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The Art Institute of Michigan — Troy

1414 East Maple Rd., Suite 150, Troy, MI 48083   |    1.248.837.3200

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Faculty Member Has First Book Published; Launch Party April 22 Faculty Member Has First Book Published; Launch Party April 22

Melissa Grunow, Full time Faculty, English at The Art Institute of Michigan—Troy,* has published her first book. 

Realizing River City was published by Tumbleweed Books on February 14, 2016.  This memoir explores how, despite the troubles we may face, there is hope in the way we continually risk ourselves in search for the life we want to live. It's a story about loss, love, compassion, and finally redemption. 

To celebrate the book’s release, Melissa is collaborating with Barnes & Noble and the Delta Phi Epsilon sorority’s Alpha Psi chapter to host a Launch Party at Bookfair at 7 p.m. April 22, at Barnes & Noble, 2800 S. Rochester Rd., Rochester Hills, MI 48307. 

The celebration will include a reading, meet-and-greet, and book signing. A percentage of all in-store and online sales during the Bookfair event will be donated to the Delta Phi Epsilon Educational Foundation, which provides scholarships and financial support for active sisters and alumnae throughout the United States.

An award-winning writer and Pushcart Prize nominee, Melissa’s work has appeared in Creative Nonfiction, River Teeth, Yemassee, New Plains Review, Blue Lyra Review, and Limestone, among many others. She is also a live storyteller who regularly competes in NPR's Moth StorySLAM and is a Metro Detroit 2016 Listen to Your Mother cast member. She has a Master of Fine Arts in creative nonfiction from National University and a Master of Arts in English from New Mexico State University. 

The Art Institute of Michigan—Troy is one of The Art Institutes, a system of over 50 schools throughout North America. Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options vary by school and are subject to change. Not all online programs are available to residents of all U.S. states. Several institutions included in The Art Institutes system are campuses of South University or Argosy University. The Art Institute of Michigan—Troy, 414 East Maple Rd., Suite 150, Troy, MI 48083. © 2016 The Art Institutes.  All rights reserved. Our email address is materialsreview@aii.edu

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The Art Institute of Michigan-Troy Faculty Wins Writing Contest The Art Institute of Michigan-Troy Faculty Wins Writing Contest

(Michigan, May 2015)  Melissa Grunow, full-time English faculty at The Art Institute of Michigan-Troy, a branch of The Illinois Institute of Art – Chicago, received statewide recognition for her writing on May 16, 2015.


Melissa won both First Place and Second Place in the Detroit Working Writers 2015 writing contest in the creative nonfiction category for her work, "We Knew a Different Kind" and "Candyland," respectively. The awards, which came with a cash prize, were presented at the Detroit Working Writers Annual Conference, "Craft: Getting it Write" at the MSU Management Education Center in Troy.


She earned her Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from National University in January 2015. She also has a Master of Arts in English Literature from New Mexico State University and a Bachelor of Science in English from Central Michigan University. Her creative nonfiction and short stories have appeared in nearly forty national and international literary magazines since 2013.


Melissa has been with The Art Institutes since April 2012 as the General Education Program Coordinator at the Novi location and became full-time faculty at the Troy location in July 2014.


Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options are subject to change. The Art Institute of Michigan-Troy, 1414 East Maple Rd., Suite 150, Troy, MI  48083 ©2015 The Art Institutes. Our email address is csprogramadmin@edmc.edu.


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The Art Institute of Michigan—Troy Announces the 3rd Annual Art Educators Appreciation Gallery Show Call for Entries The Art Institute of Michigan—Troy Announces the 3rd Annual Art Educators Appreciation Gallery Show Call for Entries
This March, The Art Institutes system of schools (“The Art Institutes”) will have more than 50 Art Institutes locations in the United States host What Those Who Teach Can Do, a national collaboration of gallery shows to pay tribute to talented arts educators across the country. In Troy, The Art Institute of Michigan—Troy, an additional location of The Illinois Institute of Art—Chicago, will feature local high school art and media educators’ artwork in a month-long exhibition to celebrate their creativity, and thank them for positively affecting the lives of so many students.

“We’re turning the tables on our educators and focusing on their passions and creativity,” said Charles Restivo, president of The Art Institutes. “The collaboration of galleries is the stage we set to celebrate our teachers’ commitment to preparing our area high school students.”

This year will mark The Art Institutes’ third celebration highlighting educators’ artistic work, commitment and passion. If you’re a high school arts and/or media teacher or know of a teacher that may be interested in submitting their work, please visit http://whatteacherscreate.com for information about What Those Who Teach Can Do at The Art Institute of Michigan—Troy.

Artwork for submission can include, but is not limited to, painting, mixed media, sculpture, ceramics, audio/video, design, digital media, film, photography, illustration, culinary images, fiber, and/or fiber arts. There is a limit of one entry per participant, and all art must be exhibition-ready for immediate installation.

