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The Ann Arbor Street Art Fair’s jury process is unique in that applicants are juried by one of three panels that are category specific.
The 2019 jury panels are:

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

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.

2019 GUEST JURORS

Boisali Biswas
Boisali is a studio artist working in mixed-media fibers, currently residing in West Bloomfield, MI. Originally from India, her formative years were spent at Visva-Bharti International University, founded by the Nobel Laureate, Rabindranath Tagore.  The essence of that profound experience, of being in tune with nature throughout the educational journey, has stayed with her and continues to influence her work. She has always had a deep-rooted attachment to the traditional art forms of her culture-rich homeland.  Boisali has had a lifelong fascination for ethnic and indigenous arts from around the world.  Living in this country for over 2 decades and adapting to Western styles, techniques, inspirations in concert with her background has made her art into a cauldron of multicultural assemblages that are very unique and a feast for the eyes. Boisali teaches weaving at the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center. She has multiple solo shows to her credit including the Multicultural Art Center in Boston, Carroll Community College in Maryland, Northville Art House, BBAC among others. She has 3 solo shows coming up in 2019, at Cherry Hill Village Theater, Canton, Columbus Cultural Arts Center and Plowshares Peace Gallery in Detroit. She has exhibited at Artprize in 2017. BoisaliBiswas.com
 
Christine Bossler 
Christine is an independent metalsmith and jeweler living and working in Detroit, MI.  She has maintained her private studio practice consisting of work that travels between objects for every day to fanciful works of fiction for exhibition, runway, and public environment. Recently, Christine finished a two person collaborated titled “Chrysalis” a 15’ mixed-media public sculpture for the Osborn Neighborhood Alliance and the Detroit Institute of Arts.  She has been contracted to restore several works of public art in South West Detroit during winter/spring 2019. Christine has completed private and public commissions, exhibited nationally and internationally, her work can be found in print and television.   Christine holds a BFA from Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, with a Fine Arts concentration in Metals/Jewelry and a minor in Art History where she has also served as Adjunct Faculty. Additional previous experience, include working for the Detroit Artist Market and serving for 14 years in various positions for the Michigan Silversmiths Guild ten years as the guild’s President. ChristineBossler.com
 
PJ Chen
PJ is an Authorized Rhino3D Trainer, adjunct faculty at College for Creative Studies, and a freelance jewelry designer. She has taught both jewelry and industrial design and has worked in the jewelry industry for over 14 years. She has a Master of Fine Arts in Metals and Jewelry from the Savannah College of Art and Design, a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Communication Design from the National Yunlin University of Science and Technology in Taiwan and an Industrial Engineering and Management degree from St. John’s and St. Mary’s Institute of Technology, Taiwan. PJ specializes in jewelry design and Rhino3D training, as well as design process and production consulting. PJChenDesign.com
 
Pamela DeLaura
Pamela DeLaura, M.F.A., Tyler School of Art at Temple University, Associate Professor in Printmaking. Professor DeLaura is interested in all areas of printmaking (lithography, intaglio, serigraphy, relief, monotype) as well as drawing in mixed media. Her work often reflects the complex role of motherhood.
 
Katherine H. Downie
Katherine was born and raised in southeast Michigan and was encouraged from a young age in her artistic endeavors. Katherine received her Bachelor of Visual Arts Education (with a concentration in watercolor) from Eastern Michigan University in 2007 and began teaching at Honey Creek Community School in Ann Arbor. After teaching, Katherine attended Kendall College of Art & Design where she fell in love with oil painting, experimenting with both realistic and abstract styles.  She continued with watercolor as well and split her time and studio between the two mediums. Katherine’s paintings have been exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions in galleries across the state and her work is in many private and corporate collections.  She is the recipient of numerous awards both for artistic and academic achievements and is currently the Restaurant Review Illustrator at The Ann Arbor Observer. KatherineDownie.com
 
Janet Kelman
Janet has created sculptural and architectural glass for over forty years.  She studied chemistry in college and fell in love with glass, aesthetically as well as the physical ways in which the medium can be manipulated.  She built a studio and produced beautifully blown and etched perfume bottles that were sold in galleries across the country.  In 1985, Janet began creating architectural glass:  sandblasted doors, windows, and mirrors in her distinct, delicate style.  Recent commissions include mosaics, donor walls, sculptural wall pieces, and lighting.  Her work graces homes and businesses across the Midwest.  In 2009, Janet married and moved to Ann Arbor. JanetKelman.com
 
Tad McKillop
Tad was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1965. He was interested in making art and artistic processes since early childhood. He studied figurative sculpture at the University of Michigan (BFA 1988) and found his passion not only for creating the figure but also the entire casting process. Tad received his MFA in 1992 from the Graduate School of Figurative Art at the New York Academy of Art. Tad has taught sculpture, life drawing, and anatomy at several colleges and universities in southeast Michigan and northern Ohio over the years: the University of Michigan, the University of Toledo, Owens Community College, Washtenaw Community College, Delta Community College, Hillsdale College, and Mott Community College. Tad makes art that is affirming of life and the universal human experience. He says the figure is an ideal way to express things relating to our rites of passage or experiences as humans, and this is why the human figure remains central to his work. TadMcKillop.com
 
Sharon Que
Sharon is an American visual artist and luthier, based in Ann Arbor, specializing in violin restoration and repair. It has been said that much of Que’s imagery can be perceived as multilayers, with some forms suggesting a mix of spiritual, secular, and mathematical or even industrial significance.  Some of her sculptures are owned by important American institutions and are in public spaces, including the Detroit Institute of Arts. SharonQue.com
 
Don Werthmann
Don is a Professional Photography Faculty member in the Digital Media Arts Department at Washtenaw Community College. Ranging across thirty years, his career is immersed in photography and education. His professional teaching career includes the film & digital eras, augmented with web design & development, and lighting for film & video. He was recently elected Department Co-Chair of the Digital Media Arts Department.  QuatrainFotographic.com
 


JURY ADVISORY BOARD

The Jury Advisory Board is a year-round Advisory Council to the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair staff.  They provide rules and standards review during the art fair.  They also meet in a final composition session to review the invitations from the jury panels and establish a wait list.

