Ryan Standfest. 

Born 1974, Detroit, Michigan USA.

Lives and works in Detroit.


STATEMENT

Photo: Millee Tibbs / 2020


Having come of age in a collapsing industrial metropolis, my work has been driven by a preoccupation with optimism and its aftermath.

As the dust still settles on the ruins, its particles are comprised of an optimism once trumpeted—in design, in industry—that advertised a Modernist narrative of utopian progress. Because my experience has been defined by the pairing of that progress with ruin, and idealization with imperfection, it is impossible for me to engage in a nostalgic embrace of the optimism of the past. Therefore it is my tendency to subvert nostalgia by revealing it as a corruptive force that distorts and creates illusory notions of stability and greatness.

I am however not guided by pessimism. Futurist dreams of achieving utopia move me, but having lived in the shadow of the abject evolution of the working class and socio-economic ruin, I am compelled to examine the fundamental absurdity of fantasies to achieve human perfectibility and the fallibility of structures engineered to halt entropy.

In my work, unrequited yearning for progress collides with the more complex realities of late capitalism, in which failure undermines expectation and shifts centers of power in an absurd cycle of hyped aspiration and subsequent deflation. These polarities necessitate social critique with the question of who is allowed to access dreams of fulfillment and what that yields. I return to a very particular convoluted working class inclination toward longing undercut by repulsion: the need for upward mobility combined with a distrust of what that success gains access to.

My enthusiasm for obsolete print ephemera such as comic strips, tabloid newspapers, postcards, catalogs, manuals and advertisements, is intended to highlight the fugitive value of authoritative cultural currency as it advertises our vision of the ideal.

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EDUCATION
-MFA in Printmaking, School of Art and Art History, The University of Iowa, 2006
-BFA in Printmaking, Department of Art & Art History, Wayne State University, 2002

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

-Dumpster Fire, Southeastern Community College (Burlington, IA), 2022
-Dumpster Fire, Hatch Art (Hamtramck, MI), 2022

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

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

-Random Negotiations Toward an Unreasonable Happiness, Hatch Art (Hamtramck, MI), 2017

-Arghh! Stubby Punches and Fatty Ejecta, Detroit Industrial Projects (Detroit), 2007


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

-Art @the Max VII, Detroit Symphony Orchestra (Detroit), 2020
-Worlds Apart, Constellation Studios (Lincoln, NE), 2019
-Portray, Wasserman Projects (Detroit), 2019
-EDITION 2018, Simone DeSousa Gallery (Detroit), 2018
-A Conspiracy of Accidents, Popps Packing (Hamtramck, MI), 2018
-Vitrine, Eastern Michigan University (Ypsilanti, MI), 2018
-The Contemporary Print 2018, O2 Gallery (Austin, TX), 2018
-The Supplies of Viable Living, Catich Gallery, St. Ambrose University (Davenport, IA), 2018
-Printwork 2017, Artists Image Resource Gallery (Pittsburgh, PA), 2017
-HOT, FRESH!, HumpDay Gallery, Pennsylvania State University School of Visual Arts, (State College, PA), 2017
-Punk House, Mike Kelley Mobile Homestead, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (Detroit), 2017
-Just Under 100: New Prints 2017/Summer, IPCNY (New York) (as Rotland Press), 2017
-Kabinet d'Estampes 2 Yellow Bridge, Le Kabinet (Brussels, Belgium), 2017
-Text/Image, Ann Arbor Art Center (Ann Arbor, MI), 2017
-Conspire: Collaboration, Cooperation, Collection, Florida State University Museum of Fine Arts (Tallahassee, FL), (as part of The Moving Crew), 2017
-EDITION 2016, Simone DeSousa Gallery (Detroit), 2016
-The Printer's Devil, The Scarab Club (Detroit), 2016
-à l’arrache 5, Association Les Abattoirs (Riom, France), 2016
-Turnover A Spread, Holding House (Detroit), 2016
-Signs of the Times, North Dakota State University (Fargo, ND), 2015
-Substrate: Printed Matter From the Rust Belt, Scene Metrospace (Lansing, MI), 2014
-I’m Your Man, ISE Cultural Foundation (New York, NY), 2014
-Publisher! Publisher!, Northeastern Illinois University (Chicago), 2014
-Line By Line: Drawing Explored, Detroit Artists Market (Detroit), 2013
-Graphic Design Exhibition, The Scarab Club (Detroit), 2013
-CIRCUS, Gallery Project (Ann Arbor, MI), 2013
-The Bitters, Whitdel Arts (Detroit), 2013
-Vision In A Cornfield, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (Detroit), 2012
-United Dead Artists, La Galerie Lavignes-Bastille (Paris, France), 2012
-A Shadow Side, Peru State College Art Gallery (Peru, NE), 2012
-Eat Before We Eat You, Morpho Gallery (Chicago), 2012
-The Enraged Will Inherit the Earth, Public Pool Artspace (Hamtramck, MI), 2011
-Heads on Poles, Western Exhibitions (Chicago), 2011
-As The Crow Flies, Times Club at Prairie Lights (Iowa City, IA), 2010
-What's So Funny?, Gallery Project (Ann Arbor, MI), 2010
-TOUCH, Work • Detroit, U of M Stamps School of Art & Design (Detroit), 2010
-Actual Size Biennial, Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit (Detroit), 2009
-Boing, Paint Creek Center for the Arts (Rochester, MI), 2009
-Collection Connection, Work • Ann Arbor, U of M Stamps School of Art & Design (Ann Arbor), 2009
-From a Different Perspective, Detroit Artists Market (Detroit), 2009
-Bradley International Print & Drawing Exhibition, Bradley University (Peoria, IL), 2009
-Fear, Work • Detroit, U of M Stamps School of Art & Design (Detroit), 2009
-Satisfaction Town, Columbia College (Chicago), 2009
-Andres Serrano Picks Detroit, College for Creative Studies (Detroit), 2008
-Land Grant Flag-State Construct, Bemis Underground (Omaha, NE), 2007
-Revolution Number 10, Luther College (Decorah, IA), 2006

