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Wish List


Gallery Project presents Wish List, a dual-site, multi-media exhibition in which over 40 local, regional, national artists share their visions for a desired future state. In Toledo, Ohio, Wish List opens on Saturday, August 1 at One Lake Erie Center (600 Jefferson Ave) and runs through August 30 (with the opening reception: Saturday, August 1 from 6-9pm). In Ann Arbor, It opens at the Ann Arbor Art Center at 117 W. Liberty on Friday, September 11 and runs through October 17 (opening reception on Friday, September 11 from 6-9pm). Both receptions will feature a live DJ and have free snacks and beverages.

A wish list is an expression of optimism in future possibility, a moment of longing suffused with hope and courage. It is a thoughtful compilation of individual desires, born of a need for change, and the courage to believe in the possibility of an improved future state.

A wish list can pertain to a range of beneficiaries from oneself, family and friends, to larger social units such as communities and nation states. It can consider concepts and values such as social justice, racial and economic equality, and human and planetary survival. It can refer to specific domains such as science and technology, commerce, and the arts. It can also explore limitless worlds of the imagination.

Artists might consider old wish lists, wishes that have come true, those kept secret, those that have become deep unrequited longings, and those that have pushed personal boundaries or have changed over time due to external events or introspection. They might express new eager wishes, those that are humorous or seem shallow or even crass. This exhibit challenges artists to express their own wish lists: to plumb personal values, ideals, dreams, and quests to represent aspirations of all kinds, in any medium.

A gathering of WISH LISTS can be read as a sum of human desire in an ideal world, a courageous and optimistic composite of human longings. We eagerly anticipate the breadth of artists' responses to this call. In the assemblage of your WISH LISTS, we believe that we might glimpse our collective future taking shape.

Exhibiting artist include Heather Accurso, Hiba Ali, Sara Buckius, Seder Burns, Alex Buzzalini, Angelo Conti, Ruth Crowe, Rocco DePietro, Matt Degenaro, Anthony Fontana, Tim Gaewsky, Erin Garber Pearson, Nicole Gordon, John Gutoskey, Clifton Harvey, Adrian Hatfield, Mark Hereld, Dan Hernandez, Dustin Hostetler,Nicole Jacquard, Vijay Kumar, Julianne Lindsey, Tom McMillen-Oakley, Alex Mandrila, Mario Moore, Vince Mountain, Michael Nagara, Scott Northrup, Frank Pahl, Teresa Petersen, Erica Podwoiski, Marianetta Porter, Gloria Pritschet, Boris Rasin, Colin Raymond, Gary Setzer, Brian Spolans, Jack Summers, Andrew Thompson, Cristen Velliky, Ed Weiss, Ellen Wilt, Robin Wilt, and Nick Zagar. Wish List is curated by Gloria Pritschet and Rocco DePietro, founders and directors of Gallery Project.

Gallery Project wishes to thank Michelle Carlton, Programs Coordinator of the Arts Commission in Toledo and Marie Klopf, CEO of the Ann Arbor Art Center for their support of this exhibit.

Founded in April 2005, Gallery Project is a gallery of ideas. Its mission is to provide a venue for contemporary art that is culturally aware, individualistic, courageous, and thought provoking. In its new phase, Gallery Project presents one themed, dual-site regional exhibit annually. The 2013 Drones exhibit in Detroit and Ann Arbor Art was the first; Unseen is the second. Gallery Project is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. For more information, contact us at 734-332-1570, or by e-mail at, or through our website at

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