• Feature on UofM Faculty Website

    Feature on UofM Faculty Website

    This past summer I became a proud recipient of a 2023 Kresge Arts in Detroit Fellowship. Read about it here, along with a profile of my Performance work and teaching at the University of Michigan, where I've been since 2009. Stamps School of Art and Design Website Link to Article

  • Jessercise! Travels to University of Central Missouri

    Jessercise! Travels to University of Central Missouri

    In February 2020 the University of Central Missouri Gallery of Art and Design and Art Foundations hosted the Jessercise Gymnasium! An entire art-gym installation complete with food laden weight racks! I gave a talk about my work to 100 Freshman Art and Design Students. We also had two Jessercise workout classes in the UCM art gallery turned Jessercise Gymnasium. It was a blast!

  • More Jessercise! Opening at Public Pool Gallery May 18th

    More Jessercise! Opening at Public Pool Gallery May 18th

    More Jessercise! : A Multimedia installation by artist Jessica Frelinghuysen, May 18–June 29, 2019
    Public Pool Gallery
    3309 Caniff Ave. Hamtramck, MI

    Opening Reception: Saturday, May 18, 7 to 10 p.m.

    Get your Beach Body ready as Public Pool presents a special installation of Jessica Frelinghuysen’s “More Jessercise!”

    The show reconciles body image, weightloss (and gain) and the glorious foods of Hamtramck, Michigan. Participants can use the Jessercise “Art-Fit” Gymnasium and work-out circuit in the gallery and participate in a string of Jessercise Participatory Workout Performances. Your favorite artist will show you the best ways to interact with the food and city that you love, all while getting that body bikini ready!

    Performance at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday May, 18th. Participation Requested! Workout Gear encouraged!

    ****STAY TUNED for a special Jessercise Workout extravaganza performance in June!

    ****Regular Jessercise classes planned for Saturdays in June. Check Facebook for times and updates.

    Jessica Frelinghuysen holds a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and a M.Arch from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Her sound installations have been shown at The Mattress Factory Museum of Contemporary Art and at The Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University and other national venues. She is the recipient of a fellowship from the Joan Mitchell Foundation and has also been awarded artist residencies at the Headlands Center for the Arts in California, Sculpture Space in New York, and Santa Fe Art Institute. She lives in Hamtramck, Michigan, the subject of her current work. Jessica goes to the gym regularly and loves all kinds of food, including the healthy kind.

  • Jessica Frelinghuysen granted MCACA Mini Grant

    Jessica Frelinghuysen granted MCACA Mini Grant

    This summer Jessica received a mini-grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) Minigrant program in Region 10b, Wayne County. The Minigrant program is a partnership between MCACA and Regional Regranting Agencies throughout the state and sponsored by Culture Source.

    Minigrants support a broad range of artistic expression from all cultures through projects which preserve, produce or present traditional or contemporary arts and culture and/or arts education. In addition, the Minigrant program includes a category for Professional or Organizational Development (POD) to assist nonprofit arts and cultural organizations, administrators, and artists with opportunities that specifically improve their business management and/or brings the artist or the arts organization to another level artistically.

    Jessica used this grant to help her attend a digital fabrication workshop at Anderson Ranch in Colorado in July.

  • Solo show, "Look Both Ways" at Anaba Project Space

    Solo show, "Look Both Ways" at Anaba Project Space

    I just completed a residency at Anaba Project Space in Bethesda, Maryland. Akemi Maegawa, who runs the residency, and I met at Cranbrook in 2005. It was a great week of looking and making. The exhibition titled "Look Both Ways" which includes "Safety Vest" (above) runs from May 27th to June 30th, 2018. Open by appointment. Email akemimaegawa@msn.com to visit the exhibition.

  • "It's Exercise Time" - Solo Show at Popps Packing in Hamtramck

    "It's Exercise Time"  - Solo Show at Popps Packing in Hamtramck

    Jessica Frelinghuysen:
    "It's Exercise Time!"
    An Aerobic Workout Art Show

    On October 9th, America's Most Talented and Glamourous Artist shows you how to keep fit and stay fun with her latest show at Popps Packing Gallery in Hamtramck. Using a remarkable and oblique approach mostly based on her own past experience with the persistence of exercise in the face of delicious Detroit food treats, Jessica Frelinghuysen takes you on a journey to a better you!

    Come ready to sweat delicately along with Jessica on Friday, October 9th at 8:00 p.m. when she holds her open participatory class-performance: Jessercise!
    (5 dollar donation covers champagne-bottle hydration weights)

    Immediately followed by
    Guest Trainer, Mark Parker of Royal Oak's RetroFit gym! at 8:30 p.m.
    Voted #1 training facility by HOUR Detroit magazine for years and years.
    Mark will make your buns tight and your heart light!
    (Bring an exercise mat and a donation)

    Jessica will hold a repeat performance that all are welcome to participate in on Saturday September 10th at 4 p.m. during the Hamtramck Neighborhood Arts Festival. Bring your tennis shoes and mats.


    My new album is on display at Public Pool Gallery in Hamtramck, Michigan, during the current show 'The Last Record Shop'. The title is "It's Exercise Time", an aerobic workout album. The show is a take on fantasy bands and artist's renderings of non existent albums. I however, see this as a start of a whole new direction in instructional art.
    'Last Record Shop' runs through October 11th 2014


    "Video Center" at the N'Namdi Center for Contemporary Art, on display this Friday and Saturday during DLectricity on Sept. 26 & 27 2014
    Included is my video sculpture, 'Imported', that was included at my CAVE gallery Detroit solo exhibition last February.

