“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 exhibits are always free & open to the public. Gallery hours: Mon-Thurs, 9a-6p; Fri-Sat, 9a-5p.
Opening receptions – also free & open to the public – take place on the first day of the show, 6-8p.

Artists interested in exhibiting @ the BBAC: click here for more information.

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June 21-August 22

Michigan Fine Arts Competition

ABOVE: On the Fence, oil on canvas; by Loretta Markell

To see all 80 works of art, click here.

Juror: Jerald Melberg – click here for more about him.

Entries for this five-state competition will open in early March. 

The BBAC, a nonprofit community art center serving the Detroit region, has hosted the Michigan Fine Arts Competition annually since 1982 when the Detroit Institute of Arts turned the statewide competition over to the BBAC. Every year, more than 500 artists from Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois & Wisconsin enter the competition. The MFAC is juried by artist(s) or curator(s) of distinction, who select current work of the highest quality. Cash awards support working artists, while recognizing the contributions they make to the cultural fabric of our region.

September 6-October 10

Iris Eichenberg, Shelly McMahon, Alberte Tranberg: Emergence Property

This is not a group show.

Eichenberg, McMahon, & Tranberg in Emergence Property, the phenomena of collective behaviors accomplished by bodies larger than oneself. It is most commonly associated with flocks of birds whose movements in unison are executed unrehearsed & in close proximity. Often these are evasive maneuvers which are transferred among the flock. This collective property begins with one, whose slight adjustment results in a rippling effect, shifting behavior on a large scale.

The grid is chosen as an analogous system to these behaviors & relationships which arise from the singular. As a fragment by itself it can’t exist. It’s a space that allows for subconscious, collective thinking. A type of natural telepathy. Within the grid, Eichenberg, McMahon, & Tranberg work toward a transference, merging together as borders become indiscernible.

Gregory Thielker: The Wall

IMAGE: Broken Line

Animal Pleasures – Small Etchings by Alan Larkin

Free at Last State II by Larkin

Students of Barbara Holmer

October 18-November 21

Renata Palubinskas

Jovanni Luna

Students of Robin Servo

January 25-February 28

BBAC: Current Student Works Competition 2019

This annual juried exhibition of BBAC student artwork is one of the most popular each year & a great showcase of the truly fabulous art produced here. Carl Wilson & Mary Rousseaux, jurors.

(Homepage images: Red Cup by Patti Tapper; Bliss by Barbara Carson-McHale; Half Orbit Earrings by Maria Kossak; Untitled by Keenie Fieger)

Alonzo, Richard — Morning Tea (above)
Anderson, Bonnie — Zambia

Basse, Pnina — Neveh Zedek – Old Tel-Aviv (above)
Bayson, Barbara — Framed Flowers

Bayson, Barbara — Woman Reclining (above)

Benson, Karen — Hot to Trot (above)
Benson, Marjie — Skins
Bergshwenger, Claudia — Untitled
Bloomberg, Mickey — 3 Boxes for a Million Little Things
Bloomberg, Mickey — For Mom

Boehman, Janis — Purple Passion (above)
Bohlman, Diane — Tea for Two
Bolton, Maureen — Morning Light at Stonegable
Boothe, Dusty — Rain
Brill, Martin — Peter (above)  Tama Acrylic Award

Brodbeck, Sue — Sandy Bank (above)
Brown, Janice — Dancing Fairy

Camp, Marjeanne — Pear Apart (above)

Carson-McHale, Barbara — Bliss (above)
Chiaravalli, Kathy — Sunflower Symphony
Chambers, Carol — Woman in Kimono
Chinsky, Eva — Blanc View

Clark, Sharon — Ancestral Presence (above)
Connery, Thomas — Figure Study Four
Conyers, Krista — Into the Woods

Conyers, Krista — Kaleidoscope (above)  CR Hill Award

Danovan, Chizuko Fukuda — Pathways (above)

Dishell, Elissa — Portrait of a Man (above)
Donabedian, Angela — The Waiting
Donabedian, Angela — What Wasn’t Before
Drotos, Jane — Summer Magic
Drotos, Jane — Welcome Home

Duce, Anthony — Not Quite Solitude (above)
Duce, Anthony — Old Soldier
Earle, Laura — Mom’s Copper Kettle

Earle, Laura — Nectarines (above)

Fieger, Keenie — Untitled

Finnicum, William — Sugar & Creamer & Spoon (above)  Armstrong Tools Award
Fiorello, Susan — Caribbean Heat

Foles, Clyde — Alana/Purple Dress (above)
Foles, Clyde — House on a River
Forrest, Susan — Walking on the Moon

Gardynik, Michele L. — Farmers Market (above)  BBAC Award
Goldstein, Sidney — Eastern Market (above)

Gordon, Nancy — She Hated It (above)
Gorelick, Arlene — Fordite Pendant
Halse, Dana — Balanced Ring
Halse, Dana — Quatrefoil Jewel Blue
Harris, Alexandra — Value Study Based on Armin Mermann’s Tree Photograph

Hartunian, Susan — Elephant Herd on Massai Mara Kenya (above)

Hines, Dave — Cubbies (above)
Hochthanner, Patricia Ann — Beautiful Moselle
Hochthanner, Patricia Ann — Yellowstone

Hong, Sookkyung — Bay City (above)
Huckabay, Kristine — Indian Corn

Jacobs, Susan — Midday Break (above)
Johnson, Kathy — Thank You Rosa!

