Grand Rapids Public Museum Membership Exchange
Nov
1
to Nov 30

Grand Rapids Public Museum Membership Exchange

Grand Rapids Public Museum Membership Exchange
November 1 – 30, 2019

Grand Rapids Public Museum

This November, UICA and the Grand Rapids Public Museum Members enjoy reciprocal benefits the entire month. Starting November 1st, enjoy free admission to either museum just for being a member.

  • UICA Members will enjoy free admission for two adults and the children of the household at GRPM, plus a 10% discount in The Museum Store.

  • Grand Rapids Public Museum Members and children in the GRPM Member household will enjoy free gallery admission and 1/2 off movies at UICA, access to The Loft, and a 10% discount in The Shop at UICA – as well as free admission to the November UICA Family Day on November 9, 2019.

The Grand Rapids Public Museum is located in Grand Rapids, MI.

Grand Rapids Public Museum
272 Pearl St NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
616.929.1700


Not a UICA Member? Join online today or email uicamembership@ferris.edu for more information.

Member Morning

UICA Members receive exclusive benefits year-round including free general admission, half-off movie tickets, and discounts in The Shop. Your membership supports exhibitions, programs, and events throughout the year.

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Artist Talk: Larry Cook
Nov
16
1:00 PM13:00

Artist Talk: Larry Cook

Artist Talk: Larry Cook
Sat, Nov 16, 2019. 1:00 – 2:30 pm

Previous Talk in The Loft

Artist Talk: Larry Cook
Sat, Nov 16, 2019
1:00 – 2:30 pm
UICA Members: Free
GR Public Museum Members: Free
Non-Members: Free with gallery admission

Join artist Larry Cook as he discusses his process and inspiration for his exhibition, On The Scene.

Registration required. Click here to register.


Individuals with disabilities who require accommodations should contact Megan Bylsma, Associate Director, at 616.454.7000 x11 or meganbylsma@ferris.edu at least 72 hours in advance.

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Artist Talk: Mark Rumsey
Dec
6
5:30 PM17:30

Artist Talk: Mark Rumsey

Artist Talk: Mark Rumsey
Fri, Dec 6, 2019. 5:30 – 7:00 pm

Previous Talk in The Loft

Artist Talk: Mark Rumsey
Fri, Dec 6, 2019
5:30 – 7:00 pm
UICA Members: Free
Non-Members: Free with gallery admission

Hear Mark Rumsey talk about Memory Map: Roof Line - State Street and the inspiration behind his exhibition using repurposed textiles.

Registration required. Click here to register.


Individuals with disabilities who require accommodations should contact Megan Bylsma, Associate Director, at 616.454.7000 x11 or meganbylsma@ferris.edu at least 72 hours in advance.

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First Friday Studio Night: Re-Worked Wall Hangings
Dec
6
6:00 PM18:00

First Friday Studio Night: Re-Worked Wall Hangings

First Friday Studio Night: Re-Worked Wall Hangings
Fri, Dec 6, 2019
Drop-in 6:00 – 9:00 pm

Detail of Mark Rumsey,  Memory Map: Roof Line - State Street , reclaimed textiles, 2019

Detail of Mark Rumsey, Memory Map: Roof Line - State Street, reclaimed textiles, 2019

First Friday Studio Night: Re-Worked Wall Hangings
Fri, Dec 6, 2019
Drop-in 6:00 – 9:00 pm
UICA Members: Free
Non-Members: Free with gallery admission

Every First Friday of the month, the Heartside neighborhood transforms into an active, arts-focused destination. After you explore the galleries, shops, and artists booths along South Division, visit The Galleries at UICA and experience the works on view. Then, head to The Studio to use your inspiration from the works within the 4 floors of galleries to create artwork to take home using supplies provided. 

Studio activities are led by one of our hosts, are family friendly, and are designed for all ages.


Individuals with disabilities who require accommodations should contact Megan Bylsma, Associate Director, at 616.454.7000 x11 or meganbylsma@ferris.edu at least 72 hours in advance.

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31st Annual UICA Holiday Artists Market
Dec
7
10:00 AM10:00

31st Annual UICA Holiday Artists Market

31st Annual UICA Holiday Artists Market
Presented by Steelcase

Sat, Dec 7, 2019, 10:00am – 5:00pm

Sat, Dec 7, 2019
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Steelcase Town Hall

901 44th St. SE
Grand Rapids, MI, 49508


Admission and parking are both FREE at this one-day event.

UICA is excited to bring the Holiday Artists Market back for it’s 31st year! Shop for beautifully crafted art and goods from dozens of regional artists, including jewelry, home goods, fine art, holiday cards, accessories, toys, and more. Enjoy music and local food and beverage vendors while you shop for handmade gifts for your friends and family. Support regional artists by shopping locally this holiday season.

UICA’s Holiday Artists Market is hosted by Steelcase at:
Steelcase Town Hall on 44th Street in Grand Rapids, MI.


Participating Artists / Vendors



Call for Volunteers

UICA is seeking new and current volunteers to help put on this exciting seasonal event!

Each year volunteers help us to put on this exciting seasonal event!

If you are interested in joining us as a volunteer, fill out the form HERE and choose your preferred shift(s). We’ll confirm your scheduled shifts and specific role as soon as possible by email.

Ages 14+ are eligible to volunteer.

Volunteer sign-up form: click here


Supporters

Presenting Sponsor
Steelcase

steelcase logo

Individuals with disabilities who require accommodations should contact Megan Bylsma, Associate Director, at (616) 454-7000 x11 or meganbylsma@ferris.edu at least 72 hours in advance.

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The Polar Express: Story Time + Pajama Party + Movie Screening
Dec
14
2:00 PM14:00

The Polar Express: Story Time + Pajama Party + Movie Screening

The Polar Express: Story Time + Pajama Party + Movie Screening
One-Show-Only: Sat. Dec. 14, 2019
Story Time: 2:00 PM
Movie Showtime: 3:00 PM

Grand Rapids Public Museum

The Polar Express: Story Time + Pajama Party + Movie Screening
One-Show-Only: Sat, Dec 14, 2019
Story Time: 2:00 PM
Movie Showtime: 3:00 PM

UICA Members: $5
Non-Members: $10

Join us for a Story Time + Movie Screening event. We’ll start the adventure-filled day with a reading of the Chris Van Allsburg holiday classic, The Polar Express. Then we’ll continue the fantastic fun with the 2004 film adaptation of the book. To make the day even more special we’ll be hosting a pajama party along with a hot cocoa bar. Guests are invited to dress up in their pajamas and will be entered into a Best Pajama contest with special prizes for a few lucky winners - including one copy of the book signed by the author.

Tickets to the event include both the story time and the movie screening.

Synopsis: On Christmas Eve, a young boy embarks on a magical adventure to the North Pole on the Polar Express, while learning about friendship, bravery, and the spirit of Christmas.