Suzanne Boissy
Suzanne is a native Ypsilantian and has lived in the area for most of her life. She received an MFA in Fibers from Eastern Michigan University, where she has been a part-time lecturer for 7 years.  Additionally, she’s taught at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, Interlochen Arts Camp, and Interlochen Arts Academy, where she is also an alumnus. Her current work involves embroidery and three-dimensional embroidery on non-traditional surfaces like petri dishes and tampons to explore themes related to societal and intellectual infection, and issues relating to feminism and misogyny. Her work has been exhibited locally and throughout the Midwest.

Maxwell Davis
Maxwell Davis designs and constructs custom home furnishings and figurative glass sculptures, as well as acts as a concept and design consultant. He’s exhibited in over 130 national and international exhibitions and competitions and has been privately collected by dozens of furniture and fine art collectors. His work is in collections at the High Museum in Atlanta, GA, and the Detroit Institute of the Arts, and he’s been a featured artist on HGTV High Noon Productions, “Modern Masters,” and “Look What I Did”. From 1973 to 2018, Maxwell taught at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan. Throughout his 44-year tenure, he provided instruction in the areas of ceramics, glass, industrial design, and for nearly twenty years he served as head of the furniture area. Maxwell holds a BFA from Southern Illinois University, and a MFA from the University of Michigan.

Nicholas Dowgwillow
Nicholas Dowgwillo joined the Stamps School of Art and Architecture in 2014 as 2D Media Coordinator.  He provides organizational, technical, and logistical support for the printmaking, painting, and drawing studios.  His expertise spans the range of 2-dimensional media with emphasis in traditional print. Dowgwillo is a practicing printmaker and has exhibited his work in numerous national and international exhibitions, participated in multiple artist residencies, and worked as printer and partner on a variety of collaborative projects.  He received his BFA in printmaking from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in 2007 and his MFA in printmaking from Arizona State University in 2011.

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.

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.

Adam Shirley
Adam Shirley is an artist, designer and educator living and working in Detroit, Michigan.  Adam began his career working as an apprentice for a master jeweler, learning the traditional techniques and processes of metalsmithing.  Shirley received his BFA in jewelry and metals from the College for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI and his MFA in metalsmithing from Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Mi.  His work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally, and he is represented by Simone DeSousa Gallery, Detroit, Mi.

 

2018 ON-SITE AWARDS JUROR 

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.

Christina Olsen

Olsen received a bachelor's degree in history of art, with honors, from the University of Chicago, and a master's degree and a doctorate in art history from the University of Pennsylvania. She began her career as the associate producer at the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco. In 1997, she joined the J. Paul Getty Museum where she began as the editor for one of the first digital museum collection systems, Art Access, and was promoted to manager shortly thereafter. In 2005, Olsen joined the Getty Foundation as a program officer, managing and directing the foundation's $4 million in global grants for institutional research and education.  In 2008, she joined the Portland Art Museum as director of education, where she developed new programs and exhibitions centered on contemporary artistic practice. She also developed the museum's first education committee. Among many invited talks and presentations, Olsen was the featured speaker at "The future of the college/university art museum" at Harvard University. She has curated and produced a range of exhibitions and programs, including Shine a Light, a highly acclaimed annual museumwide exhibition and event in Portland, Oregon; Object Stories, an installation, audience and participation and outreach initiative, and more recently Accession Number, an exhibition at the Williams College Museum of Art. "I'm excited by the University of Michigan's deep commitments to global research across disciplines, diversity and equity, and collaborating with local communities in Michigan," Olsen said. "I can't imagine a better set of priorities from which to shape an internationally important and dynamic art museum for the 21st century."

Tom Madden

Mr. Madden is Professor, Crafts Department Chairman, and Section Head for Metalsmithing and Jewelry at the College for Creative Studies, Detroit, Michigan (1992-2014).  He holds a MFA from Bowling Green State University and a  BFA from Kansas State University. In October 2007 Mr. Madden was awarded the distinction of “Master Metalsmith 2007” by the National Ornamental Metals Museum, Memphis, Tennessee. Mr. Madden’s work can be viewed in many collections public and private throughout the US and Internationally. In 2014 Mr. Madden’s work has been featured in METAL SMITHING TODAY: THE VESSEL, Aldon B. Dow Museum of Science and Art, Midland, Michigan, Beijing International Exhibition of Jewelry and Metals, Academy of Arts and Design, Tsinghua University.

Morgan Barrie 

Morgan Barrie is an artist and photographer based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She studied at Columbia College Chicago, where she received her BA, and Eastern Michigan University, where she received an MFA in Photography in April 2013. Her work has been exhibited nationally and has earned multiple awards including a recent museum acquisition.  Currently, she is teaching at two local colleges; Eastern Michigan University and Washtenaw Community College.