The Guild of Artists & Artisans with Gutman Gallery showcase up-and-coming artists in their annual "Emerge" exhibition


Phantom Barber by SHoNobi

ShoNobi, Phantom Barber

An exhibition featuring newer or less-established artists might conjure up thoughts of an elementary school art fair. 

But one peek at the new Emerge exhibit at Ann Arbor's Gutman Gallery will banish those incorrect thoughts right back into that giant box of unexamined fingerpaintings your kid did as a tot.

Like last year's inaugural edition, the Gutman Gallery and The Guild of Artists & Artisans have created another show worthy of excitement and praise for all the fresh talent highlighted in Emerge.

Check out the press release below and see some samples of the work featured in the exhibition.

The Guild of Artists & Artisans (The Guild) announces Emerge, an all media exhibition in Gutman Gallery celebrating young or novice artists who have been participating in The Guild’s 2022 Emerging Artist Program. The exhibition will be on display August 5 - September 10, 2022, and the gallery will be open to the public Wednesday through Saturday from 11a-5p.

The community is invited to help kick off Emerge with an open house style reception on Friday, August 5 from 4-6p. Stop by the gallery to experience the show firsthand, meet some of the emerging artists, and listen to live music from Koro Kouyate. Follow along on our Facebook Event Page for reception details, exhibition updates, and artwork highlights.

Emerge was juried by Guild staff and guest jurors, Court Smith and Kristin Perkins, accomplished artists and Guild board members. The exhibition features 31 works from 17 talented artists, representing a variety of styles, techniques, and media. Among these works, the show includes three oil paintings from ShoNobi, two pinhole photographs from Glenn Taylor, two drawings from Ryan Thomas-Palmer, and a digital art piece by Dez Esters. 

Emerging artist Glenn Taylor shares his process and journey as an artist saying, “I am a robotics researcher, self-taught artist, and photographer. I discovered pinhole photography with my kids in a hands-on workshop at the library and have been hooked ever since. I use only a hand-made pinhole camera to capture images directly onto photo paper. I develop the paper in a darkroom (a converted closet) with an alternative process that uses only common household ingredients. I then digitize the images using a hi-res scanner, digitally invert, and then do any needed small adjustments in software.”

Throughout the duration of the exhibition, Artist Pop-Ups will continue on Saturdays in Gutman Gallery. Art-lovers are invited to visit the gallery on Saturdays to meet the artists behind the work and shop a wider variety of their art. Different gallery artists will be setting up shop each Saturday from 11a-5p. Follow along on Facebook and Instagram, where we will announce the line-up each week!


● ABOY (Jimmie Lackey)
● Jacob Bauman
● Laura Cavanagh
● Cook Crawford
● Dez Esters
● Aaron Hillebrand
● Kane Hoffman
● Laura Johnson
● Ashley Miller
● Ryan Thomas-Palmer
● ShoNobi (Samson Shofoluwe)
● Glenn Taylor
● Madelyn Taylor
● Jamie Thomson
● Val Tomich
● Johnny Van Patten
● Alyssa Wilcome

Glenn Taylor's photo of Ann Arbor's Barton Dam was created using a pinhole camera.

Glenn Taylor's photo of the Barton Dam was created using a pinhole camera he created at an Ann Arbor District Library workshop.


Taylor Madelyn's painting of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Taylor Madelyn, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight


Jamie Thomson's painting Aura

Jamie Thomson, Aura


Ashley Miller's Castle on a Cloud

Ashley Miller, Castle on a Cloud


Dez Esters' painting Sunday Afternoon

Dez Esters, Sunday Afernoon