Artwork by Ruth Marks  



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, 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.

Make sure you visit our NANA booth (A200) located on Ingall’s Mall at the corner of North University.


Image Artist Name & School
Media Type Artist Biography

Amy Ferguson
The College for Creative Studies

Digital Art

All of my art is centered on what I love most, which is nature, all animals, and fantasy.  I love telling stories and creating work that you have to look at closely to be able to see everything.  This is because I put so much detail into every aspect of each piece.  I also enjoy ornamentation design, and often put borders around my pieces that complement my love for all things decorative. 

The artwork I create is all based around drawing, but recently I have been using my drawing skills to explore different processes of making art.  I have been working with copperplate intaglio etchings and pen and ink drawings, then assembling and coloring everything digitally.


Amira Givens
Eastern Michigan University

Digital Art

Amira Larora Givens is maintaining a Bachelor of Fine Art Degree in a concentration of photography at Eastern Michigan University. She started her education of the arts at Washtenaw Community College, where she received an Associate’s Degree in the area of Photographic Technology.  Over the years she has been drawn to express her vision through surrealism. Her artwork takes a dreamlike approach to life. She uses a mixture of nature and human interaction to display a connection with the Earth. With her work, she hopes to open the viewer’s mind to different realities, which show incidents that push the boundaries of our physical world. She hopes to inspire the viewer and expand their viewpoint; while, simultaneously, having her work be visually beautiful and dreamlike.


Jean Lin
University of Michigan


Jean is a current BA student at the University of Michigan’s Stamp’s School of Art & Design. Her current body of work focuses on oil and acrylic painting. 

Her subject often being figures, she explores the struggles that exist in the world and in ourselves, as she sees beauty in the problem itself. 

She has been attracted to the aged walls and floors with various stains and marks, for the aesthetic pleasure and the historical sensation they possess. This lead her to introduce the textured surface with natural markings in her recent works, using unconventional paint tool such as palette knife.


Nolan Loh
University of Michigan

Wood & Painting

Nolan is a recent University of Michigan alum, graduating with degrees in Art & Design and Civil Engineering. He will continue his education at the University of Cincinnati where he will pursue a Master of Architecture.

In his designs he seeks to blend utility with his various influences. His diverse heritage has inspired him to reinterpret traditional Chinese forms through digital fabrication techniques. Also, growing up in Michigan around an abundance of local produce led him to experiment with incorporating local and found materials of varying conditions into his work.

Through his two-dimensional work, Nolan studies how viewers explore images. He uses soft pastels to experiment with bold colors and strokes to control visual focal points in his landscapes and abstract work.



Emily LoPresto
College for Creative Studies

Emily LoPresto is a ceramic artist with a focus on functional forms that are ergonomic and are intended for everyday use. Her forms are created through the process of slip casting, starting with hand carved clay or plaster prototypes that plaster molds are made off of. Each piece is designed with the function of the final product in mind to create an object for everyday use. Recently she has been working with colored slip to add accents to her forms representing moments in time that can be passed by or taken advantage of.

Emily graduated out of the Crafts department at the College for Creative Studies in May 2015 and is working as a teacher at the Ann Arbor Art Center.


Ron Ostezan
University of Michigan
Digital Art

Ron is a recent graduate from the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning from the University of Michigan. He is interested in how digital manipulation and photography can change the way we think about architecture. Current interests include the intersections of different types of building, the forgotten shot, and bringing the phenomenological experiences of a site into a two dimensional realm. With an architectural background, he is excited at the opportunities provided by photography to not only capture a setting, but to describe the history of a space.


Hedy Yang
University of Michigan
Ceramics Hedy is currently a student at the University of Michigan. Her interest in ceramics began in my freshman year of high school. Much of her work has a unique faceted look, which is her signature style. Her work has won many awards and has been featured in local shows and stores as well as on TV. She is currently working towards her college degree and making art in her spare time.


Sophia Adalaine 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 finishing her Associate Degree in Graphic Design. Due to her training in various fields, she thrives in the intersection of traditional experimentation, digital tools, and aesthetic intuition, and considers digital photography as the most natural way for her to express many of her ideas and feelings, particularly with conceptual and emotional portraiture. With photography, she finds her greatest freedom in using the intuitive realism of a photograph to create surreal and hyperreal images that show her stories. Her work often combines surreality, serenity, and the solace found in natural solitude, giving the viewer a strange sense of peace when gazing upon her images. 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.