Directed By: Robert Zemeckis
Genre: Animation
Run Time: 100 minutes
MPAA Rating: G
Origin: USA


Individuals with disabilities who require accommodations should contact Megan Bylsma, Associate Director, at 616.454.7000 x11 or meganbylsma@ferris.edu at least 72 hours in advance.

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First Friday Studio Night: New Year Vision Boards
Jan
3
6:00 PM18:00

First Friday Studio Night: New Year Vision Boards

First Friday Studio Night: New Year Vision Boards
Fri, Jan 3, 2020
Drop-in 6:00 – 9:00 pm

Photo by Austin Chan, courtesy Unsplash

Photo by Austin Chan, courtesy Unsplash

First Friday Studio Night: New Year Vision Boards
Fri, Jan 3, 2020
Drop-in 6:00 – 9:00 pm
UICA Members: Free
Non-Members: Free with gallery admission

Every First Friday of the month, the Heartside neighborhood transforms into an active, arts-focused destination. After you explore the galleries, shops, and artists booths along South Division, visit The Galleries at UICA and experience the works on view. Then, head to The Studio to use your inspiration from the works within the 4 floors of galleries to create artwork to take home using supplies provided. 

Studio activities are led by one of our hosts, are family friendly, and are designed for all ages.


Individuals with disabilities who require accommodations should contact Megan Bylsma, Associate Director, at 616.454.7000 x11 or meganbylsma@ferris.edu at least 72 hours in advance.

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Family Day: Relationships We Love
Jan
11
1:00 PM13:00

Family Day: Relationships We Love

Family Day: Relationships We Love
Sat, Jan 11, 2020
Drop-in 1:00 – 4:00pm

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Family Day: Relationships We Love, Portrait making
Sat, Jan 11, 2020
Drop-in 1:00 – 4:00 pm
UICA Members: Free
Non-Members: Free with gallery admission

Visit The Galleries at UICA and explore the works on view, then head to The Studio to bring inspirations from the Larry Cook: On the Scene exhibition to life. Create portrait-based artwork that you can take home with you using supplies provided.

Drop in anytime between 1:00 - 4:00 pm to explore and create. 


Individuals with disabilities who require accommodations should contact Megan Bylsma, Associate Director, at 616.454.7000 x11 or meganbylsma@ferris.edu at least 72 hours in advance.

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Member Morning: Translating Valence
Jan
16
9:00 AM09:00

Member Morning: Translating Valence

Member Morning: Translating Valence
Thu, Jan 16, 2020
9:00 – 11:00 AM

Guest pouring coffee

Wake up with UICA. 
Free for UICA Members.

Enjoy an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of The Galleries at UICA led by Juana Williams, UICA’s Exhibitions Curator, learn more about the newest UICA exhibition, Translating Valence: redefining black male identity, and enjoy fresh coffee from Rowster.

Schedule:
9:00 – 9:30 am: Meet at UICA for coffee.
9:30 am: Gallery tour begins with Juana Williams, UICA’s Exhibitions Curator.

Registration and active UICA membership are required. Not a Member? Join now and take advantage of this members-only opportunity.


Juana Williams Portrait

Meet your tour guide.
UICA's Exhibitions Curator

Trekking across the state from the Motor City, Juana Williams comes to UICA from Detroit, MI, where she earned her BA in Art and MA in Art History, both from Wayne State University. As the Exhibitions Curator, Juana spends her days at UICA narrating stories and building connections through curation. She also enjoys reading and traveling, often simultaneously.


Individuals with disabilities who require accommodations should contact Megan Bylsma, Associate Director, at 616.454.7000 x11 or meganbylsma@ferris.edu at least 72 hours in advance.

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Opening Night Event: Translating Valence
Jan
17
5:30 PM17:30

Opening Night Event: Translating Valence

Guests at Opening Night Event, 2019

Opening Night Event - Translating Valence: redefining black male identity

Friday, Jan 17, 2020
5:30 – 9:00 pm
Free for UICA Members;
Non-members: Free with gallery admission

Join UICA for the opening of Translating Valence. Enjoy light refreshments and a first look at the works on view.


Translating Valence: redefining black male identity
Jan 17 – May 3, 2019

Translating Valence discusses ideas of black masculinity that lie in conjunction with, and in opposition to, widely held historical and stereotypical beliefs. The title references the psychological theory of emotional valence, which in general refers to the direction of an emotional response to a stimulus: from attraction to aversion. While commonly not applied to individuals, it can be argued that stereotypes about black males create negative valence. Although valence is said to be intrinsic, the idea of questioning the relevance and objective nature of valence is at play in this exhibition.

Learn More: Exhibition Details

Devan Shimoyama,  Crowned , mixed media, 2017.

Devan Shimoyama, Crowned, mixed media, 2017.


Individuals with disabilities who require accommodations should contact Megan Bylsma, Associate Director, at 616.454.7000 x11 or meganbylsma@ferris.edu at least 72 hours in advance.

 

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First Friday Studio Night: Translating Valence Artist Spotlight: Devon Shimoyama
Feb
7
6:00 PM18:00

First Friday Studio Night: Translating Valence Artist Spotlight: Devon Shimoyama

First Friday Studio Night: Translating Valence Artist Spotlight: Devon Shimoyama, Mixed Media Collage Portraits
Fri, Feb 7, 2020
Drop-in 6:00 – 9:00 pm

Detail: Devon Shimoyama,  Crowned , mixed media, 2017

Detail: Devon Shimoyama, Crowned, mixed media, 2017

First Friday Studio Night: Translating Valence Artist Spotlight: Devon Shimoyama, Mixed Media Collage Portraits
Fri, Feb 7, 2020
Drop-in 6:00 – 9:00 pm
UICA Members: Free
Non-Members: Free with gallery admission

Every First Friday of the month, the Heartside neighborhood transforms into an active, arts-focused destination. After you explore the galleries, shops, and artists booths along South Division, visit The Galleries at UICA and experience the works on view. Then, head to The Studio to use your inspiration from the works within the 4 floors of galleries to create artwork to take home using supplies provided. 

Studio activities are led by one of our hosts, are family friendly, and are designed for all ages.


Individuals with disabilities who require accommodations should contact Megan Bylsma, Associate Director, at 616.454.7000 x11 or meganbylsma@ferris.edu at least 72 hours in advance.

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Family Day: A Beautiful Struggle Artist Spotlight: Krista Franklin
Feb
15
1:00 PM13:00

Family Day: A Beautiful Struggle Artist Spotlight: Krista Franklin

Family Day: A Beautiful Struggle
Artist Spotlight: Krista Franklin, Papermaking
Sat, Feb 15, 2020
Drop-in 1:00 – 4:00pm

Photo by Chris Barbalis. Courtesy Unsplash.

