Studio Residency openings 2024 JULY and onward

Open Call to Artists: Popps Packing Studio Residency, 

Popps Packing invites serious studio artists to apply for a 1 -3  month long studio residency available for the Summer and fall 2024  (July-November). 

Residency Details:

  • Duration: 1- 3 month, Starting  July 2024
  • The space accommodates 2 resident artists at one time
  • Accommodation: Resident artists will be provided with a private bedroom within a 2 bedroom loft-style studio. In this communal living arrangement, you will have access to shared kitchen, bathroom, and studio spaces. Please note that the Popps Residency functions as a studio space 1st and may not offer the cozy comforts of a home atmosphere. The private bedrooms are comfortable and well-maintained, but the overall ambiance is that of a concrete loft-style warehouse.
  • Cost: $850-$1000/ Month utilities included payment for the full residency term can be paid upfront or on the 1st of each month if staying for multiple months. 

Who We Are Looking For:

We are seeking artists with a serious studio practice who can make the most of the facilities, space, and time that Popps Packing offers. Artists must be able to live/work alongside other artists.  Artists must commit to maintaining the communal working/ living environment. 

More about life at Popps Packing:

Popps Packing is a communal and familial environment that fosters a sense of community among resident artists. A permanent resident resides on the premises in a separate apartment above the studios and has regular access to laundry facilities, the Popps workshop  and the yard. Our founding Resident artists, Graem Whyte and Faina Lerman, live across the street and have their studio and workshop spaces within the same building.  

Popps Packing occasionally hosts small gatherings, public events, workshops, open studios, tours, and other community activities. We prioritize clear communication and will inform resident artists in advance of these events. We also encourage resident artists to propose and host public-facing programs during their residency, which could be a workshop, performance, open studio, artist talk or screening. 

Please Note:

The Popps Packing building is an old warehouse, and as such, continuous maintenance and upkeep are performed throughout the year.

Application Process:

To apply for the Popps Packing Local Studio Residency, please email

Include the following information:

  • ‘Studio Residency’ in the subject header
  • Name ( first and last)
  • Preferred pronouns
  • Contact info, including email address and phone #
  • Where are you from (do you live here now?)
  • A link to a website or other online platform where your work can be viewed.
  • PDF attachments of work samples( details below)
  • Brief bio and Resume/CV
  • Preferred Months ( November- March)
  • A brief description of any proposed projects that you would like to work on while in residence 
  • Reference name and phone number


File Size: 10 MB maximum
Naming:  Full Name_(year)residency ’
Work samples should include CV/Resume and one of the following submissions:
STILL IMAGES: ​​up to 10​ still images (JPEG, max 1200 pixels on any side). Each image should have a caption of ​2​00 characters or less​ that includes title, date created, medium and any other information that informs the work​
TIME-BASED: URLs to specific work on host sites (Vimeo, YouTube, Soundcloud, etc.). Each URL should have a caption of 2​00 characters or less

Welcome Artist in Residence, Claudia Holzinger

Popps Packing in excited to welcome Claudia Holzinger for a month long residency during November 2023. Holzinger is an artist based in Germany and Austria and describes herself as a teller of new pictorial stories who creates expansive installations in which photography acts as the main narrative.

During her residency, Holzinger hopes to continue working on her upcoming  film project called LOBSTER LOVE (working title). Lobster Love moves between the genres of romantic comedy, animal documentary and slapstick-porn. The centre of the narration is the sexual behavior of the Atlantic lobster, which is surprisingly devoted, vulnerable, bold, tender and sensitive at the same time.


