Graffiti Art Contest

The Graffiti Art Contest has occurred each year during the Ann Arbor Art Fairs since 2003. Teens in Grades 6-12 are invited to come down and make a piece in the library parking lot using materials provided by the library. All entries are displayed in a month-long exhibit in the library.



2010 Graffiti Contest

28 painters participated in the 2010 Graffiti Contest on July 23 in the Downtown Library staff parking lot. An interesting array of styles and subjects, with everything from planets, landscapes, and free form, to a 'heart of pi'. The judge for the 2010 contest was Curtis Sullivan, co-owner of Vault of Midnight. The Vault was named the recipient of the 'The Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award' this year at the 41st annual Comic-Con convention in San Diego. Click on the names of winning pieces below to see them or go to our image gallery to see every submission to this year's contest.

2010 Winners
1st Place - Andy Wu "Eclipse"
2nd Place - Mina & Nika Hirzel "Snowstorm Zilla"
3rd Place - Jacob Saalberg "Street Battle (Unseen)"





2009 Graffiti Contest

More than 40 artists competed in the 2009 Graffiti Contest on July 17 in the Downtown Library staff parking lot. Their creations showed a huge amount of talent and creativity and feature a variety of techniques. The judge for the 2009 contest was Joan Newberry is a senior at Eastern Michigan University pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a concentration in painting. At EMU, she has received a scholarship from the Art Department, was featured in the Art Honors Exhibition, and was presented in Volume 38 of "Cellar Roots", the literary and visual arts journal of Eastern Michigan University. Click on the names of winning pieces below to see them or go to our image gallery to see every submission to this year's contest.

2009 Winners
1st Place - Muhammad Abdul Basir "Skate"
2nd Place - Job Seeburger "Untitled"
3rd Place - Victoria Reackhof "Magic"





2008 Graffiti Contest

More than 40 artists competed in the 2008 Graffiti Contest on July 18 in the Downtown Library staff parking lot. Their creations showed a huge amount of talent and creativity and feature a variety of techniques. The judge for the 2008 contest was Curtis Sullivan, owner of Vault of Midnight. Click on the names winning pieces below to see them or go to our image gallery to see every submission to this year's contest.

2008 Winners
1st Place - Dennis Scherdt "A.I."
2nd Place - Kathrin Larsen "Untitled"
3rd Place - Muhammad Abdul "K.A."





2007 Graffiti Art Contest

The judge for the 2007 Graffiti Art Contest was Jerzy Drozd of Make Like A Tree Comics.

1st Place - Andrea Herrero "Untitled"
2nd Place - Tyler Vane "The Shadow of the Sun"
3rd Place - Mina Hirzel & Nika Olzewski "Bunny's Honey"





2006 Graffiti Art Contest

1st Place - Tyler Vane "Path of the Scarab"
2nd Place - Katy Clark and Andrea Walens "Tolerance"
3rd Place - Brenda Shih "Sunflowers"





2005 Graffiti Art Contest

1st Place - Sarah LaMond & Margaret Nemetz "Le Pokie Dottie Olephant"
2nd Place - Robert Kasemodel "The Face"
3rd Place - Angela Lei "Rainbow Sunshine"
4th Place - Taylor Pan "Under My Sea"