PERFORMANCES
-Rotland's False Development Promises Sales Case, Bert Green Fine Art (Chicago, IL), 2019
-How to Chop Wood in a Glass House (text + piano), Popps Packing (Hamtramck, MI), 2018
-The Dream of the Beaver (reading), Public Pool Artspace ((Hamtramck, MI), 2017
-Ricky Got It Kind of Bad / Factory Head (readings and video screenings), N'Namdi Center for Contemporary Art (Detroit), 2017
-Coitus Modern/Case Study: Modernist Erotic Delirium (reading), Holding House (Detroit), 2016
-A Radiant Cataclysm, ISE Cultural Foundation, (New York, NY), 2014
-The Carbuncle Procedure, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (Detroit), 2013
-3 Happy Butchers, Popps Packing (Hamtramck, MI), 2013
-Got It Kind Of Bad (reading), Work • Detroit, U of M Penny Stamps School of Art & Design (Detroit), 2013
-A Theory of Nothing & The Sound of Everything, HatchArt Collective (Detroit), 2012
-FAT BRANDO (a parable of moribundity), Detroit Artist's Market (Detroit), 2011
-HULLAB (In the Air, 3 Little Men Sing Their Terrible Song), Public Pool Artspace (Hamtramck, MI), 2011
-Meet Mister Ricky, a Regular King Smiley Boy, Detroit Industrial Projects (Detroit), 2007

EDITOR and PUBLISHER
-The Plague Review Digest, Rotland Press (Detroit), 2021
- The Dreadfuls Special, Rotland Press (Detroit), 2020
-American Fascism Now by Sue Coe & Stephen F. Eisenman, Rotland Press (Detroit), 2020
-The Angriest Dog in the World by David Lynch, Rotland Press (Detroit), 2020
-The Plague Review (online), Rotland Press (Detroit), 2020
-Detroit Sequential Sundays (online), Detroit Novelty Press (Detroit), 2020
-Detroit Sequential No. 2, Detroit Novelty Press (Detroit), 2019
-One-Shot Rot: Precious Rubbish by Kayla E., Rotland Press (Detroit), 2018
-Mono-Rot No. 2: Bill Fick / prints, Rotland Press (Detroit), 2018
-American Flytrap No. 2: The Gun Issue, Rotland Press (Detroit), 2018
-American Flytrap No. 1: The Post-Truth Issue, Rotland Press (Detroit)
-Detroit Sequential, Detroit Novelty Press (Detroit), 2017
-Black Eye Three: A Shameful Enlightenment, Rotland Press (Detroit), 2017
-The N-Word: Paintings by Peter Williams, Rotland Press (Detroit), 2016
-Rotland Funnies: Detroit Comics, Newcity newspaper (Chicago), 2015
-Rotland Inquiry No. 1: on "Charlie Hebdo", Rotland Press (Detroit), 2015
-CHASING POSADA! A Macabre Populist in The City, Rotland Press (Detroit), 2014
-Got It Kind Of Bad, Rotland Press (Detroit), 2014
-Novus Manualis: A Handbook for the New Man, Rotland Press (Detroit), 2013
-A Little Book Of Banal Agony, Rotland Press (Detroit), 2013
-Black Eye 2, Rotland Press (Detroit), 2013
-The Rotland Dreadfuls #1-10, Rotland Press (Detroit), 2013
-Ardent Boner, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit/Rotland Press (Detroit), 2012
-Carbuncle, Rotland Press (Detroit), 2012
-Black Eye 1, Rotland Press (Detroit), 2011
-Morose Delectation, Rotland Press (Detroit), 2011
-FUNNY (not funny), Rotland Press (Detroit), 2010

