ARTpath: The Jurors

Ben Graham
Ben Graham is a 40 year veteran of the advertising and marketing business, he spent his career as a graphic designer, illustrator, art director and creative director. Graham received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Northern Michigan University in 1974 and has been creating art, professionally and personally, ever since. For the past 30+ years he has owned and operated the Ben Graham Group, Inc., a freelance visual strategy and design business, based in Lansing, Michigan. Before establishing this business, he worked in advertising and publishing. Today he is an arts patron and working artist that draws inspiration from life experiences, his keen sense of observations and sense of humor. Most recently Graham has had his popular installation Sign Language purchased by the City of Lansing and permanently installed on the downtown River Trail. And, his 2017 ArtPrize installation Seeds of Change finished in the top 100 of the international exhibit and competitions.

Steffanie Rosalez
Steffanie Rosalez is a founding member of the Cultura Collective and currently serves as the Director of the Cook Arts Center, where she develops and administers multidisciplinary arts programming for neighborhood youth and families on Grand Rapids’ Southwest side. Through her work in both of these capacities, she actively leads initiatives surrounding the arts, race, culture and community.
The Cultura Collective was selected for the juried installation award during ArtPrize 2016 and was featured at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Art in Grand Rapids as part of the Organize Your Own exhibition in winter of 2017. Rosalez received curatorial awards and recognition during ArtPrize 2017 and 2018 and was recently awarded with WGVU’s I Have Made A Difference Award for the Arts Individual of the Year for 2018.
She received her BFA in Studio Art and Communications from Hope College in 2005. Since moving to Grand Rapids in 2007, she has contributed to the city’s creative landscape through creating her own art, music, and curatorial practice.

Jonny Hanna
Jonny Hanna is founder of Workshop JAH a Detroit based interdisciplinary architectural, urban, and conceptual design practice which specializes in public space interventions. Jonny earned his Bachelor of Science in Architecture and Master of Urban Design from the University of Michigan and was a Fellow with the Kent State Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative where he co-taught Urban Design studios and conducted research on public space design. Prior to starting his own studio, Jonny worked for many designers including, A(n) Office in Detroit and Clement Blanchet Architecture in Paris. His work has been exhibited both domestically and abroad, including a show of student and personal work at the Fabrica De Arte Cubano in Havana and most recently as a part of the Art Now 2018: Drawing Exhibition at the Ann Arbor Art Center. Some of his clients include the Cleveland Public Libraries and the Detroit Sidewalk Festival for the Performing Arts. His work has been supported by the Burning Man Global Arts Grant and the Miami Foundation.