounded by a moat… all are or have been home to something or someone at a given point in time. Ellis even weaves in fantastical homes: fairy houses, boots, and more are included in this wonderful book. In some of the mythical houses, Ellis does not include a description of who lives there, but instead asks readers to imagine what sort of creature they think would be suited to the structure. The clever combination of traditional, non-traditional, and fanciful homes will inspire children (and adults!) to think of “home” in a new way.

You may recognize Ellis’ work: she is the illustrator of the Wildwood series and the artist for the band The Decemberists. You can visit her website to see more of her awesome talent!

Oscar-Nominated Documentary 'Finding Vivian Maier'

Wednesday May 6, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

The intriguing documentary Finding Vivian Maier shuttles from New York to France to Chicago as it traces the life story of the late Vivian Maier, a mysterious career nanny whose previously unknown cache of 100,000 photographs earned her a posthumous reputation as one of America’s most accomplished and insightful street photographers.

Directed by John Maloof and Charlie Siskel, the award-winning film focuses on Maier’s strange and riveting life and her art revealed through never before seen photographs, films, and interviews with dozens who thought they knew her.

The 83-minute film is not rated.

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.

Call for Entries from Gifts of Art

As one of the first and most comprehensive arts in healthcare programs nationwide, Gifts of Art brings the world of art & music to the University of Michigan Health System. The exhibit program is designed to enhance the health system’s environment of care and help calm and bring comfort to patients, visitors and staff. All Gifts of Art programs are intended to assist and complement the healing process and reduce the stress and anxiety often associated with a healthcare setting. Gifts of Art is currently accepting proposals for the September 2015 – September 2016 exhibition year. Individual artists or art organizations may apply. The galleries display both 2-D wall mounted art and 3-D works in display cases. Submissions may be made online or by mail. Submission deadline is May 15, 2015. Questions? Call (734) 936-ARTS (2787) or email or

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