CURATORIAL PROJECTS
-Detroit Sequential No. 1, Signal-Return (Detroit), 2017
-A Shameful Enlightenment, Popps Packing (Hamtramck, MI), 2017
-RP5: Five Years of Rotland Press, Spudnik Press (Chicago) 2015
-Chasing Posada! (A Macabre Populist In The City), Spudnik Press (Chicago) 2015
-Chasing Posada! (A Printmaker In The City), Signal-Return (Detroit), 2014
-DEADPAN: The Art of the Expressionless, Whitdel Gallery (Detroit), 2013
-A MODEST OUTRAGE, Popps Packing (Hamtramck, MI), 2013
-B3: Blooms/Bugs/Beasts (The Natural Absurd), The Scarab Club (Detroit), 2013
-Love For Sale, Work • Detroit, U of M Stamps School of Art & Design (Detroit), 2012
-EYE TEETH (a satire on the American way of life), Paint Creek Center for the Arts(Rochester, MI), 2012
-MOROSE DELECTATION, Book Beat Gallery (Oak Park, MI), 2011
-FUNNY (not funny), Work • Detroit, U of M Stamps School of Art & Design (Detroit), 2010

ARTICLES, REVIEWS AND PAPERS AUTHORED
-“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, forthcoming 2021
-"Essay'd No. 136: Jeffrey Abt" (essay), Essay'd, February 2020
-"Salon @David Klein Gallery Detroit" (review), Detroit Art Review, October 2019
-"Gyan Shrobree & Jim Shrosbree @Nx.ix Gallery" (review), Detroit Art Review, October 2019
-"Jim Shrosbree @Paul Kotula Projects" (review), Detroit Art Review, September 2019.
-"Essay'd No. 128: John Maggie" (essay), Essay'd, July 2019
-"Stacey Steers @K. Oss Contemporary Art Gallery" (review), Detroit Art Review, June 2019
-"Essay'd No. 124: Emmy Bright" (essay), Essay'd, May 2019
-"COMP/SITE @The Scarab Club" (review), Detroit Art Review, April 2019
-"Dustin Cook @Playground Detroit" (review), Detroit Art Review April 2019
-"From Camelot to Kent State: Pop Art, 1960-1975 @The Detroit Institute of Arts" (review), Detroit Art Review, March 2019
-"David Opdyke @The University of Michigan Institute for the Humanitites" (review), Detroit Art Review, February 2019
-"W.C. Bevan @Greenroom Gallery"(review), Detroit Art Review, December 2018
-"Ceremonial Handball: On Jim Chatelain", Cass Corridor: Connecting Times, ed. by Simone DeSousa, Simone DeSousa Gallery (Detroit), 2017 (catalogue essay)
-“Chopped-Up Figures in Boxes with Shapes Coming Out of Their Mouths: Comic Strip Poetics”, Mid-America Print Council Journal, Vol. 25, ed. by Jennifer Ghormley, Matt Hopson-Walker, Joseph Lupo, Fall/Winter 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
-“Chicago: Comics On The Make”, The Comics Journal, June 4, 2012 (on “Comics: Philosophy & Practice,” a symposium at The University of Chicago), 2012