Kahan, Ilene — Abstract (above)
Kamins, Judith — Young Woman

Kazziha, Sahla — Embracing (above)
Kocherovsky, Anna — Breadcrumbs
Kocherovsky, Anna — Seaweed

Kock, Ellen — Remembering the Old Man (above)

Kosiba, Melissa — Three Stems (above)

Kossak, Maria — Half Orbit Earrings (above)  CR Hill Award

Kott, Nancy Schild — Branching (detail above)
La Grasso, Cheri — Bowl

La Grasso, Cheri — Pitcher (above)  BBAC Award

Laker, Andrea — Flowers in Bloom (above)
Lamson, Debbie Orthner — Poppy Fields
Lengel, Helen — Traffic
Levran, Joy — Figuratively Speaking

Lezos, Eleni — Lily (above)
Li, Yuan — Under the Sun
Lipusch, Denise — Clouds

Lipusch, Denise — Poppies (above)

MacLean, Brant — Sunderland Nocturne (above)
Malinowski, Louise — Asian Winter
Malinowski, Louise — Royal Ring

Marinelli, Lilly — Nested in Nature (above)  BBAC Metals Department Award
Marinelli, Lilly — Purple Haze

Marsalese, Anthony — Kardashian (above)

Matheson, Lisa — Portrait of Jeanette (above)  Martha Jo Rutherford Memorial Award
Matheson, Lisa — White Bounty
Maxson, Barbara — Through the Isinglass
Mercier, Rita — River Birches
Mercier, Rita — Spikes
Migdal, Mark S. — Order
Mills, Leigh Ann — Desert Heather
Mills, Leigh Ann — Out of Africa
Mindell, Judi — Tuscany

Mitchell, J. A. — Down Mexico Way (above)
Mitchell, Susan — Gracy
Mitchell, Susan — Tuhquamenon Falls, UP
Morris, Catherine A. — Wanderlust
Morris, Jerry — For Lynn

Morris, Jerry — Ring Holder – Shout-Out to Maria Kossak (above)  BBAC Tuition Award
Murray, Pam — Box of Horns

Murray, Pam — Car Show (above)

Neville, Kate — Poppy (above)  BBAC Exhibition Director’s Award
Nystrom & Ruth Tyszka, Tracy — Vessel for Ruth
Oermann, Kim — Marcella in White
Oravec, Anastasia — #45
Oravec, Anastasia — Haven

Parker, Amy — Dorothy, Toto, and the Cowardly Lion on the Lam (above)

Parkllan, Lynn — Bijou (above)
Parsons, Cindy — Fall Colors on the Pond
Parsons, Cindy — Farm Market
Pennell, Susan — Table Art

Philippot, Rosalie — Untitled (above)  Blick Art Materials Award
Pratnicki, Christina R. — Fallen Leaves – Book

Ragon, Sondra J. — Through My Siberian Eyes (above)  Tama Acrylic Award
Rapson, Gail — Cleome

Rapson, Gail — Clue (above)
Rubin, Steve — Untitled
Ray, Al — Autumn on the Au Sable

Ray, Al — Beach Walk (above)

Root, Valarie — Downtown Saginaw (above)
Rubin, Steve — (Walk Way North) Hollyhead Park, Farmington Hills MI
Rubin, Steve — Dirt Rd. with Barn, Zeeb Rd., Lodi Township MI

Rutila, Ellen — Blue Marquise Enamel Pendant (above)  Marcia Boehm Memorial Award
Sameni, Mansoureh — Chasing the Shadow
Sameni, Mansoureh — Michigan Serenity

Santacreu, Margy — Circular Motion (above)  Blick Art Materials Award
Schahfer, Bill — Classic Car Show
Schneider, Mary — Loon Dish

Sherwin, Rhonda — Gravitation (above)

Shiener, Karen — Orange and Teal (above)  Millers Artist Supplies Award
Shlom, Susan — Bed Rock Joy
Shomo, Diane — Sunrise
Sinanis, Stylianos — Lake in the Forest

Sjobring, Jessica — Unconditional (above)  BBAC President’s Award
Southwood, Jennifer — Joie des Fleurs

