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. 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.Due to COVID protocols, 2021 applicants are being juried remotely by the Jury Advisory Board.
2021 AWARDS JURORS
Tom Venner has been involved in ceramics for over forty years. He has exhibitied his ceramic work widely in Michigan and the US and maintains a studio in Saline, Michigan. He is a professor emeritus in the School of Art and Design at Eastern Michigan University as well as former dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. His community service includes president of the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, the Original and of the Michigan Potters' Association and serving on the boards of several other arts organizations.
Carl Wilson is Detroit-based artist and a Kresge, Yaddo and MacDowel Fellow. His work has been featured in serveral museums. Future museum exhibitions are scheduled in Colorado and Alabama. In 2019 he created a ten print collection based on james Weldon Johnson's Prodigal Son poetry, commisioned by Calvin College, the Calvin Prision Initiative, and Dr. Larry Gerbens.
Treena Flannery Ericson has been the Gallery Director of the historic Scarab Club in Detroit since 2003, following 20 years as a graphic designer. She is a frequent speaker and juror and has served on advisory committees in the Detroit arts community.
2021 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 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.
Lynda Cole Lynda Cole paints in encaustic and oil paint and cold wax and also creates large scale 3 dimensional geometric pieces. She has exhibited widely and won awards for her work, including Art Prize 2011 where she won third prize for her work titled ‘Rain’. She graduated from Michigan State University with a BA in Textile and Clothing Design. She continued her education at the University of Michigan where she studied Botany. From 1976 - 1990 she ran her landscape design company - Wildwood Flower.
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 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 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 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.