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Oakland University
Art and Art History

310 Wilson Hall
Rochester , MI 48309
(location map)
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

A headshot of Ryan Standfest.

Visiting Assistant Professor of Art
Office: 103 Wilson Hall
Phone: (248) 370-3380
Email: [email protected]
Studio: ryanstandfest.com
Publishing: rotlandpress.com


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: André Breton’s Humour Noir in 1960s America”, Radical Dreams: Surrealism and Revolution, ed. by Abigail Susik and Elliot H. King, Penn State University Press, 2022 

"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 Peopleʼs 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

“There's Nothing So Bad That It Can't Grow Worse”, Hatch Art (Hamtramck, MI), 2022 (solo exhibition) 

“Dumpster Fire”, Southeastern Community College (Burlington, IA), 2022 (solo exhibition) "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)

Recent Conferences and Oral Presentations

Lecture: "The Economics of Dust", Detroit Institute of Arts Friends of Prints Drawings and Photographs, Detroit, 2021

Lecture: "From Rot New Growth Emerges, or How I Learned to be a Publisher and Like It", The New York Comics & Picture-Story Symposium, NYC, 2021 

Lecture: "Western Remains: Disaster Tourism in the American West", Oakland University Department of Art and Art History, Rochester, MI, 2021 

Panel Member: "The New Art of Protest: Artist as Publishing Auteur", Hosted by Department of Visual and Dramatic Arts, Rice University, Houston, TX, and Printed Matter Inc., NYC, 2021 

Panel Chair: "DIY Print Culture and Citizenship" for "Imagining Freedom: A Century of Illustration" symposium, The Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge, MA, 2021 

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