General information

Brief description of organisation

Tessellate is an experimental artist run space dedicated to seeding conversations between communities and imagining new creative, collective urban futures. Tessellate believes in art not as object but as vehicle for action and exchange. The project aims to facilitate the work and discourse of emerging artists through exposure, opportunity, and interaction.

Tessellate is located in a suburban garage and backyard apartment in Pontiac, Michigan, a weird and wonderful small city just north of Detroit. The property, after being abandoned for four years, is currently being renovated to reinvigorate the main house and transform the auxiliary structures into their new lives.

Once a manufacturing powerhouse for the car industry, Pontiac retains a diverse and robust community, nestled in old factory housing and historic neighborhoods interspersed with green open lots. The walkable downtown boasts cafes and music clubs, a craft brewery and an old gay dive bar, two nationally renowned haunted houses and a massive abandoned parking structure with a rooftop amphitheater. Like its neighbor Detroit, Pontiac is home to a burgeoning collection artists and creative people working to rethink a creative way forward in the post-industrial environment. Tessellate believes these eccentricities and charms make Pontiac a field ripe for experimentation.

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Brief description of residency program

Tessellate offers a series of free one-month summer art/design/architecture residencies each open to an individual, collaborative partnership, or small team. Tessellate invites conceptual investigations and visual art, dynamic installations and innovative discourse, social practice endeavors and site specific works. To engage the residency beyond studio practice, each artist/designer/architect will initiate a community outreach event—a project, workshop, public talk, dinner party, or any creative activity that you propose. Each residency will culminate in a public gallery exhibit or open studio event.

Residents will have access to a 200sf studio space in the backyard apartment, as well as installation space in the garage gallery and a semi-private exterior courtyard.

Accommodation is provided in a private room located in a house on the property shared with other artists from the Cranbrook Academy of Art. Two person teams will share a room. If you propose to bring more than two people, please specify so accommodation may be coordinated.

2018 Summer Sessions:
Session 1: June 1 - June 30
Session 2 July 1 - July 30
Session 3: August 1 – August 30

Disciplines and media
  • Visual Art
  • New Media
  • Architecture
  • Sculpture
  • Performing Arts
  • Textile Art
Type of organisation
  • Artist-Run

Residency conditions

Duration of residencies
  • 1 month
Number of artists resident at one time


Expenses paid by artist
  • Travel
  • Supplies
  • Food
Expectations of the artist
  • Leading Workshop or Class
  • Exhibition
Expenses paid by the organisation
  • Housing
Application who/how

Digital Application

Selection procedure

By Committee

Presentation of artists' work

Exhibition at end of Residency

Description of residency



  • Internet Connection
  • Kitchen
  • Woodworking Tools
Number of studios


Type and size of studios

Private Studio

  • Private Room
Working language(s)
  • English
Other activities happening at the space
  • Workshops
  • Presentation
  • Exhibitions

How to reach

Nearest airport

Detroit Metropolitan Airport

Contact information

United States of America


Phone: 9084198398

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