Artist Talk with Franziska Klose
Sunday, September 24 / 4 pm
at Popps Packing,
12138 St Aubin St, Hamtramck, MI 48212
Please join us for an intimate artists talk with Franziska Klose , an artist and photographer based in Leipzig, Germany who was first in residence at Popps Packing in 2015 . Klose is back in Detroit to share her newly published photo-book, entitled “Detroit: Field Notes from a Wild City.” The artist book presents the city as a complex urban structure in between the vision of the American Dream and its post-industrial reality. The current narrative of a comeback is contrasted with land speculations, water-shutoffs, and urban agriculture that aims to create food sovereignty in Detroit.
Popps is excited to host Franziska for a 2- week mini residency, 8 years after her initial residency and to celebrate the culmination of her may years of work and research to complete this wonderful book. We hope to see you Sunday!

10/29/22: Fall Residency Open Studio

Popps’ fall residents, Taylor Simone and Aino Aksenja invite you to see their works in progress on Saturday October 29th, 6-8pm at Popps Packing!

Aino Aksenja is an artist who looks for escape routes and tries to grow roots. Life and art intertwine in works that are site-specific installations, made-up rituals and stories. Aksenja often works with a camera. She studied photography in Sweden, Germany and Finland and fine art in Helsinki, Finland, completing her MFA in 2017. In 2021 she started studying landscape architecture, with the aim to connect art, landscape and architecture in her practise. Aksenja is based in Helsinki, and her works have been shown in Finland, Sweden, Russia, Germany, Portugal, USA and South Korea.

During her residency, Aino’s been working on a new video piece called Stranger. Through placing herself into it, the city slowly starts turning into a playground, St. Aubin Street into a stage. Dreams blend with reality in both this work and the embroidery piece she has begun in residence, Dream city.

Taylor Simone is an artist, organizer, and educator from Metro Detroit, currently living and working in Toledo, Ohio. She received her MFA in Visual Communication from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2019 and currently works as an International Network Coordinator for the Design Justice Network. Simone is also the director/organizer of Exodus: School of Expression, an alternative space for BIPOC educators and artists to deepen their practice. Simone has exhibited Internationally in South Korea, Berlin and Italy.

Taylor will be showing the progress of her publication, Seeded in Flesh. This space and time have been one of world-building for Simone. Sitting with old and new symbolism that developed throughout their practice, they explore systems of selfhood and portraiture.

4/27/19: The Day Everything Became Nothing

New Works by Karin Karinson

Saturday April 27, 2019 .   6PM -9PM

Popps Emporium, 2025 Carpenter, Detroit

Popps Packing is excited to present the new works by spring artist in residence, Karin Karinson (Götaland, Sweden) for a one-night exhibition of a new body of work created during her two month residency at Popps Packing. 

Karin is a sculpture artist, working primarily in clay and incorporating all stages, shapes and forms of the material into her work. Resting in the rivers of glossy glaze, she blends ready-made, found, porcelain objects with self-created sculptures;  shards of people’s desires and fantasies, things forgotten, and left behind protrude through a dreamy manifestation of the fragmented natural world.
Learn more here and here:

Residency exhibition with Eric Magassa.


Saturday April 21,   2018  7-10PM.

 Join us for a special exhibition of works in progress by Artist In Residence , Eric Magassa (Sweden). 

Eric Magassa (1972) is a multi-disciplinary artist currently based in Gothenburg, Sweden. Magassa has a rich cultural background and was brought up moving back and forth between Gothenburg and Paris with his Swedish mother and French father from Senegalese and Malian descent. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Magassa studied at Central Saint Martins, London and The Art Students League of New York.

“Eric Magassa’s body of work spans a variety of materials and methods ranging from painting, collage, and print to cinematic sequences and performative camera set-ups. His many years as a DJ built an intimate connection between his image creation and music. A brief glimpse into the Eric Magassa studio reveals inspirational material in the form of ethnographic artifacts, textiles, modernist sculptures, colored pieces of paper, spray paint, color tubes, books, music and snap shots of abstract urban environments reduced to structures, surfaces and compositions. Objects and artifacts that have long lost their meaning are captured and given new contexts. Driven by restlessness, but above all, curiosity, the fragments are used to reinterpret the world. Despite the vast range of sources, an unmistakable aesthetic with visual unity is created.
For Eric Magassa, art is not a representation of an objective view, but a way of understanding and connecting with life. He does this through heightened presence and concentration within a world of perpetual motion. Through the constant flow of images and impressions, his work suggests a holistic worldview, and the possibility of a utopia of diversity, and a world without borders.”
-Translated excerpts from an essay written by Angelica Olsson

This residency is made possible through an ongoing partnership with the Region Västra Götaland, Sweden.

