College for Creative Studies: Fine Arts


Ryan Standfest

Adjunct Faculty

MFA, The University of Iowa; BFA, Wayne State University, 2002

Ryan Standfest is a Detroit artist. He is the editor and publisher of ROTLAND PRESS, presenting satirical publications of a culturally relevant nature. 

Ryan Steadfast Head Shot
Rotland Press has published work by Sue Coe, David Lynch, David Shrigley and Art Spiegelman, among many others. It was recognized by Art In America in 2016 as publishing a project that was one of the top five “significant artworks” to emerge from Detroit in that year. Standfest founded the performance group Cabaret BLACK EYE, a hybrid of vaudeville and Absurdist theatrical tendencies as a side project of Rotland Press. He is also a curator, assembling exhibitions that focus on different forms of humor in the visual arts. His publications and printsare in numerous collections, including The Art Institute of Chicago Ryerson & Burnham Library, the Bibliothèque Nationale de France Prints and Photographs Department, and the Harvard University Library. Standfest has exhibited work nationally and abroa d, most recently in the Mike Kelly Mobile Homestead at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, the International Print Center of New York, and the Association Les Abattoirs in Riom, France. Standfest holds an MFA in Printmaking from The University of Iowa.

Professional Experience

  • Editor and Publisher: Rotland Press, Detroit, 2010-present

  • Instructor, Foundation, College for Creative Studies, Detroit, 2015-present

  • Instructor, Printmaking, College for Creative Studies, Detroit, 2016-present


Significant Publications, Presentation, Exhibitions/Projects:

Recent Exhibitions:

  • The Air-Conditioned Nightmare, or The Neurasthenic Side-Effects of Optimism, Community Arts Gallery, Wayne State University (Detroit) *solo

  • Punk House, Mike Kelley Mobile Homestead, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (Detroit)

  • Just Under 100: New Prints 2017/Summer, IPCNY (New York) (as Rotland Press)

  • Kabinet d'Estampes 2 Yellow Bridge, Le Kabinet (Brussels, Belgium)

    Recent Performances:

  • Ricky Got It Kind of Bad / Factory Head, N'Namdi Center for Contemporary Art (Detroit)

  • Coitus Modern/Case Study: Modernist Erotic Delirium, Holding House (Detroit), 2016

  • A Radiant Cataclysm, ISE Cultural Foundation, (New York, NY)

    Selected Writings:

  • "Ceremonial Handball: On Jim Chatelain", Cass Corridor: Connecting Times, 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, Fall/Winter 2016

  • “A Useful Bile: André Breton’s Humour Noir in 1960s America”, Radical Dreams, ed. by Abigail Susik and Elliot H. King, forthcoming