Zip US Up! Collaborative Art Project - Public Exhibition and Sale
Baldwin Public Library
300 W Merrill St.
Birmingham, MI 48009

Zip US Up! is an artistic statement that affirms when we all come together, we can create something more meaningful than each of us individually. One of the things that makes our country special is that is it a giant melting pot of people, cultures, beliefs, and ideas. This past year has shown that we all need to reach out and respectfully collaborate with each other if our society is going to collectively improve itself and prosper for everyone’s benefit.

Zip US Up!™ is a challenging and experimental diversity-based project. 40 artists from around the country have been selected to collaborate on a 40-panel (one for each artist) canvas mural to be exhibited in the windows of the newly opened Youth Wing of the Baldwin Public Library in Birmingham, Michigan, a city located in Metro Detroit. The windows overlook Shain Park, Birmingham’s centrally located downtown park.  The project is initiated and organized by private individuals for public benefit and to benefit the artists selected to participate as the art are for sale.

40 artists have created their own canvas panel provided by the Project Team. Artists were required to collaborate with the adjacent artist to the right and left of them to make a cohesive piece that uniquely represents their own artistic style while using the predetermined connecting points provided on the canvas. (The collaboration is assumed to be virtual with each artist working from their current location.) The canvases were zipped together (using multicolored Riri metal zippers) to create a 185-foot mural and is on exhibit until May, 2022.

Art sold during the exhibition will be shipped to the buyer at the conclusion of the exhibition at the purchaser’s expense. Payment to the artist shall be 70% of the artist’s specified sale price.  The Lawrence Street Gallery shall retain 30% of the sale price as a commission related to managing sales, packing and shipping coordination, and for hosting the project on its website.


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