Each year, UICA hosts the Michigan Emerging Graduate Artists (MEGA) exhibition in collaboration with the MFA Collective, a student organization at KCAD. This juried show is comprised of students currently enrolled in a graduate program in the state of Michigan, or undergraduate students scheduled to graduate from a Michigan college or university.
Find full information on MEGA 2017 artists, as well as images of and statements for selected works, here
April 8, 2017
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Gallery admission is free beginning at 5:00 pm in association with Avenue for the Arts' Art.Downtown.
Join us as we celebrate the grand opening of MEGA 2017 which features works from 17 emerging graduate and undergraduate artists representing 6 different Michigan Universities. The exhibition features a variety of mediums such as sculpture, textile works, photography, painting, drawing, printmaking, video, performance, and installation.
William Marcellus Armstrong, Cranbrook Academy of Art
Prashani Chandrasena, Cranbrook Academy of Art
Min-Jen Chang, Cranbrook Academy of Art
Beibei & Leilei Chen, Kendall College of Art and Design
Anita Enriquez, Cranbrook Academy of Art - Jurors Choice Award Recipient
Egan Franks, Kendall College of Art and Design
Angelica Hay, Kendall College of Art and Design
Hallie Hofman, Grand Valley State University
Chelsea Markuson, Michigan State University
Emily Mayo, Kendall College of Art and Design
Erin Miller, Eastern Michigan University
Steven Miner, Kendall College of Art and Design
Jing Ouyang, Cranbrook Academy of Art
Melody Posthuma, Grand Valley State University
Kyle Sharkey, Wayne State University
Angela Two Stars, Kendall College of Art and Design
Jessica Wildman, Wayne State University
Heather Duffy, UICA Exhibitions Curator
Heather is an artist from the Mississippi Gulf coast and is the exhibitions curator at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA) in Grand Rapids, MI. Prior to her appointment at UICA, Heather worked as the exhibitions manager for ArtPrize, in academic and commercial art galleries, and as an independent curator presenting exhibitions of contemporary art in Dallas, New York, Michigan and throughout the American southeast. She exhibits her studio work regionally and nationally, and holds an MFA in painting from Kendall College of Art and Design
Elizabeth Chodos, Executive/Creative Director at Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists’ Residency.
Elizabeth is interested in creative and enterprising arts administration projects and practices, and moonlights as a creative writer and independent curator. She is currently the Executive and Creative Director at Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists’ Residency, and was formerly Executive Director and Board member at threewalls in Chicago. She currently serves on the board of the Alliance of Artists’ Communities. She is co-founder of Common Field, a national alliance of artist-centered visual arts platforms and their produces. Chodos received a Dual Masters degree from the departments of Art History, Theory and Criticism, and Arts Administration from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and her Bachelors of Arts in Creative Writing, from Sarah Lawrence College.
Taylor Renee Aldridge
Taylor is an arts writer and curator based in Detroit, Michigan. Taylor works to investigate the intersections of equity, race and culture in an outside of cultural institutions. This is often carried out through writing essays, curating, facilitating public programs, and working as an advisory to a variety of projects. In 2014, she co-founded ARTS.BLACK with Jessica Lynne, an online publication for art criticism from Black perspectives, predicated on the belief that art criticism should be an accessible dialogue – a tool through which we question, celebrate and talk back to the global world of contemporary art.
Taylor received her M.L.A from Harvard University with a concentration in Museum Studies. She received her B.A from Howard University with a concentration in Art History and Business Administration. Taylor has worked at the The Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African & African American Art (Harvard University), and has been awarded with the Goldman Sachs Junior Fellowship at The National Museum of American History (Smithsonian Institutions).