Artwork by Ruth Marks  



The 2014 New Art, New Artists program is supported by an award from the MICHIGAN COUNCIL FOR ARTS AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS.

The Ann Arbor Street Art Fair is proud to showcase the work of some of Michigan’s most talented up-and-coming college student artists as part of our New Art, New Artists Program. This program features artwork from a select number of handpicked college artist applicants who wish to establish themselves in a professional visual arts career.

Invited artists receive a waived booth fee, use of a shared display tent, mentoring sessions with professional art fair artists, and a free 1-yr membership to the National Association of Independent Artists Emerging Artist Program. 

Make sure to visit these exceptional young artists in booth A101 on East Washington.


Image Artist Name & School
Media Type Artist Biography

Austen Brantley
Oakland Community College


Austen attends Oakland Community College and is our youngest NANA participant at 18 years old. Austen discovered his love for sculpture in a high school ceramics class; instead of pots and bowls, he was drawn to the human figure, the subtle forming and manipulating of clay. What began as a tentative experiment bloomed into an extraordinary passion: a vision created. Austen hungrily looked for inspiration in the works of great sculptors – Fredrick Hart becoming both his mentor and muse. He has actively sought out local artists – artists who have had a tremendously humbling and wondrous impact on both him and his artistic expression. Austen currently has three pieces on display and will soon present his first solo exhibition. He is working in order to save money for his dream of attending the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.

Gregory Carr
College for Creative Studies


Gregory grew up in the suburbs of Michigan and sparked an interest in drawing at a young age. He attended The College for Creative Studies, working toward a bachelors in fine art, where he began to discover his voice through oil painting. The summer before his senior year, he studied with nationally known painter Rich Nelson. During that summer, Gregory discovered a deep interest for the still life and its possibility for narrative.

Gregory uses his painting as a medium to tell stories through the arragnement of meaningful objects. He finds his inspiration in memories and stories from everyday people, be they ordinary or fantastic. Gregory is always looking for new stories to tell and would love to do a painting that is meaningful to you.

Casey Fang
University of Michigan School of Art & Design


Casey is a recent graduate from the University of Michigan’s Stamp’s School or Art & Design where she received her BFA. Her current body of work, which was recently turned into a self-run and branded entrepreneurial experiment titled “Visions of Liberation,” has no creative limitations, stretching from prints and hat pins to jewelry and t-shirts. Themed in the idea of death, she continues to find the beauty of life in the intricacies of what surrounds her.

Rachel Gervais
College for Creative Studies


Rachel Gervais is a current student at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, MI. She is pursuing a BFA in Ceramics and Art Education with the anticipation of graduating in 2015. In 2014, she was recognized with the Imre J. Molnar Artistic Achievement Award for being the top graduating student in the Crafts department at the College for Creative Studies. in 2013, she was awarded the LeRoy Neiman Foundation Fellowship at Oxbrow School of Arts in Saugatuck, MI. In 2012, she was acknowledged with an Honorable Mention at the Michigan Ceramic Arts Association: Biennial Exhibition and Competition at Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center and in addition was selected as one of the finalsists for the Scholarship and Awards Exhibition: College for Creative Studies at the Detroit Artist Market. Rachel currently lives in Detroit, MI.

Shoko Ishida
College for Creative Studies
2D Mixed Media

Born in Mie, Japan in 1993, Shoko Ishida explores the beauty of female figures and expresses the transience of life through various mediums including graphite, ink, watercolor, oil, gouache, color pencils, and digital media. She blends inspirations from high fashion and nature while enjoying the time to think deeply into concepts and stories behind her works. With the background of Japanese culture, her illustrations are mixed with design elements that are influenced from traditional Japanese textiles. 


Shoko just finished her sophomore year at College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan, where she is pursuing her BFA in illustration with an interest in art direction, and she wishes to keep creating works that deeply touches the viewers and leads them to her own little world. She currently lives in Rochester Hills, studying in Detroit, Michigan.

Rita Perrone
Washtenaw Community College

After getting her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Rita worked for more than 20 years in Brazil until she decided to change her career when she moved to the USA. She has learned many varieties of digital and film in her photography classes at Washtenaw Community College, which has helped her produce her most recent portfolio. Rita currently lives in Ann Arbor with her husband and daughter,

Barbara Tozier
Washtenaw Community College

Barbara Tozier is a photography student at Washtenaw Community College.

Her first photography teacher was Nicholas Hlobeczy at Case Western Reserve University; she rediscovered photography after a long hiatus.

"Everyday Abstracts" draws on Barbara’s Midwestern roots to share a new facet of that thing you’ve trained yourself to ignore. Barbara resides in Ann Arbor with her husband and elderly dog.

Sophia Zhou
Washtenaw Community College


Sophia Adalaine Zhou is a self-taught visual artist, specializing in fine art photography. She has a Bachelor’s of Science in Architecture and is currently studying graphic design. Photography is the most natural way for her to express many of her ideas and feelings, particularly with conceptual and emotional portraiture. He work often combines surreality, serenity, and the solace found in natural solitude, giving the viewer a strange sense of peace when gazing upon her photography. Her unconventional use of human faces and forms reflects her belief that the familiarity of one’s humanity can be used to help connect with the unfamiliar, thus capturing fleeting moments of transcendence.