“If the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center isn’t on your radar as a place that mounts great shows, it should be.” – Michael Hodges, Detroit News Fine Arts Writer

BBAC exhibitions are always free & open to the public, as are the opening receptions (opening night, 6-8pm).

Gallery hours: Mon-Thurs, 9a-6p & Fri-Sat, 9a-5p  (The BBAC is closed for the holidays, Dec 22-Jan 1.)

Interested in exhibiting @ the BBAC? CLICK HERE


Jun 22-Aug 23

37th Annual Michigan Fine Arts Competition / Jurors: Emily Mae Smith, Adam Henry

101 works of art by 90 artists from 60 cities in 5 states

Threshold No. 6 – Susan Aaron-Taylor

Purple Rain – Pamela Alexander

The Reckoning of Mars & Venus – Laura Atkins

(top) Cockleknocker and Wiffle of Forbidden Fruit – Daniel Atyim

Interrupted – Jill Ault

Sprung – Portrait of a Day Lily – Brenda Barnum


Hypnagogia XV – David Bartlett

Comparing Apples to Oranges – Victoria Bayagich

(top) Solarium and Vector– Justin Bean

Odd Couple – Vana Beginin

Dream 38 – Robert Beras

Let G Be the Center – Maria Bohannon

Sprouted Yellow Onion – Jean Allemeir Boot

Genetically Modified Wishes I – Gail Borowski

(top) Less and Less and Missing Pieces – Rosie Bostek

moth-eaten and torn apart – Anthony Brazeau

Sacrum – Sarah Brazeau

Spirit Brothers 2 – Alan Brown

Stepping Out  – Jan Brown

Tall black enclosure with train, reclining – Tammy Burke

GATHERING – Larry Butcher


Artist Manal Shoukair, May 13 2018 – Jeff Cancelosi

Duel – Doug Cannell

The Gift – Kip Cantrick

Counterclockwise – William Cares

Spirale – Christina Cé

Falling Up – Noa Chandler

Pungent Pearls – Ziui Chen Vance

Break Through – Colleen Christopher

A Day at the Mall with Grandpa – Winnie Chrzanowski

Woman in Raincoat – Julie Cohen

Fervent Weather Approaching – Donald Cronkhite

No. 16 (Oak Avenue) – Peter Crow

Seacrets – Ryan Dake

Ceramic and Fiber 1 – Kelley Darke

Molecule – Ronit Dayan-Vishovski

Reflector 81 –  Adrian Deva

Downriver – Adrian Dietsch

Ladder of Ascent – Autumn-Grace Dougherty

Pear – Darrel Ellis

Public Housing – Peaceful Winter Night – Robert Erlandson


(L-R) Checkmate and Green Man – Lisa Farris

Galactic Mechanisms X – Jan Filarski

Metagenome – Kristen Franyutti

(top) Contemplation and The Heart of Heavens IV – Anne Furnaris

Blackboard Jungle – Bruce Giffin

Cede the Passage – Al Hebert

Don Pablo – Diamond Hill

(top) Drive Deep the Magic Nail and Our Ancestors Guide & Protect Us – Garin Horner

New Corn – Bill Jackson

Naiad No. 4 – Meighen Jackson

Night Creatures – Melissa Jones

Interactions No. 1– Susie Karr

852 Hz – Sarah Krill

Acoma – Michael Knorr

Extraction – Dakotah Konicek

IGGYNORANSE – Kip Kowalski

(top) Hey RED and If Castles were Kings & Buildings had Wings – Nanci LaBret Einstein

(top) Paper Sashiko 8 – Stillness of Night and  Paper Shashiko 9 – Hiroko Lancour

Let It Rain – Alan Larkin

Endless Column 2 – Richard Light

(top)  Fields of Gold/Holland Bowl Mill Collaboration and Under African Skies/Holland Bowl Mill Collaboration – Steve Loar

