Discover Local and International Works at Ann Arbor Art Fair

Looking for an international experience but don’t have the time for travel? Luckily, Michiganders won’t have to go far to experience artwork from all over the world. This year, the Ann Arbor Art Fair, running July 15-18, will boast artists from Japan, Argentina, Canada and more.

Native Michiganders will enjoy the best of both worlds, with artistry from not only worldwide, but from our neighbors in Michigan as well.

The fair attracts over 500,000 attendees every year and was named a USA Today 2015 Top Ten Best Art Festival. It is actually four concurrent street fairs — the Ann Arbor Art Fair (the original fair), the State Street Area Art Fair, the Ann Arbor South University Art Fair and the Ann Arbor Summer Art fair.

On top of broadening artistic appreciations, attendees can stay active and walk the fair, which occupies over 30 city blocks and spans most of the University of Michigan campus and downtown. Click here for a map. Don’t forget to bring along your pedometer if you go!

If you head to Ann Arbor this week, here’s a peek at some of the local artists to check out while you’re there:

Dylan Strzynski is the 2015 Featured Artist and designed the Art Fair Poster. Strzynski was born in Flint and graduated from the University of Michigan School of Art and Design with a focus on sculpture and printmaking. His work focuses on vernacular architecture and addresses concerns about poverty and the environment in subtlety humorous way. His booth number is A313.

Philip Wilson makes contemporary porcelain pots that are perfect gifts for pottery collectors. More impressively, the pots are functional and not just for show. Wilson has operated out of his studio in Grand Rapids for more than 25 years and it will be his third year attending the fair. His booth number is A371.

Joelle Medici makes handmade stuffed animals and monsters out of brightly-colored fleece — meaning each creature can be easily thrown in the washing machine when dirty. All pieces are hand cut, sewn and detailed with hand stitching. Medici coined the toys “Mr. Sogs Creatures” and operates out of Farmington Hills. Her booth number is E13.

The Ann Arbor Art Fair is just one of the many art-focused events to enjoy this summer. What other art fairs do you attend in Michigan? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

Photo Credit: Michigan Municipal League


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  1. Art fair visitors can check out more pieces at U of M Stamps School of Art & Design’s annual Alumni Exhibition (July 13 through Aug. 2). Titled “Puzzles, Riddles, and Enigmas,” contemporary pieces from all over the world are displayed at the Slusser Gallery in the art school at 2000 Bonisteel Blvd. on North Campus, as well as the Work gallery at 306 State Street in town.

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