The Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts is Michigan's largest contemporary arts center, and focuses on exhibitions, events and film programming. UICA builds creative community by fostering new forms of expression, promoting collaboration, and providing genuine experiences with contemporary art.
The Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts builds creative community by fostering new forms of expression, promoting collaboration, and providing genuine experiences with contemporary art.
Through compelling exhibitions, events, community programs, and youth development, we actively challenge both artists and audiences to new levels of dialogue, creative pursuit, reflection, and illumination. UICA initiates conversation in response to visual art, music, film, literature, dance, and performance art featuring regional, national, and international artists.
UICA features gallery exhibitions of work from regional, national and international artists throughout the year. UICA also hosts a range of dynamic events including concerts, performance art, artist receptions, gallery talks, an annual Holiday Artists’ Market, and other programs that nurture our creative community. UICA’s 195-seat film theater shows independent cinema, international films, and documentaries six days a week.
UICA is dedicated to:
- Contemporary arts as a catalyst for exploration, inspiration, and provocation
- Promoting inclusive cultural dialogue and lifelong learning throughout our diverse society
- Presenting contemporary art that is artistically excellent, thought provoking, and experimental
- Advancing the careers and the creative processes of innovative emerging and mid-career artists
- Producing vibrant, sustainable programs that attract, educate, employ, and retain a diverse creative workforce in West Michigan
- Partnering with community leaders and neighboring organizations to enhance our urban environment
- Protecting freedom of artistic expression because it is essential to a thriving community
PLAN YOUR VISIT
UICA is closed on Mondays and University Holidays.
Five and under: Free
UICA, in partnership with Bank of America - Museums on Us, offers free gallery admission to Bank of
America® or Merrill Lynch® credit or debit card holders. Present your card on the first full weekend of every month and enjoy free gallery admission for one.
P 616 454 7000
F 616 459 9395
(Gallery admission included)
Bike racks are located on Division in front of the gift shop and inside the City parking structure off Commerce.
The City of Grand Rapids offers one hour free parking in the Monroe Center Ramp located one block northwest of UICA. The Weston Commerce parking ramp is also a nice alternative located one block south. Metered parking is also available near the UICA. While convenient, The City of Grand Rapids' Gallery Ramp, located in the same building as UICA, is regularly full with reserved parking.
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UICA is proud to offer free or reduced gallery admission through the following qualifying programs.
UICA offers free gallery admission for active military, veterans, and their families in partnership with Blue Star Museums
UICA offers $1.00 admission to EBT card carrying visitors. Show your EBT card upon arrival and enjoy discounted general gallery admission for up to 4 guests in partnership with Museums for All.
UICA Office Hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00AM–5:00PM.
Since its incorporation 40 years ago, the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts has offered the West Michigan community innovative experiences in the latest art forms and exposure to the newest creative ideas. Today, we present programs in visual arts, film, dance, literature, performance art and music, and provide artists with studio and exhibition space, sales support, and educational opportunities all under one roof. UICA provides a forum for inclusive community dialogue, challenges stereotypes, and promotes arts and cultural awareness.
At UICA, we believe in the art of sustainability. We’re proud to be working on our LEED Certification and take our responsibility as a civic and cultural leader seriously.
We continuously strive to leave a lighter footprint and contribute daily to a more sustainable future. LEED certification is recognized globally as the premier mark of achievement in green building. We’re proud to showcase the ways in which we’ve earned our LEED status.