press release: GIANT MYSTERIOUS DINOSAURS EXHIBITION | 1/27/2018 – 5/20/2018

Jan. 2, 2018

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

Giant Mysterious Dinosaurs comes to the galleries of the AB Dow Museum inside Midland Center for the Arts starting Jan. 27. Museum members may attend a members-only preview on Jan. 26 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Added fun and educational opportunities include visits by PaleoJoe Kchodl; an educator open house on Feb. 3; Dinosaur CSI on Mar. 14; Scout nights on select Thursdays; a trip to Alpena for fossil digging on May 12; two “girls-only” STEM nights – Mar. 15 and May 17; and extended hours during regional spring break. Details at

Museum hours starting Jan. 27 are Tuesday – Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Thursdays until 8 p.m.; Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults; $7 for ages 4 – 14; FREE to museum members, ASTC members, and ages 3 and under. Included in admission is access to the three-level, interactive Hall of Ideas, Spark!Lab Smithsonian (first come, first served; current hours at

Giant Mysterious Dinosaurs is a touring production by Beijing Bailingluqian Creative Culture Company, Ltd. Local sponsors are Catholic Federal Credit Union; United Financial Credit Union; Arbury Insurance Agency; Great Lakes Loons; McLaren Bay Region; Quick Reliable Printing; City Market Bay City; and MBS International Airport.


Masters of Drawing: From Classic Realism to Abstraction

Drawing offers the artist the opportunity to break down personal observations and feelings, to develop a deep and personal understanding of the subject, and then to present those perceptions in their own unique way. This exhibition showcases work by some of today’s most talented and influential artists from a five-state area. From realism to abstraction, to the academic and conceptual, it will challenge the viewer to consider: what is drawing?

Artists included are: Bruce Samuelson, Nichole Maury, Csilla Sadloch, Chris LaPorte, Donovan Entrekin, Lance Moon, Tamie Beldue, Deborah Rockman, Joomi Chung, Meredith Rosier, Todd Burroughs, Heidi Jensen, Robert Schefman, Nick Reszetar, John Sabraw, Janvier Rollande, CJ Hungerman, Taylor Mazer, Sue Ellison, Marc Leone, Karen Bondarchuk, Robert Schefman, Cecile Baird, and Erwin Lewandowski. Exhibition generously sponsored by Robert & Pamela Hart

Masters of Ceramics: From Functional to Sculpture

The 15 participating artists represent four states in our region. In choosing the artists, Armin Mersmann, Senior Visual Arts Curator and Artist in Residence, considered their 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 U.S. today. These artists have extensive backgrounds in teaching, conducting 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, Marvin Zehnder and Jan Zender. Exhibition generously sponsored by Robert & Pamela Hart