2018 Exhibits

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

Exhibit gallery hours: Mon-Thurs, 9a-6p & Fri-Sat, 9a-5p

Interested in exhibiting @ the BBAC? CLICK HERE


Jan 26-Feb 28

BBAC: Current Student Works Competition juried by Jim Adair

Above: Still Life with Red Cup by Patti Tapper.

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.

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


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; award-winners:

The Reckoning of Mars & Venus – Laura Atkins  /  $1,000 Award

Let G Be the Center – Maria Bohannon  /  $100 Blick Art Materials Award

moth-eaten and torn apart – Anthony Brazeau  /  $250 Corinne Maillard Robinson Award


Artist Manal Shoukair, May 13 2018 – Jeff Cancelosi  /  $500 Award

No. 16 (Oak Avenue) – Peter Crow  /  $100 Blick Art Materials Award

Pear – Darrel Ellis  /  $250 Award

Blackboard Jungle – Bruce Giffin  /  $250 Award

Bingo – Christina Haylett  /  $250 BBAC President’s Award

Our Ancestors Guide & Protect Us – Garin Horner  /  $2,000 Award

New Corn – Bill Jackson  /  $500 Award

Let It Rain – Alan Larkin /  $500 Award

Sitting Bull – Terry Matlen  /  $300 Blick Art Materials Award


Oil Cans – Sue O’Connor  /  $750 Award

T133 – Russ Orlando  /  $500 Kantgias Award

All of My Paint – Jaye Schlesinger  /  $250 Corinne Maillard Robinson Award

Sept 7-Oct 11

Anne Gilman: Up close / in the distance / now

CLICK HERE to read a review of Gilman’s show.

CLICK HERE to read a Sept 20 interview with Gilman on Art Spiel, a fine arts blog.

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: The Garden City

Goody is a Professor of Art & Chair of the Oakland University (OU) Department of Art & Art History. He serves as director of the OU Art Gallery & curator of the OU Art Collection. As gallery director, he has organized more than 60 curatorial projects & curated more than 40 contemporary art exhibitions. His own paintings have been featured in nine solo shows & more than 40 group exhibitions in London, New York & Detroit.

CLICK HERE to visit his website.

IMAGE: Haberman Cutting the Grass, oil on canvas, 36″ x 50″

Marceline Mason: Vicinity

Mason is a painter & holds a Masters of Fine Arts from Cranbrook Academy of Art. She has exhibited throughout the Detroit region & in her home state of West Virginia.

CLICK HERE for her website.

Students of Du Truong

Du Truong is an artist who has been teaching drawing & painting at the BBAC since 2000. While the work exhibited will be her students’ art, here is some of her work – Paper Planes & Paper Planes Study (both oil on canvas):


Oct 19-Nov 15

Catie Newell: Lost Light

Read the Detroit News review of Newell’s show – click here.

These images represent one of the major exhibition pieces, DeadWire, about which the artist says:

Dead Wire is a spatial interruption into the extensive copper wire scrapping industry of Detroit. Copper currently the king of metals in the ever-growing local scrapping industry making its theft frequent and widespread. The copper has been scraped, stripped and twisted to create the delicate strands. Its loss brings great detriment to both public and private services leaving citizens with no power and streets with no lights. To hunt for the wire comes with great risk. Electrified lines assure injury and possible death. Exploiting its physical composition through over-twisting the wire, Dead Wire is composed of numerous copper strains configured into delicate and erratic lines. Leaving a darken Detroit behind, the work is hung suspended in the air reminiscent of the electrical lines in the city.

“The copper spills out of the lines and drapes down in long coiled lengths, never daring to touch the floor. The details are both delicate and aggressive, designating a space and creating a rich and metallic atmosphere. The density of the texture varies, amassing into a larger shroud. While the overall weight of the wire will determine monetary value in the scrapping world, composition and quantity determine spatial value.”

Newell is the founding principal of the architecture & art practice *Alibi Studio & at the University of Michigan she is Director of the Master of Science in Digital & Material Technologies. Newell’s work and research capture spaces & material effects, focusing on the development of atmospheres through the exploration of textures, volumes, & the effects of light or lack thereof. Her creative practice has been widely recognized for exploring design construction & materiality in relationship to location & geography, & cultural contingencies. She is a Lucas Fellow, a Kresge Artist Fellow, & a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome. CLICK HERE for her website.

Carl Wilson – Manufactured: Auto Plant Stories

Wilson is known for his stark black & white linocut prints. The self-taught artist sees himself as a documentarian of lives easily ignored in a world obsessed with materialism & celebrity. He is the recipient of a 2013 Kresge Artist Fellowship & an alumni of the historic Yaddo Artists’ Community. He was featured in Essay’d, a monthly publication about Detroit artists. 2017 sees the release of a comic book, the first installment of his graphic novel, Dead and Lost in Detroit. CLICK HERE for more.

Carol Irving: A Weaver’s Journal of Endangered Wildflowers

L-R: Houghton’s Guide; Dwarf Iris; False Foxglove

“First & foremost, I am a weaver & I speak in yarn & color. Speaking in this language of fiber can be a challenging endeavor, but the fiber speaks to me too. Like a botanist or naturalist who is out in the field collecting specimens, taking photos, & making quick sketches in their journal, I am mimicking those actions.  This series is like a journey, connecting me to my roots of botanical studies & love of plants & wildflowers. I have accepted the challenge: turning woven yarn into soil, forest litter, plants & leaves. As I am concerned for the future of all threatened species, Michigan’s wildflowers are near & dear to me. Michigan has many unique habitats & is home to many endangered & special species of plants. This woven series of Michigan’s endangered wildflowers will bring attention to their threatened & sometimes endangered status.” – Carol Irving

CLICK HERE for Irving’s website.

Students of Andrea Tama


Tama is an artist &  long-time BBAC instructor. She claims nature as primary inspiration for her paintings (image above) & her students similarly utilize vibrant colors & intricate patterns & textures. For more about Tama, CLICK HERE.