Alden B. Dow Museum of Science & Art

Current Exhibitions

Poetry In Print: Japanese Woodblock Prints from the Saginaw Art Museum

Poetry in Print: Japanese Woodblock Prints from the Collection of the Saginaw Art Museum

June 7 – September 7, 2014

A special selection of approximately 20 prints created in the early 1800s to the mid 1900s in a collaborative exhibition with our sister institution, the Saginaw Art Museum.

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Modern Twist: Uematsu Chikuyu

Modern Twist: Contemporary Japanese Bamboo Art

June 21 – September 7, 2014

Innovatively crafted sculptures by 17 artists demonstrate that in the hands of master bamboo craftsmen, a simple grass is transformed into art.

Modern Twist was curated by Dr. Andreas Marks, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Collection of the Clark Center, and tour organized by International Arts & Artists, Washington, DC. The exhibition was generously supported by the E. Rhodes & Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, Nomura Foundation, Japan Foundation, Los Angeles, and the Snider Family Fund.

Sponsored locally by MEGlobal Americas, Inc.

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Forming: The Synergy Between
Basketry and Sculpture

July 8 – September 7, 2014

A selection of artists from across the country use innovative vision and technical finesse in creating their basketry and fiber-based sculptural forms.

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Alden B. Dow Museum of Science & Art LAYERED Carolyn Swift Works on Paper exhibit

Layered: Carolyn Swift Works
on Paper

July 12 – September 21, 2014

A solo exhibition awarded for excellence and innovation at the 2013 Greater Michigan Art Exhibition. Swift’s work in printmaking and collage resonate in large-scale images of power and intrigue.

Opening Reception July 26 • 7 – 9 pm

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Alden B. Dow Museum of Science & Art Greater Michigan Art Exhibition

53rd Annual
Greater Michigan Art Exhibition

July 26 – September 21, 2014

The Greater Michigan Art Exhibition is one of the few remaining statewide juried visual arts competitions in Michigan.

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Permanent Exhibitions

Hall of Ideas

Hall of Ideas

The Hall of Ideas is a permanent interactive exhibition comprised of three levels of colorful and engaging stations tracing the spiraling evolution of civilization of this region.

“This is a source of ideas to stimulate all ages to create and appreciate the facts and feelings of life.” ~ Alden B. Dow

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ViewSpace - Alden B. Dow Museum of Science & Art Permanent Exhibition


Winner of the 2003 Muse Award, ViewSpace brings the wonders of celestial exploration to the Museum through recent photographs from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope. (ViewSpace availability is dependent on gallery exhibition schedule).

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Midland Center for the Arts Fish Tank

Saltwater Aquarium

Over 100 fish occupy our beautiful 450-gallon saltwater aquarium, delighting visitors of all ages. MCFTA and the Grace A. Dow Memorial Library have teamed up to research information about the tank and its inhabitants. Come discover facts about the fishes’ home regions, ecology, habitat, food, symbiotic relationships and more! Visit often, because our aquarium is an ever-changing learning experience!

Located near the Information Desk, the aquarium is free and open for public viewing during building hours.

Made possible through a generous donation from David and Patti Kepler of Midland.

Alden B. Dow Museum of Science & Art pendulum children school tours

Foucault Pendulum

While it had long been known that the Earth rotated, the introduction of the Foucault pendulum in 1851 was the first simple proof of the rotation in an easy-to-see experiment.

At Midland’s latitude of 43.6156 degrees, our Foucault Pendulum takes about a day and half to return to its original orientation.

Upcoming Exhibitions


The Photograph: Arrival and Resolution

September 20 – December 21, 2014

Enjoy four distinctively different artistic perspectives in contemporary photography: Greg Seman’s romantic depictions of Northern Michigan landscapes; Kike Calvo’s poetic photos of dancers; Misha Gordin’s mysterious surrealistic conceptual vision; and Michal Hunnan’s enticements in abstract photo-montaged compositions.

Seman photographs on loan from Dennos Museum Center of Northwestern Michigan College; Gordin photographs on loan from Besser Museum for Northeast Michigan and the Dennos Museum Center; Calvo and Hunnan photographs provided courtesy of the artists.

Opening Reception October 4 • 7 – 9 pm

Lois Greenfield: Resonating Fields

Lois Greenfield: Resonating Fields

October 4 – December 21, 2014

The photographer’s pioneering work encompasses incomparable images of the precision and power of the human body. Captured are the exhilaration of dancers, the purity of movement, and the acrobatic lyricism of the moment.

Sponsored by Merrill Lynch

Opening Reception October 4 • 7 – 9 pm

Student Show

The Alden B. Dow Museum School
Student Exhibition

October 4 – December 21, 2014

Enjoy artwork created by participants of our Museum School classes.

Opening Reception October 4 • 7 – 9 pm

Marshall Fredericks

Sketches to Sculptures, Rendered Reality:
60 Years with Marshall M. Fredericks

October 2014 – December 21, 2014
(opening date TBA)

Examine the renowned artist’s body of work in public monuments and sculptures, including 30 bronze sculptures, as well as reliefs and archival reproductions of selected drawings, sketches and support materials.

On generous loan from the Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum at Saginaw Valley State University.

Opening Reception October 4 • 7 – 9 pm

Museum School Faculty Exhibition Midland Center for the Arts

The Alden B. Dow Museum School
Faculty Exhibition

January 17 – April 18, 2015

On display are the creative visions of the professional artists who teach classes at our Museum School.

Opening Reception January 24 • 7 – 9 pm

Leonardo DaVinci


Leonardo da Vinci:
man • inventor • artist • genius

January 24 – May 17, 2015

Experience genius and be inspired by one of history’s greatest artists, scientists and inventors.

Organized by Event Marketing Service GmbH (EMS), Vienna, and distributed by Exhibits Development Group (EDG), USA.

Opening Reception January 24 • 7 – 9 pm


Integrated Patterns: Structured Abstraction

April 25 – June 26, 2015

This invitational exhibition features work by artists from across the country employing extensive use of pattern, repetition, geometry and structural organization.