Local Artist Feature: Danielle Truss

Local Artist Feature: Danielle Truss

Originally from the East Anglian City of Peterborough, Danielle moved between the US and England before settling and living in London for almost 20 years. Where she studied Fashion, Textiles, and Bespoke Tailoring and interning on Savile Row at various Tailors shops there. Before moving back to the US where she began working in Costume Construction and Design primarily in Ballet. She has worked with various ballet companies including Ballet Hispanico, Tulsa Ballet and currently Les Grands Ballets des Canadiens in Montreal.

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Performing Artist Feature: Plant Parenthood

Performing Artist Feature: Plant Parenthood

Plant Parenthood is an Improv Comedy troupe formed in 2015 when the founding members met at Comedy Outlet Mondays, a recurring comedy show at Dog Story Theater. Members have trained at Detroit’s Go Comedy (Detroit,) iO Theater (Chicago,) and through several workshops in Grand Rapids. On May 15, Funny Girls will be performing during UICA's inaugural event, Off The Wall.

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Performing Artist Feature: Zachary Trebellas

Performing Artist Feature: Zachary Trebellas

Zachary Trebellas is an arts professional originally from Chicago. He studied Art History and Visual Art Management at Columbia College Chicago, graduating magna cum laude in 2010. His personal love of art deeply motivates him to bring opportunities to enjoy and create art to diverse audiences. On May 15, Trebellas will be performing during UICA's inaugural event, Off The Wall.

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Exhibiting Artist Feature: Hwa-Jeen Na

Exhibiting Artist Feature: Hwa-Jeen Na

Hwa-Jeen Na currently lives in Grand Rapids, MI and holds a BFA in Photography from Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University. His work covers a broad spectrum of photographic styles from staged, directorial studio work to intimate, snapshot style photographs. Na's works will be on view at UICA as part of Color of the Year Presented by Pantone and X-Rite Apr 6 – Jul 29, 2018.

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Regional Artist Feature: Consuelo Poland

Regional Artist Feature: Consuelo Poland

Adopted from Guatemala at the age of 3, Consuelo Poland grew up in Traverse City, MI. Poland attended Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University and graduated with a BFA in Functional Art. Upon graduation, with the help of Michigan works!, Poland attended the GRCC Leslie E. Tassell Mtec Center for an 18 week Welding/Fabrication job training program. Poland currently lives in Indianapolis and works as the Artistic Foreman at Ruckus Makerspace, serves as Executive Director of The Latinas Welding Guild, and is a Part time Welding Instructor at Ivy Tech

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Local Artist Feature: Brian Hedrick

Photography was my first creative outlet. I was really drawn to the challenge of creating compositions in the viewfinder – the restricted space forced me to look at my surroundings in a new way, and I loved that. In high school I started to learn the ropes of the Adobe programs, and I found that I could create similar compositions within a “restricted space” on a screen.

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Local Artist Feature: Sofía Ramirez Hernandez

Local Artist Feature: Sofía Ramirez Hernandez

Sofía Ramirez Hernandez shares her non-negotiable daily drawing practice on social media platforms in hopes of inspiring others to open up or feel less alone. Practicing since the age of two, Sofía painted, drew, and wrote her way to Grand Rapids, where she received a BFA in Drawing, Printmaking, and Painting from Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University.

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