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Gallery Project
215 South Fourth Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48104




Gallery Project presents The Humor Show, a multi-media exhibit featuring 25 local, regional and national artists. The exhibit runs from Wednesday, August 2 through Sunday, September 10. The opening reception is Friday, August 4, 6-9.


We are a culture that spends a lot of time laughing at itself. Why is humor important to us? Is it an escape or diversion from the pain and tedium of everyday life, a coping mechanism or stress reliever, a simple means to express joy or happiness, or a powerful disarming vehicle to express social and political complaint or outrage.


Humor activates our emotions. It can pull at our heart strings, jolt us out of complacency, or bring us close to heaving our lunch. Humor can make a point so effectively, subversively, and ambiguously that we don’t know whether to laugh or cry.


Art uses comedic devices including irony, sarcasm, understatement and overstatement, mixed metaphor, word play, transformations, exaggeration, odd juxtapositions, things out of character, out of place, out of time, slightly off or off key, the implausible, the unexpected, the absurd, extreme behavior, slapstick, and buffoonery.


To maintain its strength humor must not seem overly cartoonish, trite, stereotypical, or hackneyed…unless that is the shameless and unabashed intent.

All media are available to humor. No minute foible is too private, no sacred monument too grand for humor’s irresistible invasion.


The current exhibit brings together artists who share with us their unique visions of humor. Participating artists include:


  1. Susanna Bergtold, New York City
  2. Coco Bruner, Royal Oak
  3. Alison Byrnes, Ann Arbor
  4. Chris Crowder, Detroit
  5. Kees de Waal, New York City
  6. Luke Engel, Ann Arbor
  7. Brent Fogt, Ann Arbor
  8. Vincent Frappier, Ann Arbor
  9. Ann Gordon, Detroit
  10. Cynthia Greig, Ann Arbor
  11. Kat Hartman, Ann Arbor
  12. Warren Hecht, Ann Arbor
  13. Judith Jacobs, Ann Arbor
  14. Jack Johnson, Detroit
  15. Vijay Kumar, New York City
  16. Mike Myers, Ann Arbor
  17. Uncle Art (Mark Nielsen), Ann Arbor
  18. Tom Nuzum, Flint
  19. Brenda Oelbaum, Ann Arbor
  20. Joey Ostrander, Ann Arbor
  21. Frank Pahl, Ann Arbor      
  22. Catherine Peet, Detroit
  23. Julie Renfro, Ann Arbor
  24. Mike Richison, Detroit
  25. SAINTRYAN® (Sally T. Ryan), Ypsilanti
  26. Mike Sivak, Ann Arbor
  27. Clint Snider, Detroit
  28. Jack Summers, Detroit
  29. Andrew Thompson, Detroit
  30. Nick Tobier, Ann Arbor
  31. Bill Tucker, New York City
  32. Kevin Tudball, Ann Arbor


Gallery Project is a fine art collaborative. Its mission is to provide a venue for contemporary art that is culturally aware, individualistic, courageous, and thought provoking. Artists representing a diverse range of visual arts curate and participate in its nine annual themed exhibits.


Gallery Project is located at 215 South Fourth Avenue in Ann Arbor. Gallery hours are: Tuesday thru Saturday, noon to 9; and Sunday, noon to 4. The gallery is closed on Mondays. For more information, call 734-997-7012 or visit the website at