Exhibit is result of Homecoming’s Paint Out in the Park


An exciting new street art exhibit has come in off the streets to the Sisson Art Gallery at Henry Ford College (HFC) until Sept. 28.

The Tag…You’re It exhibit consists of 21 street art murals that local artists created during the Dearborn Homecomingtagit Aug. 4 to 6 as part of the Paint Out in the Park contest.

Artists set up 4’ x 8’ panels at the top of the hill at Ford Field Park and worked on the pieces throughout Homecoming weekend.  Guests were able to watch the artists in action and then vote for their favorites, with prizes being awarded by the Dearborn Community Fund (DCF). The People’s Choice winners were Kyle Irving and Richard Ayers II, and the Judges winners were Kyle Kitchen and Sasha Corder.

The second half of Paint Out in the Park brought a portion of those murals inside the gallery to show off the artists’ skills and to once again remind visitors that Dearborn has a fondness for the arts. The inside exhibit opened on Aug. 24.

Paint Out in the Park, and subsequently the display at Sisson Gallery, is thanks to the creative efforts of EmmaJean Woodyard, the DCF and local artist Sunshine Durant.

 “Graffiti art has always been true freedom for artists,” said Durant. “We now see a fluctuation of illustrators and gallery artists looking for this freedom that was once frowned upon. It is really interesting to see what is happening with street art and how it has changed even over the last decade.”  

The gallery hours are Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and on Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

A reception will take place on Monday, Sept. 18 from 4:30 – 7 p.m. at the gallery. The gallery will be open to the public on Sept. 18 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

The Sisson Gallery is in the MacKenzie Fine Arts Center (Building F) at HFC, 5101 Evergreen Road.

For more information, call 313-845-6485 or visit https://sisson.hfcc.edu/.