Spiegel, Susanne — Dress Form (above)
Spiegel, Susanne — Jump the Wave
Sprague, Karol — House in Galesburg
Stanesa, Jeanne — Glass Reflection

Stobbs, Beth — Jovian Moonrise (above)  Millers Artist Supplies Award
Stobbs, Beth — Polar Bear

Svensson, Sonia — Untitled  (above)  Runyan Pottery Supply Award
Svensson, Sonia — Vessel
Swann, Hope — Palos de Poder (Stick of Power)
Tapper, Patti — Red Cup

Tapper, Patti — Yellow Tulips (above)

Tapper, Steven — Composition with Red Line (above)
Toms, Sharon L. — Poppies at Middlethorpe Hall

Trombley, Chris — Pink Pathways (above)  Blick Art Materials Award

Troshynski, Kathie — The Glass Blower (above)

Vergeldt, Vicki — Applesauce (above)
Vick, Carol — Coldwater

Vick, Carol — Life’s Love (above)  Eva Briggs Award

Vlasic, Helen — Modern Day Nefertiti (above)

Wang, Yu-Huan — Blossom (above)  Rovin Ceramics Award

Wang, Yu-Huan — Generation (above)  Birmingham Society of Women Painters Award
Wayne, Cynthia — Fiesta, Santa Fe

Wayne, Cynthia — Ode to Charles Renie Mackintosh (above)  Michigan Weavers Guild Award

Weiner, Margo — Untitled (above)
Welton, Lisa — Untitled

Welton, Lisa — Untitled (above)  Rio Grande Award
Winnick, Wendy — Camila at 5 Weeks

Wu, Andrew — Boat Bowl (above)
Yates, Cynthia — Red Maple @ Heritage Park

March 8-April 18

Mary Ann Aitken: Indomitable Spirit

Untitled (view from Cary Building fire escape), circa 1985-89, oil on masonite, 48″ x 48″; courtesy What Pipeline

Aitken (b. 1960, Detroit, d. 2012, Brooklyn) was for 30 years a prolific artist whose works included painting, drawing, and impastoed assemblages. Her still life paintings from the 1980s capture everyday items of the time, now seen through a patina of nostalgia. Yet her thick oil rendering of these objects remains fresh in the current vernacular of painting. Posthumous solo shows include Cleopatra’s, Brooklyn; What Pipeline, Detroit; Trinosophes, Detroit; and Urban Institute of Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids, MI. Group exhibitions include Greene Naftali, NYC; Andrew Kreps, NYC (with Dylan Spaysky), Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland; Tomorrow Gallery, NYC; Marianne Boesky, NYC; Marlborough Chelsea, NYC; and PSM Gallery, Berlin. Her work is in the collections of Wayne State University, Grand Rapids Art Museum, Flint Institute of Arts, and the Detroit Institute of Arts.

(Images here + homepage image courtesy of What Pipeline)
SPECIAL EVENT: Sunday, March 17; 1-2:30p
Ed Fraga, Detroit painter & long-time friend of Aitken, along with Alivia Zivich & Daniel Sperry from What Pipeline, will offer an in-depth look at her art.
Maureen Aitken, Mary Ann’s sister, will read from her recently-published & award-winning book of short stories, The Patron Saint of Lost Girls. “When you reached Brooklyn via Detroit, you had other stories, ones of yearning, of forging ahead, of seizing and tasting every drop you had left. You fought, with everything, to live.” 

Birmingham Society of Women Painters: Art at the BBAC

Checks by Patty Eisenbraun

To learn more about the BSWP, click here.

John Rizzo: Fragmented Space

To learn more about John Rizzo, click here.

Students of Edward Duff

Autumn on the Au Sable by Al Ray, a student of Duff’s

Edward Duff teaches drawing & painting at the BBAC & is a prolific painter focusing primarily on landscapes. He is represented by galleries in Michigan & Tennessee. To learn more about him, click here. To learn more about the classes he is teaching spring term, click here

Rustbelt Twilight by Edward Duff; 12″ x 24″, oil on canvas

May 3-June 6

New Knowns :: New Work :: Elizabeth Youngblood

Born & educated in Detroit, Elizabeth Youngblood is an artist, educator, designer & maker of interesting things. She has always maintained a dual interest in making by hand & in design for production. Youngblood’s art making practice includes working in the mediums of drawing, ceramics, weaving, book binding & more. She’s been a faculty member at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor & SUNY Purchase, NY; managed branding with Unisys; & designed at the New York Times. After a stint on the east coast, Youngblood has returned to Detroit where she maintains a studio practice & continues to investigate the intersection of her range of interests. Currently leads workshops & special studios in experimental ceramic techniques.

CLICK HERE for Youngblood’s website.

Regional High School Competition

Jordan by Kate Gendruschke; mixed media; 14″ x 11″

CLICK HERE for award-winners.

Students of Diane Smith

Sunflowers by Mansoureh Sameni