Ann Arbor Art Center opens new street-level gallery

the Ann Arbor Center for the Arts (A2AC) asks art lovers to save the May 27 date for the opening reception of the downtown’s new 1,200-square-foot ground-floor gallery and renovated studios at 117 W. Liberty St. downtown. city ​​of Ann Arbor.

“We have a very long history of presenting exhibitions dating back to 1908, but this is really important to us,” says Ashley Miller, Gallery Director of A2AC. “Having this new open space at street level, facing forward, increases the chances of passers-by seeing that we have exhibits.”

Previously, visitors had to enter through A2AC’s shop and then go upstairs to see most of the center’s in-house shows. When people approach the doors of the new gallery, Miller says they can expect to see “a taller, more inviting space” through the huge windows in the front.

A2AC is developing a program for the new gallery that is centered on inclusivity and bringing in new audiences. The goal is to create a space where people from different communities in the region can feel comfortable coming in, engaging in the art, and sharing their thoughts.

“We hope that when people walk in, they’ll see familiar works by local artists, but we also hope to bring in a range of different voices, not just from the region, but from across the country,” Miller said. “Each exhibition will also have different opportunities for audience participation to add to the impact.”

Currently there is a open call for artist applications at “Sharing Space”, the inaugural exhibition of the 2022 season at Galerie A2AC. “Sharing Space” runs from May 20 to July 8. The show will explore the possibilities of engaging with others and our lived environments by addressing intimacy, distance, connection and comfort.

“I’m really excited for the opportunities that might arise bringing in some really new voices that we haven’t featured in A2AC,” Miller said. “We really see this year as a year of experimentation, so I hope a lot of people will let me know their ideas.”

Jaishree Drepaul-Bruder is a freelance writer and editor currently based in Ann Arbor. She can be reached at [email protected].

Photos courtesy of A2AC.