Current Exhibits


Journey: Watermedia Works by Joyce Grace

Joyce Grace works in watermedia and colored pencil, creating colorful, whimsical works on paper. Her paintings have been shown in numerous national and regional exhibitions and are featured in Northlight Books “Splash Five,” American Artist Magazine and Rockport Press “Best of Watercolor: Painting Composition.” Joyce holds a Bachelor of Science in Design from the University of Michigan and is a...

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Objective / Reflective

Objective/Reflective features the mixed media artwork of Cynthia Foley. “With pen, with scissors, I draw myself into another creature and look outward. Objects appear as in a diorama that has compressed very nearly to two dimensions. I begin each work with a specific configuration in mind, but always experience upheaval in the process as the outcome changes...

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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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"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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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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