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2 Fulton West
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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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 several months to a year in advance. Please keep this in mind when proposing shows.

For more information and to complete an application, visit:

Diagrams of interior UICA 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 artists to review gallery specifications and include a site-specific diagram with their proposal.

Bring Your Own Beamer Grand Rapids 02

Bring Your Own Beamer is a series of one-night-exhibitions hosting artists and their projectors created by Rafaël Rozendaal. BYOB Grand Rapids allows artists to experiment with the medium of projection in a traditional gallery space and react live to each other’s work. Past entries have ranged from performance pieces and projection mapping to .gifs and video art.

Artists may submit proposals for entries that require additional installation time or request use of UICA’s 8 available projectors at The term ‘projection’ is used loosely and all light-based entries will be considered.

Drop-in participation is encouraged, no approval necessary, bring your beamer & playback device to UICA on March 6 from 6–11pm and plug-in.

Exit Space Project - Mural Project 2015

The Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, Michigan’s largest contemporary arts center, is host to the Exit Space Project, a dynamic experiment investigating ideas, images, and conversation that are conveyed by contemporary artists whose practice is anchored within public space. The first volume of The Exit Space Project featured contemporary street/public artists from the Midwest whose work was featured on a uniquely public, but protected, venue at UICA facing Fulton Ave in downtown Grand Rapids. The essence of the Exit Space Project is now moving into other public spaces of the city, to include public property, privately owned buildings, and construction sites.

With respect to the somewhat indefinable genres of street art and public art, all mediums will be considered in mural formats, including paint, spray paint, wheat pasted prints and posters, and 3D installations. Artists are welcome to explore the variety of concepts and complexities that is street art, and the idea of it as an art movement. We do not seek to define street art, but hope to showcase all that it is and can be. 

Artists will retain copyright for their artwork. These murals can be expected to have a life span of 3 – 5 years.

The UICA curatorial staff and the property owners will evaluate the proposals, and selections will be based on artistic merit, dynamism, and an inclusive representation of viewpoints. 

To Apply

Check out this .pdf for a list of locations, then go to to fill out an entry application and to post images. Applicants must submit proposals for at least 2 of the available project locations.  


All entries must be posted by 11:59pm EST March 16, 2015.  Selected artists will be notified by April 6, 2015