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 2015 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.
2015 GUEST JURORS
Kyohei Abe / Photography, Faculty at CCS, Executive Director/Chief Curator at the Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography, and an active artist who’s work can be found in museums, private & coorporate collections globally.
Aaron Blendowski / Furniture & Wood, Fabrications Coordinator at Cranbrook Academy of Art, faculty at Lawrence Technical University, co-founder of OmniCorpDetroit and works as a freelance artist/designer under the name Real OK Design.
Iris Eichenberg / Jewelry & Metal, Artist in Residence and Head of the Metalsmithing Department at Cranbrook Academy of Art, lecturer, visiting critic, leads workshops around the world and her work resides in museums in various European countries as well as the United States.
Xio Gao / Textiles & Fiber, Professor in the Dept of Art & Art History at MSU, exhibiting artist who’s work can be seen nationally and internationally and has been supported through funds, residencies and fellowships from universities and foundations.
Ladislav Hanka / Printmaking, Exhibiting printmaker who is in over 100 public collections reaching all continents. The permanent archive of his works, books, proofs, documentation and correspondence is housed at Special Collections:Western Michigan University.
Marie Hermann / Ceramics, Exhibiting Artist, faculty member at CCS, curator and Co-Director of Sixpm Project Space and was currently awarded the Danish Arts Foundation grant in 2009 and the Annie and Otto Johs Detlef’s Award for young, experimental ceramic artists in 2010.
Thomas Lingeman / Sculpture, Professor at the University of Toledo (38 years!), curator of numerous exhibitons, lectured globally and has work in many public and private collections around the world.
Tom Muir / Metal & Jewelry, Distinguished Research Professor at Bowling Green State University, head of the Jewelry and Metalsmithing. Tom has lectured and taught widely, his award-winning work has been published and exhibited extensively in art, craft and design exhibitions, and is included in numerous collections throughout the world.
Erik Okon / Metal & Jewelry,
Nick Reszetar / Drawing, Faculty at Eastern Michigan University and Washtenaw Community College and is an exhibiting artist who’s work has received awards regionally, nationally and internationally.
John Schwarz / 3D Mixed Media, Ceramic/Sculpture Instructor for Detroit Country Day School, guest lecturer, workshop instructor and active artist who’s artowork is housed in numerous large collections, incuding Ripley’s Believe it or not Internation Museum.
Benjamin Teague / Clay, Active artist who exhibits his ceramics and painting nationally, associate curator for the Maxine and Stuart Frankel Foundation for Art and has taught at the University of Michigan, CCS, University of Louisville & Corcoran College of Art in Washington, D.C.
JURY ADVISORY BOARD
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 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 www.loisbryantstudio.com
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.
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 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.
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 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.
ON-SITE AWARDS JURORS
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.
2014 On-site Awards Jurors
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 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.