Sitting Bull – Terry Matlen

Visit at the Old Grade, Michigan – Steve Meyer

Split Handle Vase – Robert Morris

CalamiTea – Fortress of the NRA – John Mrozik

I have a new roommate – Denise Napoli

Oil Cans – Sue O’Connor

Persimmons – Sabrina Omar

T133 – Russ Orlando


posted – Joan Painter-Jones

Waiting-1 – Stone Peng

Ra[unzel – Mark Piotrowski

Georgia O’Keeffe – Marcia Polenberg

Swoon – Carolyn Reed-Barritt

Icefjord II – Gwenn Rosseau

Alien Arch – Laura Ryan


(top) Cosmic Blast and Relic – Tom Sampson

(top) All of My Paint and Kopy Kat – Jaye Schlesinger

Oceans Within – Emily Schnellbacher

HeatherrehtaeH – Kelley Stockard

Trou Normand – Claudia Hall Stroud

Objects from Youth – Ron Teachworth

SexWork – Cynthia Thakur

The Harvest – Cody Winter

No. 2 Golf Pencil – John B Franklin






Sept 7-Oct 11

Anne Gilman: Up close / in the distance / now

I often work on paper that is larger than my body so I can sit on top of it and become immersed in its space. I rule out lines for extemporaneous writing and create confined spaces that contain layers of color, texture and tape. I use my own response to personal, political, and social concerns as the starting point for creating a mapping of information, thought, and emotion. Keywords and phrases reference ideas that emerge as I work while large expanses of texture reference an inscrutable landscape or atmosphere that I create as a safe or calm space.  – Anne Gilman, 2018

Boiling point, 2018; pencil, graphite, ink, pastel, matte medium on mulberry paper; 46″ x 27″

Part of the text, in this drawing, focuses on issues of anger and rage. Using my own experience of anger as a starting point, I was writing about the larger dangers of extreme anger and rage around us, and the need for an appropriate outlet to diffuse and address the intensity before it erupts in explosive ways.

The dividing line (detail), 2017; pencil, paint, and incised marks on paper; 109″ x 60″

This drawing was started in 2016 and was influenced by the disturbing events beginning with the attack at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando and continuing through the presidential election, its aftermath and the ongoing fallout that continues to affect how people navigate the dividing lines that run through so many layers of our culture. It is one of the darker drawings I have made with much of the work abraded and buried in graphite.

CLICK HERE to visit Anne Gilman’s website.

Dick Goody

Students of Du Truong

Oct 19-Nov 15

Catie Newell

Carl Wilson

Students of Andrea Tama

Jan 26-Mar 1

BBAC: Current Student Works Competition juried by Jim Adair

Above: Still Life with Red Cup by Patti Tapper.

For images & complete list of exhibiting artists, click here.

Mar 9-Apr 19

Leslie Masters: 50 Years of a Color Painter

Above: Color Sound  Blast by Leslie Masters

7 Artists That Make Prints

Deborah Friedman

Linda Soberman

Mary Rousseaux

Marsha Wright

Madeline Barkey

Barbara Dorchen

Christine Welch

Michael Coy: Paint

Students of Leslie Masters

Apr 27-Jun 7

The Textile Connection: A Dialogue

Members of The Textile Connection, a special interest group with a focus on historic textiles and contemporary fiber arts, are pleased to offer The Textile Connection: A Dialogue, an exhibition with related programs. The exhibition features contemporary works created in response to historic textiles as well as a variety of objects selected from members’ collections, including flat-woven fabrics, carpets and historic textile fragments, kimonos, ponchos, tunics, theatrical costumes, hats, baskets, and some related tools and materials.

The second & final gallery talk is May 24. 6-7:30p. Free & open to the public.

Ceremonial Tzute from Santa Maria de Jesús, Sacatepéquez; woven in the 1960s/70s (approximate)

Three Ancient Meteorites by Sherri Smith; weaving – strip woven with cloth & cotton yarn

Japanese Noh Theatre Robe; Japan, 1860-1880

Palepai or Ship Cloth; late-1880s/early-1900s

Charest by Lynn Bennett-Carpenter; mixed media 

Branch from the Tree of Life by Jeremy Noonan; digital collage

Destination Lisbon by Gerhardt Knodel; mixed fabrics

Ponchito; Aymara Culture, Bolivian, 1800-1850

Tiga Negeri Batik; Central Java, Indonesia, 1920s

Structural Garment #1 by Annica Cuppetelli; plastic boning

Coverlet; American, mid-1800s

Souf Kashan; Iran, 1990s


Rita Benissan

Inspired by the well-known authors Gil Scott-Heron (Comment #1) and Amiri Baraka (Who will survive in America), artist & curator Rita M. Benissan presents “Survive in America.” She brings attention to & creates discussions around how identity is expressed & the current social climate in America through her work. Will you survive?


Students of Nobuko Yamasaki