Liz Barick Fall

Mixed Media

Liz works with found objects, encaustic painting, and photography to create installations, sculptural objects and wall pieces. She holds a BFA from The University of Michigan and an MFA in Metalsmithing from Cranbrook Academy of Art.   


current studio artists 

Mia Risberg

Painting and Drawing

Mia Risberg is a visual artist based in Ann Arbor. Born in Sweden, she lived in various countries before immigrating to the U.S as a young adult, graduating from Hunter College in NYC, with a BA in Fine Arts. Her solo exhibits include Quiet Contemplation, at Studio Break Gallery, and Breathing Spaces at Soft Projects. She has exhibited in group shows at Field Projects (NYC), the Middle Room Gallery (Los Angeles, CA), PeepSpace (Tarrytown, NY), and The Scarab Club (Detroit, MI) among others. Mia’s work has been featured in various publications and she has attended residencies at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, and the Vermont Studio Center. She is the founder of 813 Microgallery, a minute freestanding space in Ann Arbor, where she showcases, on a small scale, the work of a different artist each month.Informed by memories, photographs, and imagination, Mia makes paintings and drawings that portray enigmatic individuals and contemplative landscapes. In her work, she investigates symbolic imagery, magical realism, and ambiguous narratives. Via moments of apparent stillness, the viewer is invited to enter a quiet, sometimes dreamy place, one that invites pause, and offers a respite from our chaotic external world.      

about us

Allen Samuels
Industrial Design

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. 

Liz Barick Fall

Liz is the founder and director of trustArt studios and BARICKUDA GALLERY, which she opened in 2012 to provide space for artists to work and exhibit, and to offer a flexible venue for creative events in the Ann Arbor area.

Liz Davis

Oil Painting

​I like to paint. For me, the act of painting provides an experience of heightened clarity, connectedness, awareness and awe. From abstract expressionism to inkdrawings by zen priests; from Matisse to Giotto to very early cave paintings — I find inspiration in varied sources. I’ve studied at the University of Michigan School of Art (where I got my BFA), the School of Visual Arts, New York City; attended workshops at the College of Creative Studies, Detroit, the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center and at Kyoto Seika University, Japan. I am proud to have won grand prize at the Michigan Fine Arts Competition in 2011.