Ann Arbor Flag Design Contest


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Ann Arbor Flag Finalists

The period for public i​nput has concluded and the results shared soon. This input will be used by the Ann Arbor Flag committee as part of it's decision making on which design to move forward to city council. ​

 Flag with a book and tree    

                 Chris Anderson  

Flag with a green and blue background with a white circle around a tree

                 Dennis Scherdt

White flag with a diagonal blue and green stripe. In the middle are oak leaves surrounded by a white circle. 

                   Steve Oney     

Blue flag with red and green rainbow shape. On top of the rainbow shape is a green tree.

                William Burgard

White flag with gold stripes and green tree.

                     Winnie Ip

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Artist statements

Chris Anderson

Ann Arbor's central tree, based on the design of the Ann Arbor seal. The upper band is a clear blue sky, symbolizing Ann Arbor's perseverance, our residents​ know it only takes patience for the weather to change. At the foot of the central tree is an open book showcasing Ann Arbor's passion for learning and growth. The trunk and roots are brown symbolizing the warmth of the big little town. Surrounding the roots is a green field denoting Ann Arbor's prosperity and lush future. Together it calls to mind a common A2 troupe sitting under one of our great trees and enjoying a good book close to sunset. 

Dennis Scherdt

This flag design highlights Ann Arbor's many parks, trees, and the Huron River with its blue and green colors. The central tree symbolizes growth, community, and environmental commitment, paying homage to the original Ann Arbor seal.

Steve Oney

The diagonal blue stripe represents the Huron River, which runs through Ann Arbor from the northwest to the southeast. The Huron River is an integral part of our city's landscape and has historically been important for commerce, recreation and our overall identity. 

The surrounding green represents the green spaces, parks and commitment to the environment that Ann Arbor values.

The central oak leaves are a nod to the Burr Oak tree, which has historically been a central symbol of Ann Arbor and represented on the city seal. The oak is also a strong and enduring tree, which symbolizes the city's resilience and growth over time. The acorn signifies the promise of a new beginning, regeneration, and our city's continuous evolution towards a brighter future.

The base color of white is a nod to the primary color of Ann Arbor's historical flag and represents unity and peace. It also serves as a neutral backdrop that highlights the other elements, ensuring that the symbols and their meanings remain front and center. 

William Burgard

This design comes as a reference to Ann Arbor's past as a free living, peace loving community which I believe we still are. It has a simple graphic approach that evokes that time while appearing contemporary​ simultaneously. 

Winnie Ip

Quintessential to my original design is the celebration of nature's blanket of green made possible through the rays of a seasonal sun. A rising and setting sun symbolize the energy and vitality of a new dawn and the quiet harmony and warmth of a golden evening. 

The iconic oak tree is front and center of this design. The oak tree is a well-known symbol of Ann Arbor, reflecting our growth, our deep roots, and our desire for a sustainable future.

The three stripes of gold build upon each other representing the rising Sun to the east and a gentle sunset in the west, the variation and striped thickness help t​he dynamic movement of the sun.

Lastly, the green color is purposeful as a color as a dominant color in nature and illicit feelings of renewal, growth, comfort, energy, and peace.


The Ann Arbor​'s flag competition is intended create a new design that will become a permanent fixture of the community, flying over Larcom City Hall and ​other City facilities.

A panel of judges, led by Mayor Christopher Taylor, will select the finalists. Finalist entries will be displayed online and at Larcom City Hall for community input following submission deadline. The panel will consider this community input when selecting a winning design, which will be announced in 2024.   ​

Design and judging guidelines

Flag designs should be:

  • simple enough that it could be drawn from memory
  • have meaningful symbolism,
  • use only two or three basic colors,
  • have no lettering or seals, and
  • be distinct and avoid duplicating other flags.​