It’s Paint Out time at Ford House! Bring your art supplies and a frame and spend the day painting “en plein air” (outdoors) at Ford House. All skill levels are welcome for this program, but only framed artwork can be entered for the juried prize. Prizes will be given for first ($1,000), second ($500), and third-place ($250) winners. Each artist may submit two (2) framed artworks for juried prize.

Your ticket for Paint Out includes free admission to the Fresh Paint Party at the end of the day and one drink ticket.
The estate has 87 acres with lake views, forests, historic architecture, and gardens. Water and snacks will be available throughout the day for Paint Out attendees. However, it is still suggested to bring extra water with you.

This program is for adults. If you have a child with you, please purchase $5 grounds pass for entry onto the grounds. Interested in painting at Ford House but don’t want to be exhibited or enter the juried price? Purchase a grounds pass anytime to paint on the property.


  • Adult: $40
  • Adult Members: $30
Paint Out Schedule:
  • 8-10 a.m.: Check-in for Paint Out and get a stamp on all media you will use. If you arrive after the check-in time and do not have your media stamped, your artwork will not be eligible for juried prizes.
  • 8 a.m.-3 p.m.: Paint at Ford House
  • 3-4 p.m.: Frame the artwork you are entering for the juried prize (frames not provided) and drop off your artwork with Education Staff.
  • 6-8: Fresh Paint Party! Join us for a party to celebrate the artists and the beautiful artwork created during the day. Juried prizes will be awarded! All artists from the Paint Out get a free ticket to the party and one drink ticket.

This year’s juror: 

The painting juror for this year’s Paint Out is Hubert Massey. He can be spotted throughout the Detroit metropolitan region. Chances are if you’ve visited Mexicantown, Greektown, the Cultural Center, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Detroit Athletic Club or any number of other landmark community attractions, you’ve encountered the remarkable work of master artist Hubert Massey.

An award-winning Kresge Fine Arts Fellow, his distinctive fresco murals grace the halls of such visible Michigan destinations as the Flint Institute of the Arts, Detroit Athletic Club, and his alma mater, Grand Valley State University, where he earned an honorary doctorate of fine arts in 2012. In 2014 the Detroit Regional Convention Facility Authority commissioned Hubert to create the first large-scale mural completed for Cobo Center since 1987. A fresco painting, the mural will feature images and tell stories of Detroit community pride.

Hubert studied at the University of London’s Slade Institute of Fine Arts and later learned the centuries-old fresco technique from former assistants of legendary artist Diego Rivera. Today Hubert is the only known, African American commissioned fresco artist in America.

“Public art begins with the community it will serve. In fact, after nearly 20 years of creating large-scale public works of art for various cities, communities and neighborhoods throughout the Midwest, it is my belief that public art should be, first and foremost, meaningful to those who surround it.” – Dr. Hubert Massey


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