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The Ann Arbor Street Art Fair’s jury process is unique in that applicants are juried by one of three panels that are category specific.

The 2019 jury panels are:

Fiber, Jewelry, & Metalwork
2D Mixed Media, Digital Art, Drawing, Painting, Photography, & Printmaking
3D Mixed Media, Clay, Furniture, Glass, Sculpture, & Wood

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.

2019 GUEST JURORS

Boisali Biswas
Boisali is a studio artist working in mixed-media fibers, currently residing in West Bloomfield, MI. Originally from India, her formative years were spent at Visva-Bharti International University, founded by the Nobel Laureate, Rabindranath Tagore.  The essence of that profound experience, of being in tune with nature throughout the educational journey, has stayed with her and continues to influence her work. She has always had a deep-rooted attachment to the traditional art forms of her culture-rich homeland.  Boisali has had a lifelong fascination for ethnic and indigenous arts from around the world.  Living in this country for over 2 decades and adapting to Western styles, techniques, inspirations in concert with her background has made her art into a cauldron of multicultural assemblages that are very unique and a feast for the eyes. Boisali teaches weaving at the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center. She has multiple solo shows to her credit including the Multicultural Art Center in Boston, Carroll Community College in Maryland, Northville Art House, BBAC among others. She has 3 solo shows coming up in 2019, at Cherry Hill Village Theater, Canton, Columbus Cultural Arts Center and Plowshares Peace Gallery in Detroit. She has exhibited at Artprize in 2017. BoisaliBiswas.com
 
Christine Bossler 
Christine is an independent metalsmith and jeweler living and working in Detroit, MI.  She has maintained her private studio practice consisting of work that travels between objects for every day to fanciful works of fiction for exhibition, runway, and public environment. Recently, Christine finished a two person collaborated titled “Chrysalis” a 15’ mixed-media public sculpture for the Osborn Neighborhood Alliance and the Detroit Institute of Arts.  She has been contracted to restore several works of public art in South West Detroit during winter/spring 2019. Christine has completed private and public commissions, exhibited nationally and internationally, her work can be found in print and television.   Christine holds a BFA from Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, with a Fine Arts concentration in Metals/Jewelry and a minor in Art History where she has also served as Adjunct Faculty. Additional previous experience, include working for the Detroit Artist Market and serving for 14 years in various positions for the Michigan Silversmiths Guild ten years as the guild’s President. ChristineBossler.com
 
PJ Chen
PJ is an Authorized Rhino3D Trainer, adjunct faculty at College for Creative Studies, and a freelance jewelry designer. She has taught both jewelry and industrial design and has worked in the jewelry industry for over 14 years. She has a Master of Fine Arts in Metals and Jewelry from the Savannah College of Art and Design, a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Communication Design from the National Yunlin University of Science and Technology in Taiwan and an Industrial Engineering and Management degree from St. John’s and St. Mary’s Institute of Technology, Taiwan. PJ specializes in jewelry design and Rhino3D training, as well as design process and production consulting. PJChenDesign.com
 
Pamela DeLaura
Pamela DeLaura, M.F.A., Tyler School of Art at Temple University, Associate Professor in Printmaking. Professor DeLaura is interested in all areas of printmaking (lithography, intaglio, serigraphy, relief, monotype) as well as drawing in mixed media. Her work often reflects the complex role of motherhood.
 
Katherine H. Downie
Katherine was born and raised in southeast Michigan and was encouraged from a young age in her artistic endeavors. Katherine received her Bachelor of Visual Arts Education (with a concentration in watercolor) from Eastern Michigan University in 2007 and began teaching at Honey Creek Community School in Ann Arbor. After teaching, Katherine attended Kendall College of Art & Design where she fell in love with oil painting, experimenting with both realistic and abstract styles.  She continued with watercolor as well and split her time and studio between the two mediums. Katherine’s paintings have been exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions in galleries across the state and her work is in many private and corporate collections.  She is the recipient of numerous awards both for artistic and academic achievements and is currently the Restaurant Review Illustrator at The Ann Arbor Observer. KatherineDownie.com
 
Kim Ensch 
Kim has spent many years studying fine art drawing and painting. She currently lives in Van Buren Township, in southeastern Michigan with her husband. Offering private and group instruction at her home based art studio as well as conducting workshops and painting instruction at other local locations. As an award winning visual artist, Kim has shown her work in jury competitions, group shows, studio tours and gallery exhibitions. Her work has been collected nationally and internationally. 
 