Photo by Chris Barbalis. Courtesy Unsplash.

Family Day: A Beautiful Struggle
Artist Spotlight: Krista Franklin, Papermaking
Sat, Feb 15, 2020
Drop-in 1:00 – 4:00 pm
UICA Members: Free
Non-Members: Free with gallery admission

Visit The Galleries at UICA and explore the works on view, then head to The Studio to bring inspirations from the A Beautiful Struggle exhibition to life. Create paper-based artwork that you can take home with you using supplies provided.

Drop in anytime between 1:00 - 4:00 pm to explore and create. 


Individuals with disabilities who require accommodations should contact Megan Bylsma, Associate Director, at 616.454.7000 x11 or meganbylsma@ferris.edu at least 72 hours in advance.

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Member Morning: A Beautiful Struggle
Feb
20
9:00 AM09:00

Member Morning: A Beautiful Struggle

Member Morning: A Beautiful Struggle
Thu, Feb 20, 2020
9:00 – 11:00 AM

Guest pouring coffee

Wake up with UICA. 
Free for UICA Members.

Enjoy an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of The Galleries at UICA led by Juana Williams, UICA’s Exhibitions Curator, learn more about the newest UICA exhibition, A Beautiful Struggle: Black Feminist Futurism, and enjoy fresh coffee from Rowster.

Schedule:
9:00 – 9:30 am: Meet at UICA for coffee.
9:30 am: Gallery tour begins with Juana Williams, UICA’s Exhibitions Curator.

Registration and active UICA membership are required. Not a Member? Join now and take advantage of this members-only opportunity.


Juana Williams Portrait

Meet your tour guide.
UICA's Exhibitions Curator

Trekking across the state from the Motor City, Juana Williams comes to UICA from Detroit, MI, where she earned her BA in Art and MA in Art History, both from Wayne State University. As the Exhibitions Curator, Juana spends her days at UICA narrating stories and building connections through curation. She also enjoys reading and traveling, often simultaneously.


Individuals with disabilities who require accommodations should contact Megan Bylsma, Associate Director, at 616.454.7000 x11 or meganbylsma@ferris.edu at least 72 hours in advance.

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Opening Night Event: A Beautiful Struggle
Feb
21
5:30 PM17:30

Opening Night Event: A Beautiful Struggle

Guests at Opening Night Event, 2019

Opening Night Event - A Beautiful Struggle: Black Feminist Futurism

Friday, Feb 21, 2020
5:30 – 9:00 pm
Free for UICA Members;
Non-members: Free with gallery admission

Join UICA for the opening of A Beautiful Struggle. Enjoy light refreshments and a first look at the works on view.


Dawn Okoro,  Roshi,  mixed media, 2018

Dawn Okoro, Roshi, mixed media, 2018

TA Beautiful Struggle: Black Feminist Futurism
Feb 21 – Jun 14, 2020

A Beautiful Struggle: Black Feminist Futurism is an interdisciplinary contemporary art exhibition that explores the integration of Black feminist and Afrofuturist ideas. 

Afrofuturism is a creative and cultural genre that examines perspectives of the African diaspora based in a communal reimagining of the past - as well as envisioned futures - while considering themes of identity, escapism, magical realism, and technology. Yet, Black feminism specifically focuses on the perspectives of those who are both Black and female. The relevancy of exploring visual representations of Afrofuturism from a Black feminist perspective rests in the understanding of the necessity to lay aside the historically exclusive nature of both Black nationalism and feminism; instead, promoting the intersectionality of Black womanhood.

Learn More: Exhibition Details


Individuals with disabilities who require accommodations should contact Megan Bylsma, Associate Director, at 616.454.7000 x11 or meganbylsma@ferris.edu at least 72 hours in advance.

 

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Family Day: Finding Forms
Nov
9
1:00 PM13:00

Family Day: Finding Forms

Family Day: Finding Forms
Sat, Nov 9, 2019
Drop-in 1:00 – 4:00pm

Families make art at UICA

Family Day: Finding Forms
Sat, Nov 9, 2019
Drop-in 1:00 – 4:00 pm
UICA Members: Free
Non-Members: Free with gallery admission

Visit The Galleries at UICA and explore the works on view, then head to The Studio to bring inspirations from the Kennedy Yanko: Before Words exhibition to life. Create artwork that you can take home with you using supplies provided.

Drop in anytime between 1:00 - 4:00 pm to explore and create. 


Individuals with disabilities who require accommodations should contact Megan Bylsma, Associate Director, at 616.454.7000 x11 or meganbylsma@ferris.edu at least 72 hours in advance.

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Chained for Life - Screening + Q&A with Cinematographer Adam Minnick
Nov
8
8:00 PM20:00

Chained for Life - Screening + Q&A with Cinematographer Adam Minnick

Chained for Life - Screening + Q&A
with Cinematographer Adam J. Minnick

Fri, Nov 8, 2019. 8:00 pm

Previous Talk in The Loft

Chained for Life - Screening + Q&A
with Cinematographer Adam J. Minnick

Fri, Nov 8, 2019. 8 PM
UICA Members: $5
Non-Members: $10

Join us as we watch a screening of the film Chained for Life, then stay for a Q&A with the film's cinematographer, Adam J. Minnick. The question and answer time will be moderated by award-winning film director Joel Potrykus. 

ABOUT MINNICK:
Adam J. Minnick is an American Cinematographer known for his work on Buzzard (2014), Actor Martinez (2016), and Relaxer (2018). He has worked extensively in both film and digital formats. Minnick received a B.F.A. in Photography at Colorado State University in 2003. He resides in Austin, Texas.

FILM SYNOPSIS:
A brilliantly oddball, acerbically funny foray into gonzo surrealism. Mabel is a movie star “slumming it” in an outré art-horror film being shot in a semi-abandoned hospital. Cast opposite her is Rosenthal, a gentle-natured young man with a severe facial deformity. As their relationship evolves both on and offscreen, the film raises provocative questions about cinematic notions of beauty, representation, and exploitation. Tod Browning crossed with Robert Altman crossed with David Lynch only begins to describe something this startlingly original and deeply felt.

Directed By: Aaron Schimberg
Genre: Drama 
Run Time: 91 minutes
MPAA: NR
Origin: U.S.
Distributor: Kino Lorber 


Individuals with disabilities who require accommodations should contact Megan Bylsma, Associate Director, at 616.454.7000 x11 or meganbylsma@ferris.edu at least 72 hours in advance.