This year, anyone can nominate a teacher to submit their work. Once nominated, the nominee will receive an email notifying them of their nomination along with information on how to submit their artwork. Entries are being accepted, and entry deadlines vary by campus.

For all details regarding local gallery receptions, please visit http://whatteacherscreate.com.

The Art Institute of Michigan—Troy, an additional location of The Illinois Institute of Art—Chicago, is one of The Art Institutes, a system of over 50 schools throughout North America. Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options are subject to change. Several institutions included in The Art Institutes system are campuses of South University or Argosy University. The Art Institute of Michigan—Troy, an additional location of The Illinois Institute of Art—Chicago, is located at 1414 East Maple Rd., Suite 150, Troy, MI 48083. ©2014 The Art Institutes International LLC.

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Fashion Industry Experts Select The Art Institutes Designers for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fashion Industry Experts Select The Art Institutes Designers for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

The Art Institutes system of schools raises the bar for its Fall 2014 fashion show by enlisting industry experts including fashion designers John Bartlett, Douglas Hannant and Bonnie Young; fashion merchandising expert Cliodna Egan; and fashion event production expert Christina Neault, to help identify the brightest fashion stars of tomorrow. One of only two schools to show at Fashion Week, The Art Institutes accepted applicants from the ten largest fashion design programs across its North American system of more than 50 schools. Thirteen student and alumni designers were selected to present their Fall 2014 capsule collections during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, which will be held at Lincoln Center in New York City February 6-13, 2014.

The Art Institutes Fall 2014 show may just be the most diverse group show assembled for Fashion Week. A former Marine, a carpenter and an architect are three of this season’s standouts, all of whom switched careers to pursue their true passions at Art Institutes schools. Gustavo Alonso, Luis Aponte, Joshuan Aponte, Lauren Barisic, Lorena Cabrera, Anna Charest, Samuel Ciccone, Michael Doyle, Ryan Edmonds, German Madrigal, Christopher Maracha, Rei Yamamoto and Simone Young* will have the extraordinary opportunity to present their collections alongside fashion industry legends. 

“A talented group of fashion industry professionals generously provided their expertise to select the thirteen designers who will be part of The Art Institutes Fall 2014 show at Mercedez-Benz Fashion Week,” said Charles Restivo, Interim President of The Art Institutes. “We are excited to present a show that highlights the exceptional talent and creativity The Art Institutes students and alumni offer.”

For more information about the students and graduates showing at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, follow @Art_Institutes, search #AiMBFW and visit //content.edmc.edu/assets/PR/News/pdf/mbfw-designer-backgrounder.pdf.

Each season, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York City captures the world’s attention as more than 250 designers showcase their collections and unveil the upcoming season’s trends at star-studded presentations and runway shows under the famed Lincoln Center tents. This incredible opportunity will give the talented students and alumni of The Art Institutes the chance to present their looks to an international audience and get a glimpse of what it takes to market themselves and their designs to potential clients and buyers. Their collections will include both women’s and men’s sportswear and eveningwear, showing the culmination of techniques learned in the classroom and brought to life by the range, vision and creativity of the young designers.

For more information on The Art Institutes system of schools and to find out details about the February show visit: www.artinstitutes.edu.

*  Students: Gustavo Alonso (Bachelor of Fine Arts, Fashion Design, Miami International University of Art & Design), Luis Aponte (Associate of Applied Science, Fashion Design, The Art Institute of New York City), Joshuan Aponte (Bachelor of Fine Arts, Fashion Design, Miami International University of Art & Design), Lauren Barisic (Bachelor of Fine Arts, Fashion Design, The Art Institute of California – San Francisco, a campus of Argosy University), Anna Charest (Bachelor of Science, Fashion Design, The Art Institute of Philadelphia), Michael Doyle (Associate of Applied Science, Fashion Design, The Art Institute of New York City) and Simone Young  (Associate of Applied Science, Fashion Design, The Art Institute of New York City). Graduates: Lorena Cabrera (Bachelor of Fine Arts, Apparel Design, 2013, The Art Institute of Portland), Samuel Ciccone (Bachelor of Science, Fashion Design, 2013, The Art Institute of Philadelphia), Ryan Edmonds (Bachelor of Fine Arts, Apparel Design, 2013, The Art Institute of Portland), German Madrigal (Bachelor of Fine Arts, Apparel Design, 2013, The Art Institute of Portland), Christopher Maracha (Bachelor of Fine Arts, Fashion Design, 2012, The Art Institute of California – San Francisco, a campus of Argosy University) and Rei Yamamoto (Bachelor of Fine Arts, Fashion Design, 2013, The Art Institute of California – San Francisco, a campus of Argosy University).

The Art Institutes is a system of over 50 schools throughout North America. Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options vary by school and are subject to change. Several institutions included in The Art Institutes system are campuses of South University or Argosy University. Administrative office: 210 Sixth Avenue, 33rd Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15222 ©2014 The Art Institutes International LLC.

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