New Art, New Artists




One of the special programs of the Original Ann Arbor Art Fair is our New Art, New Artists (NANA) College Student Mentoring Program. The goal of this program is to nurture young artists who wish to establish themselves in a professional visual arts career. After submitting work and being selected through a jury process, seven to eight college artists are selected to participate in the Art Fair each year. We are proud to showcase the work of some of Michigan’s most talented college artists.

The selected NANA artists begin working together as they design a shared booth and support one another in successful sales. Our NANA college students are involved in one-on-one mentoring from the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, the Original staff from the time of acceptance in April until the Fair in July. Our student artists participate in meetings where they learn to present their artwork in an aesthetic manner, write a successful Artist Statement, how to design an art fair booth and tips in interacting with the public in selling their artwork. Each student is also paired with an experienced Art Fair Artist Mentor to whom they have the availability to learn from. These mentors have years of experience and have the ability to answer questions about art, (pricing work, how much work to make, hanging and framing details) logistics, (eye catching displays, how many extension cords to bring, where I park) and even how to support yourself as an Art Fair Artist. Many of these relationships turn into year-long mentorships as they help these young artists break into their artist ventures. The eight NANA artists work together as they design their shared booth and support one another in successful sales.

Every year the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair is pleased with the exceptional young artists that have taken advantage of this wonderful program. We have had many students move on to become professional Art Fair Artists and watching their success makes us very proud.

The 2019 New Art, New Artist application will be available on from March 18 through April 10, 2019.  Participants must be enrolled in a Michigan college at the time of application. Click the link to go to the application.


2018 NANA Participants

Make sure you visit our NANA booth (WA801) located on East Washington.


Victoria Bornstein

University Of Michigan


Victoria is a painter, illustrator, and graphic designer currently pursuing a BA at the University of Michigan Penny Stamps School of Art and Design with a minor in Art History. When she is not in her studio painting, you can find her exploring museums, discovering new artists on Instagram, hanging out with friends and family, or doodling on any piece of paper she can get her hands on!


Ariana Capraro

Northern Michigan University


Ariana is currently a senior at Northern Michigan University majoring in Art and Design with a focus in Drawing and Painting. For the last few years, she has been teaching classes at summer art camps in Ann Arbor. A common theme in Ariana’s works are her whimsical fairy and goblin characters. Ariana is greatly inspired by the line-work and watercolor of late 19th to early 20th century illustrations, and the fairy character designs of illustrators Allan Lee, Brian Froud, and Arthur Rackham. Ariana wants to create artwork that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. She wants her work to be something people come back to again and again and spot new details every time.



Jaymes Dempsey

Eastern Michigan University


Jaymes Dempsey is a nature photographer based in the Midwestern United States. Jaymes is drawn to abstract compositions, minimalism, and bold colors; he is inspired by a love of everything nature. For more of Jaymes's work, visit his website:



Madeleine Jackson

Kendall College of Art and Design

Drawing, Painting

Maddie Jackson is a junior illustration student at Kendall College of Art and Design. She works intermittantly in acrylic, oil, watercolor, and graphite. She aims to create dynamic images using the figure to explore gender, pageantry, and identity. Her work is inspired by the space between beauty and ugliness, and the coexistence of the two. 


Margaret Miller

Eastern Michigan University

Margaret A. Miller is a Masters of Fine Arts candidate in Printmaking at Eastern Michigan University and graduate of Aquinas College (2015). She grew up in Saugatuck, Michigan and her lifelong love of art making is only matched by her love of observing the landscape. Her print work focuses on color, abstraction and the interaction between the house and the landscape. Her prints are a combination of monotyping and screen printing, with the image being created color by color, layering multiple shapes and textures. In addition to printmaking, Margaret is a ceramicist, hiker, and cat lover. She currently lives near Adrian, Michigan and her work has been shown at the Clinton Arts Center (2016), the Diocese of Grand Rapids (2014, 2015), at Eastern Michigan University (2017), and at the 22 North Gallery in Ypsilanti, Mi (July 2018). After the completion of her Masters in 2019, Margaret plans on teaching and pursuing a PhD in Art History.


Kristal Serna

Eastern Michigan University

Kristal Serna is a junior in the School of Art and Design at Eastern Michigan University. She currently creates furniture and functional objects from wood, often incorporating chip-carved design elements and hand-cut joinery inspired by traditional Japanese woodworking techniques. After completion of her bachelor’s degree, Kristal intends to pursue an MFA.


Look where they are now!


NANA artists from every year have gone on to have extremely successful careers in the Arts! We are so honored to have been part of these young artists paths.


Amber Harrison

Artist, Craftsman, Designer, Sculptor, Jeweler

"I was lucky enough to be part of the New Art, New Artist group right after graduation from the University of Michigan, School of Art and Design. The AASAF was the launching pad that helped my fine arts career begin. I gained access to mentors, resources, and an education in a field that doesn’t have many open doors. Because of the experience with AASAF I exhibited at the Philadelphia Museum of Art Contemporary Craft Show in 2014. I am proud and so happy to be part of the AASAF because of their standards in selection of talent and quality in the work that is displayed every year. The group of artists that frequent the AASAF, who I get to now call my friends, are truly some of the best in the country, and the reason I keep coming back!"


Jake Blok

After participating in the New Art, New Artist program, Jake applied to the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, the Original and was accepted his first year.  Jake has successfully participated each year since and has grown his furniture business.


Taylor Mazer

Taylor Mazer graduated Kendall College of Art and Design in 2012 with a BFA in illustration and has gone on to win various awards such as Best of Show at the Rockford Art Museum Greenwich Village Art Fair and Best in Show and the Mayor’s Award at the Penrod Arts Fair.


Tefari Stevenson-Howard

Tefari has stayed in the Ann Arbor Area and currently runs a photography studio in Ypsilanti, Michigan.



Ruth Marks

Non-profit Housing Executive Assistant, Artist, Founding Director of FLY Children’s Art Center

"I really really loved being in the Emerging artists group at the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair. It was an amazing way to learn the skills needed to run my own booth the following year as an actual artist in the same fair. I learned how to interact with guests in the booth and I got to meet other artists participating in the fair. My current career does not really reflect my experience in the fair, however, I am still very grateful for my experience as an Emerging Artist."


Austen Brantley

Austen has continued to create and has had his art displayed at Grand Rapids City Hall and the Charles H. Wright museum. He continues to show in gallery exhibitions and art fairs around Michigan.


Janelle Songer

Janelle graduated from the College for Creative Studies in 2008 with a Bachelor of Fine Art. She continues to attend various art fairs and has her work for sale in a number of different galleries.



Sophia Zhou

Sophia has a background in architecture and graphic design and currently specializes in fine art photography and mixed media artwork, which she sells on her etsy shop. She also was a part of PowerArt! in 2015, an Ann Arbor program to cover traffic signal utility boxes with artwork created by the participants.


Alex Jacque


"So far in my career I’ve worn many hats, and currently my title is simply "Designer." More specifically though I’m a Product Designer. Generally, that means that I design interfaces and user flows for apps. While I didn’t launch into a fine arts career, and while the art fair circuit isn’t necessarily for me, AASAF helped me realize that I still do quite enjoy making, talking about, and selling my work in a capacity other than as just a freelance designer. There’s something really enjoyable about seeing someone use or appreciate something that I’ve produced—be it photograph, typeface, app, or screen print—and AASAF was where I got that first taste."