Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts staff roster and contact information, Grand Rapids, MI.
Art educator, storyteller, and lover of scotch, Miranda hails from a small farming community in Michigan, and enjoys hand sewing and life-endangering camping trips. Miranda works to create partnerships in the arts and business communities, while steering the UICA ship towards its mission.
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Megan enjoys the connections and energy that come from keeping operations in line while she's at UICA, and the contrast of mountain wilderness when she's away. A KCAD graduate with an extensive customer service background, she looks forward to showing you what UICA Membership is all about.
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Kristen is happiest connecting the business, cultural, and creative communities in Grand Rapids, her new home. Previously, she researched dolphins and people, published essays and columns, and ran a multi-channel retail store. She cooks and reads a little compulsively, often at the same time.
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Heather is an artist and curator from the Mississippi Gulf Coast (y’all), and has inherited the skill of throwing an outstanding Derby party. Most recently, Heather was the Exhibitions Manager at ArtPrize, where she wrote and directed programs for artists and curators. Heather volunteers as a member of the Avenue for the Arts advisory board and curatorial committee and as the founding president of the women's advocacy group, Throwbactivists. She exhibits her studio work regionally and nationally, and holds an MFA in painting.
As the Exhibitions Preparator at UICA, Brandon Alman is a Jack of All Trades, Master of Some. He can often be found painting, hanging art, setting lights or helping plan installations. When not in the office, Brandon is usually shooting pool at a local bar, or off the grid, backpacking.
Community Programs Coordinator
Katherine is a museum and art educator who was born and raised on the mean streets of Grand Rapids. As Kendall alumni, she brings with her a passion for printmaking, mixed media collage, and collaborating with other artists to create memorable works of art. As an educator, Katherine strives to provide members of the community with engaging and meaningful experiences with art and the creative process. In her free time, she enjoys being outdoors, assembling puzzles, and sipping Spanish wine with a side of paella while cheering on her beloved Green Bay Packers.
Nick is a simple guy who loves cinema, heavy metal, and skateboarding. If he isn’t in a dark room watching movies, you can find him at his favorite Grand Rapids watering hole. Nick graduated with a degree in Film and Video from Grand Valley State University, and uses his knowledge to bring the best selection of films to the Grand Rapids community at the UICA Theater.
Audio & Video Technician
Brandon earned his BFA in Drawing from KCAD, and now supervises the technology in the UICA Film Theater. A nerd at heart, Brandon spends his time working on video projects and playing chess. He has shown in art and film festivals around the world, and started the Open Projector Film Series at UICA to help bring together filmmakers in West Michigan.
Anjalika Lobo puts her creative and professional efforts into coordinating and nurturing UICA's Open Projector Night film series, which gives Michigan filmmakers a venue and an audience for their own work. She attended Grand Valley State University and studied film and video. Anjalika is currently directing her third short film.
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Retail and Guest Services Assistant
Inspired by day-to-day interactions with visitors, Jacqueline is always glad to have a chat with everyone walking in the door. When she is not searching for new work for UICA's shop, you can find her throwing porch parties, playing cello with a local string ensemble, or shopping for ingredients for her latest culinary adventure. Jacqueline holds a B.S. in Photography from GVSU.
Rental and Events Coordinator
Aly enjoys how the dynamic spaces and artwork at UICA let her get creative in planning our events, and those of our clients. She loves being in the water, and traveling to new places at least once a year. Aly comes to UICA with a background in event planning, communications, broadcasting, and the cinematic arts.
Creative, collaborative, and notoriously verbose, Katie comes to UICA with a background in fine art, marketing, and communication, and loves sharing UICA with the community. When she’s not in the office, you can find her daydreaming, writing, or over-watering her plants. Katie holds a BFA in photography from Kendall College of Art and Design
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