2016 Artists


Sandra Branch Flint muralist Sandra Branch, founder of Gallery on the Go, working with young people to train them in mural arts, installs a project for this year’s festival.


Rodney Campbell  A graduate of Detroit’s College for Creative Studies, Flint’s Rod Campbell creates a three-wheeled electric vehicle for Free City from specially fabricated and collected parts.

Oreen Cohen_Desiring Production (Photo courtesy of Flint Public Art Project)

Oreen Cohen  Pittsburgh-based sculptor Oreen Cohen, founder of the Building Bridges project and former program director at the Neu Kirche Contemporary Art Center, returns to Free City to create a powerful installation from recycled materials.


Hubert Dobler  New York-based Austrian native artist Hubert Dobler performs a motorcycle-and-shipping palette dance at the 2016 Free City festival.

Desiree Duell Artist and water-rights activist Desiree Duell creates an installation of her A Body of Water sculpture at this year’s event. Participants will be able to deposit a message to Governor Snyder through the Bank. Each message will be deposited into an empty water bottle and will be delivered to Governor Snyder after the completion of the project.


Peter Fend  New York-based conceptual artist Peter Fend creates an asphalt rendition of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River on the Free City site and distributes information about threats to the water system and advocacy of an eco-tax to protect North America’s largest source of fresh water.


Jason Ferguson Ypsilanti-based artist Jason Ferguson installs his Domestic Carnival: Flint on site, including a mobile Dining Room, illuminated steel sign, and a 3D printed skull as a centerpiece.

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FIG Projects Montreal-based architects FIG Projects return to Free City with a participatory installation following last year’s Dial-A-City, orchestrating conversations between visitors and people around the world by cell phone.


Ben Gaydos  Detroit-based public art and design professor at University of Michigan Flint, FPAP board member, and 2013 Free City participant Ben Gaydos returns to the Chevy Commons.

2013 Chevy Symbol_Freeman Greer, Free City_

Freeman Greer  Chevy Plants  by architect Freeman Greer, principle of Freeman’s Architecture, remains on site from the 2013 Free City.


Fazed Grunion An international collective of graphic designers collaborates on a site-specific installation of flags forming a wave-like pattern on the landscape.


Peter Halquist Ann Arbor-based architect and professor of architecture at University of Michigan Peter Halquist brings a dynamic programmed LED-light filled diaphonous construction to the 2016 festival.

2015 Gregory Hatch, Are You a Pink-Collar Worker, Free City

Gregory Hatch  Columbus-based artist Gregory Hatch, a 2014 FPAP Stone Street resident, creates a new textile project for Free City.


Marisa Moran Jahn, New York-based artist, transmedia producer, educator, and founder of Studio REV installs a version of her Bruce Lee Dispatches, the SuperComputer and Planet Bruce Lee for Free City 2016.


Christina Long  New York-based artist Christina Long, a graduate of the School of the Art Institute Chicago, native of southeast Michigan, and publisher of BLKGRLSWURLD, gives away free linocut prints to visitors bearing iconic images of black women.


Frank Pahl and Little Bang Theory  Detroit’s Frank Pahl and his “toy” music trio Little Bang Theory perform a live-score accompaniment to the 1928 MGM film Laugh, Clown, Laugh, featuring star of early cinema Lon Chaney, using children’s toys like brightly colored hand bells, crank-operated music boxes, toy pianos, and xylophones. Little Bang Theory is the brainchild of Detroit composer/sonic artist, Frank Pahl, performing with members Terri Sarris and Doug Shimmin. Little Bang Theory have performed at the Detroit Film Theater, Toledo Museum of Art, Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh, Theatre Gigante Studios in Milwaukee, The Carnegie Theatre in Covington, KY, and Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, among other places.


Peter Pawlicki Sterling Heights-based sculptor Peter Pawlicki installs a playful interactive construction of aluminum ductwork on the Free City festival site.


Paolo Pedini Detroit-based muralist Paolo Pedini paints an evocative image onto the Chevy Commons for Free City 2016.


Anya Sirota + AKOAKI & Detroit Afrikan Music Institution, Ann Arbor and Detroit, mobile installation