Steph Joy Hogan is a Mixed-Media Painter, color enthusiast, visual storyteller and self-styled whimsical world-builder from Lansing, MI, who studied Fine Art at Michigan State University and the University of Iowa. Working primarily with acrylic paint, ink, and scraps of found paper ephemera, Steph intuitively creates layered skyscapes, imaginary universes, and the whimsical creatures that inhabit them. Inspired by her parents’ talents and encouragement, Stephanie makes art that is joyfully created to fuel your imagination and energize your corner of the cosmos.
Stephanie’s work is currently featured at Katalyst Gallery in Old Town Lansing, Main Street Art in Milford, MI, and Northville Art House in Northville, MI. Her work is permanently on display in Impression 5 Science Center, The Susan and Jack Davis Nature Pavilion and Gallery at Fenner Nature Center, and the new headquarters of The Davies Project. Stephanie’s work has also been seen previously on an Art in the Sky Billboard, in the Lansing Art Gallery & Education Center, Keys to Creativity, Blue Owl Coffee, the East Lansing Art Festival, the Flint Art Fair, Art Feast, Scrapfest, Cherry Capital Comic Con, Art & Craft Beer Fest, and multiple exhibitions with Working Women Artists and Mid-Michigan Art Guild.
Stephanie is a back-to-back-to-back Lansing City Pulse Top of the Town ‘Top Artist Award’ Finalist finishing in the Top 3 in 2018, 2019, & 2020. She placed third in the Keys to Creativity Drawing and Illustration Exhibition in 2018. In 2019, she placed second in the Mid-Michigan Art Guild 12x12 Show & was the Gallerist Award Winner. She also won that year’s Mid-Michigan Art Guild All Creatures Great and Small Award of Excellence. She placed third in the 2020 Mid-Michigan Art Guild Member Exhibition, and was the People's Choice Award Winner for the 2020 Working Women Artists 50.50.50 Exhibition. In early 2021, Steph recently received an Honorable Mention in the Northville Art House Shear Madness Juried Collage Exhibition. Sixty international artists were represented in this international show. Steph was one of only 2 artists to have multiple works accepted and her two pieces were two of the three to sell during the exhibition.
In addition to being an Opportunity Arts Affiliate, Steph is also a member of the Arts Council of Greater Lansing, Mid-Michigan Art Guild, Cedar Street Art Collective, & All SHE Makes. She is also a member of Working Women Artists, where she served as a Past President. Stephanie has been featured by a variety of publications & news outlets including The Detroit Free Press, Detroit News, Lansing City Pulse, Hello Artist with Marissa Tawney Thaler, The Oakland Press, and East Lansing Info.
Stephanie has served as an Arts Council of Greater Lansing smARTS Workshop Panelist for "Responding to the call for individual artists 2019", and as a Guest Juror for the Lansing Art Gallery, “Ingham Student Art Exhibit" in 2021. Stephanie has been featured on the Lansing Made 517 Day Broadcast Celebration on Fox 47-WSYM, in the 2018 East Lansing Art Festival promotional fundraising video, and as a presenter for the 2020 Creative Placemaking Summit 6, "Making a Place: Live Art-Making Experience" where she created an original mixed-media painting, 'I am Lansing', prints of which are now available and the sale of which will raise over $3000 to support the Arts Council of Greater Lansing.
Steph works out of a studio space she shares with her husband Daniel, located within Lansing’s top arts incubator Cedar Street Art Collective. Stephanie & Daniel have collaborated together on a collection of original watercolor illustrations as well as a series of mixed-media/digital art prints. When not doing art, the Hogans enjoy spending time with their 5 adorable cats.
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Daniel J. Hogan is a cartoonist who makes comics and other illustrations, with a focus on whimsy and humor, creating illustrations that get a smile or a chuckle out of the viewer. His inspirations include the goofy creations of Dr. Seuss, Jim Henson, and Harvey Kurtzman. He works both digitally as well as traditionally with watercolor, gouache, & mixed media. In addition to visual art, Daniel is also a writer creating novels, comics, blogs, copy, & freelance articles, including a self-published Young Adult novel, The Magic of Eyri, which he then adapted to a free podcast, found at www.magicofeyri.com. He also self-published a collection of his Foxes & Boxes comics in 2019 & is currently working on what will eventually be a volume two.
