“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

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

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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 output 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.

SPECIAL EVENT: Sunday, March 17; 1-2:30p
Ed Fraga, Detroit painter & long-time friend of Aitken, 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

Students of Edward Duff

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

May 3-June 6

Elizabeth Youngblood

Regional High School Competition

Students of Diane Smith

June 21-August 22

Michigan Fine Arts Competition

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

Alan Larkin

October 18-November 21

Renata Palubinskas

Jovanni Luna