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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. 

Spotlight on the Chelsea Painters
August 29 – October 22, 2019

Spotlight on the Chelsea Painters is a two-part exhibit that showcases work by members of the Chelsea Painters. Utilizing a range of painting techniques, this second collection of artworks captures unique snapshots from everyday Michigan landscapes.

Established in 1974, the Chelsea Painters are a diverse group of artists based throughout southeast Michigan. Members include nationally recognized painters and Signature Members of artists’ societies throughout the US. Membership is by invitation and limited to 25 active members. In addition to exhibiting their work, the group meets regularly for critiques, lectures, and demonstrations. An annual highlight is their Art Fair, held each June. 

For details about the artists featured here, visit
To inquire about purchasing artwork, please contact the Art Center.​

Featured Artists​

  • ​Barb Anderson | Ypsilanti 
  • Jean Canavan | Saline 
  • Jim Clark | Ann Arbor 
  • Susan Clinthorne | Ann Arbor
  • ​Kathy Hiner | Saline 
  • Lois Lovejoy | Ann Arbor 
  • Marty Walker | Ann Arbor 
  • Carolyn Weins | Ypsilanti​

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
John Kotarski, Educator
Mary Thiefels, Visual and Media Arts Manager

The Public Art Commission currently has two vacancies for citizens interested in supporting and promoting art throughout the City of Ann Arbor. ​ If you are interested in becoming a member,  please Apply to Serve on the Public Art Commission

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​