The Ann Arbor Street Art Fair’s jury process is unique in that applicants are juried by one of four panels that are category specific.
The 2017 jury panels are:
Jewelry & Metalwork
Painting, Drawing, Printmaking, 2-D Mixed Media, Photography, & Digital Art
Wood, Furniture, & Clay
Sculpture, 3-D Mixed Media, Fiber, & Glass
Guest jurors are selected for their experience and expertise in a range of related media. A variety of backgrounds and skills are sought, including artists, educators, and museum curators. Panelists join Jury Advisory Board members to ensure both new and experienced jurors serve together.
Instructor Benjamin Clore is a ceramic artist and sculptor. He discovered his love for clay as a freshman at Whatcom Community College in Bellingham, Washington, and his love for teaching while tutoring students as a resident artist at the Whatcom Clay Studio. He earned his BA in Ceramics from Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington. Then he earned his MFA in Ceramics from Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. Benjamin has exhibited nationally and internationally. His most recent work takes the form of large-scale architectural installation and outdoor public sculpture. He currently serves on the board of directors for the Michigan Ceramic Art Association and the Saginaw Art Museum. www.benjaminclore.com
Nicholas Dowgwillo joined the Stamps School of Art and Architecture in 2014 as 2D Media Coordinator. He provides organizational, technical, and logistical support for the printmaking, painting, and drawing studios. His expertise spans the range of 2-dimensional media with emphasis in traditional print. Dowgwillo is a practicing printmaker and has exhibited his work in numerous national and international exhibitions, participated in multiple artist residencies, and worked as printer and partner on a variety of collaborative projects. He received his BFA in Printmaking from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in 2007 and his MFA in Printmaking from Arizona State University in 2011. nicholasdowgwillo.com
Ann Baddeley Keister
Ann is a Michigan based textile artist who recently retired from teaching in the Art Department at Grand Valley State University. Ann taught 2D Design, Color Theory and Textiles as well as establishing a summer class, Art in London, where students traveled abroad for the 5 week course. Currently as a full-time working artist she began working collaboratively with Metalsmith, Pat Nelson and Poet, Patricia Clark. annbkeister.com
James L. Lawton is an artist, curator and producer; he is Professor and the Co-Coordinator of the Sculpture Program at Michigan State University. In his years teaching, working in administration and exhibiting his art, he has held a passion for advancing the arts at the university. Over the years, Lawton has received several grants and served as a producer, curator, juror, visiting artist and has had solo and group exhibitions at the national and international level with recognition and work included in selected publications.
Thomas Madden works primarily in holloware, pewter, copper and silver and has been doing research into bi-metal surface embellishment, keum boo - damascene, Higo Zogan, and electroforming. He has presented at many workshops nation-wide and had taught at Colorado Mountain College, Mississippi State University, Eastern Michigan University, and University of Michigan before teaching at CCS.
Tiff Massey is a mixed-media artist from Detroit, Michigan. She holds an MFA in metalsmithing from Cranbrook Academy of Art, and a BS in Biology from Eastern Michigan University. Her work, inspired by African standards of economic vitality, includes both large-scale and wearable sculptures. Massey counts the iconic material culture of 1980’s hip-hop as a major influence in her jewelry. She uses contemporary observances of class and race through the lens of an African diaspora, combined with material drawn from her experience in Detroit. Tiff Massey is a 2015 Kresge Visual Arts Fellowship awardee as well as a John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s Knight Arts Challenge winner, and was recognized as a Michigan Chronicle 40 Under 40 award recipient. A staunch advocate for Detroit’s artist community, Massey has served on numerous panels including the Detroit Institute of Art’s Friends of Modern Contemporary Art Lecture series. Tiff Massey has also participated in two residencies sponsored by a New York museum; these residencies took place in Detroit, MI and Athens, Greece, and she has been invited to Arles, France. Tiff Massey’s work has been widely exhibited in both national and international museums and galleries.
