MIDLAND, Mich. – The AB Dow Museum inside Midland Center for the Arts opens two exhibitions in June. Rarely Seen: Photographs of the Extraordinary; and ArtPrize – The Michigan Connection will be on exhibition in the fourth floor galleries starting June 23.
Shot by some of the world’s finest photographers, National Geographic’s new traveling exhibition “Rarely Seen: Photographs of the Extraordinary” features striking images of places, events, natural phenomena, and man-made heirlooms seldom seen by human eyes, from 30,000-year-old cave art sealed from the public, to animals that are among the last of their species on Earth, volcanic lightning and the engraving inside Abraham Lincoln’s pocket watch. With an introduction by veteran National Geographic photographer Stephen Alvarez, whose work has taken him from the Peruvian Andes to the deepest caves of Papua New Guinea, this exhibition captures once-in-a-lifetime moments, natural wonders, and rarely seen objects from across the globe. This exhibition will be on display in the galleries from June 23 through Sept. 30 and is organized and traveled by the National Geographic Society, and locally sponsored by City Market – Bay City.
Public Art Project! Rarely Seen: Photos of the Great Lakes Bay Region. The AB Dow Museum invites the public to explore the wonder of photography as an art by showing the hidden gems of our region or finding an abstract angle of a popular landmark in this fun public art project inspired by the exhibition in the galleries. Photos will be shared on the Midland Center for the Arts Facebook page and used to create a looping public art slide show in the AB Dow Museum from June to September. Submit photos to [email protected].
Also opening on June 23 is ArtPrize – The Michigan Connection, curated by senior visual arts curator and resident artist Armin Mersmann, and showcasing artwork by over 40 Michigan artists who have participated in ArtPrize, including Bay City artist Chris LaPorte’s 2010 ArtPrize grand-prize winner, “Cavalry.” This exhibition is on display June 23 through Sept. 9, and is presented with the approval of, but is not a collaboration with, ArtPrize.
Participating artists include: Valerie Allen, Sharon Berkan-Dent, Jeff Best, Alan Brown, Peter Clouse, Kathleen Conover, Kim Cridler, Donald Cronkhite, Anni Crouter, John Dempsey, Sherry Erskine, Jacqueline Gilmore, Jason Graham, David Greenwood, Emmy Heger, Tony Hendrick, Frits Hoendervanger, Chakila Hoskins, David Huang, Melodee Jackson, Chris LaPorte, John Leben, Jae Won Lee, Victor Leo, Bruce Mackley, Jennifer McCandless, Catherine McClung, Armin Mersmann, Karin Nelson, Renata Palubinskas, Mark Piotrowski, Chick Powers, Nick Reszetar, Andrew Rieder, Edward Riojas, Deborah Rockman, Mary Ann Rutledge, Matthew Schenk, Sam Soet, Al Wildey, Albert Young and Rebecca Zeiss.
Opening reception for both exhibitions will be June 30 from 7 to 9 p.m.