VISITING ARTIST / RESIDENCIES
-Residency: Luther College Department of Art, Decorah, IA 2022 (postponed)
-Residency: Jentel Artist Residency, Banner, WY, 2021
-Residency: Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Amherst, VA, 2018
-Visiting Artist: Print Media, Gwen Frostic School of Art, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, 2017
-Visiting Artist: Print Media, Cranbrook Academy of Art and Design, Bloomfield Hills, MI, 2016-2017
-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
-Visiting Lecturer: First Year Program, Department of Art, Bowling Green University, Bowling Green, OH, 2012

ACADEMIC PRESENTATIONS / PUBLIC LECTURES
-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: "On Art Criticism", Birmingham Bloomfield Art Association, Bloomfield Hills, MI, 2019
-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
-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
-Panel Member: "Education and Collaboration," 2012 Midwest Art Association Conference, Detroit, MI, 2012

PRINT PORTFOLIO CONTRIBUTOR
-Corpus Corpus X, organized by Paul Nudd, 2017
-Supplies for Viable Living Catalog, organized by The Moving Crew, 2017
-The Visceral Hand, organized by Joshua Johnson and Michael Weigman, 2016
-Intermission, organized by Shannon Collis and Erik Waterkote for SGCI Portland, 2016
-à l’arrache 5, organized by Marc Brunier Mestas, 2016
-Detroit Print City, organized by the Duffy Dept. of Art for MAPC 2014, Wayne State University, 2014
-The Box: Afro-Futurism, organized by Cary Loren and Rebecca Mazzei for The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, 2012
-Angelf--k, organized by Michael McGovern and Curtis Readel, University of Northern Illinois, 2009
-Print Language as Content II, organized by Professor Robert Glasgow, The University of Iowa, 2006
-Foil Imaging: The Editions, organized by Professor Virginia Myers, The University of Iowa, 2006

BIBLIOGRAPHY
Books
-This Must Not Be The Place You Thought It Would Be (monograph), Simone DeSousa Gallery (Detroit), 2020
-Punk House, edited by Cary Loren, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (Detroit), 2017
-MANUAL, edited by Amze Emmons, R.L. Tillman, Jason Urban, Printeresting (Philadelphia), 2014
-Publisher! Publisher!, edited by Amze Emmons (catalog), Northeastern Illinois University (Chicago), 2014
-Corpus Corpus 5, edited by Paul Nudd (Chicago), 2013
-Corpus Corpus 4, edited by Paul Nudd (Chicago), 2012
-And They Were Two In One and One In Two: Essays on Beheading and Cinema, Nicola Masciandaro, (New York), 2011
-La Tranchée Racine No. 1, edited by Stephane Blanquet, United Dead Artist (Achères, France), 2011
-Corpus Corpus 3, edited by Paul Nudd, Western Exhibitions (Chicago), 2011
-Bound & Gagged, edited by Tom Neely, i will destroy you (Los Angeles), 2010
-RUIS, edited by Wouter Vanhaelemeesch, KRAAK (Gent, Belgium), 2010
Bradley International 32nd Print & Drawing Exhibition (catalog), Bradley University (Peoria, IL), 2009
-Le Temps qui passé by Tycho Brahé (album), Les Disques Normal (Paris), 2009
-Le Tendon Revolver, état second, edited by Stephane Blanquet, United Dead Artists, (Achères, France), 2009
-Picturesque by Emily Wilson and Poem by Mark Levine (broadside) Spout Graphic Press (Iowa City, IA), 2006