Janet Kelman
Janet has created sculptural and architectural glass for over forty years.  She studied chemistry in college and fell in love with glass, aesthetically as well as the physical ways in which the medium can be manipulated.  She built a studio and produced beautifully blown and etched perfume bottles that were sold in galleries across the country.  In 1985, Janet began creating architectural glass:  sandblasted doors, windows, and mirrors in her distinct, delicate style.  Recent commissions include mosaics, donor walls, sculptural wall pieces, and lighting.  Her work graces homes and businesses across the Midwest.  In 2009, Janet married and moved to Ann Arbor. JanetKelman.com
 
Tad McKillop
Tad was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1965. He was interested in making art and artistic processes since early childhood. He studied figurative sculpture at the University of Michigan (BFA 1988) and found his passion not only for creating the figure but also the entire casting process. Tad received his MFA in 1992 from the Graduate School of Figurative Art at the New York Academy of Art. Tad has taught sculpture, life drawing, and anatomy at several colleges and universities in southeast Michigan and northern Ohio over the years: the University of Michigan, the University of Toledo, Owens Community College, Washtenaw Community College, Delta Community College, Hillsdale College, and Mott Community College. Tad makes art that is affirming of life and the universal human experience. He says the figure is an ideal way to express things relating to our rites of passage or experiences as humans, and this is why the human figure remains central to his work. TadMcKillop.com
 
Sharon Que
Sharon is an American visual artist and luthier, based in Ann Arbor, specializing in violin restoration and repair. It has been said that much of Que’s imagery can be perceived as multilayers, with some forms suggesting a mix of spiritual, secular, and mathematical or even industrial significance.  Some of her sculptures are owned by important American institutions and are in public spaces, including the Detroit Institute of Arts. SharonQue.com
 
 
Robert Schefman
Professor Schefman, is on the faculty of the College for Creative Studies. He is a native of Detroit, Michigan, earned a BFA from Michigan State University, and an MFA from the University of Iowa.
His work is in numerous private and public collections including The Broad Museum of Art, The Mint Museum of Art, The Detroit Institute of Arts, The Boca Raton Museum of Art, The 19th District Court, Dearborn; Ford Arts Center, Dearborn; Wayne State University, Detroit; The Cooley Law School, Lansing; The University of Iowa, and private collections in Detroit, New York City, Boca Raton, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. His work has been exhibited widely including exhibitions at The Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Midland Center For The Arts, The Krasl Art Center, Oakland University, The Detroit Institute of Art, Foley Square/ Federal Plaza, New York City, David Klein Gallery and Manifest Research Gallery. He has been awarded grants from the Pollack-Krasner Foundation, The Benard Maas Prize, ArtServe Michigan, The Arts foundation of Michigan, and the University of Iowa. RobertSchefman.com
 
Don Werthmann
Don is a Professional Photography Faculty member in the Digital Media Arts Department at Washtenaw Community College. Ranging across thirty years, his career is immersed in photography and education. His professional teaching career includes the film & digital eras, augmented with web design & development, and lighting for film & video. He was recently elected Department Co-Chair of the Digital Media Arts Department.  QuatrainFotographic.com
 


JURY ADVISORY BOARD

The Jury Advisory Board is a year-round Advisory Council to the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair staff.  They provide rules and standards review during the art fair.  They also meet in a final composition session to review the invitations from the jury panels and establish a wait list.

