EXHIBITS

Changing Exhibits

 

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Beginning January 30th 2016, Ella Sharp Museum will host The Art of the Brick®, an exhibition featuring large scale sculptures created out of iconic LEGO® bricks by New York based  artist Nathan Sawaya. The Art of the Brick is one of the largest and most popular art exhibits touring the globe. “This year alone, we’ve visited Australia, South Africa and Italy,” said Sawaya. “We are thrilled to be bringing this collection to Jackson.”

Like most young kids, Sawaya started playing with LEGO at a young age. But unlike most kids, Sawaya never stopped building, creating and exploring his own imagination. The result has solidified his place in pop culture history and he is making an indelible mark on the art world as well. The award winning artist has catapulted the iconic LEGO brick into an art medium all its own, transforming this construction toy into awe inspiring and thought provoking sculptures. The centerpiece of Sawaya’s collection of sculptures, as well as arguably his most famous piece of artwork, is entitled Yellow, a LEGO torso of a man ripping open his chest while yellow plastic bricks cascade out of the open chest cavity. Sawaya has made a name for himself by creating out of LEGO exacting replicas of the human form in various states of emotion, including ganger, love, depression and joy.

“I use LEGO bricks as my medium because I enjoy seeing people’s reactions to artwork created from something with which they are familiar. Everyone can relate to it since it is a toy that many children have at home. I want to elevate this simple plaything to a place that it has never been before. I also appreciate the cleanliness of the medium. The right angles. The distinct lines. As so often in life, it is a matter of perspective. Up close, the shape of the brick is distinctive. But from a distance, those right angles and distinct lines change to curves,” Sawaya said. The Art of the Brick will be on view at the Ella Sharp Museum, January 30th– April 22nd, 2016.

Art of the Brick® Member Ticket Allowance

Membership Level                  Ticket Allowance
Student/Teacher………………………………1
Individual ……………………………………….1
Dual.. ……………………………………………2
Family……………………………………………4
Sustainer………………………………………..6
Investor………………………………………….8
Benefactor……………………………………..10
Steward…………………………………………12
Life………………………………………………25

 

Semi-Permanent Exhibits

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

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 a variety of artwork of animals in their winter surroundings. The gallery includes 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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Clocks from the Collection of James A. Keersmaekers, Souvenir Glassware
Never Enough Time Gallery
NOW-October

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!

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Jackson History
Lynne A. Loftis Jackson History Gallery
Ongoing

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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