Artwork by Ruth Marks

NEW ART, NEW ARTISTS

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.

The 2014 NANA application will be open March 5th through April 8th, 2014.

2013 NANA ARTISTS:

Image Artist Name & School
Media Type Artist Biography

Kyle Hawke & Jenny Buttler
Northwestern Michigan College

Jewelry

Kyle is presently focusing his attention on creating both wooden abstract and figurative art forms through the use of sustainably harvested American Hardwoods.  Kyle is also currently enrolled at Northwestern Michigan Community College in Traverse City.

Jenny is currently a Recreation Therapist attending Grand Valley State University working with the older adult population focusing on the therapeutic benefits of creative arts. The technique she uses to construct her jewelry allows her to transform straight ordinary pieces of wood into graceful bending shapes of art.

Kyle Hawke & Jenny Buttler
Northwestern Michigan College

Sculpture

Kyle is presently focusing his attention on creating both wooden abstract and figurative art forms through the use of sustainably harvested American Hardwoods.  Kyle is also currently enrolled at Northwestern Michigan Community College in Traverse City.

Jenny is currently a Recreation Therapist attending Grand Valley State University working with the older adult population focusing on the therapeutic benefits of creative arts. The technique she uses to construct her jewelry allows her to transform straight ordinary pieces of wood into graceful bending shapes of art.

Jennifer Balangue
University of Michigan
Jewelry

Jennifer is a jewelry designer who is inspired by color, texture, and pattern. Attending the University of Michigan she enjoys experimenting with resin and alternative materials.

Daniel Menzo
Washtenaw Community College
Photography

Daniel is a Washtenaw Community College student who considers his work to be products of a meditative state while interacting with the natural world.  He brings his training in poetry to the photographic process, very delicately choosing the elements he photographs to produce a final composition like that of a haiku: small, quiet, complex, and strong.

Ian Matchett
University of Michigan
Painting

Growing up in Grand Haven, MI Ian’s parents would supply him with two things: art supplies & books.  He currently is a University of Michigan student who has worked to develop and combine his two great passions: painting and radical politics.  Ian is working towards an art and political science degree.

Margaret Piellusch
Gwen Frostic School of Fine Art, Western Michigan University
Painting

Inspired by her idyllic surroundings of a small farming community near the shore of Lake Michigan, Maggie began her painting career capturing the serenity of the landscape en plein air.  Maggie is currently enrolled at Gwen Frostic School of Fine Art, Western Michigan University. Classes in subjects other than fine art, such as Evolutionary Biology, Astronomy, and Feminist Philosophy have drastically altered her worldview and her paintings.

Michael Charter
Washtenaw Community College
Photography

Michael is a Milan-based photographer and student, enrolled in the Washtenaw Community College photography program, looking to capture those moments in day and dark that often pass us by. It’s his goal to understand splendor, and moreover, to find those seconds or minutes that may convey awe or pause.

Brooke Adams
University of Michigan
3D Mixed Media

Brooke is a book artist, amateur printmaker, and aspiring art conservator. In the spring of 2013 she graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Arts degree and a minor in History of Art.