About Us

Mission Statement

The mission of the Anton Art Center is “to enrich and inspire the lives of Macomb County residents and visitors of all ages, through the infusion of the arts into everyday life. We achieve this through exhibits, educational programming, community outreach and special events. Our success comes from creative leadership, a strong sense of community and the generosity of our members and supporters.”

History

Founded in 1969, the Art Center was established by Bea Wright, Gretchen Thompson and Phyllis Wickens, three members of the Mount Clemens Art Association who organized community support to save the 1904 Carnegie Library building from demolition. After hiring a director in the 1970’s, the Center slowly built into an important force for local art. A major fundraising effort spearheaded by local businessman Gebran Anton led to the 2006 opening of a building addition that increased gallery space, created a gift shop and provided additional classroom space. We are now known as the Anton Art Center.

Activities

The Anton Art Center serves over 20,000 visitors each year through 20 art exhibits and 100 classes. We have 380 members, 90 active volunteers and a small staff. Our primary activities are exhibitions, education and artist-support programs.

Exhibitions are our strength and the core of our mission. The Anton Art Center hosts open call exhibitions each year, including the prestigious Michigan Annual, a juried, all-media competition held for Michigan artists. Local art associations such as the Lakeside Palette Club of St. Clair Shores (LPC), the Mount Clemens Art Association (MCAA), and the Warren Tri-County Fine Arts Association, Inc. (WTCFA), exhibit at the center as well. Exhibitions are held in three galleries: the Main Galleries and the adjoining Boll History Gallery (1st Floor) and the Petitpren Community Gallery (2nd Floor), each with a different focus. We also exhibit art outside the building, adjacent to the center, in the Bath City Art Park.

The Anton Art Center offers educational programming throughout the year for adults and children. Winter/spring, summer and fall class schedules include drawing, watercolor, oil painting, illustrative figure drawing, weaving, ceramics, tile-making, fiber, and mixed media.

Artist-support programs include the Anton Art Center Gift Shop, a Christmas Market and a spring Art Fair as well as artists serving as paid workshop instructors and jurors. Artists are notified of open calls for artwork via email subscription, website resources, our Facebook page, or on-site.

As a regional re-granting agency for the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA), the center offers grants of up to $4,000 to qualified groups in Macomb and Oakland counties to help finance arts and cultural projects.

The Anton Art Center is a focal point for the community. Receptions attract diverse audiences including families, high school students, young adults, and older art patrons. Classes are attended by people of all ages. Local businesses and community service organizations regularly participate in exhibition, receptions and special events here. And while we draw an audience primarily from Macomb County, people throughout metropolitan Detroit attend Anton Art Center functions.

Volunteer Opportunities

Gift Shop – The gift shop is a mainstay of the Anton Art Center and is stocked with the unique works of local artists. Volunteers handle sales and answer questions during one of two shifts scheduled each day. You may choose a shift weekly, monthly or as a fill-in.

Exhibit Receiving and Pick Up – Art work coming in for new shows and going back to artists when a show closes needs to be checked in and out on scheduled days. It is a great chance to see the art work first and talk with the artists.

Patch and Paint – This crew works after every exhibit is taken down to prepare the walls for the new show. A little spackling, a little painting once a month or so and you can help us prepare to show off new art work.

Receptions and Openings – Extra volunteers are always needed to help set up, greet visitors, serve refreshments and clean up at special events. An added bonus is the fun of being at the center on these occasions.

Special Event Committees – The Art Fair, ArtParty and Christmas Market occur through the hard work of staff and volunteer committees. If you like to plan and implement ideas, please join a special event committee to help the center raise money and friends.

Other opportunities include working on mailings, gardening, seasonal cleaning, light maintenance and repair, laundry, and data entry.

If you are a student, please see our Internship Information.

Please contact the Anton Art Center for more information: (586)469-8666 or Email Us

Membership

Join the Anton Art Center and for less than it costs to take a family of four to dinner and a movie, you’ll enjoy the satisfaction comes from supporting the arts in your community!

Members receive:

  • Invitations to all exhibit openings and special events.
  • Quarterly issues of the Centerpiece, our member newsletter.
  • Member discounts on events and classes.
  • 10% discount on purchases over $20 in the Gift Shop.
  • 10% discount on exhibited works for sale.

Annual Membership Levels:

  • $1,000 – Benefactor
  • $500 – Sustaining Member
  • $250 – Corporate Member
  • $200 – Patron
  • $100 – Friend
  • $50 – Family, School or Organization
  • $40 – Individual
  • $20 – Student

Membership is important especially in the eyes of funders who want to know that there is broad support for the organization.

Admission is free and open to the public. The Art Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Please contact the Anton Art Center for more information: (586)469-8666 or Email Us

Board of Trustees, March 2014 – April 2015

  • Pat Woodstock, President
  • Nancy Mitchell, President Elect
  • Lenore Trammell, Immediate Past President
  • Joe Jeannette, VP of Development
  • Michael Sarcheck, Treasurer
  • Thelma Ulrich, Secretary
  • Jeanne Bieri
  • Wendy Callanan
  • Michael Malone
  • Larry Powe
  • Grace Shore
  • Michelle Weiss

Funding

The Anton Art Center is a private, non-profit organization with a $300,000 annual budget. We raise that money each year through donations, memberships, class tuition, exhibition fees and sales, gift shop revenue, fundraising, and grant awards. We receive support from The Kresge Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA), the Manoogian Foundation, the Community Foundation and the Mah Nah Be Zee #198 Questors.

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HOURS

  • Tuesday-Thursday & Saturday 10AM-5PM
  • Friday 10AM-6PM
  • Sunday 12Noon-4PM
  • Closed Mondays

Sponsors

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