Ann Arbor Women Artists Fall 2017 Juried Exhibition

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

Ann Arbor Women Artists present their Fall 2017 Juried Exhibition. The public is invited to attend the artists' reception on Friday, October 20, 2017, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM. At 7:00 PM, juror, B. B. Winslow, will give a talk and present the awards.

Ann Arbor Women Artists is a non-profit organization open to all visual artists 18 and older that has approximately 330+ members with connections to Ann Arbor, Michigan, 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.

Run as a volunteer organization, members exhibit their work in several different juried and non-juried exhibition spaces throughout the year. The organization also offers workshops and monthly events, including presentations by artists and others in the art field who speak on a wide variety of topics. Additional creative opportunities include plein air sessions, life drawing studios, holiday art & craft shows, and many social events.

MiASLA 2017 Landscape Architecture Design Awards Exhibit

Now through October 26, 2017 -- Malletts Creek Branch: Exhibits

Photo and Text Panels

Each year, the Michigan Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (MiASLA) honors the best in landscape architecture in Michigan. MiASLA is excited to showcase entries to their 32nd annual design awards program at the Mallets Creek Branch. The exhibit features projects from around the state including built projects and planning and research documents. Projects will be judged by the Kentucky Chapter of ASLA and winning projects will be awarded at the MiASLA Annual Meeting at the Gem Theatre in Detroit on September 28, 2017.

Landscape architects analyze, plan, design, and manage built and natural environments. They design parks, campuses, streetscapes, trails, plazas, and other projects that help define communities, and provide beautiful, functional, and sustainable spaces. Interested in learning more about landscape architecture? Visit

Creating With Clay

Now through October 12, 2017 -- Downtown Library: Lower Level Display Cases

Ceramics: Clay-Art-Friends Group

This ceramic exhibit is the third annual show by the Clay-Art-Friends at AADL. The participating artists this year are: Nancy Bulkley, Jeanine Center, Betty Locey, Caron Valentine-Marsh, Jessica Krivan, and Lineke Zuiderweg.

Once one learns to create with clay, if it is on the potter's wheel or hand building, it almost becomes an addiction. One can make decorative or functional ceramics, play with colors or draw on them. The creativity never ends. After the glazed pieces come out of the kiln, it is always a surprise to see the results.

Most of the work in this exhibit is done by hand building: using fresh rolled out, coiled, extruded or leather hard clay to create shapes and objects which never could be made on a potter's wheel. Examples of all kinds of hand building techniques, which illustrate the process, will be on display in this exhibit.

2017 Kerrytown BookFest Library Exhibit

Now through October 12, 2017 -- Downtown Library: 3rd Floor Exhibit

Covers and Posters: Kerrytown BookFest

The annual Kerrytown BookFest exhibit this year celebrates the 10th annual Book Cover Design contest for high school students. The contest, open to all Michigan High School students, asked the students to re-imagine a cover for a chosen book and give a visual interpretation to the written word. This year’s book is Last Seen Leaving, a young adult novel by Caleb Roehrig. The novel is set in Ann Arbor.

Members of this year’s judging panel will announce the first, second and third place winners at the annual Library Reception on the Third Floor of the Downtown Library on Friday, September 8 at 7 p.m.

This year’s judges were author Caleb Roehrig; Cover designer and writer Molly McCaffery, and children’s book expert Jackie LaRose. The judges evaluated the work submitted from schools in Flint, Kensington Woods, Hillsdale and St. Clair Shores. The finalists were chosen on the basis of originality, execution, and understanding and application of the subject matter.

The finalists are:
Ashley Abel, 12th Grade, Genesee Career Institute, Flint
Brandon DeMond, 11th Grade, Lakeview High School
Alexis Higgins, 12th Grade, Hillsdale High School
Sydney Jones, 11th Grade, Kensington Woods
Autumn Stoddard, 12th Grade, Genessee Career Institute, Flint

To celebrate the 15th Anniversary of the BookFest, this year’s exhibit includes original framed posters from each year of the Festival. Many of these posters were hand letterpress printed and are works of art in themselves. Artists include Tom Hollander (2003), Jim Horton (2007, 2009, 2011), Nicole Ray (2017), Pati Scobey (2006) and Darcy Bowden (2004).

