Past Exhibits


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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Works of Art from the Prison Creative Arts Project

Opening February 11, Works of Art from the Prison Creative Arts Project will be in the Pyron Gallery till May 27. Featuring a selection of prints from 20 years of the Annual Exhibition of Art by Michigan Prisoners, an exhibit organized through the Prison Creative Arts Project.  Join us March 9 at 6:30 p.m. for a conversation with community leaders as they discuss...

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SONS: Seeing the Modern African American Male

How would the Black American male be best described? If the images currently flooding popular media were relied upon he might be described as menacing, comical, volatile, hip, urban, oppressed, or a victim of the legacy of slavery. The image that springs to America’s collective mind when the subject of the African American male is raised is probably not...

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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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