Ben Haddix, born 1990, lives and works in Detroit. He attended The Evergreen State College in Washington State, graduating in spring of 2016 with a focus on education and art. His professional background is as a writing tutor and as an advocate for adults with disabilities. His artistic work is multi media, with emphasis on writing, video and performance. His practice as an artist is not autonomous from his work as educator and advocate, for central to both is an interest in new forms of collaboration and communicating across distance and difference.
Brian Nickson is a rising illustrative artist based in Detroit, MI, known solely on his unique style of illustrative portraits. In his childhood years, Brian attended several art programs at the Northwest Activity Center where he learned the fundamentals of art. He then attended Cass Technical High School and graduated under the art curriculum. After graduating high school, Brian attended the College For Creative Studies for a year only to lose interest in his passion. After 7 years of entering different career paths, he began to realize his true happiness was through art. He started drawing portraits with pastels and then posted them on his social media pages. The consistency brought a lot of attention, inspiring artists all over the world. Since then he has commissioned work for pro athlete Chris Douglas Roberts, founder of Detroit -vs- Everybody, Playground Detroit and many more. His artwork was also featured on NBC News and in numerous group art shows, including a solo show titled “FREEYOURMIND”. Brian plans to continue to grow and inspire others through his art.
Elise Marie Martin is a Detroit based artist who received her BFA from The College for Creative Studies. She works in a variety of media, including painting, sculpture and video. Through her work, she investigates ideas of human connection and shared experiences.
Because fantasy helps people to see life with abstract eyes and through new frames of reference, she relies on visual storytelling to create work that reintroduces the viewer to a state of childlike empathy. Her work has been exhibited around the United States and Canada, as well as in Germany.
Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Emery Jones is a multidisciplinary artist working in fashion, graphic design, audio and video. Emery is owner and creative director of EMLE, a clothing line and lifestyle brand. Founded in 2007, EMLE converts found materials and garments into stylized one of kind pieces. He exhibits work locally and nationally, in galleries, boutiques and pop-up shops. Much of his fashion and fiber work is inspired by a fusion of hip-hop culture, graffiti, utility, peculiar combinations, science fiction films, and cartoons. Additionally he works in illustration & lettering. Emery studied Advertising Design at the College for Creative Studies and Film at Wayne State University.
Jane Orr is an interdisciplinary Artist and Educator whose sculptural work invites audience participation. Starting in 2010,Jane helped found Thick Air studios. Together, the studio created a framework to dispense authorship of their projects to the viewer, and participants. Collaboration is a driving force of Jane’s work; one person’s perspective does not tell the full story. In Jane’s personal studio practice, her large scale dimensional work allows the viewer to walk within the story, physically filling in the narrative. Commercial construction jobs, and artist in-resident positions have honed Jane’s skills of building, visual storytelling, and painting. Jane dispenses the broad strokes of a large narrative, challenging the participants to consider that stories do not end at the edges of the frame. Jane holds a BFA from the New York State school of Ceramics, lives in Detroit, Mi, and likes intricate tile floors.
Megan White is a Detroit based emerging artist and art therapist. She has received her BA in Psychology at the University of Michigan and M. Ed in Art Therapy at Wayne State University. She is currently practicing art therapy at Mariners Inn, a homeless shelter and substance abuse treatment facility within Detroit. Just within the past year Megan has used her work as a form of self-exploration and admiration of black women. Majority of her work is illustration, however chalk art and watercolors are also some of her strong suits.