Ann Mikolowski was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1940 and passed away in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1999 after a long and inspiring battle with breast cancer.
Mikolowski was associated with the Cass Corridor Art Movement in Detroit. While attending Wayne State University and the Center for Creative Studied in the 1960s, she and her husband, Ken, founded The Alternative Press. These letterpress editions of contemporary poetry and art were celebrated in a thirty- year retrospective exhibition and symposium at the Hatcher Graduate Library at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor in 1999.
Light, clarity and beauty infused her art. It was the collaboration between artists and writers that first inspired her miniature portraits, oil on linen, an intimate size for an intimate subject. These portraits were featured at the Gotham Book Mart in New York, Intersection for the Arts in San Franciso, The Saginaw Museum in Michigan and a number of galleries. Solo exhibitions have featured her work in New York City, San Francisco, Detroit and Ann Arbor.
She was awarded the Michigan Art Award from the Arts Foundation of Michigan and Individual Grants from the Michigan Council for the Arts. Between 1994 and 1997, Mikolowski collaborated with Stewart & Stewart on four screenprint editions.