May 7th, 2018

Curate your own tyree guyton print

Dear Friends:

We welcome you to explore a pioneering art technology by curating your own Tyree Guyton art print! With a new concept introduced by Unstable, every print is one-of-a-kind and presents an opportunity to connect with Tyree in a brand new way. Within the print content, we have combined three historical motifs reflecting a career spanning 32 years: Houses, Headlines and those Iconic Faces. 

Each print is signed by Tyree and uniquely numbered. AND, with this unstable edition, you will receive a certificate of authenticity that is specifically linked to your print. This is an important distinction meaning that Tyree Guyton is the world's first artist to have a dedicated print edition blockchain for best in class provenance that you can track for generations.

This is also a first for the art community and we are excited to have Tyree at the forefront as we explore new concepts and innovations. Opportunity is limited so EXPLORE, CURATE and ORDER today!

We encourage your feedback and questions. Please email:

Jenenne Whitfield
Chief Executive Officer


January 31st, 2018

Tyree Guyton to receive "White Columns / Shoot the Lobster Award"

White Columns and Shoot The Lobster are proud to announce the 2018 recipient of the ‘White Columns/Shoot The Lobster Award’: Tyree Guyton, Detroit-based artist and creator of the Heidelberg Project.

The ‘White Columns / Shoot The Lobster Award’ is presented annually to individuals who selflessly create a context for the arts communities around them. As the 2018 recipient of this Award, Guyton will receive an unrestricted $5,000 cash grant and a specially commissioned artwork by Scott Reeder, which will be presented to him at a reception in February 2018, hosted by the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MoCAD.)

Tyree Guyton has been a practicing artist, educator and community activist for over 30 years, and is best known for his work on the Heidelberg Project. Initiated in 1986, the Heidelberg Project is an ever-changing outdoor art installation located on, and named after, Guyton's childhood street in DetroitMichigan. The project began as a response to the deterioration of his neighborhood, as well as many other Detroit neighborhoods, after the 1967 riots. The installation has since encompassed two city blocks, incorporating found objects, houses, vacant lots, and cars. Guyton paints houses, trees and other stationary structures in bold colors and patterns, and adorns them with artworks and domestic detritus (including discarded toys, clothing, shoes and appliances) sourced from the neighborhood. Over time the Heidelberg Project has evolved into an outdoor museum that attracts 275,000 visitors annually, and a community-oriented space hosting events that provide services for local youth, artists and visitors.

“I want to thank White Columns and Shoot The Lobster for recognizing and supporting what we’ve created,” said Tyree Guyton.  When you come to the Heidelberg Project, I want you to think—really think! My art is a medicine for the community. You can’t heal the land until you heal the minds of the people.”

For 32 years, Guyton has allotted his own resources and labor to the upkeep and development of the Heidelberg Project, which has achieved international acclaim while surviving acts of vandalism, demolition from local officials and arson. In 2016, Guyton announced that the Heidelberg Project’s focus would shift from a lone artist’s installation to a site for an "arts-infused community.”  Guyton has begun dismantling and removing some of the three decade old installation, leaving four of its main structures in place to eventually house a community center, gallery and an artist residency. 

Mark Stryker writes about the Heidelberg Project for the Detroit Free Press:

"It's hard to overstate the significance of the Heidelberg Project. It's a Detroit landmark, a signature public art project and one of the city's most popular tourist attractions... But it has also morphed into a potent symbol of Detroit's vital artistic community, the city's resilience in the face of horrific decay and the power of art — and individual artists — to effect social change."

The Heidelberg Project has been an influential cornerstone of Detroit's cultural renaissance. It has provided a model for other outdoor art installations…and also set the tone for others working at the intersection of art, community building and social justice…

[In its new iteration] Fundamentally, the project's goals remain the same: improving the lives of people and neighborhoods through art.

The ‘White Columns / Shoot The Lobster Award’ is generously supported by Shoot The Lobster and administered by White Columns. The recipient of the inaugural 'White Columns / Shoot The Lobster Award' in 2016 was Lia Gangitano, the founder of Participant Inc., New York; and in 2017 the award was given to Wendy Yao - the founder of Ooga Booga, Los Angeles. White Columns and Shoot the Lobster would like to thank the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Elysia Borowy-Reeder and Scott Reeder.

