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UICA members receive half-priced movie tickets, free gallery admission and discounts at local retailers and restaurants.

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2 Fulton West
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
UICA is closed on University Holidays


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.


Deadline: August 31, 2015 
Fee (USD): $30.00

UICA is seeking submissions of work which explores themes or imagery of momento mori, vanitas art, and excavation for our fall open call show, Macabre. Works may, but are not required to, push the theme further into direct incorporation of Halloween, All Saints Day, Day of the Dead, and funerary imagery.

Click here to submit you work.