Greater Michigan Art Exhibition (GMAE)
A 50th Retrospective of Previous Winners
SEP 18 – NOV 6, 2021
For over 50 years, the Alden B. Dow Museum of Art and Science has showcased the most recent developments by Michigan artists through a statewide competition. To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Midland Center for the Arts, we will be honoring the winners of the GMAE of the past 50 years. The works will include work from artists including Charles Breed, Larry Butcher, Valeria Allen, Rebecca Zeiss just to name a few.
Electricity & Simple Machines
SEP 24 – NOV 14, 2021
This interactive hands-on exhibition explains how simple machines and electricity work. This exhibit features six simple machines: pulley, lever, wedge, screw, wheel and axle, and inclined plane as well as exhibitions on electrical circuits, our Light Bright Wall, incandescent vs. LED light and plasma. You will learn how simple machines help us with everyday tasks and make it easier to do tasks. You will also learn about electrons, the light bulb and the effects of charged particles such as static electricity.
INCLUDED HANDS-ON WORKSHOP: MAGIC OF ELECTRICITY
Discover how electricity affects the world in all forms through electromagnets, static electricity and plasma during interactive demonstrations! Then, create your own simple circuits. Grades 3-8
NOV 26, 2021 – JAN 16, 2022
This selection of artworks comes from members of the world’s oldest and most prestigious international animal art organization. These juried works feature diverse species and habitats from artists around the globe. From the commonplace to the rarely seen, from the abundant to the endangered, the artwork depicted will engage and bestow upon the audience a greater appreciation and awareness of the species with whom we share our planet.
Holidays Around the World
DEC 3 – JAN 9, 2021
Discover the different traditions from around the world during the winter months including Kwanza, Hanukkah,
Mardi Gras, Christmas, etc. Learn about these traditions and why they are celebrated throughout the World.
INCLUDED HANDS-ON WORKSHOP: VICTORIAN HOLIDAY TRADITIONS
After exploring holiday traditions around the world, we will journey back in time and explore some of the holiday traditions in Michigan during Victorian times. Explore objects from our Midland County Historical Society collection and make your own holiday craft. Grades PreK-8
Biomes of the World
JAN 21 – MAY 29, 2022
You will explore the major biomes around the world including the aquatic, forests, grasslands, desert and tundra. Each biome will include information on the plants, animals and the unique characteristics that make these biomes different from each other. There will be live animal ambassadors in some of the biomes for visitors to learn more about the different species that make these biomes their home.
INCLUDED HANDS-ON WORKSHOP: AMAZING ADAPTATIONS
Explore some of the amazing adaptions of native plants and animals. Students will participant in hands-on experiments as they create a camouflage fish, observe the power of color-changing deciduous trees and more! Grades PreK-5
FEB 8 – APR 24, 2022
SAQA’s Global Exhibition 3D Expression offers an intriguing glimpse into a new dimension of art quilts creatively interpreted by artists from 14 US states and 10 countries. The wide variety of pieces selected by juror Bruce Hoffman include vessels, wearables, wall-pieces and sculptural artworks. This cutting-edge exhibition shows how textile art can come off the wall and expand both into the third dimension and into the future. See art quilts in a whole new way!
INCLUDED HANDS-ON ART WORKSHOP: MAKE IT!
Explore the elements of art and principles of design as you take the exhibited works as inspiration. Participants will create 3D works of art as we focus on form, balance, composition and more! Projects will be adapted to meet grade-level appropriate techniques. Grades K-12