Changing Exhibits

Form & Function: Collecting the Mid-Century Modern

Hurst Gallery 

October 31- January 20, 2016

This exhibition highlights select pieces from a private collector and the Ella Sharp Museum. It features furniture, textiles and other accessories by famous designers such as George Nelson, Harry Bertoia, the Eames, Eva Zeisel and many others who shaped the mid-century modern era.

MCM-Green Chairs



Behold Revelation: The Fairy Tale Paintings of Katherine Ace
Emmet Gallery

Featuring the conceptual figurative and still-life paintings of Katherine Ace.  Working in oil on Canvas, her paintings have a magical quality and are intended to transport us to hidden places within ourselves. Dreamlike; her works often allude to stories or myths.frog_king


Modern American Prints from the Albion College Collection
Pyron Gallery
November 7- January 13, 2016

Select works from the Albion College Art Collection, this exhibit will include prints form artists Grant Wood, Childe Hassam and other leading artists working between the years 1900-1950.

ModAmerPrints - Cover

MareAn Flanders
Director’s Corner Gallery

MareAn is a long-time Jackson artist. She has been involved in the Jackson Civic Art association and has shown her work at the Ella Sharp Museum and many other invitational exhibitions. An award winning artist, MareAn has worked in a variety of media and in recent years her work has been influenced by her travels in the American Southwest.


Semi-Permanent Exhibits

Hibernate, Migrate, Adapt: Animals in Winter
Andrews Gallery of Wildlife Art

The months leading up to winter are a time for animals to prepare for the colder weather and shorter daylight hours. Many animals migrate, some hibernate, and others simply adapt to their changed surroundings.

The Andrews Gallery of Wildlife Art now features animal pairs, represented in a variety of mediums including paintings, wood carvings, taxidermy mounts, bronze sculptures and prints. The artworks are from the collection of Andy and Sandy Andrews, longtime residents of Jackson and and lifetime lovers of art.


Clocks from the Collection of James A. Keersmaekers, Souvenir Glassware
Never Enough Time Gallery

Featured in the Never Enough Time Gallery are clocks from the collection of James A. Keersmaekers & Souvenir Glassware from local collectors as well as the Ella Sharp Museum permanent collection.

Allen Spiess Jr, a local collector, provided funds to construct and furnish the Never Enough Time gallery space. Al is pleased to have the Ella in the Jackson community so that visitors can enjoy his collections and the collections of others. He hopes this will inspire others to donate or lend to their collections to the Ella Sharp Museum for all to enjoy!



Jackson History
Lynne A. Loftis Jackson History Gallery

Two Tiffany stained glass panels welcome you to a sweeping look at the history of the Jackson area through the Museum’s collection of objects, photographs, and documents. The resolution table used during the 1854 founding of the Republican Party “Under the Oaks,” a restored 1916 Marion-Handley automobile, and a Michigan State Prison woven coverlet are just a few objects from the Museum’s collection.

From the pre-historic jawbone of an area Mastodon through early artifacts from the Jacksonburgh settlement, through the Civil and World Wars, into the age “the world takes what Jackson makes!” to the recent past – this chronological exhibition of Jackson’s story takes up residence in one of the Museum’s new galleries. And don’t miss the special “kid’s eye view” of growing up in Jackson throughout the past 175 years.

Just as the definition of Jackson History is forever changing, so is this gallery because there are so many stories to tell, so many objects to show and the future past to incorporate too!

Take a walk through the distant and recent past in this exhibition of earlier Jackson. Settlement, industry, and society are examined through artifacts from the Museum collection.

From the Collection: Filling the Gap of the 20th Century

The Museum Collections and Exhibits Department is charged with the collecting, care, and keeping of the thousands of objects in Museum storage and on exhibit. These items range from the large (historic buildings, the Marion-Handley automobile) to the tiny (buttons, military medals), fragile (Ella’s 1881 wedding dress) to the awkward (canoes). In the past months, the C&E department has been diligently working on moving the collections into the new storage areas created as a result of the capital campaign. “It’s been a huge task,” says Jim Zuleski, former Director of C&E, “But an extremely rewarding task as it has allowed us to see where the ‘gaps’ in our collection are.” Zuleski notes that while the mid-late 19th century is well represented (with minor gaps), the 20th century has some serious voids—a common problem with a century so recently experienced. Want to add to the Museum collection? Contact the Collections and Exhibits Department at the Museum at (517) 787-2320.

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