The Lansing Art Gallery Turns 50 in 2015

Since 1965 the Lansing Art Gallery has been providing Michigan’s capital with a space devoted to showcasing original art from area artists. This September marks the 50th anniversary of the Lansing Art Gallery – what could be a better time to visit than during a year of celebration?

The Lansing Art Gallery began as the Lansing Community Art Gallery, and was created by a handful of local artists who believed in the value of bringing original art pieces to the community. Through the combined efforts of the artists and art educators responsible for getting the Lansing Art Gallery off the ground, the capital was given its first permanent art gallery. Within a year and a half of its creation the Lansing Art Gallery featured over one hundred artists, well over the original six contributing artists. For each of the monthly receptions held to welcome an artist’s new works, visiting patrons filled the Gallery to capacity.

In an attempt to provide more space for all of the contributing artists and people who wanted to see the art pieces, the Lansing Art Gallery moved to the larger Center for the Arts building on Lansing’s South Grand Avenue in 1975. Participation by both artists and patrons continued to grow, and it soon became clear that moving the Gallery to a larger, more centralized location in downtown Lansing would benefit the community and artists. Now located at 119 North Washington Square, the Lansing Art Gallery continues to provide services to the community in the form of numerous cultural programs and activities.

The Lansing Art Gallery continues its long tradition of community support with local artist receptions, scholarship programs, and other events. Take a day this weekend to check out Lansing’s oldest nonprofit gallery – stop by one of the artist receptions, take a look at the work of future artists from area schools, or enter yourself into the statewide artist competition.

“Imagining Context: Seeing & Being Seen” by Cynthia Foley. On display February 12 – March 26 with the artist reception held from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. on February 20. Foley used her own observations of objects, figures, faces, and animals as inspiration for the artwork in this exhibit.

Cole Academy Art Exhibition. On display February 15 with the artist reception held from 1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m. Through the Artist in Residence program Cole Academy students have been given the opportunity to take free art classes, tour the Lansing Art Gallery, and display their work in an art exhibition dedicated to the pieces they have created.

Art Scholarship Alert. High School Portfolio Competition on display April 3 – April 25. The Art Scholarship Alert (ASA) is a scholarship competition for grades 9 – 12 in nine mid-Michigan counties. For thirty years this juried exhibition has awarded $106,000 in scholarships and has given high school students the chance to display their original pieces in the Lansing Art Gallery.

“reCollection” by Justin Kellner. On display April 28 – June 4 with the artist reception held from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. on May 1. To balance the abstract imagery, Kellner uses realistically painted birds throughout his acrylic works.

“Parts of Trees” by Martha Brownscombe. On display June 9 – July 16 with the artist reception held from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. on June 12. Brownscombe uses a variety of fiber techniques to incorporate trees into the pieces on display.

“Totems” by Mark Piotrowski. On display July 21 – August 27 with the artist reception held from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. on July 24. Drawing inspiration from the way daily experiences can shape our perspective of the world, the pieces in this exhibit feature shaped panels covered with enamel.

Statewide Competition of Michigan Artists. On display September 1 – September 30. Lansing Art Gallery is hosting a statewide competition to celebrate their 50th anniversary.

“Dwell” by Xia Gao. On display October 6 – November 12 with the artist reception held from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. on October 9. This exhibit showcases life-size three-dimensional abstract human figures and intricate examples of pin embroidery.

Holiday Exhibition from Michigan Artists. On display November 20 – December 23 with a sneak preview from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. on November 19. View holiday artwork from over 100 Michigan artists.

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