UICA presents innovative art, movies, and educational programs that represent our world today. Our programs foster belonging by sharing perspectives that grow an equitable, thriving culture and community.


UICA exhibits contemporary artwork from regional, national and international artists throughout the year. UICA hosts a range of events including docent-led tours, performance art, movie series, artist receptions, and gallery talks. UICA’s movie theater shows first-run independent, international and documentary films. As an auxiliary enterprise within Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University, UICA is open to the public six days a week.

Through compelling exhibitions, events, community programs, public art, and youth development, we actively challenge both artists and audiences to new levels of dialogue, creative pursuit, and reflection.

UICA is dedicated to:

1. Contemporary arts as a catalyst for exploration, inspiration, innovation, and action

2. Promoting inclusive cultural experiences through artistic and audience equity

3. Presenting curated contemporary art that is thought provoking and experimental

4. Advancing the careers and the creative processes of innovative emerging, mid-career, and established artists and filmmakers

5. Producing vibrant, sustainable programs that attract, educate, employ, and retain a diverse creative workforce in West Michigan

6. Promoting collaboration with community and neighboring organizations

7. Protecting freedom of artistic expression

8. Supporting the mission of Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University