Ms. Spindler has shown her work in solo and group exhibitions throughout the world, including most recently at Galerie Camille Detroit. Her photographs have appeared on the cover of the New York Times Sunday Magazine, U.S. News & World Report and in Graphis, among others. Ms. Spindler has been awarded the American Advertising Federation ADDY for her work on Lupus awareness with Saatchi & Saatchi. Her work also appears in private and corporate collections around the globe. Ms. Spindler studied at College for Creative Studies, Detroit. www.spindlerproject.com
Jesse Stefani is a mixed-media artist, designer and fabricator from metro Detroit. Jesse received his BFA from Detroit’s College for Creative Studies in Industrial Design with a special emphasis on crafts and process. Jesse Is a second generation metal-smith, he and his father started Stefani and Co. Metalworks in Keego Harbor Michigan in 2006, there they specialize in unique and one-of-a-kind works ranging from jewelry and furniture to public art sculpture. Jesse Stefani’s designs have been both nationally and internationally recognized with award winning designs in public art and lighting design. In 2013 Jesse launched Hex Detroit, a Motor-City inspired line of wearable and home goods all made primarily from steel hardware and leather with hopes to soon expand to Hex furniture and Hex lighting. www.hexdetroit.com www.stefaniandco.com
William Tyrrell graduated from the College for Creative Studies with a degree focused on Interdisciplinary Furniture Design in 2010. William is currently the Full Time Woodshop Technician and 3D Design instructor in the Foundations Department at the College for Creative Studies. Working in many creative industries throughout his time in Detroit William has affiliations with The Henry Ford Museum as a Conservation Specialist, Movement: Electronic Music Festivals visual arts program, and Hubert Massey’s Michigan Outreach project for GVSU and ArtPrize. In addition William is founder of illi Design LLC, an Interdisciplinary design studio focused on conceptualization, product development, and material fabrication. www.illidesign.com
Timothy Van Laar
Timothy van Laar is Professor and Chair of Fine Arts at the College for Creative Studies. He is a visual artist and writer, producing paintings, drawings, collages, and installations that have been exhibited throughout North America and Europe. He has co-authored three books and has also written numerous reviews and catalog essays. The most recent book, Artworld Prestige: Arguing Cultural Value, was published by Oxford in January 2013. Fulbright, Yaddo, the Howard Foundation, the Illinois Art Council, the Karl Hofer Gesellschaft, and the Ucross Foundation have supported his creative activities. The Detroit Institute of Arts, The Illinois State Museum, and Herman Miller are among the public and private collections that include his work. He received his MFA degree from Wayne State University in 1975; for 32 years he taught at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he was the Chair of the Painting and Sculpture Program.
Georgette Zirbes is Arthur F. Thurnau Professor Emerita of Art & Design, Stamps School of Art & Design, The University of Michigan. She studied at DePauw University and The Ohio State University. As a recipient of two Fulbright Grants, she lived and worked in Japan and (what was then) Czechoslovakia. She is a member of the International Academy of Ceramics and a studio artist in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
April is the owner of and principle glassblower at epiphany studios. Her work is shown in over 300 galleries worldwide and is featured in numerous public, private, and corporate collections. She has taught, lectured, and received a number of awards. She is very involved in philanthropy for the arts community and sits on 2 arts based boards. epiphanyglass.com/portfolio/
The Jury Advisory Board meets in a final composition session to review the invitations from the jury panels and establish a wait list.
Lois Bryant is a fiber and mixed media artist living in Ann Arbor, MI. She teaches 2D Design at Eastern Michigan University, as well as 2D Design and Fibers/Textiles at Adrian College. Bryant received an MFA from Eastern Michigan University, an MA from the Rhode Island School of Design, and a BA from Brown University. Her work is in the permanent collections of the University of Michigan Museum of Art’s Mott Children’s Hospital collection, National Museum of Design/Cooper-Hewitt/Smithsonian Institution, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts as well as corporate and residential collections nationwide. Her portfolio can be seen at www.loisbryantstudio.com
Karen has lived in Ann Arbor for 35 years. She has a BA in Art History from the University of Michigan and a MFA in Painting from Eastern Michigan University. She ran her studio/gallery, The Detroit Street Gallery (across the street from Zingerman’s), from 1996-2004. Karen continues to work in painting, collage and digital photography and teaches collage workshops at Hollander’s in Ann Arbor. Karen has exhibited widely in the midwest and her work is published in a series of Art Books by Press Lorentz and in another series by Little Beast Publishing.