Born in Detroit and raised in Harper Woods, Daniel relocated to Lansing in 2005 after completing a degree in film and video production with an animation emphasis from Grand Valley State University. While attending GVSU, Daniel received a grant to attend a stop-motion animation workshop & was awarded the Best Student Animation at 2004 Grand Rapids Festival of the Arts for his animated short “Lunch Date”. He is a self-taught comic maker and artist.
Daniel is the winner of the 2015 Webcomic Category & the 2015 Small Press and Alternative Comics Expo Prize (SPACE) winner for Clattertron (clattertron.com). He is the winner of the 2018 Sycamore Park Neighborhood Sign Topper Design Contest & also finished in the top 3 in the 2019 Brighton Main Street Wine Art Music Festival. Daniel has also been featured in both the Lansing State Journal and Lansing City Pulse as well as in a story about selling his art at Seams in East Lansing on Fox 47.
Daniel’s work has been on display at multiple locations throughout the state including at the East Lansing Art Festival, Flint Art Fair, West Shore Art Fair, Brighton Main Street Wine Art Music Festival, Royal Oak Market: Art Fair Edition, Makers Market at the MSU Broad Art Lab, Michigan State University Comics Forum, Cherry Capital Comic Con, Motor City Comic Con, Capital City Comic Con, Sunrises & Smokestacks Exhibition at Fenner Nature Center, Arts Night Out, ArtFeast, Small Press and Alternative Comics Expo (SPACE) & Found Cartoons: a solo exhibition for the Arts Council of Greater Lansing.
Daniel works out of a studio space he shares with his wife Steph, located within Lansing’s top arts incubator Cedar Street Art Collective. Stephanie & Daniel have collaborated together on a collection of original watercolor illustrations as well as a series of mixed-media/digital art prints. When not doing art, the Hogans enjoy spending time with their 5 adorable cats.
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Emily Scott a dancer, instructor, and choreographer who also dabbles in acting and singing. She was born in Dayton, OH, but moved with her family to Mid-Michigan when she was a toddler. Emily danced competitively throughout elementary school & junior high, and has performed in the Nutcracker with the Children’s Ballet Theater at the Wharton Center, with the Cincinnati Ballet Company at the Detroit Opera House, & the with the Moscow Ballet at the Fox Theatre in Detroit.
While majoring in performance dance at Eastern Michigan University, Emily also had the opportunity to perform at Pease Auditorium and Quirk Theater. She currently teaches at the Foster Community Center in Lansing, and in Okemos at her alma mater Happendance where she was also featured in their local commercial. Over her career, Emily has had the opportunity to work with a multitude of dance professionals including Kristi Faulkner, Joori Jung, Joanna McNamara, Sherry Wilkinson, Phil Simmons, Jeremy Blair, & Haleem Rasul.
Dance has always been Emily’s “escape from reality” and the one constant in her life. She knows she can always turn to dance when life gets crazy. Emily’s main focus in regards to teaching dance is to try to break the cycle of mental trauma that some young dancers have had to endure growing up in the art form. Emily had heard many horror stories about what dancers go through as kids, and she wanted to change that. She focuses on having a very body positive atmosphere, not playing favorites, and trying to catch the warning signs of perfectionism, burnout, and anxiety as early as she can, and give her students ways to work through it. Emily loves the opportunity to pass her passion for dance on to aspiring dancers for generations to come.
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Michaela Clark is a self-taught, professional photographer from Lansing, MI who focuses on Family, couple, & newborn photo shoots while capturing authentic moments. She has had the opportunity to photograph multiple families throughout Mid-Michigan. Michaela is also able to provide professional headshots for business professionals, artists, & creatives. In addition her passion for photography, Michaela also took ballet & Irish step dance for over a decade.
When not engaging in the arts, Michaela enjoys spending time at the lake, enjoying a cup of coffee, or at her job as an Administrative Assistant at Modern Woodmen. She is also the mother of an adorable two year old!
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