Current Exhibits

Third Coast Conversations

Through July 7

Each of us has a story to share about water. Whether it’s fishing in your hometown, learning to swim in one of the Great Lakes, or something much more personal, sacred, or functional, we have collected stories to form an exhibit about our community’s relationship with water. Ella Sharp Museum is one of 18 organizations in the state to receive a “Third Coast Conversations” grant from the Michigan Humanities Council, helping to foster conversation about how the people of Michigan connect with water.

Side Quests: Paintings by Timothy Gaewsky

Through July 7

Timothy Gaewsky was born in Cleveland, Ohio, where he currently lives and works. He earned an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts and a BFA from The Cleveland Institute of Art. He has exhibited in many U.S. cities, including New York, Seattle, Detroit, Ann Arbor, Miami, Minneapolis, Cleveland, as well as exhibited internationally in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. His upcoming solo exhibition at the Ella Sharp Museum (Jackson, MI) opens in March 2019. His work has appeared in art and literary publications such as DIALOGIST (Vol. IV, Issue I, 2017) and Eclipse Literary Magazine (2015). He was also awarded an Individual Excellence Award grant from the Ohio Arts Council in 2015.

Living Wilderness

Through August 1

For 28 years, Walter and Myrna Berlet provided beautiful wildlife films to classrooms, television stations, and private presentations worldwide, connecting children and adults to The Living Wilderness. Experience their story in an exhibit featuring original objects, photographs, documents and film.


Andrews Gallery of Wildlife Art

Permanent Exhibit

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 lifetime lovers of art.

Lynne A. Loftis Jackson History Gallery

Permanent Exhibit

Jackson’s rich past is celebrated and explored in the Lynne A Loftis Jackson History gallery. See the start of “Jacksonopolis”, the community started in 1829. Learn about Jackson’s role in manufacturing, the railroad industry, state corrections, and the formation of the Republican party. View products that were made in our city, from Sparton radios, corsets, to automobiles. There’s much to learn about Jackson and the best place to start is here.

Never Enough Time Gallery

Permanent Exhibit

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 their collections to the Ella Sharp Museum for all to enjoy!

Future Exhibits

Things Come Apart

July 20, 2019 – January 26, 2020

Within every object, tool or device that we use there are dozens of components which work together to represent the creativity, passion and highest levels of achievement of their time. When it comes to the objects we use every day, the sum really is greater than the parts. “Things Come Apart” features captivating photographs of deconstructed devices, fascinating videos and encased disassembled objects that display the effects imagination has on technology and the evolution of design. “Things Come Apart” is an exhibition organized by Todd McLellan and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES).