Past Exhibits


100x100 | 100 Sculptors, 100 Sculptures: A Survey of Contemporary Sculpture from the Midwest

"100 x 100 is the third installment of a thirty-year project for me in which I try to take a comprehensive look at sculpture being made at this time in the Midwest. The premise for this exhibit: It is to seek out a diverse group of 100 sculptors that represent as many approaches to sculpture as possible." -Ken Thompson, Curator Please join us...

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A Walk in the Park: Jackson’s Green Spaces

Inspired by the centennial anniversary of the National Parks Service, A Walk in the Park: Jackson’s Green Spaces celebrates the county’s  local parks and recreation areas. Photographs, and objects from the museum’s collection will highlight well-known parks and recreation areas in the area.

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Luminous Vessels: Works by David Huang

David Huang's hammered metal vessels concentrate on form, color, and texture. He strives to create works that beg to be held and glow with and inner light. In short, Huang's vessels are about things he treasures; the natural, sensual world, skilled labor, timeless beauty, and the inner spirit made visible. The exhibit will be on display from October 22, 2016-January 28, 2017.

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Art à Loan

Entering its 10th year, the Art à Loan program is designed to encourage young artists to share their talents with the Jackson community. Artworks from students in Kindergarten through 12th grade were selected by a committee to be professionally framed and displayed at the Museum. Following the exhibit, the artworks are rented and displayed in public locations around Jackson County for...

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Jackson Civic Art Association Biennial Exhibition

The Jackson Civic Art Association (JCAA) has served the Jackson area since its founding in 1947. It is dedicated to promoting the appreciation and creation of fine art. The 10th Biennial Juried Exhibition will take place from October 1-November 5, 2016 and features work by members of JCAA.

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Accumulated History: Recent donations to the Ella Sharp Museum permanent collection

The Ella Sharp Museum collects to preserve the history and culture of the Jackson area. This summer some of the most recent donations to the collection will be highlighted in the Pyron Gallery. Enjoy learning the stories behind the objects and become more familiar with the museum’s collecting process.

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Statewide Fine Art Competition

The 2016 Statewide Fine Art Competition represents 38 regional artists, and features over 50 works in photography, painting, sculpture, textile, and other mediums. The exhibit was juried by Bill Hosterman of Grand Valley State University. Best of Show, Exceptional Merit, Merit, and 3D Awards were awarded at the opening reception, Saturday July 2, 2-4 p.m.Awards and the opening reception...

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Behold Revelation: The Fairy Tale Paintings of Katherine Ace

Featuring the conceptual, figurative and still-life paintings of Katharine Ace. Working in oil on canvas, Katharine Ace’s paintings have a magical quality and are intended to transport us to hidden places within ourselves. Dreamlike; her works often allude to stories or myths.

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Art of the Brick

Nathan Sawaya is a New York-based artist who creates awe-inspiring works of art out of some of the most unlikely things. His recent global museum exhibitions feature large-scale sculptures using only toy building blocks, LEGO® bricks to be exact. The Art of the Brick  will be on display at the Ella Sharp Museum beginning January 30, 2016. This award-winning exhibition created...

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An Eagle’s Eye Perspective of Jackson County

This exhibit will celebrate Dale Fisher’s latest book: “Jackson County: Visions of the Eagle.” Many photographs in this exhibit were taken from Dale’s helicopter. “Although the images in the book are beautiful, when the photographs are enlarged and framed they are spectacular!” states Fisher. In a career that has spanned more than half a century, Dale Fisher has...

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Michigan Water Color Association 2016 Juried Exhibition

The Michigan Water Color Association will host their 2016 juried exhibition at the Ella Sharp Museum. The exhibit will feature an incredible variety of water-based paintings from top Michigan artists.

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