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​​2019 C​ity gallery art      

The Ann Arbor Art Center and the City of Ann Arbor are collaborating to present a rotating exhibition of artwork​ in City Council Chambers for 2019. The gallery is located on the east wall of City Council Chambers (301 N. Huron St., 2nd Floor).​

The current exhibit (#2 of 7 exhibits) was hung on Thursday, May 2, 2019.

The new artist, Michael Garguilo, is an artist and educator based in Royal Oak, MI. He received his MFA from Boston University and currently teaches at Saginaw Valley State University and Oakland University.  In addition to his work in higher Ed, he also has taught drawing and painting classes at the Ann Arbor Art Center since 2014.


Coleman Jewett Memorial (PDF) 

Thr​ee Winners o​​f Manhole Cover Art Project​

​Stadium Boulevard Art Project​

The installation of the artwork known as "Leaven" by Brian Brush of New York-based Brush Design LLC ​has been completed.  The vine-like relief sculpture, mimics and magnifies the adjacent ​elements of Stadium Boulevard's streetscape. It also mediates the contrast between the site's natural green elements and the newly built concrete environment. Using a running pattern of diamond-oriented aluminum "leaves," Leaven reflects and translates the movement of clouds, trees, cars, and people into a diffused and softened illusion of rustling leaves. ​In addition to softening and scattering incoming light, the aluminum's anodized finish prevents rusting and eliminates heat/burn hazards. Incoming light is also unlikely to come from vehicles given the installation's placement parallel to the roadway.​


Public artwork

The City of Ann Arbor has installed a number of public art pieces throughout the city. 

Get involved

Support local art projects with a donation, help to organize 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:​

Ann Arbor Public Art Commission (AAPAC)
c/o Public Services Administration
PO Box 8647
Ann Arbor, MI  48107-8647

Ann Arbor Public Art Commission

The Ann Arbor Public Art Commission is an advisory body to the City Council with the goal to improve the esthetic quality of public spaces, provide cultural opportunities, contribute to local heritage, and promote the general welfare of our community. We welcome ideas and projects that serve those goals. We are not a source of funding and any proposed AAPAC image.jpgproject should address the plan for funding. However, we can provide visibility and feedback for proposals submitted and, if municipal space is a 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.  

AAPAC Commissioners

Ali Ramlawi, 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 A​pply to Serve on the Public Art Commission

Contact information

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

734.794.6310 x43102
Fax: 734.994.1816​


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

734.794.6310 x43102
Fax: 734.994.1816