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First Friday Studio Night: Fold, Form, Bend, and Twist
Nov
1
6:00 PM18:00

First Friday Studio Night: Fold, Form, Bend, and Twist

First Friday Studio Night: Fold, Form, Bend, and Twist
Fri, Nov 1, 2019
Drop-in 6:00 – 9:00 pm

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First Friday Studio Night: Fold, Form, Bend, and Twist
Fri, Nov 1, 2019
Drop-in 6:00 – 9:00 pm
UICA Members: Free
Public: Free with gallery admission

Every First Friday of the month, the Heartside neighborhood transforms into an active, arts-focused destination. After you explore the galleries, shops, and artists booths along South Division, visit The Galleries at UICA and experience the works on view. Then, head to The Studio to use your inspiration from the works within the 4 floors of galleries to create artwork to take home using supplies provided. 

Studio activities are led by one of our hosts, are family friendly, and are designed for all ages.


Individuals with disabilities who require accommodations should contact Megan Bylsma, Associate Director, at 616.454.7000 x11 or megan@uica.org at least 72 hours in advance.

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First Friday Docent-Led Tour
Nov
1
6:00 PM18:00

First Friday Docent-Led Tour

First Friday Docent-Led Tour
Fri, Nov 1, 2019, 6:30 pm & 7:30 pm

UICA Tour

First Friday Docent-Led Tour
Fri, Nov 1 , 2019
6:30 pm & 7:30 pm
UICA Members: Free
Public: Free with gallery admission

Every First Friday of the month the Heartside neighborhood transforms into an active, arts-focused destination. Extend your experience with UICA during First Fridays with a docent-led tour of UICA’s galleries to learn more about the works on view.

After the tour, stop by The Studio to participate in hosted activities where you can use the inspiration found on the tour to create art of your own, using materials provided, to take home with you. 

Tours last about 30 minutes, are free with gallery admission, and begin at 6:30 pm and 7:30 pm.

📷 Samuel Hall (@sammysamhall)


Individuals with disabilities who require accommodations should contact Megan Bylsma, Associate Director, at 616.454.7000 x11 or megan@uica.org at least 72 hours in advance.

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First Friday Docent-Led Tour
Oct
4
6:00 PM18:00

First Friday Docent-Led Tour

First Friday Docent-Led Tour
Fri, Oct 4, 2019, 6:30 pm & 7:30 pm

UICA Tour

First Friday Docent-Led Tour
Fri, Oct 4, 2019
6:30 pm & 7:30 pm
UICA Members: Free
Public: Free with gallery admission

Every First Friday of the month the Heartside neighborhood transforms into an active, arts-focused destination. Extend your experience with UICA during First Fridays with a docent-led tour of UICA’s galleries to learn more about the works on view.

After the tour, stop by The Studio to participate in hosted activities where you can use the inspiration found on the tour to create art of your own, using materials provided, to take home with you. 

Tours last about 30 minutes, are free with gallery admission, and begin at 6:30 pm and 7:30 pm.

📷 Samuel Hall (@sammysamhall)


Individuals with disabilities who require accommodations should contact Megan Bylsma, Associate Director, at 616.454.7000 x11 or megan@uica.org at least 72 hours in advance.

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First Friday Studio Night: STATEMENTS
Oct
4
6:00 PM18:00

First Friday Studio Night: STATEMENTS

First Friday Studio Night: STATEMENTS
Fri, Oct 4, 2019
Drop-in 6:00 – 9:00 pm

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First Friday Studio Night: STATEMENTS
Fri, Oct 4, 2019
Drop-in 6:00 – 9:00 pm
UICA Members: Free
Public: Free with gallery admission

Every First Friday of the month, the Heartside neighborhood transforms into an active, arts-focused destination. After you explore the galleries, shops, and artists booths along South Division, visit The Galleries at UICA and experience the works on view. Then, head to The Studio to use your inspiration from the works within the 4 floors of galleries to create artwork to take home using supplies provided. 

Studio activities are led by one of our hosts, are family friendly, and are designed for all ages.


Individuals with disabilities who require accommodations should contact Megan Bylsma, Associate Director, at 616.454.7000 x11 or megan@uica.org at least 72 hours in advance.

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Opening Night Event: Autumn Exhibition Series
Oct
4
5:30 PM17:30

Opening Night Event: Autumn Exhibition Series

Opening Night Event - Autumn Exhibition Series
Fri, Oct 4, 2019

Guests at Opening Night Event, 2019

5:30 – 9:00 pm
Free for UICA Members;
Non-members: Free with gallery admission

Join UICA for the opening of our Autumn Exhibition Series, including Larry Cook: On the Scene, Mark Rumsey: Memory Map - State Street, and Kennedy Yanko: Before Words. Enjoy light refreshments and a first look at the works on view.


Larry Cook: On the Scene
Sep 28, 2019 – Jan 26, 2020

On the Scene is a solo exhibition that explores the cultural aesthetic of “club” photography and painted backdrops. The photographs featured were taken within the last two years in the Washington, DC area. During this time, Larry Cook set up makeshift photo booths featuring hand-painted backdrops, portraying either landscapes of leisure or high-end products. 

Within the exhibition, Cook examines the formal, social, and cultural aspects of this photographic practice, including photographs of subjects posing in front of backdrops that focus on elements of performance, expression, and spectacle. These works are featured with archival photographs dating back to 1980, highlighting the pose, gesture, and choreography in this visual form of representation.

To allow viewers to actively engage with the exhibition, an installation with a vintage backdrop is included, inviting viewers to participate in this tradition. On the Scene utilizes pictorial realism, fantasy, and photography to examine the larger questions of status, individualism, and materialism within black culture.


Mark Rumsey: Memory Map: Roof Line - State Street
Sep 28, 2019 – Jan 26, 2020

Memory Map: Roof Line - State Street is a site-specific installation by Grand Rapids-based artist Mark Rumsey. It features braids of repurposed textiles strung into planes floating in space. The planes represent Rumsey’s memories of the roof line of the dilapidated rental house he lived in as a youth. The strips of textile are also memories, representing connections with the six women who raised him, his mother and five older sisters. The third element of memory is the repurposing of textiles, which relates to his family’s reuse of materials and furniture throughout his childhood. 

Memory Map is a mash-up of process and materials, excess versus scarcity, privilege and misfortune, focused through Rumsey’s memories of childhood poverty. Rumsey’s experience growing up led him to believe he was ‘less than;’ that poverty was a condition he created, that the poor created. He’s reconciled these beliefs as an adult, now understanding poverty as a social failure, not an individual failure. 

Memory Map is both a personal narrative, reflecting memories of Rumsey’s childhood, and a larger conversation, dealing with the social issues of wealth and poverty in American society.


Kennedy Yanko: Before Words
Sep 28, 2019 – Jan 26, 2020

Before Words is a body of metal and paint skin work meant to induce new ways of seeing. If we understand our human inclination and tendency to adopt collective viewpoints, then we can more determinedly decide to refute those learned perspectives and develop our own. Abstraction is the intuitive tool that illuminates independent thought. In psychology, it’s considered higher order thinking—and in philosophy, it’s a means of bringing hyper-focus to one aspect of a phenomenon. Here, with Before Words, abstraction is implemented in both of these senses: it posits that sensory experiences constitute this higher order thinking, and it focuses on ambiguity as a means to elicit pure responses.


