“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


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.

Two gallery talks are scheduled for May 3 & May 24. 6-7:30p. Free & open to the public.
On Saturday, May 19, the public is invited to bring their own textiles (no more than three pieces) to the BBAC for conversation with Textile Connection members. Two sessions: 11a-1p & 1:30-3:30p. Free but advance registration is required – 248.644.0866. (Limited to 20 people per session.)

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

36th Annual Michigan Fine Arts Competition / Jurors: Emily Smith, Adam Henry

CLICK HERE for 2018 prospectus & all the details

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