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MEGA 2017


MEGA 2017

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.

Interested in applying for consideration? Learn more here.
Application deadline: February 6, 2017

Exhibition Jurors:

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).