According to the Traditional Fine Arts Organization, Erza Winter, Frederick Stuart Church and John Mix Stanley are well-known painters from Michigan. Julius Theodore Melchers is a better-known sculptor, and Jef Mallett is a recognized illustrator. Both the University of Michigan and Michigan State University have large regional art collections.
In addition to painting and sculpture, many iconic artistic figures hail from Michigan, according to Biography.com. Musicians include Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross, Madonna and Iggy Pop. Film directors include Francis Ford Coppola and John Hughes. Actresses include Lily Tomlin and Elaine Stritch. A large number of writers and playwrights were also born in the state.