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Imagined Communities


Gallery Project presents Imagined Communities, a multimedia exhibit in which over 20 local, regional, and national artists explore ideas of community in the digital world.  Artists are challenged to represent the myriad forms of new linkages generated by social media. The exhibit opens on Wednesday, August 10 and runs through Sunday, September 18.  The opening reception is Friday, August 12 from 6-9.


Social media’s exponential growth has changed the nature and structure of human relationships, from the creation of entirely new friendship groups, to fast spreading waves of political action. Traditional communities, based upon geographic locality and a purpose-built physical space are being supplemented and in some cases, supplanted, by their web-based counterparts. Just as the basic architecture of traditional communities is built upon and shifted organically based on the wants and needs of their participants, so too have social networks morphed beyond the foundations of their designers. How have we as human participants carved our own spaces out of these imagined communities, and what methodologies are artists using to create work that addresses, interfaces with and exists in this realm?

Contributors include Sarah Buckius, Jason Carter, Joseph Delappe, Rocco DePietro, Benjamin Duke, Anthony Fontana, Sarah Gilbert, Brian Kane, Juan Kasari, David Katz, Chris Lee, Kelly Macarthur, Melanie Manos, James Nollert, Janie Paul, Erica Podwoiski, Gloria Pritschet, and Brian Spolans. The exhibit is curated by Chris Lee, a professor of art at Oakland University and a collaborator of Gallery Project.

Founded in April 2005, Gallery Project is a fine art collaborative directed by Rocco DePietro and Gloria Pritschet.  Its mission is to provide a venue for contemporary art that is culturally aware, individualistic, courageous, and thought provoking. Gallery Project is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.  It is located at 215 South Fourth Avenue in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  Spring/Summer gallery hours: Tuesday through Saturday, noon-9; and Sunday, noon-4. The gallery is closed on Mondays.  For more information, contact us at 734-997-7012 or, or through our website: