Changing Exhibits


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A Walk in the Park: Jackson’s Green Spaces
July 16–September 10

Inspired by the centennial anniversary of the National Parks Service, A Walk in the Park: Jackson’s Green Spaces celebrates the county’s  local parks and recreation areas. Photographs, and objects from the museum’s collection will highlight well-known parks and recreation areas in the area.

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2016 Statewide Fine Art Competition
July 2–September 25

The 2016 Statewide Fine Art Competition represents 38 regional artists, and features over 50 works in photography, painting, sculpture, textile, and other mediums. The exhibit was juried by Bill Hosterman of Grand Valley State University. Best of Show, Exceptional Merit, Merit, and 3D Awards were awarded at the opening reception, Saturday July 2, 2-4 p.m.

Awards and the opening reception have been generously sponsored by the Friends of the Museum organization.

Visitors to the exhibition will help select a People’s Choice Award Winner. When you visit, be sure to pick up a ballot from the front desk, and after you’ve viewed the works, select your favorite!

Congratulations to award winners and all the artists selected for the 2016 Statewide Fine Art Competition! 

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Accumulated History: Recent donations to the Ella Sharp Museum permanent collection
May 7–September 10

The Ella Sharp Museum collects to preserve the history and culture of the Jackson area. This summer some of the most recent donations to the collection will be highlighted in the Pyron Gallery. Enjoy learning the stories behind the objects and become more familiar with the museum’s collecting process.

Semi-Permanent Exhibits

Andrews Banner, Spring 2016Springtime is a season of rebirth, change, and growth. This year, the Andrews Gallery of Wildlife Art celebrates its 10 year anniversary. To celebrate the spring season and this milestone, the gallery is going through its own period of change. Many of the pieces in the gallery have been selected to represent the season and its changes.Also notice the cosmetic updates, including a new color scheme and artwork labels.

Keep your eyes open for other additions throughout 2016!

The Andrews Gallery of Wildlife Art features 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.

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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!

Lynne A. Loftis Jackson History Gallery

SalveValeTake a walk through the distant and recent past in this exhibition focused on the history of the Jackson, MI area. Settlement, industry, and society are examined through artifacts from the Museum’s permanent collection.

Tiffany stained glass panels, a restored 1916 Marion-Handley automobile, and a Michigan State Prison woven coverlet are just a few of the items on display in this gallery.

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!


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