Selected Press
-VanZandt, Danny. "Making as an Act of Connection to History and Environment: In Conversation with Ryan Standfest." Detroit Cultural (online), December 21, 2020.
-Clough, Robert. "This Is Fine: David Lynch's The Angriest Dog in the World." Solrad: The Online Literary Magazine for Comics (online), November 16, 2020.
-Heller, Steven. "The Daily Heller: The Rotland Dreadfuls Are Not Deplorable." PRINT Magazine (online), November 3, 2020.
-Heller, Steven. "The Daily Heller: Sue Coe Strikes!" PRINT Magazine (online), September 24, 2020.
-Petit, Zachary. “Bringing David Lynch's Cult Comic Strip Back to Life.” PRINT Magazine (online), August 20, 2020
- Kirsh, Andrea. “Two art books for our era of racial reckoning.” Artblog (online), August 18, 2020.
- Letts, K.A. "The Plague Review: A New Journal for the Age of the Pandemic from Detroit's Rotland Press.” The New Art Examiner (online), June 16, 2020.
- Petit, Zachary. “The Plague Reviewed.” PRINT Magazine (online), May 20, 2020.
-Hodges, Michael. “Graphic artists channel end-of-world humor in The Plague Review” The Detroit News (online and print), April 29, 2020.
-Philip, Drew. “The Timelessness of Art is Doubly Poignant at this Time of Crisis, Yet How Will the Artists be Funded?” DetroitIsIt (online), April 16, 2020.
-Hodges, Michael. "Sharp Angles: An Italian Futurist Mural Takes Shape on Michigan Avenue" (feature), The Detroit News, August 22, 2019.
-Sharp, Sarah Rose. "Leaving Cynicism Aside To Take A Fresh Look At Detroit" (review), Hyperallergic (blogazine), December 6, 2018.
-Mannisto, Glen. "Ryan Standfest @WSU Art Department Gallery" (review), Detroit Art Review, November 2018.
-Hodges, Michael. "Artist Ryan Standfest Takes A Dark Look At Failed Optimism", The Detroit News, November 22, 2018.
-van Laar, Timothy. "Essay'd #110: Ryan Standfest" (essay), Essay'd.org (blog), 2018
-Sharp, Sarah Rose. "Detroit Arts and Culture: Best Gallery Shows 2017" (feature), Detroit Free Press, December 31, 2017
-Letts, K.A. "Everyday Objects: Text/Image at Ann Arbor Art Center" (review), pulp (blogazine), 2017
-Snoekx, Kurt. "Le Kabinet Crosses the Atlantic Yellow Bridge" (feature), Bruzz (magazine), May 29, 2017
-Sharp, Sarah Rose. "A Printmaker's Nonsensical Designs for an Absurd World" (review), Hyperallergic (blogazine), 2017
-Crawford, Lynn. "Up Close 2016: Detroit" Art In America (online), December 28, 2016
-Sharp, Sarah Rose. "Paintings of a Homegrown Black Superhero" (feature), Hyperallergic (blogazine), 2016
-Stateside Staff (Cynthia Canty). "Painter Aims to Capture Superhero Powers of the N-Word" Michigan Public Radio (radio interview), 2016
-Sharp, Sarah Rose. "Artists' Books that Break with Traditional Bindings" (feature), Hyperallergic (blogazine), 2016
-Berlatsky, Noah. “Chasing Posada: A Macabre Populist In The City”, Chicago Reader (print and online edition), 2014
-Dowd, D.B. “J.G. Posada Visits Oklahoma”, Drawing The Social Landscape (blog), 2014
-Di Fazio, Gabriele. “ROTLAND PRESS” (feature), Just Indie Comics (blog), 2014
-DeVito, Lee. “Dreadfully Good Art”, Metro Times (print edition), 2013
-Clough, Rob. “BLACK EYE 2” (review), The Comics Journal (blogazine), 2013
-Milo, Jeff. “BLACK EYE 2- ROTLAND PRESS” (feature in two parts), Metro Times (online edition), 2013
-DeGalan, Clara. “It’s Funny Because It’s True: The Absurd in Art”, artHOPPER.org (blog), 2012
-Clough, Rob. "Sharp Stick: Black Eye, Volume 1", High-Low (blog), 2012
-Hodges, Michael H. "3 Metro Area Art Exhibits Are Sure To Challenge, Satisfy", The Detroit News, 2012
-Hodges, Michael H. “Kidd and WSU Galleries Dish Up Feasts for the Eyes”, The Detroit News, 2011
-Mason, Liz. “Ryan Standfest Discusses BLACK EYE 1”, Quimby’s Bookstore (podcast), 2011
-McConnell, Robin. “BLACK EYE : Heer, Onsmith & Standfest”, Inkstuds, CiTr, Vancouver, BC, Canada (radio), 2011
-Collins, Sean T. “BLACK EYE 1”, The Comics Journal (blogazine), 2011
-Flinn, Sue Carter. “Canadian Customs Seizes “Obscene” Comics”, Quill & Quire, 2011
-Giampaoli, Justin. “BLACK EYE Only Funny South of the Border”, 13 Minutes (blog), 2011
-Viera, Lauren. "Heads on Poles at Western Exhibitions", The Chicago Tribune, 2011
-Berlatsky, Noah. "Ryan Standfest on Art Young, Faith and Black Humor", The Hooded Utilitarian (blog), 2010
-Hodges, Michael H. "U-M's 'Touch' Exhibit Invites Interaction", The Detroit News, 2010
-Steele, Erin. ”What’s So Funny?”, The Michigan Daily, 2010
-Giampaoli, Justin. “FUNNY (not funny)”, Poopsheet Foundation (blog), 2010
-Carducci, Vince. "Wordage @ DAM", Motown Review of Art (blog), 2010
-Farber, Paul. "Pushing the Limits of Good Taste", Michigan Public Radio (radio), 2010
-Sousanis, Nick. “Arghh! Stubby Punches and Fatty Ejecta”, The Detroiter.com (blog), 2010

