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 2018 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.
2018 Guest Jurors will be announced as they are confirmed for the February 9 - 12, 2018 jury session.
Autumn Brown is an instructor of art and the Metals/Jewelry Area Coordinator at Western Michigan University's Gwen Frostic School of Art. Prior to her appointment at Western, Autumn instructed metals classes for Pitt Community College in Winterville, North Carolina where she also helped establish their metalsmithing area. She has also served Interlochen Center for the Arts as summer metals faculty for the past six years, where she most recently started a concentration in silversmithing for their summer programming schedule. Outside of the classroom Autumn has curated, lectured and exhibited on a national scale. Autumn’s current technical research focuses on the cross pollination of traditional metalsmithing processes with ceramic material in order to create non-traditional adornments and art objects made of metal and ceramic, or “cerametal.” Autumnbrownarts.com/
A Chicago, IL and Milwaukee, WI native, Tyanna Buie is a visual artist who received her BA from Western Illinois University, and her MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Buie has attended Artists-In-Residency programs, such as the Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans, LA, the Women’s Studio Workshop in Rosendale, NY and the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT, as well as maintaining a connection to the community by hosting printmaking workshops and demonstrations, while participating in Healthy Neighborhood Initiatives through the production of public art created for under-served neighborhoods and communities in Wisconsin. Buie has been a visiting artist lecturer in Tennessee, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Rhode Island and Arizona, while continuing to exhibit her works in numerous juried, group and solo exhibitions throughout the country. Her extensive exhibition record includes: The Contemporary Invitational Print and Drawing exhibition at the University of Hawaii at Hilo, The Haggerty Museum of Art, Racine Art Museum, The Red Bull House of Art, N’NAMDI Center for Contemporary Art, Detroit Artist Market, The Milwaukee Art Museum, The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Lawrence University, and the Museum of Wisconsin Art. Buie’s work has been acquired by major intuitions and private collections nationally, and in 2015, Buie became the recipient of the prestigious Joan Mitchell Painters & Sculptors Grant. Buie currently lives and works in Detroit, MI, where she is an Assistant Professor/ Section Chair of Printmaking at the College for Creative Studies. Tyannajbuie.com/home.html
Patrick Irla is an independent jewelry designer and metalsmith with a studio and shop in Birmingham Michigan. Immediately after graduation from the College for Creative Studies, Patrick began working in the jewelry industry, designing for a manufacturer. Leaving after five years, he opened his own studio where he creates fine jewelry in precious metals, specializing in unique wedding and engagement rings. Patrick also makes a limited edition line of highly detailed, realistic botanical themed jewelry in silver and gold, with representation in galleries and stores throughout the US. patrickirla.com
Macali currently resides in Detroit, Michigan working as a fiber artist and a professor at Wayne State University. As a contemporary fiber artist, her focus is primarily on color, pattern, texture, distortion and memory. Heather received her Bachelors of Arts (focus in Crafts) from Kent State University and continued her art research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison receiving a Masters of Fine Arts in Textiles. Macali’s work has been published in the books: Art Yellow Book #1, by Leejin Kim, Digital Jacquard Design, by Julie Holyoke, and Textiles: The Art of Mankind, by Mary Schoeser and her work has been widely exhibited nationally and internationally. Before life as a full time fiber artist and professor, Heather worked in the fashion as a print and pattern designer at Abercrombie & Fitch and La Senza. HeatherMacali.com
John Rizzo is an Adjunct Faculty member and Woodshop Manager at the College for Creative Studies. He has lent his labor and teaching skills to a wide variety of community organizations, art projects and schools, including: MOCAD, Arts Place, Art on the Move, Hamtramck High School, CAMP Detroit and People for Palmer Park Arts. Rizzo has participated as both a student and assistant at Pilchuck Glass School, Penland Craft School, Parsons Up North as well as Peter’s Valley. He has displayed his works nationwide at various venues; in addition to his dedication to art scholarship, teaching and academia, John runs 4th Wall Concepts LLC, a company which focuses on design, fabrication, and consultation. Johnrizzoart.com
Gypsy Schindler has exhibited her paintings locally, nationally and internationally since 1996. She has a BFA from Kendall College of Art and Design and an MFA from Eastern Michigan University. Gypsy has taught all levels of undergrad and graduate drawing, painting and printmaking since 2008. She has taught at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti Michigan, Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids Michigan, Northern Michigan University in Marquette Michigan, Hope College in Holland Michigan and currently teaches at Ivy Tech in Bloomington Indiana. Gypsy’s work focuses on the figure immersed in social, political and personal content. She uses traditional and mixed media processes of drawing, painting and printmaking. http://www.gypsyschindler.com/ or http://gypsyschindler.blogspot.com/
Edward West is a photographer whose professional life has encompassed art history training, museum work at the Eastman House in Rochester and at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC, and art faculty positions at several universities including the University of New Mexico, The Art Institute of Chicago, The University of California, The University of Hawaii and The University of Michigan. As a creative practitioner he has had exhibitions and publications across the world including Japan, China, the US, Germany, Switzerland, and South Africa. "Casting Shadows" and "So-Called" are two publications of his work.
Blake Jamison Williams is a ceramics artist and Associate Professor in the Department of Art, Art History, and Design at Michigan State University. Blake discovered her love of clay at Cranbrook Kingswood high school in Michigan and her passion for teaching at Pottery Northwest in Seattle, Washington. She earned her BFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University and her MFA from Louisiana State University. Blake has exhibited nationally and internationally. Her pieces are in various national private collections, the Michigan State University Spartan Stadium, and the Jingdezhen Ceramics Museum. Blake’s work has also appeared in magazines including American Craft and Ceramics Monthly. Her current conceptual focus examines the relationships between the tangible and intangible aspects of objects and mortality with the fragility and permanence of porcelain as well as the hope reflected in multiple blooming flowers. http://blakejwilliams.com/
Monica Wilson majored in Ceramics and Sculpture, earning her BFA from Eastern Michigan University . She has worked in India as a resident artist in both Jaipur, Rajastan and Balasinor, Gujurat where she studied pottery techniques, materials and practices. Over the past 15 years she has created, exhibited and taught ceramics and fine arts. Her recent exhibitions include Pewabic Pottery and Muskegon Museum of Art. In 2015 Wilson studied Computer Aided Design through MakerWorks in Ann Arbor as Artist-In-Residence, incorporating milling into her ceramic practice. Her work interests are material based and revolve around handmade functional, decorative and sculptural ceramics. Wilson currently works and teaches both from her home-studio and at the Potters Guild in Ann Arbor, Michigan. http://monica-wilson-arby.squarespace.com/
The Jury Advisory Board meets in a final composition session to review the invitations from the jury panels and establish a wait list.
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.
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.