The February issue of AmericanStyle magazine features five alumni from the School of Art and Design. Patrick Dragon, Kathleen Conover, Maureen Bergquist Gray, and Ed and Julie Risak. The article highlights each artist’s work and their relationship to the beautiful but demanding environment of the upper peninsula of Michigan. The author of the article, Lynda McDaniel states: “This finger of land, tied to Michigan only by an address and a bridge, is so independent it could just as easily be the 51st state. Life here, unsullied by too many chain stores or media extravaganzas, moves ahead at its own pace, influenced less by modern culture than by nature and a rich history of Native Americans, logging and mining. A sort of artistic terroir flourishes, yielding artwork that is truly unique to this place”.