Individuals with disabilities who require accommodations should contact Megan Bylsma, Associate Director, at 616.454.7000 x11 or megan@uica.org at least 72 hours in advance.

 

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Member Morning: Autumn Exhibition Series
Oct
3
9:00 AM09:00

Member Morning: Autumn Exhibition Series

Member Morning: Autumn Exhibition Series
Thu, Oct 3, 2019
9:00 – 11:00 AM

Guest pouring coffee

Wake up with UICA. 
Free for UICA Members.

Enjoy an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of The Galleries at UICA led by Juana Williams, UICA’s Exhibitions Curator. Learn more about three autumn exhibitions Kennedy Yanko: Before Words, Mark Rumsey: Memory Map: Roof Line - State Street, and Larry Cook: On the Scene - all while enjoying fresh coffee from Rowster.

Schedule:
9:00 am - 9:30 am: Meet at UICA for coffee
9:30 am: Gallery tour begins with Juana Williams, UICA’s Exhibitions Curator.

Registration and active UICA membership are required. Not a Member? Join now and take advantage of this members-only opportunity.


Juana Williams Portrait

Meet your tour guide.
UICA's Exhibitions Curator

Trekking across the state from the Motor City, Juana Williams comes to UICA from Detroit, MI, where she earned her BA in Art and MA in Art History, both from Wayne State University. As the Exhibitions Curator, Juana spends her days at UICA narrating stories and building connections through curation. She also enjoys reading and traveling, often simultaneously.


Autumn Exhibition Series

Autumn Exhibition Series.
Sep 28, 2019 – Jan 26, 2020

Larry Cook: On the Scene

Mark Rumsey: Memory Map: Roof Line - State Street

Kennedy Yanko: Before Words


Individuals with disabilities who require accommodations should contact Megan Bylsma, Associate Director, at 616.454.7000 x11 or megan@uica.org at least 72 hours in advance.

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Grand Rapids Children's Museum Membership Exchange
Oct
1
to Oct 31

Grand Rapids Children's Museum Membership Exchange

Grand Rapids Children’s Museum Membership Exchange
Oct 1 – 31, 2019

Grand Rapids Art Museum

This October, UICA and Grand Rapids Children’s Museum Members enjoy reciprocal benefits the entire month. Starting October 1st, enjoy free gallery admission to either venue just for being a member.

  • UICA Members will enjoy free admission for two adults and the children of the household at GRCM.

  • GRCM Members and children in the GRCM member household will enjoy free gallery admission and 1/2 off movies at UICA, access to The Loft, a 10% discount in The Shop at UICA, and free admission to the October 12 Family Day at UICA.

The Grand Rapids Children’s Museum is located in Grand Rapids, MI.

Grand Rapids Children’s Museum
11 Sheldon Ave NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
616.235.4726


Not a UICA Member? Join online today or email membership@uica.org for more information.

UICA Members Happy Guests at Front Desk

UICA Members enjoy:

  • Free admission to The Galleries at UICA

  • 50% discount on movie tickets

  • Reduced ticket pricing for UICA events

  • 10% discount in The Shop at UICA

  • Special member communications

  • Access to the The Loft presented by Herman Miller

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OddBall: Metal
Sep
28
6:00 PM18:00

OddBall: Metal

OddBall: Metal
Sat, Sep 28, 2019

OddBall 2109 - OddBall Metal
OddBall: Future Talk (2016)

OddBall: Future Talk (2016)

Sat, Sep 28, 2019
6:00 – 10:00 pm
UICA Members: $178.28
Public: $197.28

Ticket includes: Admission, dinner, hosted beer and wine, entertainment, and validated self-parking in any downtown, City of Grand Rapids parking ramp.

Join UICA for OddBall: Metal, Presented by Founders Brewing Co.
Dress in metal - whatever that may mean to you, whatever form that takes, however you’re inspired - and enjoy a cocktail hour and seated dinner featuring fine food and drink. The highly anticipated annual gala welcomes art enthusiasts, emerging and established creatives, and visionary supporters for a night of immersive entertainment.

This year, the revelatory event marks the official opening of UICA's Autumn Exhibition Series featuring Kennedy Yanko: Before Words, Mark Rumsey: Memory Map: Roof Line - State Street, and Larry Cook: On the Scene. This event is the city’s premier contemporary arts fundraiser. Event proceeds support UICA’s exhibitions, films, and programming year-round.                      


We’ve Brought Together an Eclectic and Odd Lineup

Enjoy a uniquely odd lineup of performances including steel drums by Greg Secor, metal thrashing by Hundo, acrobatic-contortionists from Hire the Circus, and electro-synth sounds and vocals by Primer.


Thank You for Your Support

Performance from OddBall: Masked (2018)

Performance from OddBall: Masked (2018)

Presenting Sponsor
Founders Brewing Co.

Visionary Sponsor
Conduit Studio

Forward Sponsors
Event Theory
Meijer
Kate Pew Wolters

Table Sponsors
BISSELL, Inc.
The Cakabakery
Carbon Stories
Kathryn Chaplow Interior Design
Sam and Janene Cummings
Gilmore Catering
Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University
Pack Elephant
Pam and Todd Vitaz

Media Partner
WGVU

Supporters
Boxed Water
Corporate Live
Green NV
Palace Flophouse Salon
The Rental Company
Rowster Coffee

For information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Kristen Taylor kristen@uica.org or 616.454.7000 x17.


What to Wear

We’ll continue to add outfit inspiration to our Pinterest board. From metallic to hard-rock and everything in between, anything goes at this year's OddBall event.


John O’Neill, Principal Conduit Studio

John O’Neill, Principal Conduit Studio

A Special Honor

The 2019 Arts Advocate Award will be presented to John O’Neill, Principal at Conduit Studio. The Arts Advocate Award recognizes someone whose actions advance the arts as an essential part of life and what make a community thrive.



Ticket quantities are limited.
A portion of each ticket purchase is a gift to UICA of KCAD of FSU. You will receive acknowledgement of your gift from The Ferris Foundation.


Individuals with disabilities who require accommodations should contact Megan Bylsma, Associate Director, at 616.454.7000 x11 or megan@uica.org at least 72 hours in advance.

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Drinks with the Curator, Featuring Kennedy Yanko
Sep
26
6:00 PM18:00

Drinks with the Curator, Featuring Kennedy Yanko

Drinks with the Curator, Featuring Kennedy Yanko
Thu, Sep 26, 2019, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Previous Talk in The Loft

Drinks with the Curator, Featuring Kennedy Yanko
Thu, Sep 26, 2019
6:00 – 8:00 pm
UICA Members: $10

Join Juana Williams, UICA’s Exhibitions Curator, and artist Kennedy Yanko for a behind-the-scenes look at Before Words. Meet the artist and hear her process and inspiration for this original solo exhibition. Beer, wine, and soft drinks are included with admission.

