Artwork by Robert Hessler   
Photo by Danielle Buffa   


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 2016 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.


Suzanne Boissy - Fiber, Sculpture & 3D MM
Suzanne Boissy is an Ann Arbor area artist with a BFA and MFA in Fibers. She is currently a part-time lecturer in the Art Dept. at Eastern Michigan University and has taught at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, Interlochen Arts Camp, and Interlochen Arts Academy.  She explores biomorphic expression through obsessive stitching, wrapping, felting, and dyeing as a vehicle for investigating personal processes in a manner akin to biofeedback.

Jim Cogswell - 2D MM, Drawing & Printmaking

Jim Cogswell, painter and installation artist, is Arthur F. Thurnau Professor at the Stamps School of Art & Design at the University of Michigan.  In addition to his practice as a painter, Jim has completed a number of public commissions and performance projects and has exhibited his work internationally.  He takes special pleasure in collaborating with creative people and has done projects with physicists, astronomers, writers, musicians and composers, anthropologists, a biostatistician, designers, and with other artists.

John DeHoog - Wood & Furniture

John is a professor in the Art Department at Eastern Michigan University where he teaches in the Furniture Design area. He received his BFA from Northern Michigan University and his MFA from Rhode Island School of Design. John exhibits locally and nationally with recent work in the University of Michigan Slusser Gallery and the Grand Rapids Art Museum.
Richard Grinstein - Jewelry
Grinstein Jewelry & Design is the atelier of goldsmith Richard Grinstein.  Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Richard studied metalsmithing at Cranbrook Academy of Art. He has been designing beautiful jewelry for his store as well as unique custom creations for nearly 40 years. Working in platinum, gold, palladium and sterling silver along with unusual colored gemstones and diamonds, he provides objects of quality and beauty for those who feel the need for art to be an integral part of their lives.
Susan Holt - Jewelry & Metals
Susan Holt is a metalsmith living and working in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She is an adjunct faculty member at College for Creative Studies in Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design, has exhibited locally and internationally and written for Metalsmith magazine.
Todd Kime - Sculpture & 3D Mixed Media
Todd Kime, an architect, is the owner of a custom residential architectural design firm, “Kime Design.” In 2006 he created “Sight”, an art studio for sharing and promoting both his and his wife Nancy’s art. Todd is a participant in many area sculpture exhibits. In 2007, he was the “Mayor’s Award Winner” in Gibsonburg, Ohio.
Andy Koupal - Glass
Andy is a glassblower at The Henry Ford Museum and also serves as an adjunct faculty member at CCS. His studies and career experiences have exposed Andy to a variety of glassmaking techniques and methods including blowing, casting, fusing and coldworking from some of the material’s great makers. Through his own work, Andy aims to honor past glassmaking traditions and meld them with contemporary design and conceptual framework.
Mark Krecic - Clay, Wood & Furniture
Wood worker, artist/artisan/designer/cabinet maker, licensed builder, and Studio Coordinator for University of Michgian Stamps School of Art & Design Art & Architecture Shop for 40 years.

Phil Renato - Jewelry & Metal
Professor and Chair at Kendall College of Art and Design, in Grand Rapids, MI, teaches courses related to Metals/Jewelry & Industrial Design and is the Director of the Dow Center for Art, Design, and Technology.  His jewelry and other objects have been exhibited internationally, and he regularly travels, writes, lectures, and gives workshops on subjects related to this work.

Karen Roderick-Lingeman - Ceramics

Karen Roderick-Lingeman is a Senior Lecturer and Head of the Ceramics program at The University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio.  She holds an MFA from The University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND and a Bachelor of Education in Art from The University of Toledo.  Karen’s artwork has been widely exhibited in international, national and regional exhibitions.

Brian Spolans - Printmaking

Brian is a Printmaker, Associate Professor at Eastern Michigan University, curator of numerous exhibitions, and an active artist whose work can be seen regionally and nationally.  His work has been exhibited at 500X Gallery in Dallas, Gallery Aferro in New Jersey, Bridge for Emerging Contemporary Arts Gallery in New Orleans, International Print Center of New York, and Published in New American Paintings.  Spolans is currently a collaborator at Gallery Project and continues to explore multiple materials in his creation of images ranging from painting, printmaking, and new media.

Lynn Whitney - Photography

Photography Area Head, Associate Professor, Studio Division Chair, School of Art, Bowling Green State University. She was selected to present the Distinguished Faculty Lecture this fall in the College of Arts and Sciences, BGSU.Her photographs, exhibited nationally, are in the collections of the Toledo Museum of Art, George Gund Foundation, the Midwest Photographer’s Project and she is represented by Snapshot Gallery, Kansas City, MO


The Jury Advisory Board 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.

John Leyland  
Leyland is the Ceramics Studio Coordinator at the University of Michigan’s Penny Stamps School of Art & Design.   He also teaches ceramics classes at the College for Creative studies in Detroit and for local pottery guilds in Ann Arbor. As an artist with a thriving creative practice, Leyland exhibits his sculpture work and continues to produce pots and large hand-built sculptural forms based on neolithic artifacts and minimalist geometry.  Prior to his working as a ceramicist, he was involved in the jewelry industry for 15 years as a gemologist, designer, and stone setter in Western Pennsylvania.

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.  

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.


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.

2016 On-site Awards Jurors