Suzanne Boissy
Suzanne is a native Ypsilantian and has lived in the area for most of her life. She received an MFA in Fibers from Eastern Michigan University, where she has been a part-time lecturer for 7 years.  Additionally, she’s taught at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, Interlochen Arts Camp, and Interlochen Arts Academy, where she is also an alumnus. Her current work involves embroidery and three-dimensional embroidery on non-traditional surfaces like petri dishes and tampons to explore themes related to societal and intellectual infection, and issues relating to feminism and misogyny. Her work has been exhibited locally and throughout the Midwest.

Maxwell Davis
Maxwell Davis designs and constructs custom home furnishings and figurative glass sculptures, as well as acts as a concept and design consultant. He’s exhibited in over 130 national and international exhibitions and competitions and has been privately collected by dozens of furniture and fine art collectors. His work is in collections at the High Museum in Atlanta, GA, and the Detroit Institute of the Arts, and he’s been a featured artist on HGTV High Noon Productions, “Modern Masters,” and “Look What I Did”. From 1973 to 2018, Maxwell taught at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan. Throughout his 44-year tenure, he provided instruction in the areas of ceramics, glass, industrial design, and for nearly twenty years he served as head of the furniture area. Maxwell holds a BFA from Southern Illinois University, and a MFA from the University of Michigan.

Nicholas Dowgwillow
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.

John Leyland
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.

 Adam Shirley
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.

 

2019 ON-SITE AWARDS JUROR 

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.

 

Tony RoKo

Tony was the first Natural American Citizen in his family, which migrated from a refugee camp in Rome. At the age of 19, Tony went to work on the assembly line of Ford Motor Company and on his breaks, he would sketch. Management took notice and asked if he’d like to be part of a plant beautification project to boost the workers’ morale. Tony has since moved from factory floors to gallery walls. His recent accomplishments include commissions for Lady Gaga, Jay Leno, and Ford’s Centennial celebration of the Assembly Line. He has been featured in Ford’s international “Go Further” campaign and his work is in the permanent collection of Michigan’s Holocaust Memorial Center. He has also been voted “Best Fine Artist” of Detroit by HOUR Detroit Magazine for the past 5 consecutive years. In addition to creating his own artwork, Tony has a passion for aiding other aspiring artists, particularly children whose talents would go unnoticed because of the circumstance of their environment. This passion inspired Tony to create the Art Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to Fostering Creative Minds. The Art Foundation provides art expression opportunities to youth in Detroit and the surrounding area, with a focus on engaging children who are members of at-risk and vulnerable populations. A portion of the proceeds from all of RoKo's work goes to the Art Foundation to provide art experiences for kids in Detroit and the surrounding area. 

 

Vera Grant

Since 2012, Grant has been the director of the Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African & African American Art at the Hutchins Center at Harvard University. Previously, she was executive director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute at Harvard and the associate director of the African and African American Studies Program at Stanford University (2001-2007).

Grant has curated numerous exhibitions, including most recently "Harlem: Found Ways" (Summer 2017). She holds an M.A. in modern European history from Stanford and a B.A. in history from the City College of New York, CUNY. She was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Hamburg in Germany, a fellow at the Center for Curatorial Leadership, a fellow at the Studio Museum in Harlem, and a Sheila Biddle Ford Foundation Fellow.

She has lectured and published widely on race and visuality, in 20th century American and German culture.

Currently, Grant serves as the Deputy Director of Curatorial Affairs and Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at University of Michigan Museum of Art.

 

Nawal Motawi

Nawal Motawi founded Motawi Tileworks more than 20 years ago. A University of Michigan art school graduate with a restless spirit and an interest in applied arts, Nawal moved to Detroit to learn tilemaking at Detroit's storied Pewabic Pottery. She returned to Ann Arbor after a few years and began making her own tiles in a garage studio and selling them from a stand she rented at the local farmers' market.

Today, Nawal is still designing and making tiles in Ann Arbor. Her companies, Motawi Tileworks and Rovin Ceramics, employ more than 30 people. Her company utilizes Toyota-Style Production and practices an international workplace culture.

Recently, Motawi tiles have been featured in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and Dwell Magazine.