About Tyree Guyton: Tyree Guyton (b.1955) lives and works in Detroit, MI.  Guyton studied at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, and in 2009 was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Fine Art. Guyton’s work has been exhibited extensively throughout the United States and internationally, and is in institutional collections including the Detroit Institute of Arts, the University of Michigan Museum of Art, the Charles Wright Museum of African American History, and the Studio Museum of Harlem. Guyton’s work as an artist has earned him over 18 awards, locally and nationally, and was the subject of the Emmy Award Winning Documentary, Come Unto Me, the Faces of Tyree Guyton. Guyton is the founder and creator of the Heidelberg Project, and now an honorary member of the Heidelberg Project Foundation’s Board of Directors.

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August 16th, 2017

Take a sneak peak of Tyree Guyton's installation for Philadelphia's Monument Lab

Monument Lab, coming to Philadelphia in fall 2017, is a public art and history project produced by Mural Arts Philadelphia. The project, taking place over nine weeks between September 16 and November 19, invites people to join a citywide conversation about history, memory, and our collective future.

Guyton's new installation, "The Times" opens to the public on Saturday, September 16th! 

July 17th, 2017

Tyree Guyton benefit auction is now live on paddle8

Now is your chance to purchase a Tyree Guyton original! While numerous pieces from the Heidelberg Project will enter into the permanent collections of museums around the world, this Paddle8 auction is a unique blend of Guyton’s studio practice and outdoor creations from Heidelberg Street, presenting a very rare opportunity for collectors to own a distinctly important piece of American history.

A portion of the auction proceeds will benefit the Heidelberg Project and our vision for Heidelberg 3.0. Visit Paddle8 to view the collection and to place your bid, this special benefit auction closes on Monday, July 31st at 5:00 p.m. ET. 

All Things Heidelberg, 2002

February 1st, 2017

Tyree Guyton to take part in 2017 Monument Lab exhibition

Mural Arts Philadelphia announces the roster of 22 artists, hailing from Philadelphia and from locations around the world, who will create temporary public art in 10 locations across the city for Monument Lab this fall. This year’s exhibition asks participating artists to answer the question “What makes a monument in the 21st Century?”

September 7th, 2016

Gold Street special edition print drops today via 1xrun!

Get yours now -- there are only 25 available of this special edition print by Tyree Guyton! Visit the Murals in the Market 2016 Print Suite via 1XRUN today at 12:00 p.m. EDT.

August 14th, 2016

An end, new beginning of the heidelberg project

After 30-years, Tyree Guyton announced that he will be dismantling the Heidelberg Project to make way for a new beginning. Read more via Detroit Free Press

 Photo by Jessica J. Trevina, Detroit Free Press

Photo by Jessica J. Trevina, Detroit Free Press

July 25th, 2016

face-ology to open at inner state gallery

Opening August 13th at Inner State Gallery, Detroit’s Tyree Guyton will celebrate the 30th anniversary of The Heidelberg Project with his latest solo exhibition Face-ology a career spanning showcase, featuring new works by the founder and creative force of the city’s most iconic public art installation.

July 6th, 2016

Murals in the Market festival announces 50 artists

Tyree Guyton is to take part in the second annual Murals in the Market this September.

Read more here

March 7th, 2016

The Heidelberg Project to celebrate 30 years in April

Read more via Black Magazine

January 28th, 2016

What Time Is It? Tyree Guyton, New Work Opens at DCDT February 5th

Join us at the opening reception for What Time Is It? Tyree Guyton, New Work on Friday, Feburary 5th from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. at the Detroit Center for Design + Technology (DCDT) in Midtown. This exhibit, hosted by Lawrence Technological University College of Architecture and Design will be open February 5th - 26th at DCDT from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. daily.

November 16th, 2015

Tyree Guyton to represent U.S. at Shenzhen Biennale of Architecture / Urbanism in China

Detroit’s famed Heidelberg Project creator to take part in international dialogue on art & architecture, culture & community  

How can architecture and design act as catalysts for change? How can they make a place better by creating a more functional and sustainable living, working and playing environment?   

