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Coming Home


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Coming Home

Coming Home is a suite of exhibitions featuring works by emerging and established Michigan artists. Coming Home celebrates Michigan’s role as a platform for inspiration, exploration, and creative development by highlighting a diverse group of working artists.

Coinciding with the calendar year’s passing of the seasons, and the broader homecoming of travelers, Coming Home celebrates both departures and reunions.

Coming Home features work by artists who are from Michigan, are currently based in Michigan, or have spent a considerable amount of time in Michigan during the course of their careers.

Participating Artists Include:

Nathan Heuer

Nathan Heuer's work is largely concerned with the role of architecture in society as a symbol of cultural values and history. Heuer decontextualizes the subject of each drawing by removing the structure from its surroundings and isolating it on a white ground, asking viewers to reconsider the deeper cultural significance of abandoned structures.

Rick Beerhorst

Rick's midwestern folk iconography draws upon certain stylistic aspects, and sometimes even the subject matter, of Byzantine icons. It may well have been this resemblance which led the art critic John Yau to suggest: “There is something disturbing about Beerhorst’s paintings. And part of it is their refusal to be charming. His subjects strike me as remote, unavoidably so. Whoever we are, we are intruders.” The theology of the icon, however, is that through concentration on the image, the believer might make a deep, spiritual contact. And so while Rick's paintings might well seem disturbing at first glance, their refusal suggests a granting, rather than a denial, of access to that which is remote, mysterious and hidden. And as Rick most often paints his children, the access is to (or through) his family.

Don't Miss the Opening Night Event

Opening Reception: Coming Home and Organize Your Own
Friday, November 03, 2017
Member Preview: 5:30 pm - 6:00 pm, Public Welcome: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
UICA Members: Free, Public: $5

Join us for the Coming Home and Organize Your Own opening reception to get a first look at the works on view. Meet and mingle with the artists on-site, explore the galleries, and enjoy light refreshments.

Thank You.

UICA thanks the following for their support of Coming Home and Organize Your Own.

Conduit Studio
Ferris State University
Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University
UICA Members

Individuals with disabilities who require accommodations should contact Megan Bylsma, Associate Director, at 616.454.7000 x11 or at least 72 hours in advance.