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The Ultimate Guide to the Best Street Art in Ann Arbor [2024]

Exact locations of Ann Arbor's prettiest murals!
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Last week, I did something new where I dedicated an entire article to an art museum. Essentially, one article was devoted to a single attraction in a city.

This week, I'm doing something new again where I'm having an entire article focused solely on street art-- my favorite things to see in any city! Many of my dedicated readers are well-aware of this fact!

For the first city on where to find the best murals, I selected a city I live close to and a city I've written about a few times already: Ann Arbor!

Going on a mural hunt was one of the things I advised to do when visiting Ann Arbor. Now, you'll also have a guide showing you where the best (and my favorite) murals are!

IN THIS ARTICLE...

The Ultimate Guide to the Best Street Art in Ann Arbor [2024]

01 // Ann/Ashley Parking Structure

A mural near the Ann/Ashley parking structure part of the A2AC mural tour in downtown Ann Arbor by artist WC Bevan. This mural is one of the best pieces of street art in Ann Arbor.
Rare I ever find murals that are just black and white!

This is one of the murals you can find on the A2AC mural scavenger hunt. It is located across the street from the entrance of the parking structure near the intersection of Ann & Ashley.

I was drawn to this mural because it's unlike all the other murals I've showcased in this blog. Typically, I'm drawn to street art with saturated and a wide spectrum of color. This mural is the opposite of that: the art piece is monochromatic.

Location: Across street from 220 N Ashley St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

02 // Blind Pig & 8 Ball Saloon

A mural outside the Blind Pig and 8 Ball Saloon part of the A2AC mural tour in downtown Ann Arbor by artist Chris 'Dokebi' Sammons. This mural is one of the best pieces of street art in Ann Arbor
My favorite mural in all of Ann Arbor is this one.

This is my third article writing about Ann Arbor. In my prior two articles, I've used images of this mural in both.

My favorite mural in all of downtown Ann Arbor is this one-- drawn on the side of the music venue The Blind Pig and also the 8 Ball Saloon.

This mural is included in the A2AC mural tour. It was done by artist Chris "Dokebi" Sammons.

Location: 208 S 1st St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

03 // Circ Bar

A mural at 210 S 1st St entitled Not Afraid to Dance part of the A2AC mural tour in downtown Ann Arbor by artist Gary Horton. This mural is one of the best pieces of street art in Ann Arbor
Does this remind you of the store Target?

Hopefully I don't offend the artist by saying the red color and circles remind me of the store Target, but hey, that's what came to mind. Doesn't deter from its quality at all!

The circles are because this mural is located outside The Circ Bar.

Located just a few steps from the mural outside the Blind Pig and 8 Ball Saloon is this mural, designed by artist Gary Horton. The mural is named "Not Afraid to Dance".

The day I took this picture, there was a gate closing off an entrance on S 1st Ave. To get a better shot, I had to walk up to a train track on W Liberty St, and enter from the back.

Location: 210 S 1st St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

04 // 200 S Ashley St

A mural at 200 S Ashley St entitled Drifts & Electrifty's AR Experience part of the A2AC mural tour in downtown Ann Arbor by artist Ouizi. This mural is one of the best pieces of street art in Ann Arbor
Mural of flowers.

Pretty mural of flowers on multiple sides of a building at 200 S Ashley St.

Another mural included on the A2AC mural tour. The artist is Ouizi and the mural is apparently entitled "Drifts".

Location: 200 S Ashley St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

05 // 117 N 1st

A mural located at 117 N 1st in downtown Ann Arbor entitled 'Symbiosis of the Red Bellied Woodpecker and the Eastern Bluebird' by artist Jacob Dwyer as part of the A2AC mural tour.
Maybe I should have moved those blue trash bins?

This blue-centric mural is located on the side of a commercial property space owned by Phoenix West.

This mural is included on the A2AC mural tour. It is entitled "Symbiosis of the Red Bellied Woodpecker and the Eastern Bluebird" and is done by artist Jacob Dwyer.

In case you're wondering what the word 'symbiosis' means (because, admittedly, I had to look it up), it means "a mutually beneficial relationship between different people or groups". You have expanded your vocabulary reading my article!

Location: 117 N 1st, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

06 // 123 N Ashley

A mural located at 123 N Ashley in the Creative District in downtown Ann Arbor entitled 'May Her Memory Be Our Innermost Revolution' by artist Ann Lewis as part of the A2AC mural tour.
There are two separate buildings with a mural of this design.

This maze-looking mural is not just in this parking lot but also located on two sides of a small building nearby.

This mural is included on the A2AC mural tour. It is entitled "May Her Memory Be Our Innermost Revolution" by artist Ann Lewis. Cool title!

Location: 123 N Ashley, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

07 // Mural near S 1st St & W Washington

A mural at a bridge in the Creative District nearby S 1st St & W Washington in downtown Ann Arbor.
The area underneath bridges is a common spot for street art.

At the intersection of S 1st St & W Washington, if you head down W Washington toward Third, you'll see a bridge with this mural underneath.

