2017 AIA Honors Award Exhibit

Now through June 14, 2017 -- Malletts Creek Branch: Exhibits

The 2017 AIA Honor Awards exhibit consists of twenty-five projects displayed on photo panels, designed by registered Architects practicing in the Huron Valley Chapter area (Jackson, Lenawee, Livingston, Monroe, and Washtenaw Counties) that were submitted to an independent jury for consideration. Five of the projects were selected by the jury to receive a merit-based Honor Award for the demonstration of skill and sensitivity in the resolution of aesthetic, functional, and technical requirements, and/or the advancement of the contemporary understanding of architecture.

The goal of the Honor Awards Program is to enhance public awareness of architecture through the advocacy of quality design and to recognize excellence and leadership of architects in the Huron Valley area.

Saline Painters Guild Fall Exhibit

Now through December 14, 2017 -- Malletts Creek Branch: Exhibits

Saline Painters Guild is a group of painters who work in water, oil and acrylic media. The group’s mission is to encourage creative expression and camaraderie among painters; conduct demonstrations, critiques and workshops; and promote awareness of fine art through juried and non-juried exhibitions.

Ann Arbor Public Schools 2017 Student Art Exhibit

Now through May 28, 2017 -- Downtown Library: 3rd Floor Exhibit and Downtown Library: Lower Level Display Cases and Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room Exhibit

Each year Ann Arbor Public Schools showcases the work and developing artistic talents of their students.

Two-dimensional and three-dimensional art of various media will be on display. Come enjoy the wonderfully creative projects of the students of the kindergarten through fifth grade art classes.

The artwork is located all over the building - including in the youth department!

African American Cultural & Historical Museum of Washtenaw County Living Oral History

Now through April 27, 2017 -- Malletts Creek Branch: Exhibits

Find out more about our community’s history as the African American Cultural & Historical Museum of Washtenaw County unveils their “Living History” exhibit.

This panel exhibition is part of a collaboration with the Ann Arbor District Library and the Living Oral History Project, a collection of interviews illustrating what local African-Americans witnessed, experienced, and contributed to building the community we share today.

The project covered such topics as race; gender; education; equality, faith, housing, employment, community building activities, and social infrastructure. Each topic provided a spectrum of perspectives relevant to the issues and concerns of the African-American community in the history of 20th century Washtenaw County.

The panel exhibit, made possible with funding from The Michigan Humanities Council, features a selection of AACHM participants from the AACHM Living Oral History interviews along with additional interviews that will include residents from Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti.

A public reception for the exhibit opening will take place from 3–5 pm on Sunday, March 26. The reception will also be an opportunity for a participatory experience for visitors through examination of the exhibit and sharing stories. The event includes refreshments and is cosponsored by the African American Cultural & Historical Museum of Washtenaw County.

Atmospheric: Oil and Mixed Media Paintings by Cathy Jacobs

Now through April 13, 2017 -- Downtown Library: 3rd Floor Exhibit

Artist Cathy Jacobs presents ten oil and mixed media paintings that focus on the atmospheric qualities of landscape.

The idea for these paintings came from a newspaper photo of a forest fire in the Andes Mountains of Chile. Cathy was drawn by the beauty of the billowing clouds of smoke encroaching upon a quiet row of houses. The picture seemed to be a metaphor for how fragile her calm, personal world is in the chaotic world that is happening around her.

Although the resulting paintings could be called landscapes, they are much more about the air and atmosphere that hovers over the land: clouds, smoke, steam, and rain.

Cathy’s personal art practice has evolved from painting 2-dimensional canvases to weaving 3-dimensional pieces with linen. The paintings in this exhibition are illusionistic and expressive interpretations of atmosphere. She continues to search for atmospheric and ethereal qualities in all of her work. Examples of her paintings and woven artworks can be found at www.cathyjacobs.com.