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Current Residents

2017 Summer Artists in Residence:

June/ July 2017

John Bianchi,  New York, USA – (Painting, mixed media sculpture and installation)

John Dante Bianchi (b.Nashua. New Hampshire) received his BFA from Cooper Union and his MFA from Yale University. He lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. He has exhibited at Galerie Derouillon in Paris, Tyler Wood Gallery in San Francisco, Night Gallery in Los Angeles, Thierry Goldberg Gallery in New York, Signal Gallery in Brooklyn, Kai Matsumiya in New York and David Zwirner Gallery in New York. He has received press coverage in Art Forum, The New York Times, Architectural Digest, Bomb Magazine, Observer, Vice’s The Creators Project, ARTNEWS, Interview Magazine, Blouin ArtInfo and Teeth Magazine.

His recent bodies of work – the Bruised Panels, Torqued Panels and Relief Panels- refer in name to the physical process of their making. Bianchi’s wall-based works are both sculpture and painting, emerging from the wall or built in many layers and exactingly constructed all the way through, from stretcher to support to surface. Much of Bianchi’s work explores the ideation of the pieces as a body (an Object), which is exposed to forces of time and events leaving their mark. The Bruised Panels, for example, are speckled with colors that directly reference skin tones and bruises: pinks and blues and creams. They are built up in layers and sanded down to reveal textures and colors beneath. Bianchi’s work encapsulates a sense of time within it, not only in the sense of process, but in some of the materials he chooses, such as recycled redwood ( the world’s largest and longest-living trees) to make his freestanding sculptures.

James Carry, Melbourne, Australia- (Drawing, painting, sculpture and site responsive interventions).

James  Carry (b. Melbourne Australia) received a Bachelor of Design in 2005 from RMIT and PHD  from the RMIT School of Architecture & Design in 2016. Carry’s creative practice research explores process-based interventions within decommissioned buildings and gallery spaces. The methodology he engages with is one of working responsively, allowing particular temporal conditions to surface within these sites and situations. The potential of these conditions are then engaged with in ways that do not seek to prescribe an outcome in advance. Sites are inhabited in time, and specific rendering techniques – such as drawing and mark making – are introduced. These situations are then reassembled through a variety of processes, and the marks made materialize immateriality, allowing the residue of particular processes to be assembled as collections of materialized and spatialized time.

Recent projects and exhibitions include between two homes 2016 commissioned by Hobson’s Bay Council and presented by Blackartprojects, sighting 2016 commissioned by MCES and presented by Blackartprojects, to wonder / to wander 2016 in collaboration with Megan Cope and the Culpra Milli Aboriginal Corporation, Mildura Arts Centre, beginning in incompleteness: works in formation 2015 at RMIT Project Space / Spare Room, wall work[ing] 7 2015 at Kings ARI and rendering the [im]material, a visual essay published in the IDEA Journal 2012. James has been the recipient of an Australia Arts Council New Work grant in 2010 and also received an Honourable Mention at the Shanghai Biennale in 2007.

Juliette Pepin  (Paris, France)– (Social & speculative design and Installation)

Juliette Pépin is a multidisciplinary designer based in Paris. While studying at the Design Academy Eindhoven and doing internships at Intégral Ruedi Baur (Communication – Fr) and Onomatopee (Editorial/Gallery – Nl), she developed skills in a wide range of domains such as communication, conceptual design, research and cultural mediation. She currently works with different institutions such as the Gemeente Eindhoven with her educational project M.O.T.S. ― Social Design Award 2016, as well as a trained communication designer for individuals and institutions.”


