Mitch Cope

Mitch Cope




David Klein Gallery, Detroit, MI – Gina Reichert & Mitch Cope: Organizational Strategies for the After Life


David Klein Gallery, Detroit, MI – Totems


David Klein Gallery, Detroit, MI – Inaugural downtown gallery exhibition

Dashboard, BOOM!, Detroit, MI – “After Aris”


Popps Packing, Detroit, MI – Zen and the Art of Garbage Hunting


Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh, PA – residency & installation Detroit: Artists in Residence,

Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, ArtX, Kresge Art in Detroit at the – “Corner Store”

Chicago Artists’ CoalitionExchange, – “Clearing a Path to the Future: Garbage Totem No.1”


Sullivan Gallery, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Material, Site, Narrative, – “Sculptural Security Systems”

SiTE:LAB @ 54 Jefferson, Old Public Museum, Grand Rapids, MI  – “Displacement”

13th International Venice Architecture Biennale, U.S. Pavilion – “The Power House” Spontaneous Interventions: Design Actions for the   Common Good

Arsenale, Venice Architecture Biennale – Grounds for Detroit, select video works from “Total Benefit Solutions”
Sun Valley Center for the Arts, Ketchum, ID – Urban Lifecycles, “Total Benefit Solutions”

Team Detroit, Dearborn, MI – corporate office space redesign & renovations for global advertising firm


Weston Art Gallery, Cincinnati, OH , Material Witness, – “Total Benefit Solutions”

City of Hamtramck Neighborhood Stabilization (NSP 2) – single-family home rehabilitation w/ Hughes & Lynn


Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha, NE, Hopey Changey Things, – “Neighborhood Machine sketches”

MOCAD, Detroit, MI Too Much of a Good Thing, – installation introducing The Neighborhood Machine

Kunsthalle Wien Project Space, Vienna, Austria –  Detroit, “Alley Weeds”

Detroit Institute of Art The Neighborhood Project, – installation


Smart Museum, Chicago, IL, Heartland, – “Heartland Machine” installation

Community + Public Arts: DETROIT, Skillman grant recipient – “Talking Fence” public sculpture in collaboration w. sculptor Wiley McDowell

Detroit Artists Market, DAM Design Show – “Power Chair”


Van Abbemuseum, The Netherlands Heartland,, – “Homegrown Design”,  Detroit Tree of Heaven Woodshop

Akademie der Künste, Berlin, Germany Shrinking Cities Project- Analysis, Interventions, Prognosis,

Isamu Noguchi Musuem, Long Island City, New York – Detroit Tree of Heaven Woodshop Commission


Cranbrook Museum of Art & MOCAD Shrinking Cities,, Detroit, MI –  local Curator


Kunsthalle, Dresden, Germany – Schweizer Krankheit, Drawings


Susanne Hilberry Gallery, Ferndale, MI – Summer Pack 2 – Drawings

World Workers Museum, Steyr, Austria – Detroit Tree of Heaven woodshop

Joint Turkmen-American Exhibition, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan  – Multi-Cultural Landscapes

Detroit Artists Market, Detroit, MI – “M.O.R.E. Manufacturers of Real Excellence” art & marketing campaign


Berlin Kunstsalon, Berlin, Germany – Detroit Tree of Heaven Woodshop

Subspace Contemporary Art,  Berlin, Germany – Anti-Idyll

KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany Shrinking Cities, – Local Curator and drawings “Fortifications”


Detroit Artists Market – 5 shows 5 days

The Stray Show, Chicago, Il


Center Galleries, Detroit, MI – Tony Hepburn Collaborations


Detroit ContemporaryHeavy Metal Girls


Detroit ContemporaryWood Pieces


Washington State University Museum, Pullman, WAthesis exhibition


Bunting Gallery, Royal Oak, MI – Movable Feast


Center Galleries, Detroit, MI – Highways and Roads

Michigan Gallery, Detroit, MI – Carbonari

Detroit Artists Market – Romantic Allegory

Cement Space, Detroit, MI – Raw experience




United States Artists, Artists Assembly, Chicago, IL – Creative Conversations with Mark Bradford

Montana State University – Visiting Artist Lecturer & guest critic

Ford Foundation / Creative Many – Resonant Detroit grantee


Overlook Field School, through the University of Oregon – Visiting Artist-in-Residence

Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL – Panel discussion, Out There: Contemporary Practice, Art, and Civility

University of Texas at Austin, School of Architecture – Visiting Lecturer


Creative Capital – Grantee


ArtPrize, Grand Rapids, MI – Juried Grand Prize winner

Frieze Art Fair, New York City – Panelist, Land Occupation

Creative Capital Initiative – Select artist, On Our Radar

University of Windsor, Humanities Research Group – Visiting Lecturer
Kendall College, Grand Rapids, MI – Visiting Artist Lecturer & guest critic


New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM – Visiting Artist Lecturer & guest critic

Art X Detroit – Panel Discussion, Art of the Commons

Kresge Artist Fellowship, The Kresge Foundation, Detroit, MI

University of Kansas School of Architecture – Lecture, Too Much of a Good Thing

Venice Biennale, Dutch Pavilion – Lecture, neighborhoods

MOCAD – Lecture, Too Much of a Good Thing in Context

United States Artists (USA) Fellowship – Nominee

Pulitzer Foundation, St. Louis, MO – Art and Sustainability Panel Discussion


Cranbrook Academy of Art – Humanities lecture series presentation

Dutch Art Institute, Enschede, The Netherlands – Visiting Artist Lecturer

Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam, The Netherlands – Visiting Artist Lecturer

Hamilton Anderson Rogue HAA Lecture Series, Detroit, MI – Presentation of our work

MOCADNew Urban Models Panel Discussion


Creative Capital Grant – Finalists

Structures for Inclusion 08, Harvard University – Workshop on neighborhood housing strategies


Univ of Michigan Art Department, Moderator, Ann Arbor – Making Art Public


Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden – Public Art Workshop and Visiting Lecturer


Photo España, Madrid Spain, Visiting Lecturer

U.S. Embassy Cultural Envoy to Ashgabat, Turkmenistan




Juxtapoz Magazine, online publication – Contributor


Vitamin Green, published by Phaidon – Contributor


Under the Influence magazine – Contributor


A People’s Guide to Detroit, self-published – Concept and content development, collaboration with Nina Bianchi


Detroit: Imaginary Cities – Contributor; Published by MOCADetroit


Detroit i.e. INFRASTRUCTURE – Working Group member and contributors; Co-Editor;

Published by Detroit i.e. & MOCADetroit



“Two Artists Build Order and Chaos from Detritus,” Hyperallergic, Sarah Rose Sharp, February 24, 2016

“The Detritus of Detroit: Both Maddening and Inspiring,” Creative Capital Blog, Alex Teplitzky, March 21, 2016

“52 Gina Reichert and Mitch Cope,” Essay’d, Steve Panton, May 25, 2016

“How public art builds safer, stronger neighborhoods,” Christian Science Monitor, Anna Clark, October 28, 2014

“Not just a fancy art project: Artists create long-term community vision for Detroit/Hamtramck border,” Model D, Walter  Wasacz, August 19, 2014

“Mitch Cope Protecting the Refuse at Popps Packing,” The Huffington Post, Vince Carducci, May 26, 2014

“Detroit: Artists in Residence @ the Mattress Factory,” Art Hopper, Robert Raczka, May 7, 2014

“Design 99 Artists Mix Sun, Wind and Heat at the Mattress Factory,” Allegheny Front, September 20, 2013

“Abstracting the Fleet: Dazzle Camouflage’s Influence on Contemporary Art and Design,” Jonathan Magdaleno, The Creators Project, June 3, 2013

“Artists as Developers,” Nathalie Janson, Domus, October 2012

“Material Witness,” Alan Pocaro, Art Papers, March/April 2012

“Envisioning Real Utopias in Detroit,” Vince Carducci, Motown Review of Art, February 1, 2012; (reprinted on Deliberately Considered, February 6, 2012; reprinted on Huffington Post, February 8, 2012)

“Cerebral Material,” Maria Seda-Reeder, ÆQAI e-journal, November 15, 2011

“Aesthetic Community in Detroit,” Vince Carducci, Motown Review of Art, December 15, 2011; (reprinted on Deliberately Considered, December 20, 2011; reprinted on Huffington Post, December 22, 2011

“Affordable Housing That Doesn’t Scream ‘Affordable’,” Allison Arieff, The Atlantic Cities, October 21, 2011