These questions are at the heart of the internationally esteemed Shenzhen Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism launching this month in China, and famed Detroit installation artist Tyree Guyton, representing the United States, will offer some answers. “It’s really about connecting with people,” says Guyton. “I’ll be bringing some ideas to Shenzhen and at the same time learning about the culture of this new megacity. It’s a wonderful opportunity and the timing is perfect.”  

An innovative platform for international exchange, the 2015 Biennale features a select group of 12 artists, architects and designers from around the world in an exhibition entitled “Re-Living the City." Guyton, renowned for transforming his impoverished Detroit neighborhood into a two-block-long art installation, the Heidelberg Project, was chosen as one of just four U.S. participants. He was awarded funding to collaborate on a site-specific collage that addresses the role of architecture in existing, human-made environments.  

“The fact that Tyree Guyton was plucked from Detroit to take part in this high-profile exchange of ideas speaks to what he’s done in his community that other communities are interested in,” says Jenenne Whitfield, executive director of the Heidelberg Project. “Architecture today is about so much more than creating new, concrete forms that people must conform to. Instead, we’re challenged to think about how we can create from existing culture and community.”  

Tyree Guyton has done just that for nearly 30 years with the Heidelberg Project, one of the longestrunning site-specific art installations in the country. Covering two sparsely populated residential blocks on Heidelberg Street with arresting collections of found objects and vivid paintings, the site is a Detroit landmark and tourist attraction, drawing hundreds of thousands of visitors annually from across the globe. The artist’s work has been showcased at museums worldwide, including a current retrospective at the University of Michigan Museum of Art. It also inspired the Heidelberg Project nonprofit, which has offered free arts programs to thousands of children on the street and in Detroit and suburban schools alike.  

Thirty months of exhibits, events and celebrations kicked off this fall to mark the Heidelberg Project’s upcoming 30-year anniversary in April 2016.

For details on the 2015 Shenzhen Biennale, click here.

  Rendering by Colleen Arce

Rendering by Colleen Arce

September 18, 2015

See 'What Time Is It? Tyree Guyton, New Work' at Gallery DAAS!

Guyton’s new work builds on his well known Heidelberg Project addressing the social and economic adversities with which Detroit has struggled for the last fifty years. The exhibit marks a key moment of transition for Guyton as he shifts his attention from the Heidelberg Project, to which he has devoted the last thirty years, to the studio. What Time Is It? Tyree Guyton, New Work presents fifteen mixed-media wall pieces and a floor installation that reexamine some of the themes the artist has grappled with for over thirty years—the passage of time, adapting to change, the plight of the poor and disenfranchised, abuses of political power, race in America, and the paradoxes of organized religion. Some of Guyton’s iconic images, in particular his whimsical clocks and his assemblages of shoes, are given new significance as they are deployed to interrogate the nature of time and the challenges facing humanity as it moves through time.


Opening Reception: September 18, 2015, from 4–6 pm at Gallery DAAS, which is located at the ground floor of Haven Hall (505 South State Street) at the University of Michigan.

On view September 18 through November 6, 2015

Hours: Monday–Friday 1–5 pm

Artist Gallery Talk: September 24, 2015, 4–5 pm at 4701 Haven Hall

Click here to see related programs in conjunction to this exhibition!

August 1st, 2015

The Art of Tyree Guyton: A Thirty-Year Journey opens at UMMA in August

  Photo by Julie MacDonald

Photo by Julie MacDonald

On view August 22, 2015 through January 3, 2016 at the University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA)

The Heidelberg Project has been the life’s work of artist Tyree Guyton. It is one of the largest, best-known, and longest-running site-specific art installations in the country. Occupying more than two blocks along Heidelberg Street on Detroit’s East Side, the project has transformed its neighborhood, covering abandoned houses, the street, and the surrounding area with collections of found objects and vividly rendered paintings.

Come to see The Art of Tyree Guyton: A Thirty-Year Journey and join us in reflecting on what Mr. Guyton’s work has meant to the cultural life of Detroit and beyond!

UMMA is located at 525 South State Street at the University of Michigan. 

Hours: Tuesday through Saturday 11 am–5 pm, Sunday 12–5 pm

Click here for related programs in conjunction with this exhibition!