Resettlement Through The Eyes of Refugees

Now through October 12, 2017 -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room Exhibit

Photographs with Text: Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw County

"Photovoice” is the process of putting cameras in the hands of traditionally marginalized community members to allow them to record, reflect on, and share their community’s strengths and concerns. Photovoice participants have the opportunity to capture their current experiences through pictures, with the goal of sparking dialogue and action related to the themes depicted in the photos.

In the fall of 2016, a group of refugees from Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Sudan, and Iran met weekly with a facilitator and translators to engage in a Photovoice project at Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw County. Together they learned about the Photovoice method and about composing photographs, issues of ethics and safety, and visual storytelling. They were then given digital cameras.

Guided by prompts such as “When I first arrived in the U.S…”, “What is most challenging about living here?” “What makes you feel welcome?” and “What does ‘home’ mean?” they were asked to photograph moments in their daily lives that had meaning for them as they worked to make a new home in the Ann Arbor area.

The resulting exhibit consists of 26 insightful photos-with-narratives that will illuminate the experience of adjusting to life in a new land. As you view this Photovoice exhibit, we hope that you will consider what it means to be a newcomer and what role you can play in sharing our community with recently resettled refugees.

Viewpoints: Photographs by Gwendolyn Roth

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

Uncovering our world's unfound joy and beauty fuels my passion for photography. Photography caught my heart when I since received my very first point and shoot camera on my twelfth birthday, back in the days of film. I embraced the enlightening transition from film to digital and have not looked back since making the leap. A strong family art background, a BLA degree from Michigan State University, and a lifetime of experience have built the foundation upon which my artistry rests. I devote my free time to photography whenever I can.

Viewpoints is a collection of images for solo exhibition that showcases a transformative adventure that uplifts, encourages, or surprises the viewer and promotes a peaceful atmosphere. The exhibition is arranged in a series of smaller grouped themes which, when taken as a whole, presents our little world in a rejuvenating light. Each piece represents who I am, where I've been, and what inspires me, communicated by an honest, up close and personal photographic style. The common thread connecting the images is a restorative viewpoint of the world, no matter how big or small that world is.

AADL Staff Art & Craft Exhibit

Now through August 31, 2017 -- Downtown Library: Lower Level Display Cases

AADL is excited for the opportunity to once again highlight the creative talents of our diversely talented staff with this all-media exhibition of one-of-a-kind handmade works.

Transformation: Mixed Media by Rich Moizio

Now through August 31, 2017 -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room Exhibit

Rich Moizio sees the world in its most basic elements and also experiences music in a very visual way.

Rhythm resembles pattern, shape, movement, and can create space and tension while pitch can be seen as relating color, value, and line. This is how he observes, breaks down, understands and digests music of all kinds.

The main focus of his work is to transform and transfer aural ideas inspired from music to the visual domain by using the simplest of geometric forms, space, and color. He also likes to work with basic materials such as wood, water-based paints, dyes, and wire. Compositions are loosely based on the grid as a jumping off point, since music is based on the staff.

View Points

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

Paintings in various media from the UM Faculty Women’s Club Painting Section

This fifth annual exhibition at the Mallets Creek Library features paintings from the Painting Section members of the University of Michigan’s Faculty Women’s Club, covering a large variety of styles and media. Each artist represents her own unique “View Point” on what she sees in the world.

The group started in 1929, creating award winning pieces. 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, and libraries.

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

Silver Club Member Summer Exhibit 2017

Now through July 13, 2017 -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room Exhibit

Mixed Media from The Silver Club

These original pieces of artwork were created by men and women living well with memory loss who participate in the Michigan Medicine UM Geriatrics Silver Club programs. The mission of the Silver Club programs is to build a community where people with memory loss make friends, share joys and fears, be creative, and have fun through meaningful adult-focused engaging activities.

The exhibition consists of over 30 original art pieces that include watercolor and acrylic painting, collage, mixed media photography.

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