Leyland is the Ceramics Studio Coordinator at the University of Michigan’s Penny Stamps School of Art & Design. He also teaches ceramics classes at the College for Creative studies in Detroit and for local pottery guilds in Ann Arbor. As an artist with a thriving creative practice, Leyland exhibits his sculpture work and continues to produce pots and large hand-built sculptural forms based on neolithic artifacts and minimalist geometry. Prior to his working as a ceramicist, he was involved in the jewelry industry for 15 years as a gemologist, designer, and stone setter in Western Pennsylvania.
Jaye Schlesinger is a full-time artist, specializing in oil and gouache paintings. Her work has been described as “contemplative pop art meets a meticulous photorealism.” She has also worked as a medical illustrator, professor, graphic artist, museum exhibit designer, and furniture maker. She has an MFA in painting from the University of Michigan as well as an MFA in medical illustration, also from the University of Michigan. She exhibits extensively and has won numerous awards, including a Pollock/Krasner Foundation grant in 2007, and was elected as a Master Pastelist by the Pastel Society of America in 2008. Her work appears in many national publications, she has gallery representation across the country, and she regularly attends artist-in-residency programs.
Adam Shirley is an artist, designer and educator living and working in Detroit, Michigan. Adam began his career working as an apprentice for a master jeweler, learning the traditional techniques and processes of metalsmithing. Shirley received his BFA in jewelry and metals from the College for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI and his MFA in metalsmithing from Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Mi. His work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally, and he is represented by Simone DeSousa Gallery, Detroit, Mi.
Joshua has worked with glass since 1998 and received his B.F.A from the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, MI. He is currently a production glassblower at The Henry Ford Museum, creating early American historical reproductions. In addition, he works as an Adjunct Faculty member teaching glassblowing at the College for Creative Studies. His work is based in traditional Murano style furnace methods—a dichotomy of technique-driven craft and mixed media sculpture which includes both man-made and natural materials. He has worked and demonstrated in various studios with some of the top artists throughout the country.
The On-site Awards Jurors have the responsibility of selecting ten artists to receive Awards of Excellence. Awards are both a cash prize and a jury-exempt invitation for the following year.
Albert Young has been operating an independent glass studio/school since 1983 and has been a pivotal member of the Detroit areas glass community.He received his BFA in ceramics from The Center For Creative in Studies in 1982 and his MFA in sculpture from Wayne State University in 1988 as well as studies in Taiwan,Murano,Italy and Canada. Albert currently owns and operates Michigan Hot Glass Workshop, michigan’s oldest independent glass blowing school ,he is also on the faculty at The College For Creative Studies where he teaches all levels of glass blowing and creative thinking.Albert is best known for his sculpture using innovative casting techniques and the combination of steel and glass.His Sculptures can be seen around the world and the United States as well as locally at The Habatat Gallery in Royal Oak,Michigan.
Nielsen worked as a freelance designer before joining the A&D staff to redesign the public display areas in the School’s hallways. Now an exhibitions director, Nielsen works with a faculty committee and as part of an exhibitions team to oversee the School’s exhibitions program. After graduating from college, Nielsen spent a few years in San Francisco working as a production designer for stage shows by the Rolling Stones, Genesis, Pink Floyd and others. After returning to Minneapolis, the skills developed in this field translated easily to the requirements of the Walker Art Center’s exhibition program. He worked closely with curators and visiting artists such as Jennifer Bartlett, Saul Lewitt, Claus Oldenberg and Frank Stella to design and install their exhibition. Nielsen’s exhibition talents were honed at the UM Museum of Art, where he was exposed to a wider array of art, including old masters paintings and Asian and European artifacts and works on paper. These presented design and archival concerns that were new and challenging and provided an informal hands-on art history education. Nielsen won awards for several designs, including an architectural reconstruction of an ancient Sephoris Ark and an interactive Tea House, which later became a tourist destination, complete with a daily tea ceremony performance.Nielsen has served as a consultant to a number of campus galleries, including the Kelsey Museum and the Institute for the Humanities, in the areas of gallery development, design and maintenance. Also an exhibiting artist, Nielsen appears on occasion in area galleries under the pseudonym Uncle Art.