Meet The Judges

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K-12 Fine Arts Coordinator and Art Teacher

Pontiac School District

Kelley has been teaching art for the Pontiac School District for 22 years! She loves bringing out children’s creativity and bringing art into their world. She is also the k-12 fine arts coordinator for the district. Her mediums of choice are painting and drawing. 

Patrizia Makohon

Adjunct Professor at College for Creative Studies

Patrizia is currently an Adjunct Professor at College for Creative Studies. She currently resides and is active in the Pontiac community and is a board member of  The Pontiac Creative Arts Center (PCAC), and is Chairperson of the Exhibits Committee.

 

For the last 20 years, she has taught Interior and Industrial Design courses at Wayne State University, College for Creative Studies, International Academy of Design & Technology, and Baker College.

 

She has served on the executive board of Hulbee Gardens – Historical and Educational Foundation in Metamora, the Building Committee at the Scarab Club in Detroit.  She served on the panel of the Designer Dialogue at Wayne State University.  She has been a juror for the Silver Medal Art Exhibition at the Scarab Club, and sponsored the art exhibition “Vive le Chat” at the Secunda Museum at Cleary University.  For four years she has been the featured lecturer at the Dearborn Symphony Home Tour. 

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Robert Zurenko

Artist

Robert Zurenko is an artist, activist, educator and alien enthusiast currently living and working in Hazel Park, MI. With a passion for exploring a variety of mediums, Robert combines traditional ideas of art making with direct action to influence people and affect change. You can view examples of his work at rzurenko.com and stay up to date with his current projects on instagram @rzurenko.

Morgaine Tempest

Teaching Assistant and Graduate Student pursuing Master of Fine Arts

Eastern Michigan University School of Art and Design

Morgaine Tempest Fambrough is a working conceptual artist that predominately works in printmaking, watercolor, and 3D medias. She received a Bachelors of Fine Arts from Eastern Michigan University with a concentration in printmaking and drawing, and a minor in art history. She is currently enrolled in the M.F.A. program for printmaking at EMU, and is a Graduate and Teaching Assistant for the School of Art and Design. Morgaine’s conceptual work has been featured in exhibitions all across Michigan, predominately in the southeastern area. She has also been a featured artist in the Knights Library Magazine, selected as Juror's Choice (2015), and received the Honorable Mention Award (2019) in the ACTion Art Exhibition. She has created many patron and business commissioned works over the years in her art career. Recently she has been making an entire new body of work concerning psychological landscapes and displaying them in diorama boxes using mixed media. Morgaine draws inspiration from the subtle aspects of the depressive experience of which she exhibits in almost all of her work. Upon completion of her Master's program, Morgaine hopes to teach printmaking and conceptual art at the university level after graduation.

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Katie Bramlage

Artist

Katie Bramlage graduated from the College of Creative Studies in 2011 with a BFA in crafts. Since then she has managed galleries, participated in group shows around Detroit, taught workshops, hosted panel discussions and in 2015 she launched her fulltime ceramic career. Currently she resides in Hazel Park and has a small shop located within the Rust Belt Market. She specializes in goods swept ashore for the modern cave. https://www.katiebramlage.com/ 

Barbara Heller

Director & Conservator of Special Projects

The Detroit Institute of Arts

Barbara Heller is currently the Director and Conservator of Special Projects and formerly the Chief Conservator at the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA). She lectures, publishes, and serves on the board of directors and in advisory positions for several professional regional, national, and international organizations.  Her volunteer activities in the cultural community include serving on the Birmingham Public Arts Board, the Marshall Fredericks Sculpture Museum Advisory Board, and the Michigan Alliance for the Conservation of Cultural Heritage. She is a member of the Detroit Public Library Friends Foundation, Detroit Artists Market Circle of Art, Wayne State University Press, and volunteers for several non-for-profit organizations and at a variety of community events.  She has juried many art shows including both OUR TOWN and Student Art Town at The Community House in Birmingham, Concours d’Elegance at Meadow Brook Hall and Cranbrook, Milford’s Village Fine Arts Association PAN (Poetry & Art Night) Show, Art for God’s Sake at St. Anastasia Catholic Church, Young Jewish Artist Showcase at Congregation Shaarey Zedek, From the Inside Out at the Plymouth Community Arts Council, and Canvas Pontiac among others.

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Andrew Lathrup

Artist

Andrew Lathrup is an artist who attained his BFA from College for Creative Studies with a focus in Studio Furniture.  His love for materials and functional art has been displayed and well-received in in art shows and galleries.  He possesses a passion for learning which has awardd him th ability to work with wood, metals, glass, clay and fiber.  Andrew continues to create works of art in his studio based in metro Detroit.  Hi is an executive board member at the Pontiac Creative Arts Center in Pontiac, Michigan.

Steve Witham

Dirctor/Director of Photography, Rare Medium Well Done, Inc.

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Andrew Lathrup is an artist who attained his BFA from College for Creative Studies with a focus in Studio Furniture.  His love for materials and functional art has been displayed and well-received in in art shows and galleries.  He possesses a passion for learning which has awardd him th ability to work with wood, metals, glass, clay and fiber.  Andrew continues to create works of art in his studio based in metro Detroit.  Hi is an executive board member at the Pontiac Creative Arts Center in Pontiac, Michigan.

President - Pontiac School Board

Executive Director - Oakland County History Center

Mike has served as the Chairman of the Pontiac Arts Commission and was one of the driving forces behind the 2018 and 2019 Pontiac Arts Crawls.  He serves as the Outreach Coordinator for the Office of Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence and serves as a Trustee on the Pontiac School Board.  Mike is a graduate of Oakland University with strong roots in the Pontiac community.  

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