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​​​​​Virtual art tour

​Now you can take a virtual tour of public art in Ann Arbor. Learn more about each piece and the artist behind it. The tool also works on your smartphone, essentially​ serving as a digital guide. City-of-Ann-Arbor-Public-Art-Tour.png​​​

2019 City gallery art      

In collaboration with the City of Ann Arbor, the Ann​ Arbor Art Center curates rotating exhibitions in the City Council Chambers. Each exhibition highlights the talent and creativity of artists who live and work in Ann Arbor and throughout Washtenaw County. 

Ruth Crowe (Ann Arbor, MI)

January 9 - February 25, 2020 


About the Artist​
I graduated from college with a degree in Art Education. I then proceeded to do everything and anything but art; US Army, LAPD officer, and collegiate softball coach - for the majority of my adult life. I started a new business creating custom designed sports awards for colleges/universities in 2005. This allowed me to begin making my way back to my creative side. In 2014, I started exploring with encaustics and vintage photos. My work is a fusion of digitally altered vintage photos combined with layers of other images, photos and text. I use with wood panels with encaustic medium to fuse images or I use assemblages in different vessels. 

Get involved ​
You can get involved by making a donation, organizing a ​neighborhood public art project, volunteer to serve on an AAPAC sub-committee or offer suggestions for public art themes and locations.  If you'd like to suggest location, or concept, ideas for public art that the city could commission, please send an email to​ or write to us at:​

Public Art Commission

We are not a source of funding and any proposed project should address a plan for funding. AAPAC image.jpgHowever, we can provide visibility and feedback for proposals submitted and, if municipal space is part of your project, city ordinance requires you to seek our recommendations first. AAPAC  meetings are open to the public; agendas and minutes for the Public Art Commission are stored on the Legistar Calendar.  

Reference Materials

AAPAC Commissioners:
Ali Ramla​wi, City Council Liaison (non-voting)
Allison Buck, Chair, ​Marketing Director 
Debra Mexicotte, Vice Chair, ArtsEngine Managing Director​​
Jonah Copi, Property Manager
Colleen Crawley, Designer
David Esau, Architect
Sophie Grillet, Fine Artist
John Kotarski, Educator
Mary Thiefels, Visual and Media Arts Manager
Peggy Wier-Leonard, Elementary Art Teacher​

The Public Art Commission currently has no vacancies. Citizens interested in supporting and promoting the City of Ann Arbor through partic​ipation on a city board or commission, please visit the Boards and Commissions page.

Ann Arbor Public Art Commission
City of Ann Arbor
Public Services  - City Hall 6th Floor
301 E. Huron Street
PO Box 8647
Ann Arbor,​ MI 48107

734.794.6310 x43102
Fax: 734.994.1816​