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Past Exhibitions: 2001

Kemnitz Paints Ann Arbor

July 8 - August 5, 2001
Museum Apse

Milton Kemnitz
acrylic on board
45.7 x 81.3 cm
Gift of David and Doreen Hermelin and Gilbert and Lila Silverman

Bringing together an intriguing collection of works by one of the city's most productive and beloved chroniclers, Milton Kemnitz, this exhibition focuses on the artist's many portrayals of Ann Arbor. Kemnitz, who graduated from the University of Michigan in 1933, has family ties to Ann Arbor stretching back over one hundred years: his grandfather was pastor at the Bethlehem United Church of Christ, and his mother was born in Ann Arbor.

During World War II Kemnitz served in the merchant marine, where he participated in a federal program that supplied paints and paper and brief drawing lessons. Following the war, Kemnitz returned to Ann Arbor determined to make his living as an artist. He took some continuing art education classes at the University of Michigan while running a sign painting firm.

Kemnitz was one of the artists who participated in the first Ann Arbor Art Fair in 1960, and this exhibition was timed to coincide with the 2001 Ann Arbor Art Fairs. Kemnitz's close observation of Ann Arbor's architecture offers visitors the opportunity to view favorite landmarks while introducing a younger generation to the shared history that helps to define the Ann Arbor community.