Registration and UICA membership required for entry.

UICA Members: Register here


Individuals with disabilities who require accommodations should contact Megan Bylsma, Associate Director, at 616.454.7000 x11 or megan@uica.org at least 72 hours in advance.

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Family Day: Best Day Ever Collages
Sep
14
1:00 PM13:00

Family Day: Best Day Ever Collages

Family Day: Best Day Ever Collages
Sat, Sep 14, 2019
Drop-in 1:00 – 4:00pm

Families make art at UICA

Family Day: Best Day Ever Collages
Sat, Sep 14, 2019
Drop-in 1:00 – 4:00 pm
UICA Members: Free
Public: Free with gallery admission

Visit The Galleries at UICA and explore the works on view, then head to The Studio to bring visions of your best day ever to life using mixed media collage techniques. Create artwork that you can take home with you using supplies provided.

Drop in anytime between 1:00 - 4:00 pm to explore and create. 


Individuals with disabilities who require accommodations should contact Megan Bylsma, Associate Director, at 616.454.7000 x11 or megan@uica.org at least 72 hours in advance.

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First Friday Docent-Led Tour
Sep
6
6:00 PM18:00

First Friday Docent-Led Tour

First Friday Docent-Led Tour
Fri, Sep 6, 2019, 6:30 pm & 7:30 pm

UICA Tour

First Friday Docent-Led Tour
Fri, Sep 6, 2019
6:30 pm & 7:30 pm
UICA Members: Free
Public: Free with gallery admission

Every First Friday of the month the Heartside neighborhood transforms into an active, arts-focused destination. Extend your experience with UICA during First Fridays with a docent-led tour of UICA’s galleries to learn more about the works on view.

For September’s First Friday event, The Studio will be open for drop-in self-guided activities. 

Tours last about 30 minutes, are free with gallery admission, and begin at 6:30 pm and 7:30 pm.

📷 Samuel Hall (@sammysamhall)


Individuals with disabilities who require accommodations should contact Megan Bylsma, Associate Director, at 616.454.7000 x11 or megan@uica.org at least 72 hours in advance.

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Member Morning: SPECTRA
Sep
5
9:00 AM09:00

Member Morning: SPECTRA

Member Morning: SPECTRA
Thu, Sep 5, 2019
9:00 – 11:00 AM

Guest pouring coffee

Wake up with UICA. 
Free for UICA Members.

Enjoy an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the galleries led by Juana Williams, UICA’s Exhibitions Curator. Learn more about our latest exhibition, SPECTRA, while enjoying fresh coffee from Rowster.

Schedule:
9:00 am - 9:30 am: Meet at UICA for coffee
9:30 am: Gallery tour begins with Juana Williams, UICA’s Exhibitions Curator.

Registration and active UICA membership are required. Not a Member? Join now and take advantage of this members-only opportunity.


Juana Williams Portrait

Meet your tour guide.
UICA's Exhibitions Curator

Trekking across the state from the Motor City, Juana Williams comes to UICA from Detroit, MI, where she earned her BA in Art and MA in Art History, both from Wayne State University. As the Exhibitions Curator, Juana spends her days at UICA narrating stories and building connections through curation. She also enjoys reading and traveling, often simultaneously.


SPECTRA.
Sep 6 – Dec 20, 2019

SPECTRA

SPECTRA

SPECTRA is an interdisciplinary group exhibition that seeks to explore ideas around utilizing theories of abstract art through multiple mediums. The exhibition offers a diverse group of artwork that all have foundations in abstract art theories, but dare to defer from traditionally accepted mediums, or provide insight into experimental modes of expression.

SPECTRA is being presented concurrently with Relevant, an exhibition guest-curated by UICA’s Exhibitions Curator Juana Williams. Relevant is presented at the Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM). While SPECTRA examines a broad scope of contemporary abstraction and non-representational art, Relevant is made up of abstract paintings from the GRAM collection. Relevant discusses the historical and foundational narrative of abstraction, while SPECTRA focuses on contemporary, experimental, and recently-created works. Relevant and SPECTRA are curated as an exhibition pair, speaking to one another, and filling in the gaps of each other.

Individuals with disabilities who require accommodations should contact Megan Bylsma, Associate Director, at 616.454.7000 x11 or megan@uica.org at least 72 hours in advance.

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Grand Rapids Art Museum Membership Exchange
Sep
1
to Sep 29

Grand Rapids Art Museum Membership Exchange

Grand Rapids Art Museum Membership Exchange
Sept 1 – 30, 2019

Grand Rapids Art Museum

This September, UICA and Grand Rapids Art Museum Members enjoy reciprocal benefits the entire month. Starting September 1st, enjoy free gallery admission to either venue just for being a member.

  • UICA Members will enjoy free admission for two adults and the children of the household at GRAM, plus a 10% discount in The Museum Store.

  • GRAM Members and children in the GRAM member household will enjoy free gallery admission and 1/2 off movies at UICA, access to The Loft, and a 10% discount in The Shop at UICA – plus discounted admission to UICA’s OddBall gala.


Not a UICA Member? Join online today or email membership@uica.org for more information.

UICA Members Happy Guests at Front Desk

UICA Members enjoy:

  • Free admission to The Galleries at UICA

  • 50% discount on movie tickets

  • Reduced ticket pricing for UICA events

  • 10% discount in The Shop at UICA

  • Special member communications

  • Access to the The Loft presented by Herman Miller

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Panel Talk: Behind the Scenes of Curating
Aug
13
5:30 PM17:30

Panel Talk: Behind the Scenes of Curating

Panel Talk: Behind the Scenes of Curating
Tue, Aug 13, 2019, 5:30 – 7:00 pm

Previous Talk in The Loft

Panel Talk: Behind the Scenes of Curating
Tue, Aug 13, 2019
5:30 – 6:30 pm
Free for UICA Members and General Public

UICA Doors open for free admission at 5:00 pm, general admission will be no charge until 6:30 pm
Panel Discussion at 5:30 pm - Fourth-Floor Gallery at UICA
Behind the Scenes Tour of KCAD’s FED Gallery at 7:00 pm

Join us for a panel discussion about the business of art, and the behind-the-scenes process that goes into curation at a gallery or museum. This Panel Talk is a perfect introduction to the business side of making art. A panel of educators and curators will share their perspective and provide valuable information to artists of all levels - from students who desire a career in the arts to working-artists who would like a glimpse at the inner-workings of the curatorial process.

