Current and Upcoming Exhibitions at Free Oakland UP

Thank you all for your continued interest in Free Oakland UP; for your support, donations, enthusiasm, stories and art! 

Out of the Blue
July 31 to August 31
Artist’s Reception August 10, 12 to 4pm

Free Oakland UP is sustained by donations from the public; it takes a village to raise a Free Gallery. In her exhibition Out of the Blue, Lin Green explores the giving economy with a reconfiguration of her Cocoon series highlighting the arbitrary pricing of art, and presents a new socially engaged artwork.

Out of the Blue is a participatory art installation that encourages patrons to become actively involved in the art process. By bringing in a small, blue colored object to add to the collection, community members begin to see the work emerge. The color blue represents truth, the third eye, and spiritual knowledge, linking this piece to Lin’s wider body of research on collective process. Lin believes that really beautiful things are more than a sum of their parts, and collectively, we have something important to share with each other. Words and pictures do not  teach, experience does, and it is through this process we find deeper meaning.

Lin Green is a Californian artist, teacher, and children’s rights advocate, living and working in Shenzhen, China. She currently teaches advanced placement courses in Art History, Art Studio and Intermedia Performance and Installation to senior high school students at Shenzhen Middle School.

Out of the Blue will travel to China in the next phase of it’s lifecycle, a theme that Lin feels connected to, and will turn into a piece of teaching realia and a collaborative project for her students in Shenzhen. The phases of this work can be followed at


Call for Mail Art
Theme: Utopian Worlds

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Call for Mail Art Exhibition 2015

Upcoming in September:

FreeUP Art

Art by The Baggie Challengers.

September 4 to September 28

All the art made on site using The Baggie Challenge and other alternative art supplies will be free on a first come basis. 

Upcoming in October:

The Death of Avarice

A collaboration between Jay DeFaber, Agustin Fuoyonde and Mr. Bud Lackey.

October 2 to November 2

"Beat your head in with art history
until you can throw your mind out
100 years."

Free Oakland UP (home of ‘Free Utopian Projects’) 
A multi-purpose alternative Art Space offering free art and objects.
  • Free Gallery offers curated solo and group exhibitions of Free art
  • Free Gift/Thrift shop filled with select vintage to new collectibles, sundry items and giftables
  • Free Maker Space: community drop-in studio filled with free alternative and 'normal' art supplies and featuring The Baggie Challenge!
2809 MacArthur BLvd. Oakland CA 94602 (in the Loard's Ice Cream shopping plaza)
Open Thursday to Sunday 12 to 4pm

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