Cathy Jacobs studied painting at Wayne State University in Detroit, and has a Master of Fine Arts degree from Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Michigan. She has exhibited her artwork in the United States and Canada, most notably at SOFA Expo in Chicago, ArtPrize in Grand Rapids, and the Architectural Digest Design Show in New York City. Her woven artwork is represented at Next Step Studio and Gallery in Ferndale, Michigan and the State of the Arts Gallery in Sarasota, Florida. Her art studio is at Ypsi Alloy Studios in Ypsilanti, Michigan.

A Walk In the World: Pathways of Artistic Expression in the Waldorf Curriculum from Early Childhood to Grade 12

Now through April 13, 2017 -- Downtown Library: Lower Level Display Cases and Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room Exhibit

This exhibit provides a glimpse of the rich and varied artwork created at the Rudolf Steiner School of Ann Arbor.

In Waldorf Education the arts are an essential part of an interdisciplinary curriculum. Students work with a wide range of media and are given ample time to bring character to their art.

This year the artwork featured in the lower level showcases includes a display of puppetry arts. The puppet shows performed in the vibrant Early Childhood program at the Rudolf Steiner School of Ann Arbor are a magical and soothing way to bring stories to life for young children. Puppets are all handcrafted by the Early Childhood teachers, who also carefully select stories that are developmentally appropriate and culturally diverse.

Real and Surreal: Art Teachers As Artists

Now through March 16, 2017 -- Malletts Creek Branch: Exhibits

Ann Arbor Art Teachers, current and retired, present their annual group show. The work takes many directions, from large luminous surreal spaces to plein air views--locally and beyond--to intimate and delicate still lifes.

We invite you engage with and enjoy the approximately twenty-five 2-D works in paint and pencil, photos and mixed media in this eclectic exhibit.

Rotary Club of Ann Arbor: Celebrating 100 Years

Now through February 27, 2017 -- Downtown Library: Lower Level Display Cases

The Rotary Club of Ann Arbor invites you to celebrate their 100th anniversary through this Downtown Library exhibit.

Founded in 1916, the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor (RCAA) has played a significant role in the life and activities of Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County, and the world. Often identified as a town and gown club, the original group of 15 Charter members was comprised of citizens from the town and the University of Michigan. Currently, RCAA has 320 members, the largest Rotary Club in the state of Michigan. This current exhibit showcases its activities over the years, its growth of programs and membership, and highlights the universal access playground to be built in Gallup Park in 2017—a gift to the city of Ann Arbor in honor of RCAA’s 100-year celebration.

Coloring with the Masters: Quilts Based on Selected Artists' Work, Aussome Study Group

Now through February 27, 2017 -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room Exhibit

This Aussome Study Group exhibit, Coloring With the Masters, consists of forty-five quilts based on work by the artists Mary Ann Beckwith, Robbie Loudermilk, Peter Max, George Rodrigue, Dr. Seuss, Tiffany, and Ugo Nespolo.

The Aussome Study Group (ASG) was formed in 2005 by art quilters who were participating in a special Michigan Quilt Artist Invitational project. The group met monthly to provide feedback, help in problem solving, and critique during the design and work phases of the project. The group continued to meet after the Invitational to support and challenge each other.

2017 AIA Honors Award Exhibit

Now through February 27, 2017 -- Downtown Library: 3rd Floor Exhibit

The 2017 AIA Honor Awards exhibit consists of twenty-five projects displayed on photo panels, designed by registered Architects practicing in the Huron Valley Chapter area (Jackson, Lenawee, Livingston, Monroe, and Washtenaw Counties) that were submitted to an independent jury for consideration. Five of the projects were selected by the jury to receive a merit-based Honor Award for the demonstration of skill and sensitivity in the resolution of aesthetic, functional, and technical requirements, and/or the advancement of the contemporary understanding of architecture.

The goal of the Honor Awards Program is to enhance public awareness of architecture through the advocacy of quality design and to recognize excellence and leadership of architects in the Huron Valley area.

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