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
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 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 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 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.
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 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 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.
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.
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."
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 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.