Current Exhibitions

KLUTZ® Amazingly Immature

September 16 – January 14, 2018

Stop acting silly? Not in this exhibit! Learn about science through laughter, play, physical comedy, and fun in the new KLUTZ® Amazingly Immature exhibit, based on the KLUTZ® Encyclopedia of Immaturity Vol. 1 and 2! Learn more… “Silly Saturdays” Enjoy a fun, zany and silly activity from 11 am to 1 pm every Saturday. A new one each month! FREE with full museum admission.

Spark!Lab® Smithsonian

Permanent Interactive Invention Space

In Spark!Lab, we believe everyone is inventive. Through hands-on activities and interactions with facilitators, children and their families will engage in the process of invention through activities that incorporate traditional science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) with art and creativity. Learn more.

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The In-Between: Margo Burian Paintings

September 23, 2017 – January 3, 2018

Burian invokes a universal sense of place through an economy of mark, line and color. Solo exhibition winner for creative excellence in the 2016 Greater Michigan Art Exhibition.

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Figuratively Speaking

September 23, 2017 – January 3, 2018

Artist Chick Powers uses copper and brass overlays to stress the contours and provide a unique aesthetic to his 3/4 life-size human figures. Solo exhibition winner for creative excellence in the 2016 Greater Michigan Art Exhibition.

Nobody Barks in LA feat. Snoopy

On loan through September 2018

Tom Everhart’s most famous painting has been exhibited in prestigious museums including the Louvre, Montreal Museum of Fine Art, the Spazio Flaminio in Rome and the Johnson Space Center. 1998 | Acrylic and enamel on canvas | 96″ x 128″

Museum School Faculty Exhibition Midland Center for the Arts
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Studio School Faculty/Student Exhibition

November 18, 2017 – January 3, 2018

Enjoy a celebration of the creative results of our Studio School faculty & students. Opening reception: November 17 • 7 – 9 pm

Upcoming Exhibitions – Check back for updates!

Giant Mysterious Dinosaurs

January 27, 2018 – May 20, 2018

The largest dinosaurs – plant-eating titans – grew larger than any creatures before or since. But why & how? Learn the answers for yourself in this interactive exhibition featuring full-sized animatronic dinosaurs, skeletons, a dig pit and even a 70-foot Mamenchisaurus skeleton!   Learn more…

Masters of Drawing: From Classic Realism to Abstraction  

January 27 – April 8, 2018

In its simplest practice, drawing consists of making a mark or leaving a trail on a surface. For the most part, drawing is much more than that, it’s a way to truly see, not just a casual glance but to break down ones observation and feelings and reconstruct this experience in creative and unique way. The Masters of Drawing: A Contemporary Survey will showcase some of the most talented and influential artist working in drawing in a five state area.  From realism to abstraction to the academic to conceptual, it will bring up the question what is drawing? Artist included are:   Bruce Samuelson, Nichole Maury, Csilla Sadloch, Chris LaPorte, Donovan Entrekin, Lance Moon, Tamie Beldue, Deborah Rockman, Joomi Chung, Meredith Rosie, Todd Burroughs, Heidi Jensen, Robert Schefman, Nick Reszetar, John Sabraw, Janvier Rollande, CJ Hungerman, Taylor Mazer, Sue Ellison, Marc Leone, Karen Bondarchuk, Armin Mersmann, Cecile Baird, and Erwin Lewandowski.

Generously sponsored by Robert & Pamela Hart

Masters of Ceramics: From Functional to Sculpture

January 27, 2018 – April 8, 2018

The fifteen ceramic artists represented in this exhibit represent four states in our region.  In choosing the Artsists, Armin Mersmann, Senior Visual Arts Curator and Artist in Residence, considered theirr body of work as opposed to looking for individual pieces of art.  Beyond the work of each individual artist he wanted the exhibit itself to show the diversity and incredible quality of ceramics being produced in the United States today. These artists have extensive backgrounds in teaching, doing workshops and demonstrations throughout the world. Possibly most important is that these artists are the mentors to the next generation of ceramic artists. It is through artists like these that ceramic art is pushed forward and more relevant in the art world today. Artists included are: Dan Anderson, Cynthia Bringle, Fong Choo, Jim Connell, Diana Panciloi, Jeri Hollister, Nick Joerling, Brian Kakas, Gail and Robert Piepenburg, Ed and Julie Risak, Susanne Stephenson, Marie Woo, Robert Schefman, Marvin Zehnder and Jan Zender.

Generously sponsored by Robert & Pamela Hart