 Coming in July 2017:

Kambui Olujimi, New York, USA

Kjellgren Alkire, Lake City, Minnesota

Maisha Baddoo, Toronto, Canada

Monica J. Brown (Chicago) and Talel Dayekh (Sweden)


Monica J. Brown (Chicago) is an interdisciplinary artist exploring the intersections between visual art, sound, movement, poetry, prose and performance. Her visual art has been exhibited widely throughout Chicago, including ARC Gallery, the DuSable Museum, and the Museum of Science and Industry. She has also exhibited nationally and internationally including Juijiang University in China. She received a BFA from Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles; and a MA from Columbia College Chicago. Monica has participated in performances at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; and presented her solo performance “Branch & Bough” at Prop Theatre in Chicago and the Columbus Performing Arts Center in                                                    Ohio.

March 15- May 15

Talel Dayekh (Sweden) is a visual artist working with painting.  He graduated 2015 from the Fine Arts program at Valand Academy in Gothenburg Sweden. Talel Dayekh

August Residency Exhibition

Marion Neumann, Isamu Krieger, Yi Zhou and Franziska Klose

Friday August 26, 2016


Please Join us for this special event that spans the whole Popps compound and highlights the wonderful work created by our current AIR. 

With Snacks and Refreshments

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“Mounts & Marvels” , by Isamu Krieger (Switzerland) at Popps Emporium.  

“Like an unfold origami, the flat paper that however keeps the lines of the architectural volume, offers though a new surface to write one’s tale. In front of a nearly blank page, I develop my practice of drawing and I search to combine natural elements with abstract shapes and to compose patterns of landscapes based on graphical systems. My proposal here is to play with visual tensions using optical games, illusions of crossing lines, horizontal panoramas and vertical cliffs, deep caves and a plane plateau…All of this is in order to create obviously an effect of vertigo.  A dizziness between absence and presence, between rising and falling… ”  

Wild Plants” directed by Nicolas Humbert with cinematography by Marion Neumann (Switzerland)

Film Screening of at 9PM,

WILD_PLANTS_Kinga_HandPeople’s associations with flora goes back a long way, taking us back to our own roots as well as to new ways of life and creative potential that reveal themselves as we deal with plants. ‘Wild Plants’ is a film that traces these clues and takes us to urban gardens in Detroit, to Native American philosopher Milo Yellow Hair in Wounded Knee, to the wild plantations of Zurich’s legendary ‘Guerilla Gardener’ Maurice Maggi, and to the innovative horticulture cooperative ‘Les Jardins de Cocagne’ in Geneva.

The New Wild–Detroit“. by Franziska Klose (Germany),

franziskaklose-TheNewWildThe New Wild–Detroit is part of a long-term project that pictures postindustrial landscapes worldwide.  It will combine pictures of urban and industrial vegetation and various farms in Detroit with historical images and texts to describe the permanent change of Detroit’s urban and social landscape.

Klose studied at Bauhaus-University Weimar, at École Supérieure des Arts Visuels Genève/CH and at Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig. She lives in Leipzig, Germany.  

“Body Memory Clinic”  by Yi Zhou (China)

Demonstrations from 7-9PM

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Practicing from her Pop Up,  Body Memory clinic and wearing her trademark Doctors coat, the self confessed “collector of human body parts”, takes a ‘faux-scientific’ look at body form and the role that our body parts, rather than our brain, play in storing our memories.

Fingers, noses, lips, ears, breasts and even belly buttons are covered with resin and then plaster bandages to create unconventional, quirky jewellery pieces and accessories.  

Mycelium Give-Away
Marion Neumann will be giving away mycelium left over from the Radical Mycology Workshops earlier this month. She’ll show you what you need to do in order to grow your own mushrooms at home. First come first serve, so come early and get you spores!!


Light snacks and refreshments