Our Team


Lynne Avadenka


Lynne has been an involved member of the Detroit arts community for many years. In 2016 she was awarded a Career Achievement Award from the Department of Fine and Performing Arts of Wayne State University, where she received her BFA and MFA. She has received numerous awards including a Kresge Fellowship in 2009 and individual artist grants from The National Endowment for the Arts and the Michigan Council on the Arts and Cultural Affairs. Lynne currently serves on the boards of The Kresge Arts Advisory Council and the Friends of Prints, Drawings and Photographs of the Detroit Institute of Arts. Her work is exhibited and collected internationally. 

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Joel Grothaus

STUDIO Manager

Joel Grothaus grew up in the Detroit area where he attended College for Creative Studies and received his Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in Illustration. A multidisciplinary artist and illustrator, Joel prints and teaches letterpress at Signal-Return. Along with maintaining the print studio and teaching workshops, Joel has had the privilege of creating work for clients such as Facebook, American Express, Shinola, Team Detroit, Willys, Gunner Animation, Little Luxuries of Mackinac, and Nora. When he is not at Signal-Return, he maintains a painting studio in Corktown's St. Vincent collective with fellow Detroit artists.

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Megan Trudeau

Shop Manager

Megan manages the retail space at Signal-Return and is responsible for identifying and sourcing the work sold in the shop. She designed and manages our website and also coordinates workshop and open studio schedules.  Megan holds a BFA in Graphic Design from Wayne State University.  She studied Interaction Design at the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Hilversum in the Netherlands and honed her printmaking skills at the Center for Book Arts in New York City.  Megan worked in the publishing industry in Boston and New York before returning to Detroit in 2012, when her love for letterpress brought her to Signal-Return.

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Lee Marchalonis

Printer in Residence

Lee works with clients to produce original posters, offers guided sessions, and handles job printing for the studio. She holds a Master of Fine Arts Degree in printmaking from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville where she also worked as a letterpress printer at Yee-Haw Industries. She has printed professionally at Kala Institute in Berkeley, California and studied book arts at the University of Iowa. She was a recipient of a year long Stein Scholarship at the Center for Book Arts in New York City in 2013, and her work is in Special Collections libraries throughout the U.S. She has printed editions for many artists including Alison Bechdel, Henrik Drescher, and Artemio Rodriguez.

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Danya Ensing

Shop Technician

Danya assists in both the store and studio at Signal-Return. Danya’s multidisciplinary artistic practice is shaped by her skillful and accomplished knowledge of photographic film processing and darkroom techniques. This drive to create in a tactile way is also reflected in her use of handmade practices such as printmaking, bookbinding, and collage. She grew up in Ontario where she received her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Photography from OCAD University in Toronto. While in school, she participated in a temporary exchange program at the College for Creative Studies and after graduating moved to Detroit full-time.

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Board of Directors

Michelle Andonian
Ben Bator
Toby Barlow
ERica Battle
Nichole Christian
Karl Dorn
Brian Foltyn
AAron Foley
Chantel Rush
Mary Trybus
Tim Van Laar
Elizabeth YoungBlood


Chiwei Lee

Signal-Return was founded in 2011 by Toby Barlow and Ryan Schirmang