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Nick Azzaro

Graduate Student, MFA Program


Photograph of Nick Azzaro


Curriculum Vitae
  • BFA, Stamps School of Art & Design at the University of Michigan

Nick Azzaro is a mixed media artist living in Ypsilanti, Michigan, a fractal of Detroit that represents post-industrial America. Rather than seeing loss and ruin, Azzaro sees opportunity and creates work that challenges the acceptance of inequity. Controlling perception is at the forefront of his study, which is why he often utilizes his extensive photographic experience. Through visual literacy he allows the viewer to draw a conclusion rather than being told what to think.

Azzaro’s work often deals with experiences outside of his own race which is why he puts so much into research and immersion. He is aware of his privilege at all times and employs it to amplify his message as well as create opportunities for the youth in the community. In 2019, he was awarded the Oswald Garrison Villard Civil Rights & Social Justice Award by the NAACP Ypsilanti-Willow Run chapter. His work can be found at

After receiving a BFA from Stamps in 2004, he relocated to Chicago where commercial photography allowed him to learn while traveling. Now, back in the area, he spent the last several years working in Ypsilanti’s public school system where he witnessed first hand the perpetuation and effects of an opportunity gap, which is not specific to Ypsilanti, but common in areas with similar demographics. With a focus on changing the narrative through perception and arming future generations with the tool of art, he is pursuing an MFA at Stamps.