Department of Art and Art History

Wilson Hall, Room 310
371 Wilson Boulevard
Rochester, MI 48309-4486
(location map)
(248) 370-3375
fax: (248) 370-3377

Ryan Standfest

Ryan Standfest

Ryan Standfest
Title: Lecturer in Art
Office: 314 Wilson Hall
Phone: (248) 370-3603


Earned an MFA with an emphasis in Printmaking from The University of Iowa in 2006 and a BFA with an emphasis in Printmaking from Wayne State University in 2002.

Areas of Interest

  • Humor and Satire in the visual arts
  • Modernist Architecture and Design
  • Printmaking
  • Small Press Publishing
  • Independent and underground cartooning/comic book culture

Courses Taught

Beginning Drawing, Drawing for Non-Majors, Painting for Non-Majors

Recent Publications

The N-Word: Paintings by Peter Williams, edited by Ryan Standfest, Rotland Press (Detroit), 2016

“Getting Malled: Back to the Third Place”, The People’s Press, edited by The Hinterlands, GoodGood (Detroit), 2016

“Coitus Modern/Case Study: Modernist Erotic Delirium”, Infinite Mile: a journal of art + culture(s) in Detroit, ed. by Stephen Garrett Dewyer and Jennifer Junkermeier, 2016

“The Naked Modern City”, Infinite Mile: a journal of art + culture(s) in Detroit, ed. by Stephen Garrett Dewyer and Jennifer Junkermeier, 2016

"Localized: Being a Satirical Fiction in Multiple Episodes / 1. On The Nature of Selling A Thing," Infinite Mile: a journal of art + culture(s) in Detroit, ed. by Stephen Garrett Dewyer and Jennifer Junkermeier, 2015

“Macabre Populism From The Chosen Land”, Mid-America Print Council Journal, Vol. 23, No. 1-2, ed. by Jennifer Ghormley, Anita Jung, Kristine Joy Mallari, 2015

Recent Exhibitions

  • Random Negotiations Toward an Intransigent Happiness, Hatch Art (Hamtramck, MI), *solo, 2017
  • EDITION, Simone DeSousa Gallery (Detroit, MI), 2016
  • The Printer's Devil, The Scarab Club (Detroit, MI), 2016
  • à l’arrache 5, Association Les Abattoirs (Riom, France), 2016
  • Turnover A Spread, Holding House (Detroit, MI), 2016
  • Signs of the Times: Juried Broadside Exhibition, North Dakota State University (Fargo, ND), 2015
  • Substrate: Printed Matter From the Rust Belt, Scene Metrospace (Lansing, MI), 2014
  • ’m Your Man, ISE Cultural Foundation (New York, NY), 2014
  • Imperfect Pairs, Popps Packing (Hamtramck, MI), 2014
  • Publisher! Publisher!, Northeastern Illinois University (Chicago), 2014

Conferences and Oral Presentations

Panel Member: “On Being Local: Strategies for being invested in a local community with goals of participating in a global art world”, Print Think 2016, Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, 2016

Moderator: Gallery discussion with Onsmith and Paul Nudd for the exhibition “Metaphysical Meatloaf,” Western Exhibitions, Chicago, IL

Visiting Artist: Modern Graphics History Library, Communication Design and Printmaking Programs, Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts, Washington University, St. Louis, MO, 2016

Guest Artist and Critic: Printmaking Area, Fine Arts, College for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI, 2015

Visiting Artist: Printmaking Area, School of Art and Art History, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, 2015

Visiting Speaker: BFA Senior Seminar, Department of Art, Art History & Design, Michigan State University, Lansing, MI, 2015

Participant: "Graduate Print Workshop: Your Studio Practice As A Colloidal Suspension,” The University of Iowa School of Art and Art History, Iowa City, IA, 2015

Chair: "Chasing Posada! Macabre Populism In Print,” 2014 Mid-America Print Council Conference, Detroit, MI, 2014

Presenter: "Humour Noir: André Breton & the Transgressive Humor of 1960's America” within the session “Surrealism and Counterculture, 1960-1980,” 102nd College Art Association, Chicago, IL, 2014