  • MATTRESS FACTORY EXHIBITION Featuring Jessica Frelinghuysen

    Excited to be included as one of eight Detroit artists in this exhibition at the Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh. Updates soon!
    September 13, 2013 - May 25, 2014
    Opening Reception: September 12, 2013
    On view: September 13, 2013 - May 25, 2014

    The Mattress Factory celebrates its 35th anniversary with an exhibition of work by Detroit-based artists Design 99, Jessica Frelinghuysen, Scott Hocking, Nicola Kuperus and Adam Lee Miller, Russ Orlando and Frank Pahl, who are all reacting to the swift socioeconomic changes in their city, creating work freely in an environment burgeoning with opportunity. The artists’ edgy creativity and entrepreneurship recall the same spirit at play during the founding of the Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh’s North Side 35 years ago.

  • SIM residency

    I am doing a month-long residency in Reykjavik, Iceland for the month of June. I share studio space and an apartment with 9 other artists from all over the world. The national dish of Iceland is cured shark and my studio looks out over the ocean. Find out more here: http://sim.is/sim-res/

  • Unhooked From Time at Gallery Project in Ann Arbor, MI
    April 6 Thru May 15, Reception: Friday, April 8, 6-9pm
    "Hello!?" Video Sculpture is included.


    In Your Neighborhood a solo show, performance and installation

    November 20, 2010 to December 18th 2010
    Closing Party December 18th 7-11 p.m.

    Public Pool Gallery
    3309 Caniff, Hamtramck, MI 48212

    In Your Neighborhood takes one year of living in a quirky and thriving 2.2 square
    mile city inside of Detroit and places the sights and sounds and encounters in a 20x20 square foot gallery space.

    More info here Public Pool Gallery Website
    Review here The Detroiter
    and here in Real Detroit

    TINY CIRCUS comes to University of Michigan School of Art and Design
    Tuesday, October 6th 2009 7:00 p.m.
    Outside 2000 Bonisteel Blvd. Art and Design Building

    Tiny Circus (see link)
    at the Museum of Jurassic Technology Screening Room
    Los Angeles, California
    On view May and June 2009

    Work: Ann Arbor
    306 State Street
    Ann Arbor, MI 48104
    Gallery Website
    13 March to 3 April 2009
    Opening Reception: Friday 13 March 6:00 to 9:00 pm

    Anderson Ranch at the Aspen Art Museum
    Juried Group Show
    Aspen Art Museum, Aspen Colorado

    Opening Reception: October 30 2008

  • "In Your Neighborhood"

    “In Your Neighborhood”
    (observing a year in Hamtramck)
    Installation presented by Jessica Frelinghuysen

    Public Pool Gallery, Hamtramck
    Nov.13th-Dec. 18th Opening November 13th

    The show “In Your Neighborhood,” uses collected sounds from Hamtramck to create an interactive installation that seeks to create a portrait of the neighborhood. The sounds vary from a local rock concert, to the church bells of St.Florian, to the ladies at the bakery speaking Polish, to coffee being made, to the summer sounds of ice cream vans.

    “Being a relatively new resident to Hamtramck, I have been struck by the obvious diversity of Hamtramck and its unique place in Detroit as a microcosm of the universe. I also teach time based art at the University of Michigan and have been working in video sculpture for a number of years, among other media that deals with place. When encountering a new place as an outsider I usually will observe that place and devise a project that attempts to fill in a gap or seek to fix a problem in that place. My work is very interactive, usually using myself as a catalyst for that interaction,” says Frelinghuysen.

    Public Pool is a perfect storefront location to hold a show that will both include sounds collected and altered from the community and invite people in to record their impressions and stories of Hamtramck via conversations with the artist on Saturdays from 1-6 throughout the show.

    "In Your Neighborhood" along with sound, installation and drawing, will include the artist in uniform with a sound recording backpack. “I will man the gallery on the weekends, collecting more and more stories to document this unique moment in time when Hamtramck is seeing more and more groups of people moving in. My job as an artist and observer will be to collect people’s thoughts of how Hamtramck has changed, what first brought them here, and what they like about their neighborhood.”

    Jessica Frelinghuysen moved to Hamtramck, Michigan from the Detroit Suburbs exactly one year ago. This show is a collection of sights and sounds of one year’s worth of living in this small diverse community within Detroit.

    The artist will record resident’s stories about Hamtramck various days throughout the exhibition and Saturdays From 1-6 p.m. Please email inyourneighborhood@yahoo.com to reserve an interview time.

  • PAH

    I will be at the Philadelphia Art Hotel in August 2010.

    Philadelphia Art Hotel is a small urban residency.

    Click Here for PAH link

  • PLAY GALLERY-Tiny Circus and Me

    Please check out this great feature about Tiny Circus, the collaborative animation group I have been working with for the past three years, and a workshop we did with my students at U of M. It is on the Play Gallery Website in conjunction with University of Michigan School of Art and Design.

    "The idea for "Snowflake Formations" (see video below) grew out of a collaboration with A&D students and Witt Visitors, Tiny Circus. The Circus travels around the country in a caravan of vintage custom-built Airstream trailers, engaging local communities in the art of stop motion animation."


  • New Series: Printable Helmets

    Check back soon! The new series of Printable Paper Helmets will be available very shortly. With a variety of new issues. Thanks for all the emails!

    If you would like to purchase any of the existing Fine Art Screenprinted Paper Helmets with instructions that you see on the website now, please email me with your request.

    They are hand done, hand stenciled and hand printed in Limited Edition.

  • Teaching

    University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, School of Art and Design

    Working on Tiny Circus, again, most of the summer in Iowa...stay tuned for more updates and check out the website. www.tinycircus.org