Mystery Hole: Interactive Art Exhibit by Jason Shiga

Now through August 30, 2016 -- Downtown Library: 3rd Floor Exhibit

Jason Shiga, California cartoonist best known as the creator of the interactive comic Meanwhile, visited AADL in June to create his most ambitious interactive comic yet! Jason's 150+ panel installation allows you to make choices that will affect the outcome of the story. The protagonist, Jimmy, encounters a mystery hole and hears someone calling from inside. Would you choose to help or walk away? Come visit the 3rd floor gallery and explore the many story paths.

Jason is known for incorporating puzzles, mazes, mathematics, and unconventional narrative techniques into his work.

AADL 20th Anniversary Exhibit

Now through August 30, 2016 -- Downtown Library: Lower Level Display Cases

Local voters approved a millage to establish a new District Library for Ann Arbor in 1996.

Take a journey back through twenty years of the Ann Arbor District Library with this exhibit of text, panels and object highlighting the past two decades.

A lot has occurred in twenty years! State, local and national awards, new services, new technologies, new branches, author, celebrity and event highlights and more will be featured in this look at the past twenty years.

Anything Goes in A2

Now through July 28, 2016 -- Malletts Creek Branch: Exhibits

This fourth annual exhibition at the Mallets Creek Library features thirty-five square paintings from the Painting Section members of the University of Michigan’s Faculty Women’s Club (FWC) covering a large variety of styles and media.

The group started in 1929. The artists learn from each other at weekly paint gatherings in their homes. Shows of their works have been displayed for the past 45 years at venues in the greater Ann Arbor area, including art fairs, UM art galleries, banks, churches, libraries, and more.

The members of this group strive to enrich the cultural life of the Ann Arbor area by raising awareness of and encouraging active participation in the visual arts.

Mixed Media Works by Sunanda Mallick

Now through July 14, 2016 -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room Exhibit

This grouping of work presents the artist’s strength and interest in using mixed media to create both realistic and abstract paintings. There are 22 pieces in the current exhibit that include birds, flowers, still life, nature and abstract paintings. Sunanda enjoys working in both realistic and abstract arts. For realistic paintings, she uses photographs of nature’s beauty and develops them into colorful art using mixed media and texture. In her abstract paintings, she often uses geometric shapes – circles, squares, rectangles, etc., and repeats them to bring added visual interest to the work. Her abstract art is always unpredictable and challenging. According to her, every color is her favorite color and she there is no color she does not like. Sunanda enjoys experimenting with different textures in her work. For creating texture, she uses molding paste, gesso, matte media, rice paper, tissue paper, wax paper and different objects. Her favorite painting medium is acrylic.

Originally from India, Sunanda came to the US in 1970. She studied fine arts at the American Academy of Arts in Chicago and graduated with a degree in advertising design from the Center for Creative Studies in Detroit. After working in advertising for several years, she decided to pursue her love for painting starting in 2003. She is a member of VAAL (Visual Art Association of Livonia), FAF (Farmington Art Foundation) and DSWPS (Detroit Society of Women Painters & Sculptors). She had many solo shows in metro Detroit area. She had also been in many jury shows and has received many awards.

Through the Eyes of Lucy Burrows Morley: An Exhibition of Photography

Now through June 15, 2016 -- Malletts Creek Branch: Exhibits

Featuring more than 50 photographs by the Saginaw-born photographer Lucy Burrows Morley, the exhibit was organized and curated by Chris Thomson in conjunction with the Castle Museum of Saginaw County History. The images showcase Morley’s eye for composition and her ability to capture the moment. While Morley was considered an amateur, her images rivaled those of professional photographers during the early 20th century. With a Brownie camera she captured daily life as she saw it happening in the early 1900s. Technically an amateur, Morley had an impressive sense of composition and often chose to photograph her subjects from behind, as if both to leave them undisturbed and to glimpse the world as it appeared through their eyes.

The exhibit reflects Morley’s particular strengths, featuring photographs of her subjects from behind which allowed viewers to see the world as it appeared through their eyes. Her subjects included her family, her hometown of Saginaw, northern Michigan and other landscapes scenes from across the United States and Europe.

Lucy Burrows Morley (1871-1948) was a self-taught photographer who got her start in 1903, photographing her children at home in Saginaw, Michigan. The hobby was only magnified in 1908 when she traveled with her camera across Canada to Banff and Vancouver, continuing south to California and Arizona where she photographed the Redwood Forest and the Grand Canyon, respectively. She set off again in 1910, this time crossing the Atlantic by steamship, aiming her lens at points across Europe, including England, Germany, Switzerland and France, creating images at times reminiscent of the work of Jacques Henri Lartigue, who captured similar upper-class settings around that same time.

“Through the Eyes of Lucy Burrows Morley: An Exhibition of Photography” was originally organized for the Castle Museum of Saginaw County History where it was shown during the summer of 2013. It has since been shown at Interlochen Center for the Arts.

The exhibit was made possible with a generous contribution from the Morley Foundation and the Mark T. Morley Memorial Fund.

Ann Arbor Public Schools Annual Student Art Exhibit

Now through May 29, 2016 -- Downtown Library: 3rd Floor Exhibit and Downtown Library: Lower Level Display Cases and Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room Exhibit and Downtown Library: Youth Wall Exhibit

Each year the Ann Arbor Public Schools come to the Ann Arbor District Library to showcase the work of their students. Once again, the developing talents of students from across the city will be shown throughout the Library.

Both two-dimensional and three-dimensional art in many mediums will fill the display cases and cover the walls of our art display areas. Enjoy the wonderfully creative projects of the students of kindergarten through fifth grade art classes.

Ann Arbor Women Artists' 2016 Spring Exhibit

Now through April 29, 2016 -- 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 artists.

AIA 2016 Honor Awards

Now through April 14, 2016 -- Downtown Library: 3rd Floor Exhibit

As part of its commitment to advancing the contemporary understanding of architecture, the Huron Valley chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA Huron Valley) announced the recipients of its 2016 Honor Awards Program at its awards ceremony at the Bentley Historical Library on October 23, 2015.

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.

The 2016 AIA Honor Awards exhibit consists of twenty-eight 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 for consideration by an independent jury. Ten 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.

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

Now through April 14, 2016 -- 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 hand-crafted by the Early Childhood teachers, who also carefully select stories that are developmentally appropriate and culturally diverse.

Nature and Nurture: Art Teachers as Artists

Now through March 9, 2016 -- Malletts Creek Branch: Exhibits

Ann Arbor Public Schools art teachers, current and retired, present their annual Group Show. These drawings, paintings, photographs, fiber and mixed media works reflect the current passions and interests of this unique group of artists.

The variety of works should engage most viewers: from large, dreamlike luminous photographs to intimate oil paintings to watercolor portraiture you will find something to enjoy.

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