PANELISTS
Miranda Krajniak, UICA Executive Director and former Exhibitions Curator (moderator)
Michele Bosak, FED Gallery Curator
Stefanie Snider, KCAD Professor
Dulcee Boehm, GVSU Professor


Light refreshments will be provided to attendees of the Panel Talk.

Enjoy the Panel Talk at no charge and experience The Galleries at UICA, as general gallery admission will be free for everyone during the Panel Talk.

Thank You for Your Support
Ferris State University
ITC


Individuals with disabilities who require accommodations should contact Megan Bylsma, Associate Director, at 616.454.7000 x11 or megan@uica.org at least 72 hours in advance.

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Family Day: #SafeSpacePainting Project
Aug
10
1:00 PM13:00

Family Day: #SafeSpacePainting Project

Family Day: #SafeSpacePainting Project
Sat, Aug 10, 2019
Drop-in 1:00 – 4:00pm

Families make art at UICA

UICA Members: Free
Public: Free with gallery admission

Visit UICA’s galleries and view works part of Breaching the Margins. After, head to The Studio to learn about themes in Elizabeth Ivy Hawkins work, including the stigma and misunderstanding of mental illness and neurodiversity. Guests will explore different forms of expressive painting and make their own artwork to take home.

Drop in anytime between 1:00 - 4:00 pm to explore and create. 


Individuals with disabilities who require accommodations should contact Megan Bylsma, Associate Director, at 616.454.7000 x11 or megan@uica.org at least 72 hours in advance.

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First Friday Studio Night: Best Day Ever Collages
Aug
2
6:00 PM18:00

First Friday Studio Night: Best Day Ever Collages

First Friday Studio Night: Best Day Ever Collages
Fri, Aug 2, 2019
Drop-in 6:00 – 9:00 pm

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First Friday Studio Night: Best Day Ever Collages
Fri, Aug 2, 2019
Drop-in 6:00 – 9:00 pm
UICA Members: Free
Public: Free with gallery admission

Every First Friday of the month, the Heartside neighborhood transforms into an active, artsfocused destination. Explore the galleries, shops, and artists booths along South Division. After, visit UICA’s galleries and view works part of Breaching the Margins and Composite, then head to The Studio to bring visions of your best day ever to life using mixed media collage techniques. Create artwork to take home using supplies provided. 

Studio activities are led by one of our rotating hosts, are family friendly, and are designed for all ages.


Individuals with disabilities who require accommodations should contact Megan Bylsma, Associate Director, at 616.454.7000 x11 or megan@uica.org at least 72 hours in advance.

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Artist Talk: Mandy Cano Villalobos
Jul
25
5:30 PM17:30

Artist Talk: Mandy Cano Villalobos

Artist Talk: Mandy Cano Villalobos
Thurs, Jul 25, 2019, 5:30 – 6:30 pm

Details from All That Glitters exhibition

Artist Talk: Mandy Cano Villalobos
Thr, Jul 25, 2019
5:30 – 6:30 pm
UICA Members: Free
Public: Free with gallery admission

Artist Mandy Cano Villalobos will discuss her process and inspiration for her collection of works in the exhibition "All That Glitters." The conversation will be hosted on in The Gallery on the fourth floor, amongst the works on view.

The Artist Talk will last about an hour after which you may explore the exhibition, take closer looks at the pieces Cano Villalobos described and enjoy the other works on view in The Galleries at UICA.

The Artist Talk is free with gallery admission.


Individuals with disabilities who require accommodations should contact Megan Bylsma, Associate Director, at 616.454.7000 x11 or megan@uica.org at least 72 hours in advance.

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Exit Space Project Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, Natalia Rak Mural
Jul
23
5:00 PM17:00

Exit Space Project Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, Natalia Rak Mural

Exit Space Project Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, Natalia Rak Mural
Tue, Jul 23, 2019
In the Parking Lot Adjacent to 26 Ionia SW (Richmond Stamp)
5:00 – 6:00 pm

Natalia Rak, muralist, starting to paint the south-facing wall at 26 Ionia SW.

Natalia Rak, muralist, starting to paint the south-facing wall at 26 Ionia SW.

Exit Space Project Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, Natalia Rak Mural
Tue, Jul 23, 2019
In the Parking Lot Adjacent to 26 Ionia SW (Richmond Stamp Building)
5:00 – 6:00 pm
Free, all-ages welcome.

Join us as we celebrate the completion of the newest addition to the Exit Space Project roster of murals. Throughout the month of July, muralist Natalia Rak has been painting a mural on the south-facing wall of 26 Ionia SW (the Richmond Stamp building). The mural is scheduled to be complete by July 23 and we’ll have a ribbon cutting ceremony upon its scheduled completion.

This mural project is coming together through the combined efforts of UICA, Downtown Grand Rapids Inc, and Grand Rapids Sister Cities International. One of the reasons Natalia Rak was selected as the artist for this project is her connection to the Grand Rapids Sister City, Bielsko-Biała, Poland.

Join us for brief remarks, a ribbon cutting, live music, refreshments, and Polish Pączki treats. This event is free and all-ages are welcome.

For more information about the Exit Space Project, click here.


Individuals with disabilities who require accommodations should contact Megan Bylsma, Associate Director, at 616.454.7000 x11 or megan@uica.org at least 72 hours in advance.

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Opening Night Event: Composite
Jul
12
5:30 PM17:30

Opening Night Event: Composite

Opening Night Event - Composite: High School Artist Exhibition
Fri, Jul 12, 2019

Guests at Opening Night Event, 2019

5:30 – 9:00 pm
Free for UICA Members;
Non-members: Free with gallery admission

Join UICA for the opening of our Summer Exhibition Series, including Composite: High School Artist Exhibition, MEGA, and All That Glitters. Enjoy light refreshments and a first look at the works on view.


Composite: High School Artist Exhibition
Jul 12 – Sep 8, 2019

Composite

Composite is a group exhibition that aims to highlight the original artwork of talented high school aged public school, private school, and homeschooled students residing in Kent, Ottawa, and Allegan counties.

Introduced to the regional student-artist community as an open call for work of any medium, Composite is a collection of selected student-works submitted from the tri-county area surrounding UICA.


Composite is sponsored in part by:
Ferris State University
ITC


Featured Artists:

Parker Bennett
Heather Buck
Tess Clark
Lin Gallagher
Ella Galusha
Catherine Garcia-Chan
Mya Gentry
Halie Gereaux
Samantha Graves
Avery Harriger
Ava Hockey

Savanna Hoebeke
Caroline Johnson
Megan Johnson
Haven Kamps
Livia Konkle
Sienna Lockwood
Nina Lu
Natasha Marsh
Meghan Meyer
Carissa Mitchell
Ashley Myers

Katie Nikodemski
Lillie Nowak
Adam Ogle
Ivan Reynolds
Taylor Schott
Liam Shine
Lydia Slocum
Madelyn Taylor
Seth TerHaar
Kyra Wiersma


Individuals with disabilities who require accommodations should contact Megan Bylsma, Associate Director, at 616.454.7000 x11 or megan@uica.org at least 72 hours in advance.

