Current Exhibits


Roots, Knots & Burls

In the mid-1980s, Charles Medlar began gardening. When some of the trees and shrubs on his property died, he kept pieces, hoping to someday find another use for the roots and branches. One day, he had the idea to create “root people” and a new hobby was formed. Over the years, Medlar has tried carving with a variety of...

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From Kitchen Floors to Gallery Walls: Introducing the Linocut

Linocut is a relief print-making technique in which the artist carves a design into linoleum, inks the surface, and then presses the image onto paper or fabric. This exhibit features the work of Laura DeLind. Her prints explore themes of spontaneity, honesty, and boldness using elements of negative space, strong composition, and imagination. Laura has been cutting and hand-printing linocuts...

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Jackson & The Great War

Although central Michigan was thousands of miles from the battlefields of Europe, the people of Jackson played an important role in World War I. Jackson residents fought in the armed forces, and Jackson-area manufacturers contributed mightily to the war effort. Join us for an exhibition highlighting World War I artifacts from the museum’s permanent collection. "Jackson & the Great...

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Home is Where the Senses Are: a House Full of Memories

Families can maintain connections with loved ones experiencing Dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, or Memory Loss associated with aging through storytelling, reminiscing, and engaging the five senses. Home is where the Senses are tells the story behind a miniature house in the museum’s permanent collection while exploring how memory is uniquely tied to the five senses.

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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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2018/19 Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition

"Stacked Series" features twelve sculptures by artist, Ken Thompson The ideas for this exhibit must have started sixty-some years ago with me as a toddler sitting on the floor ‘stacking’ blocks.  I have always had a fascination with buildings and bridges, as well as, the columns, posts, beams and arches that support them. I come to this...

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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. Currently, the Andrews Gallery highlights the artwork and career of Bart Walter. A full-time sculptor for three decades, Bart Walter is...

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Never Enough Time Gallery

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...

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