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Oakland University
Art and Art History

310 Wilson Hall
Rochester , MI 48309
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phone: (248) 370-3375
fax: (248) 370-3377

Oakland University
Art and Art History

310 Wilson Hall
Rochester , MI 48309
(location map)
phone: (248) 370-3375
fax: (248) 370-3377

Ryan Standfest

headshot of Ryan Standfest

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

Late Capitalist Critique and Post-Industrial Economics
Modernist Architecture and Design
Printmaking and  Small Press Publishing
Humor and Satire in the Visual Arts
Independent and underground cartooning/comic book culture

Courses Taught

Beginning Drawing, Foundation Studio Art: 2-D, Drawing for Non-Majors, Painting for Non-Majors, Graphic Design: The Graphic Novel

Recent Publications

"A Useful Bile: Andre Breton's Humour Noir in 1960's America", essay in "Radical Dreams: Surrealism, Counterculture, Resistance", edited by Abigail Susik and Elliott H. King (forthcoming)

"Ryan Standfest: This Must Not Be The Place You Thought It Would Be", monograph published by Simone DeSousa Gallery (Detroit), 2020

"Punk House", edited by Cary Loren, published by the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (Detroit), 2017

"Ceremonial Handball: On Jim Chatelain", essay in "Cass Corridor: Connecting Times, edited by Simone DeSousa, published by Simone DeSousa Gallery (Detroit), 2017

"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

"Chopped-Up Figures in Boxes with Shapes Coming Out of Their Mouths: Comic Strip Poetics", Mid-America Print Council Journal, Vol. 25, edited by Jennifer Ghormley, Matt Hopson-Walker, Joseph Lupo, Fall/Winter 2016

Recent Exhibitions

"I Went to Work But I Did Not Get There", Simone DeSousa EDITION (Detroit), 2020 (solo exhibition)

"Worlds Apart", curated by Karen Kunc, Constellation Studios (Lincoln, NE), 2019 (group exhibition)

"Portray", Wasserman Projects (Detroit), 2019 (group exhibition)

"This Must Not Be The Place You Thought It Would Be", Art Department Gallery, Wayne State University (Detroit), 2018 (solo exhibition)

"Vitrine", curated by Amy Sacksteder and Brendan Fay, Eastern Michigan University Art Gallery (Ypsilanti, MI), 2018 (group exhibition)

"The Contemporary Print 2018", O2 Gallery (Austin, TX), 2018 (group exhibition)

"The Supplies of Viable Living," Catich Gallery, St. Ambrose University (Davenport, IA), 2018 (group exhibition)

"Just Under 100: New Prints 2017/Summer", IPCNY (New York), 2017 (group exhibition)

"Punk House", curated by Carey Loren, Mike Kelly Mobile Homestead, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, 2017 (group exhibition)

"Random Negotiations Toward an Unreasonable Happiness", Hatch Art (Hamtramck, MI), 2017 (solo exhibition)

Conferences and Oral Presentations

Panel Member: "Interstitial Interruptions: Discussion Panel", Lawrence Technological University Detroit Center, Detroit, 2019

Panel Member: "Print Culture in Detroit: A Parallel to the City", Southern Graphics Conference International, 2018, Las Vegas, NV

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

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