I don't have any info on the artist nor the name of the mural.

08 // S Ashley Street Lot

A huge mural at the S Ashley Street Lot by artist Joey Salamon in the Creative District in downtown Ann Arbor. This mural is part of A2AC murals.
The widest spanning mural of all the street art mentioned here.

Pictured above is just a fragment of this wide spanning mural. Basically, the entire building in the S Ashley Street Lot is painted in vibrant rainbow colors.

There are multiple designs interspersed on the rainbow background as well. Another mural in Ann Arbor I never tire of seeing-- and one that is very hard to miss!

This mural does not have a name. It is included in the A2AC mural tour and was painted by artist Joey Salamon.

Location: 309 S Ashley St, Ann Arbor, MI 48103

09 // Courthouse Square

A mural at 100 S Fourth Ave of Courthouse Square entitled 'Challenge Everything. Create Anything' aka Big Wall by artists Mary Thiefels and Danjiel Matanic in downtown Ann Arbor. This mural is part of Treetown Murals.
Had to use portrait mode for this 10-story tall mural!

The tallest and undoubtedly one of the most eye-catching murals in downtown Ann Arbor has to be this one!

This mural is located across the street from the Washtenaw County Courthouse. It is not part of the A2AC mural tour but, actually, belongs to a different collection of murals in Ann Arbor called Treetown Murals.

This 10-story mural was painted by two artists: Mary Thiefels and Danjiel Matanic. It is entitled "Challenge Everything. Create Anything". I like this title too!

This mural is also known by the name of 'Big Wall'.

Location: 100 S Fourth Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

10 // 113 E Liberty St

A mural by artist Nina Shahin in downtown Ann Arbor as part of A2AC murals.
There's another great mural right near this one...

Located in an alleyway off E Liberty St is this tranquil mural. It is right across the street from the mural I've mention next.

This mural is part of the A2AC mural tour. It was painted by artist Nina Shahin.

Location: 113 E Liberty St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

11 // Bakehouse 46

A mural by artist Jesse Kassel entitled 'Good to the Last Crumb' in downtown Ann Arbor as part of A2AC murals.
The mural that was used for the lead image of this article!

Since this mural featured the abbreviation for Ann Arbor 'A2', I felt it was the best choice to use as the lead image for this article!

Located across the street from Nina Shahin's mural at 114 E Liberty St is this terrific and colorful mural on the side of Bakehouse 46. This mural is entitled 'Good to the Last Crumb' and was done by artist Jesse Kassel.

Location: 116 E Liberty St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

12 // Ideal Body Piercing

A mural in downtown Ann Arbor located at 211 E Liberty St.
Another great mural you'll find on E Liberty St!

This is another cool mural you'll spot on E Liberty St. It is located in an alleyway on the side of a store called Ideal Body Piercing.

I do not have any other info about this mural.

Location: 211 E Liberty St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

13 // Graffiti Alley

Street art in Graffiti Alley in downtown Ann Arbor.
Graffiti Alley, entering from E Liberty St

Graffiti Alley was one of my favorite Ann Arbor spots and something I have highly recommended in the past when visiting Ann Arbor.

Why am I speaking in past tense?

I revisited Graffiti Alley in March 2024. The word "FARTS" was spray painted repeatedly and on nearly every wall when you enter from E Liberty St. Yes, I understand this locale is called Graffiti Alley but I still see this as juvenile desolation of one of Ann Arbor's most unique areas.

You can see the word "FARTS" as well in the image for this item, since this picture was taken during my most recent visit.

If you can ignore the obnoxious word, Graffiti Alley is still a prime spot in Ann Arbor to see street art. Graffiti surrounds you, from the walls to the ceiling. Graffiti Alley is basically impossible to omit from discourse on great street art in Ann Arbor.

Location: Across the street from Necto nightclub-- 516 E Liberty St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

14 // Aventura

A mural in downtown Ann Arbor outside the restaurant Aventura by artist Martin Kazan located at 216 E Washington St.
Like other murals mentioned here, you'll find this one in an alleyway.

This mural of a female bullfighter is located on the side of a restaurant in Ann Arbor called Aventura, in an alleyway.

Location: 216 E Washington St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

15 // Mary A. Rackham Institute

A mural in downtown Ann Arbor outside the Mary A Rackham Institute located at 210 S 5th Ave.
The last mural in the list (for now!).

A calming mural on the side of the University of Michigan Mary A. Rackham Institute building.

I do not have any additional info on this mural.

Location: 210 S 5th Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Conclusion

In recent years, artists have added tremendously to the scenery of this renowed Michigan college town!

Aside from my guide here, you can also use the iPhone app CANVS Street Art to aid you in finding these murals-- and others I didn't include here!

CANVS is an app you can use to locate murals in many major cities throughout the US!

Alternatively, you can also go on the Google Maps app and type in "A2AC Murals", which will provide you walking diretions to some of the murals listed in this article!

This was my first article dedicated to just covering street art & murals in one city! I certainly will publish more articles on street art in other major US cities in the future!


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