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2 Fulton West
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Gallery Admission Film Admission
Under Five

Apply For A Show

Calls for artist applications for UICA exhibitions.

Apply For A Show

The Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA) is located in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids. For over 37 years, UICA has remained a regionally focused institution bringing world-class contemporary culture to Michigan. By exposing the public to national and international art, we fulfill our organizational mission to build creative community by fostering new forms of expression, promoting collaboration, and providing genuine experiences with contemporary art.

UICA is always seeking proposals for works that address contemporary issues and concerns, and/or work that pushes traditional boundaries in its treatment of materials or subject. We offer several open calls per year that are posted to this webpage. Exhibitions are planned at least six months in advance. Please keep this in mind when proposing shows.

Holiday Artist Market

UICA's Holiday Artist's Market is back for its 26th year! This well-loved and highly anticipated event draws thousands of shoppers each year, and is a must for any holiday shopper looking to find the most unique and special gifts.

Dates and times for this year's market are December 6th from 10:00AM-7:00PM and December 7th from 12:00PM-5:00PM. In an effort to expand the number or participating artists, UICA will be hosting this year's event at the Steelcase Town Hall (1111 44th St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI, 49508). Deadline to submit applications is October 31st, 2014. Accepted artists will be notified via email.

Please click the link below for more information regarding the market, and please do not hesitate to contact Jacqueline Garner at or (616)454-7000 with questions.  

Holiday Artist Market Application

Exit Space Project

The project is a series of artistic interventions on publicly viewable properties, large and small, including walls, construction sites, and windows in occupied and unoccupied buildings, as well as utility boxes, crosswalks, street poles, and bike lanes.

We will have exciting opportunities soon. Please stayed tuned.

Exit Space Project

Diagrams of exhibition spaces can be found here.

Eligibility: Must be 18 years or older. Exhibition opportunities are for emerging, mid-career, and established artists.

UICA strongly encourages that artists review gallery specifications available on the website, and to include a site-specific diagram with their proposal.

For more information and to complete an application, visit: