ARTPRIZE 2011

If you are not planning on attending THE Game or the obligatory tailgate and would like a bit more elbow room on Saturday, you could do a lot worse than getting in the car and heading west.

ARTPRIZE turns the city of Grand Rapids (Michigan) into an art gallery for two weeks every fall. Billed as "a radically open competition", it opens today and will run until October 9. As an international art contest solely voted on by the general public, your votes are essential.

Here is how to vote, and a map to help you navigate all the venues.

The 10 finalists will be announced on Thursday, September 29, and the winners on Thursday, October 6.

The helpful folks running the show have put together some visitors' info. Make good use of it, including the free shuttle.

UM Emeritus Professor Charles M. Butter Discusses Art, The Brain And His New Book "Crossing Cultural Borders: Universals In Art And Their Biological Roots"

Monday September 19, 2011: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

How does mental imagery contribute to artistic creativity? Why are balance around the center, expressiveness, ornamentation and symbolic meanings found in the visual art of cultures separated in time and space?

Charles M. Butter suggests that answers to these questions may be found by examining the role of biological evolution in the making and viewing of art. Join us for a fascinating evening as he explores these issues and introduces his new book "Crossing Cultural Borders: Universals in Art and Their Biological Roots." This new book includes 52 works of art from cultures around the world from prehistoric to modern times. The event will include a book signing and books will be on sale.

Charles Butter is Emeritus Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of Michigan. He has taught and performed research on brain, behavior and mental processes for 38 years.

Take Part in Art - Art Squared in A2

Filling a dozen squares with colors and circles, Wasilly Kandinsky, created a rich and whimsical painting entitled Squares with Concentric Circles in 1913. Piet Mondrian was inspired to work with squares and rectangles filled with bright primary colors in his abstract paintings in the 1920’s.

You can make your own squares, filled with color and design, at the Downtown Youth Department Art Table, or create patterns with our colorful magnetic squares.

Imagine an A2 scavenger hunt for squares in art and architecture, from the paper work wall sculpture, entitled Winter Solstice by Sabra Richards, in the stairwell of the Downtown Library, to the Cook Law Quad, or Tony Rosenthal’s cube, Endover, near the Student Union. Of course a visit to the University Of Michigan Museum of Art will inspire you to search for various shapes within sculpture, painting and more.

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Oscar-Nominated Documentary: Exit Through The Gift Shop

Monday August 29, 2011: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

Join us for a screening of one of the most acclaimed films of the past year! This 90-minute Oscar-nominated documentary about art is a fascinating study of criminality, comradeship and incompetence.

"Exit Through the Gift Shop" is the inside story of Street Art - a brutal and revealing account of what happens when fame, money and vandalism collide.

The film, which is rated 'R' for language, follows an eccentric shop-keeper turned amateur film-maker as he attempts to capture many of the world's most infamous vandals on camera, only to have a British stencil artist named Banksy turn the camcorder back on its owner with wildly unexpected results.

Teen Graffiti Art On Display

Remember to check out the Teen Graffiti panels on display at the Downtown Library in the Multi-Purpose Room and also on the third floor. See the artwork of the thirty artists (including the three winners!) who came out during the Art Fair to express themselves in graffiti art. Panels will be on display until Tuesday, August 30 - including this rose from one of the winning artists!

Children's Art Fair


Do you have creative children in your life? Or are you a creative youth in the community? Then the EWMA Children's Art Fair wants you!

This art fair will take place in the Eastern Washtenaw Multicultural Academy gymnasium on Saturday, July 23rd (the last day of the Ann Arbor Art Fair), from 12pm-4pm. There will be art workshops for children as young as 3 and as old as 8th grade. There will also be informational workshops for the entire family. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Artists aged 10-25 are invited to submit art to display and sell at the art fair. If you are interested in this opportunity, you may contact pyenor.ewma@gmail.com.

For more information, check out the EWMA's website. And if you want help starting on some summer art projects, we have a great selection of How to Draw books.

The Medieval World

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Treasures of Heaven: Saints, Relics and Devotion in Medieval Europe is a new British Museum exhibit that runs through Oct. 9th. It is a collection of incredible objects, many rarely on public view, from the Vatican, British Museum, European churches and museums.

The practice of using devotional objects or relics purportedly from saints for worship became popular during the Middle Ages. Fragments of the True Cross, the St Baudime Reliquary and the Mandylion of Edessa are just a few of the opulent treasures that will be on display.

To celebrate the opening a list was created to highlight related items in the library's catalog. Take a look and enjoy this fascinating time: The Medieval World!

Artist Discussion: The Creation of Amococo With Representatives From Architects of Air

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Amococo is an enchanting luminarium maze of winding paths filled with radiant light and color. Linking 86 three-sided domes in a monumental labyrinth, designer Alan Parkinson creates an architectural marvel in which visitors are encouraged to wander, relax, meditate and enjoy the magical ambiance of Amococo. The exhibit will make its Ann Arbor debut on Palmer Field near Top of the Park during the Ann Arbor Summer Festival.

Architects of Air, creator of the luminarium, is a British company renowned for their inflatable, walk-in sculptures. Learn about the design, fabrication and installation process of this exhibit from the Architects of Air exhibition manager, James Stephenson.

From the Guggenheim in Spain to the Sydney Opera House in Australia, the enormous, interactive sculptures of the UK's Architects of Air have astounded audiences across the globe - here's your chance to learn more about it before or after your own local tour!

Saturday June 25, 2011: 10:00 am to 11:00 am -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

Take Part in Art -- The Art of Words

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Did you think you had to write a novel to make art with words? Think again! From calligraphy to graffiti, people all over the world have figured out ways to make art from letters and words. You can come down to the youth art table to have fun making art from words with us, or you can join in at home:

Kids:
Silent Music: A Story of Baghdad – A young boy finds shelter from the chaos of war in the act of creating calligraphy.
My First book of Chinese Calligraphy
Calligraphy for Kids
Here are some ideas for word art activities for kids.

Teens:
Stencil Graffiti by Tristan Manco will give you tips to create your own hip stencil graffiti.
The Graffiti Verite DVD series explores the culture, history and techniques of graffiti art.

We have plenty of books for grown-ups, too!

To hone your technique, try:
Chinese Calligraphy Made Easy by Rebecca Yue.
Zen Brushwork by Tanchu Terayama.
All About Techniques in Calligraphy
To learn more about the history of calligraphy in the Islamic world, read:
Islamic Calligraphy by Shiela Blair.

National Library Week Event: Kids! Submit Your Art for Jurying for the 2011 Kids Art Fair

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Calling all young artists: The Kid's Art Fair is Back!! The Ann Arbor Street Art Fair will be accepting artwork from young artists in 1st - 8th grade to be juried for the 2011 Kids' Art Fair. The Kids' Art Fair provides young artists from Washtenaw County with the unique opportunity to learn how to showcase and sell their original artwork in an art fair setting - just like a professional!

Interested young artists should arrive with samples of their work and be prepared to talk to judges. You need to attend only one of these two sessions - - Wednesday, April 13 from 5 pm to 8 pm, or Sunday, April 17 from 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm. Please arrive at least an hour before the session closes to make sure you have time to show and discuss your art work with each Juror.

Wednesday April 13, 2011: 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm & Sunday April 17, 2011: 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

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