Laura Shope

Laura J. Shope is a re-emerging artist living in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She returns to sculpture after more than 13 years during which she raised two sons (now 13 and 16) and created several businesses, including Bluefire Institute. Her artwork is inspired by the natural world and our relationship to 'spirit.' Laura earned her MFA in Sculpture from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1994.


Lisse Williams


Allen Samuels
Allen graduated from the University of Illinois in 1966 and has worked as an Industrial designer for thi​rty corporations to include Corning, Bausch and Lomb, Westinghouse, Owens Illinois and 3M. Concurrent with his professional design practice he was a Professor at the University of Michigan, School Art and Design since 1975 and served as the school’s dean from 1993-1999. He has earned a number of United States patents, grants and awards to include a shared National Science Foundation grant, an individual National Endowment for the Arts grant, a number of Industrial Designer’s Society of America product design awards and a Reddot Award.  In 2008 he retired from the University and he now works on self initiated Design research and related design projects that deal with aging populations, disaster relief, various challenges in developing countries and the design of conceptual products that are beyond current technologies. 

current members 

Larry Cressman

3 Dimensional Drawing Installation

Liz Davis

Oil Painting

Chris Rogers


Barbara Hohmann

Mixed Media

Rose E. Gomez


Elizabeth Barick Fall

Liz is the director of trustArt studios. She has a BFA from The University of Michigan and MFA in Metalsmithing from Cranbrook Academy of Art.

She is currently exploring the mediums of mixed media and encaustic painting which incorporate her original photographs and other image transfers. She also recently started working in clay.