Artwork by Robert Hessler   
Photo by Danielle Buffa   

2015 Jurors will be announced before Jury takes place in early February, 2015


The On-site Awards Jurors spend a day at the Fair visiting each of our 198 artists in order to select ten to receive the 2014 Award of Excellence.

Matthew Eaton
California-born and London, England raised, Artist Matthew Eaton is the Director/Curator of Red Bull House of Art, Co-Director of the Detroit Beautification Project, Director of Detroit based CONTRAprojects, and Partner at Library Street Collective. Eaton spent several years in New York City working as an art consultant and personal curator before moving to Detroit in 2010. While in NYC, Eaton worked with some of the world’s top galleries, museums, auction houses and private collectors. In his spare time Eaton continues to pursue his own career as an artist, having exhibited his work in galleries and private collections around the globe. Eaton considers himself an arts advocate, working to highlight the importance of arts and culture in everyday life

John Leyland
John has a vast breadth of experience in many different mediums. Prior to receiving his undergraduate degree in Ceramic Arts, Leyland work in the jewelry industry for 15 years as a gemologist, designed, and stone setter. After graduation, Leyland worked as a production potter and taught ceramics in Pennsylvania. Graduate research at Miami University influenced Leyland to produce larger hand-built sculptural forms based on neolithic artifacts and minimalist geometry. Leyland joined the University of Michigan School of Art & Design staff in 2003 as Ceramics Studio Coordinator. An artist with a thriving creative practice, Leyland exhibits his sculpture work and continues to make pots. He also teaches ceramics classes at the College for Creative studies in Detroit and for local pottery guilds in Ann Arbor


The Ann Arbor Street Art Fair’s jury process is unique in that applicants are juried by one of four panels that are category specific. The 2014 jury panels are:

Jewelry & Metalwork
Painting, Drawing, Printmaking, 2-D Mixed Media, Photography, & Digital Art
Wood, Furniture, & Clay
Sculpture, 3-D Mixed Media, Fiber
, & Glass

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.


Corrie Baldauf, Artist & Professor at Eastern Michigan University, Lawrence Technological University & Oakland University
Robert Bielat, Scupltor & Professor of Sculpture and Ceramics at Schoolcraft in Livonia, MI

Randy Bolton, Printmaker & Head of the Print Media Department and Artist in Residence at Cranbrook Academy of Art

Mark Chatterley, Artist/Ceramic Sculpture

Lynda Cole, Artist & President of the WSG Gallery

Laith Karmo, Artist, Kresge Fellowship Award Winner, & teaches ceramics at Oakland Community College and College for Creative Studies

Diana Pancioli, Ceramic Artist & Professor of Ceramics at Eastern Michigan University   

Sherri Smith, Fiber Artist & Professor at the U of M Art & Design School

Cary Stefani, Jewelry/Metal Artist & Owner of Stefani & Co Metalworks Studio as well as joint owner of Hex Detroit with his son, Jesse

James Viste, Nationally known blacksmith, demonstrator & exhibitor


The Jury Advisory Group meets in a final composition session to review the invitations from the jury panels and establish a wait list.

Lois Bryant
Lois Bryant is a fiber and mixed media artist living in Ann Arbor, MI.  She teaches 2-dimensional design and color at Eastern Michigan University.  Bryant received an MFA from Eastern Michigan University, an MA from the Rhode Island School of Design, and a BA from Brown University.  Her work is in the permanent collections of the University of Michigan Museum of Art’s Mott Children’s Hospital collection, National Museum of Design/Cooper-Hewitt/Smithsonian Institution, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts as well as corporate and residential collections nationwide.  Her portfolio can be seen at

Karen Izenberg
Karen is married with three children and 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.

Tom Madden
Thomas Madden works primarily in holloware, pewter, copper and silver and has been doing research into bi-metal surface embellishment, keum boo - damascene, Higo Zogan, and electroforming. He has presented at many workshops nation-wide and had taught at Colorado Mountain College, Mississippi State
University, Eastern Michigan University, and University of Michigan before teaching at CCS.

Jaye Schlesinger
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.  

Ray Wetzel
Raymond Wetzel has a broad experience as an artist, working as a set designer for dance companies and individual artists, an exhibition designer, a cabinet maker, and a furniture maker. In addition, Ray runs his own exhibition design and manufacturing business. He has taught at the University of Michigan, Allegheny College, and has worked with students from the Rudolf Steiner School in Ann Arbor and Ann Arbor Public Schools. Wetzel works as a cabinet/furniture maker in his community and is an artist in residence. He also has taught at the College for Creative Studies for the past 12 years.

Joshua Wojick
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.