Current Exhibits


"Didn't I Have a Good Time" -Young Victorian Life through the Eyes of Tracy Merriman

This exhibit brings to life the diary of Tracy Merriman, Ella Sharp’s younger brother. From 1876 until 1879, Tracy recorded his thoughts in a simple notebook. Tracy’s descriptions of family time, everyday chores, traveling, social gatherings, and drama in romantic relationships will be illuminated through 19th-century objects and photographs. Visitors will get a glimpse into the days of a young...

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Lynne A. Loftis Jackson History Gallery

​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 Spartan radios, corsets, to automobiles. There's much t...

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Intricate Beauty: The Paintings of Craig Cossey

Craig Cossey paints ordinary items in great detail and intensity. His paintings are layered with intricate and colorful abstractions, and his work reveals the aging of objects with textures that are vivid and complex. Cossey’s paintings allow us the opportunity to slow down and value the simple beauty that life and change provides. Gallery Talk with the Artist...

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A Wild Life: Works by Pauline Pierce-Harmon

"I have a deep love of nature and a passion for animals. Wild, remote places and the beautiful creatures that inhabit them have always drawn me to them. It was only natural therefore, when I really began to paint in earnest, that I paint what I love. I cannot imagine a world without animals but unfortunately we are ever encroaching...

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Charting the Wolverine: Works by Elaine Wilson

A series of prints created to map the Wolverine train from Ann Arbor to Battle Creek and on to Chicago. It is inspired by a 17th Century scroll map from Japan, the artist’s research into historical maps and atlases of Michigan, as well as her love of riding the train. In an age of GPS and Google Maps, this...

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Midwest Sculpture Initiative Art on Display

New outdoor sculptures are on display on the grounds of the Ella Sharp Museum, thanks to the Dawn Foods Foundation, sponsors of this community art.

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Andrews Gallery of Wildlife Art

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.  Now celebrating its 10th year, the Andrews Gallery is featuring decorative and working decoys, many which have never been shown...

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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...

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