Ann Arbor Art Center purchases 115 W. Liberty

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The Ann Arbor Art Center

This release just flew across the transom:

 The Ann Arbor Art Center has purchased 115 W. Liberty, which is adjacent to its existing location, to expand its programs and exhibits.

Ann Arbor is an arts-focused, innovative town, and the Art Center is proud to serve as an integral part of this creative community for over 100 years,” said Marie Klopf, executive director of the Art Center. “The demand for visual art experiences has outgrown our space. This expansion will enable additional arts programming, exhibitions, artist talks, art parties and increased community space.” Klopf also noted that the Art Center is considering including an artist-in-residency program.

The 117 and 115 W. Liberty buildings were designed by the Walker brothers in 1886 and 1893, respectively.  C. Walker and Brother, also known as the Ann Arbor Carriage Works, closed in 1921. In 1989 both buildings were designated as part of the Ann Arbor Main Street Historic District. The Art Center relocated to 117 W. Liberty in 1975.

A $4 million capital campaign is underway to finance the purchase and renovation of the contiguous space. Just over $1 million has been raised to date. The Art Center closed on the acquisition on December 15. Construction financing is being led by Ann Arbor State Bank and will include participation from Bank of Ann Arbor.

About the Ann Arbor Art Center

For over 108 years, the Ann Arbor Art Center has been sparking creativity in people of all ages and artistic abilities. Its mission is to be a contemporary forum for the visual arts through education, exploration, collaboration and exhibition, and to engage minds, expand perspectives and inspire growth in students of all ages, teachers, artists and the community.

Through innovative programming, thought-provoking exhibitions, a gallery shop offering locally made artworks, and hands-on learning opportunities, the Art Center engages over 60,000 people annually who are inspired to explore the power of the visual arts. The AnnArbor Art Center is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.

Jim McBee

Founding partner, creative director and ink-stained wretch with The Ann magazine.