Ann Arbor Art Association.

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The Ann Arbor Art Association was formed in 1909 by a group of local artists and University of Michigan art department faculty members who wished to further their talents and interests by collaborating with like-minded people in the community. Their first exhibit home was in Alumni Memorial Hall. The Association continued to hold exhibits, both juried and non-juried, in the Hall until the 1940s when it moved to the galleries of the Rackham building.

As the Association gained members, it began to expand its focus to include the promotion of art appreciation in and around Ann Arbor. Examples included the Youth Art Shows, which showcased the work of local school children, and the very successful Christmas Exhibits and Sales. The Association also exhibited members' artwork at City Hall and the Ann Arbor District Library, a practice that has continued to this day. In 1960, the Association collaborated with the Ann Arbor Merchants Association on the Ann Arbor Street Craft Fair, an exhibition and sale that quickly gained fame and popularity.

Although these records end in 1969, the Ann Arbor Art Association continues to be an active and vital group, promoting a love of art and enabling amateur artists in the community to foster their talent and love for various medium of artistic expression.

From the guide to the Ann Arbor Art Association Records, 1909-1969, (Bentley Historical Library University of Michigan)

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Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Bureau of Alumni Relations (University of Michigan) records, 1929-1951 Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Crary, Douglas D., 1910-. Douglas D. Crary papers, 1965-1988 (bulk 1965-1973). Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Ann Arbor Art Association Records, 1909-1969 Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Warren P. Lombard papers, 1877-1939 Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Ann Arbor Women Painters records, 1951-1998 Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Joyce Jones Papers, 1930-1980 Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Douglas D. Crary papers, 1943-2003, 1965-1973 Bentley Historical Library
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associatedWith Ann Arbor Women Painters. corporateBody
associatedWith Crary, Douglas D., 1910- person
associatedWith Jones, Joyce, 1897-1980 person
associatedWith Lombard, Warren P. (Warren Plimpton), 1855-1939 person
associatedWith University of Michigan. Bureau of Alumni Relations. corporateBody
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