PERMANENT COLLECTIONS
-The Art Institute of Chicago, Ryerson & Burnham Library (Chicago, IL)
-Bibliothèque Nationale de France, prints and Photographs Department (Paris, France)
-Columbia University Library (New York, NY)
-The Detroit Institute of Arts, Prints, Drawings & Photographs Collection (Detroit, MI)
-Ecole d’Arts Plastiques de Riom (Riom, France)
-Harvard Library, Harvard University (Cambridge, MA)
-The Library of Congress, SPX Collection (Washington, D.C.)
-Metropolitan Museum of Art, Watson Library, Special Collections (New York, NY)
-Michigan State University Libraries (East Lansing, MI)
-Ohio State University, Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum (Columbus, OH)
-The Schulz Library at the Center for Cartoon Studies (White River Junction, VT)
-Southern Graphics Council Archives, University of Mississippi (Oxford, MS)
-The University of Chicago Library (Chicago)
-The University of Iowa, School of Art and Art History Collection (Iowa City, IA)
-The University of Mississippi, Southern Graphics Council Archives (Oxford, MS)
-The University of Northern Illinois (DeKalb, IL)
-University of Wisconsin-Madison Archives (Madison, WI)
-Washington University, Modern Graphic History Library (St. Louis, MO)
-Wayne State University Special Collections (Detroit, MI)
-Zuckerman Museum of Art, Prints Archive, Kennesaw State University (Kennesaw, GA)

AWARDS, GRANTS and HONORS
-"On Press" program participation with Signal-Return Printshop, Detroit, 2019
-Best of Detroit Award, “Best Indie Publisher,” for Rotland Press, Metro Times, 2014
-Ignatz Nominee, “Outstanding Anthology,” for “BLACK EYE 1”, the Small Press Exposition, Bethesda, MD, 2011
-Purchase Award for the Michael J. Brody Award, The University of Iowa, 2004
-Iowa Arts Fellowship, The University of Iowa, 2003

PUBLISHING EVENT PARTICIPATION
-2017 Detroit Art Book Fair, Trinosophes (Detroit), 2017
-Detroit Comix Party (Detroit), 2017
-Power of the Press Fest, Signal-Return (Detroit), 2017
-Quimby’s Bookstore: signing (Chicago), 2017
-2016 Detroit Art Book Fair, Trinosophes (Detroit), 2016
-2015 Detroit Art Book Fair, Trinosophes (Detroit), 2015
-CAKE: Chicago Alternative Comics Exposition (Chicago), 2015
-2014 Detroit Art Book Fair, Trinosophes (Detroit), 2014
-The Dreadfuls: Bayer + Sikoryak, Desert Island (Brooklyn), 2014
-IN PRINT, Work • Detroit, U of M Penny Stamps School of Art & Design (Detroit), 2014
-CAKE: Chicago Alternative Comics Exposition (Chicago), 2013
-The Art Book Review- On the Road: Detroit, The Jam Handy (Detroit), 2013
-Blonde Art Books in Detroit, Salt & Cedar (Detroit), 2013
-2013 Detroit Art Book Fair, Fourteen-Eighty Gratiot Gallery (Detroit), 2013
-Bookbeat Bookstore: signing (Oak Park, MI), 2011
-CAKE: Chicago Alternative Comics Exposition (Chicago), 2011
-Get Your BLACK EYE, Desert Island (Brooklyn), 2011
-Quimby’s Bookstore: signing (Chicago), 2011
-Small Press Expo: awards ceremony and presentation (Bethesda, MD)