“One House at a Time”, Karrie Jacobs, Metropolis, October 18, 2011

“The Best in Urban Global Design,” Wendy Goodman, New York Magazine, October 17, 2011

“Hometown Heroes,” Amanda DeMatto, Popular Mechanics, July 2011

“Mitch and Gina of Power House Productions and the Story Behind Juxtapoz in Detroit,” Jason Jaworski, Juxtapoz, January 19, 2011

“Art’s New Dawn in Detroit,” Murray Whyte, The Toronto Star, January 1, 2011
“Power Meets the Arts in Detroit,” Joann Plockova, Next City, June 24, 2011

“Young Guns: Activist Designers,” Miyoko Ohtake, Dwell, December 21, 2010

“Juxtapoz’s Detroit Experiment,” Patricia Montemurri, Detroit Free Press, December 27, 2010

Art into action: Design collaborators building community one power house at a time,” Kelli B. Kavanaugh, Model D,  November 30, 2010

“Artists in Residence,” Linda Yablonsky, New York Times, September 22, 2010

“MOCAD Meditations,” Vince Carducci, Motown Review of Art, July 16, 2010

“Art as Security System,” Rob Walker, New York Times, July 5, 2010

“Joyfully uninviting,” Ingrid Fetell, Aesthetics of Joy, June 3, 2010

“Design 99’s Neighborhood Machine,” Lisa Smith, Core 77, June 1, 2010

“Bringing a Dead House Back to Life,” Karyn Dybis,, April 26, 2010
“Putting Yourself Out There,” William Bostwick, Architectural Record, March 2010
“40 transformative Design Projects,” David Sokol, I.D. Magazine, January/February 2010

“Exhibition Presents New and Innovative Work by Artists,”, October 1, 2009

“Four Corners of Detroit: A City Remakes Itself One Person at a Time,” Rebecca Mazzei, Art Voices, Sept 1, 2009

“Taking a Chance on a $100 House”, 20/20 ABC News, March 20, 2009

“What would you do with a $100 house?” Ismael Estrada, Anderson Cooper 360º CNN, March 19, 2009

“Renewing Detroit,” Here & Now, WBUR Boston NPR, March 18, 2009

“In Detroit, Artists Look For Renewal In Foreclosures,” Jennifer Guerra, All Things Considered, NPR, March 18, 2009

“Designing Detroit,” David A. Greene, Dwell blog, March 18, 2009

“Detroit House: $100. Bold New Ideas for the City: Priceless.” Walter Wasacz, Model D, March 17, 2009

“Detroit’s hard edge – and dirt-cheap real estate – attract artists from around the world,” Michael Hodges, Detroit News, March 13, 2009

“The Upside Of Foreclosures,” Jennifer Guerra, Michigan Radio NPR, March 11, 2009

“For Sale: The $100 House”, Toby Barlow, New York Times, March 7, 2009

“A storefront for creativity,” Fabrizio Gallanti, Abitare, February 2, 2009

“The Power House Project,” Sweet Juniper Inspiration Blog, January 26, 2009

“Detroit and Support,” Charles Esche, Kitchenblog, January 25, 2009

“Hamtramck Insider’s Guide,” Terry Parris, Jr., MetroMode, January 13, 2009

“Design shop finds that smaller is better,” The Hamtramck Citizen, December 18, 2008

“Sustainability in the post-capitalist city. A short impression.” Abitare & Volume, October 12, 2008

“Art of Life: A proposal for a ‘power house.’”  Metro Times, September 17, 2008
“Design 99 publishes Detroit guidebook that will grow,” Kelli B. Kavanaugh, Model D, May 13, 2008

“A Tree That Survived A Sculptors Chisel is Chopped Down”, Glenn Collins, The New York Times March, 27, 2008

“Model D-troiters: Gina Reichert and Mitch Cope” , Terry Parris Jr., Model D, February 25, 2008

“Map of Jos. Campau showcases diverse business and service offerings,” Kelli Kavanaugh, Model D, Feb 12, 2008

“Detroit Design Guide,” Design*Sponge, January 15, 2008

“Urban Retreat”, Philip Kennicott, The Washington Post, February 17, 2007

“Enter here for design: Between store space and art place,” Constance Bodurow, Metro Times, September 19, 2007



1999           MFA painting – Washington State University, Pullman, WA

1995           BFA painting – College for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI