Things to See: Pulp Art Exhibit Roundup for August


Dan Plummer uses stereoscopy to show depth as a major compositional element in the “American Landscapes in 3D” at Ypsilanti’s 22 North.

Dan Plummer uses stereoscopy to show depth as a major compositional element in American Landscapes in 3D at Ypsilanti’s 22 North gallery. Photo taken from 22 North's website.

While we're entering the final stretch of summer, there’s still time to catch several vibrant and innovative art exhibits this month in Washtenaw County. Check out this comprehensive list of exhibits featured at local galleries throughout August.

The (m)Organic Process: Inhale. Exhale. Art.
August 2-13
CultureVerse, Ann Arbor

The (m)Organic Process: Inhale. Exhale. Art. spotlights the creative process and original work of local artist Morgan Burgard. Visitors will experience the process of making art, what it means to Burgard, and what it means to them through a physical exhibit and a virtual experience.

Portraits of Feminism in Japan
Through August 4
Lane Hall Exhibit Space, the University of Michigan’s Institute on Research for Women and Gender, Ann Arbor

The exhibit features original portraits of feminists who have shaped the landscape of women's rights and gender rights in Japan and beyond. Portraits of Feminism in Japan features portraits and accompanying texts from nine contemporary artists in Japan and the U.S. that challenge simplistic understandings of feminism. 

The artists also highlight a diversity of experiences, needs, and activism within Japan and cover the history of Japanese studies at the University of Michigan in conjunction with the Center for Japanese Studies’ 75th anniversary.

Featured artists include Elaine CromieJenClare B. GawaranTakatoshi Hayashi, ivokuma (いぼくま), Nami Kaneko (金子奈美), Kang Jungsook, Lisa Taka MiyagiNancy Nishihira (西平・ナンシー), and Shigeki Shibata (柴田滋紀).

American Landscapes in 3D
August 4-18
22 North, Ypsilanti

Dan Plummer’s interactive exhibit American Landscapes in 3D features landscape photography and hand-built devices for viewing them in 3D. He uses stereoscopy to show depth as a major compositional element.

Through August 11
North Campus Research Complex Galleries, Ann Arbor

Americana is a powerful exploration of how the past is remembered and reinterpreted. Matthew Zivich’s artwork provides a thought-provoking confirmation of American military history, a genre that may not be seen as popular today. To learn more, read our recent Pulp piece.

Through August 11
North Campus Research Complex Galleries, Ann Arbor

Artist Julianne Orlyk Walsh is captivated by the history and evolution of pot making. From the tools and techniques used centuries ago to the fundamental process and output of today, much has remained the same. Chronicle reflects the evolution of Walsh’s artistic process, from her childhood to her beginnings as an adult artist. To learn more, read our recent Pulp piece.

Something Holy
Through August 11
North Campus Research Complex Galleries, Ann Arbor

Cristina Joya’s Something Holy is a collection inspired by vessels as an analogy to the human being, which is also a container for thoughts and emotions. The artwork, coupled with loops as ornaments and halo-like details, represents the self-realization, happiness, peace, and completeness we aspire to achieve. To learn more, read our recent Pulp piece.

August 11-September 16
Gutman Gallery, Ann Arbor

The Guild of Artists & Artisans presents Emerge, an all-media exhibition featuring young, novice, or emerging artists. All 24 artists featured are current participants in the guild's Emerging Artist Program. 

Smiling Phases
Through August 14
The Deep End Cafe & Gallery, Ypsilanti

Ann Arbor musician / record-label owner / artist Evan Haywood is hosting an art exhibit, Smiling Phases, through August 14 at Ypsilanti's The Deep End Cafe & Gallery.

The exhibit features mixed-media collages and vibrant acrylic works reflecting the intricate dance of personal identity, social structures, and the digital masks people wear in the age of information. Each artwork explores the tension between authenticity and disguise, posing unsettling questions about the nature of people's projected identities.

Haywood is hosting an artist meet-and-greet from 1 pm-4 pm August 5 at The Deep End Cafe & Gallery.

Being Black in Ann Arbor
August 16-27
CultureVerse, Ann Arbor

Jordan Nik Art’s Asha Jordan presents Being Black in Ann Arbor, which explores breaking free of hiding your true self in a predominantly white area, being unapologetically black, and sharing authentic stories about those experiences. 

Through August 19
Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor

Wavelengths explores the art and science of color through the lens of five artists—Ingrid AnkersonBrianna BarronKira KeckVictoria Ashley, and Matt Shilan—working in ceramics, neon, letterpress, glass, paper, and textiles. It also considers the artists’ use of shape and repetition to create simple and complex approaches to color. 

Nature – All 
Through August 20
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Ann Arbor

Nature – All is a collection of oil paintings reflecting University of Michigan associate research scientist Sara Adlerstein’s strong connection to nature and her work as an ecologist. These images are inspired by the beauty of Earth and are often the topic of Alderstein’s research, including her work with the University of Michigan’s School for Environment and Sustainability. 

The FET!SH Project
August 30 – September 20
22 North, Ypsilanti 

The FET!SH Project is an artistic intervention that gives voice to women’s concerns and perspectives about the media’s role in how womanhood is defined. It features 18 art-to-wear pieces from curator Laura Earle and other artists.

Dopamine Dressing
Through August
University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor

For Dopamine DressingYehRim Lee positions colorful clay and metal sculptures on a complex structure of her own design to create a joyful, immersive environment. Inspired by the fashion trend of the same name, the exhibit leans into the idea that bright colors and surprising textures can create happiness by activating chemicals in the brain.

A Gathering
University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor

A Gathering features works that reflect how global migrations, race, gender, and ecological changes shape the way people engage with the world and inform their visions for the future. Curated by Félix Zamora-Gómez, the exhibit features pieces by Jason DeMarteStephanie SyjucoJennifer Wynne ReevesJess T. Dugan, and Suchitra Mattai

We Write To You About Africa
University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor

We Write To You About Africa is a complete reinstallation and doubling of UMMA’s space dedicated to African art. It features a variety of works to directly address the complex and difficult histories inherent to African art collections in the Global North, including their entanglements with colonization and global efforts to repatriate African artworks to the continent.

Featured artists include Sam NhlengethwaMasimba HwatiJon Onye Lockard, and Shani Peters. To learn more, read our recent Pulp piece.

Through January 2
University of Michigan Museum of Natural History, Ann Arbor

Featuring artwork by Gina GibsonUN/EARTH explores science and art from a mile underground. Located in the former Homestake gold mine in Lead, South Dakota, the Sanford Underground Research Facility houses experiments that give a better understanding of the universe.

The location—deep underground—provides a near-perfect environment for experiments that need to escape the constant bombardment of cosmic radiation, which can interfere with the detection of rare physics events. Built in collaboration with the University of Michigan, the LUX-ZEPLIN is the world’s most sensitive dark matter experiment.

Lori Stratton is a library technician, writer for Pulp, and writer and editor of