 

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Opening Night Event: All That Glitters
Jul
12
5:30 PM17:30

Opening Night Event: All That Glitters

Opening Night Event - All That Glitters
Fri, Jul 12, 2019

Guests at Opening Night Event, 2019

5:30 – 9:00 pm
Free for UICA Members;
Non-members: Free with gallery admission

Join UICA for the opening of our Summer Exhibition Series, including All That Glitters, Composite: High School Artist Exhibition, and MEGA. Enjoy light refreshments and a first look at the works on view.


All That Glitters
by Mandy Cano Villalobos
Jul 12 – Sep 8, 2019

All That Glitters

All that Glitters is an exhibition showcasing two-dimensional pieces, sculpture, and installation. This body of work spans a variety of mediums and processes to investigate personal and collective memory amidst the larger backdrop of cultural collisions and global narratives.


Individuals with disabilities who require accommodations should contact Megan Bylsma, Associate Director, at 616.454.7000 x11 or megan@uica.org at least 72 hours in advance.

 

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Opening Night Event: MEGA
Jul
12
5:30 PM17:30

Opening Night Event: MEGA

Opening Night Event - MEGA
Fri, Jul 12, 2019

Guests at Opening Night Event, 2019

5:30 – 9:00 pm
Free for UICA Members;
Non-members: Free with gallery admission

Join UICA for the opening of our Summer Exhibition Series, including MEGA, Composite: High School Artist Exhibition, and All That Glitters. Enjoy light refreshments and a first look at the works on view.


MEGA
Jul 12 – Sep 8, 2019

MEGA  2019

Michigan Emerging Graduate Artists (MEGA) is an annual juried exhibition of works by artists who are currently enrolled in graduate level study or are current-year graduates of an undergraduate program at one of Michigan’s academic institutions. MEGA is organized by the Kendall College of Art and Design graduate student association, The Masters Student Collective.


Individuals with disabilities who require accommodations should contact Megan Bylsma, Associate Director, at 616.454.7000 x11 or megan@uica.org at least 72 hours in advance.

 

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Member Morning: Summer Exhibition Series
Jul
11
9:00 AM09:00

Member Morning: Summer Exhibition Series

Member Morning: Summer Exhibition Series
Thu, Jul 11, 2019
9:00 – 11:00 AM

Guest pouring coffee

Wake up with UICA. 
Free for UICA Members.

Enjoy an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the galleries led by Juana Williams, UICA’s Exhibitions Curator. Learn more about three summer exhibitions Composite, Mandy Cano Villalobos: All That Glitters, & MEGA - all while enjoying fresh coffee from Rowster.

Schedule:
9:00 am - 9:30 am: Meet at UICA for coffee
9:30 am: Gallery tour begins with Juana Williams, UICA’s Exhibitions Curator.

Registration and active UICA membership are required. Not a Member? Join now and take advantage of this members-only opportunity.


Juana Williams Portrait

Meet your tour guide.
UICA's Exhibitions Curator

Trekking across the state from the Motor City, Juana Williams comes to UICA from Detroit, MI, where she earned her BA in Art and MA in Art History, both from Wayne State University. As the Exhibitions Curator, Juana spends her days at UICA narrating stories and building connections through curation. She also enjoys reading and traveling, often simultaneously.


Summer Exhibition Series.
Jul 12 – Sep 8, 2019

All That Glitters by Mandy Cano Villalobos

All That Glitters

All that Glitters is an exhibition of work by Mandy Cano Villalobos showcasing two-dimensional pieces, sculpture, and installation. This body of work spans a variety of mediums and processes to investigate personal and collective memory amidst the larger backdrop of cultural collisions and global narratives.

The works included combining ritualistic processes with materials that possess complex cultural associations. Often Cano Villalobos juxtaposes worthless rags and valuable goods. Cano Villalobos transforms our way of seeing these materials. She integrates them with domestic items and imbues them with human touch. The artist fuses her bodily presence with consumables that have long swayed economic and social power struggles. In this way, Cano Villalobos situates her practice and personal history within the context of larger global narratives and highlights societal desires for what has eluded us both now and in the past.

All the Glitters stems from an intense awareness of mortality. Obsessive sewing, binding, and marking become rituals that veil Cano Villalobos’ fixation with death and, ultimately, worth. She mines Greek myths, song lyrics, personal memories, Western literature, art history, ancient religions, and gender and racial identity to grapple with her own finitude. In couching her story within these grander themes, she seeks to expand the limitations of her life’s brevity.

Composite

Composite: High School Artist Exhibition

Composite is a group exhibition that aims to highlight the original artwork of talented high school aged public school, private school, and homeschooled students residing in Kent, Ottawa, and Allegan counties.

Introduced to the regional student-artist community as an open call for work of any medium, Composite is a collection of selected student-works submitted from the tri-county area surrounding UICA.

Featured Artists:

Parker Bennett
Heather Buck
Tess Clark
Lin Gallagher
Ella Galusha
Catherine Garcia-Chan
Mya Gentry
Halie Gereaux
Samantha Graves
Avery Harriger
Ava Hockey

Savanna Hoebeke
Caroline Johnson
Megan Johnson
Haven Kamps
Livia Konkle
Sienna Lockwood
Nina Lu
Natasha Marsh
Meghan Meyer
Carissa Mitchell
Ashley Myers

Katie Nikodemski
Lillie Nowak
Adam Ogle
Ivan Reynolds
Taylor Schott
Liam Shine
Lydia Slocum
Madelyn Taylor
Seth TerHaar
Kyra Wiersma


MEGA 2019

Michigan Emerging Graduate Artists (MEGA) 2019

Michigan Emerging Graduate Artists (MEGA) is an annual juried exhibition of works by artists who are currently enrolled in graduate level study or are current-year graduates of an undergraduate program at one of Michigan’s academic institutions. MEGA is organized by the Kendall College of Art and Design graduate student association, The Masters Student Collective.

Featured Artists:

Caitlyn Brandt
Luke Bryant
Kathryn Cardenas
Aisha Changezi
Samantha Conrad
Caroline Cook
Lorena Cruz

Emily Gunning
Versia Harris
Sophia Hart
Jessica Harvey
Isiah Lattimore
Emily Legleitner
Holly McDermott

Jn Namgoong
Marcello Pope
Kaitlyn Rode
Anne Schierbeek
Rebecca Smith
Jackson Wrede


Individuals with disabilities who require accommodations should contact Megan Bylsma, Associate Director, at 616.454.7000 x11 or megan@uica.org at least 72 hours in advance.

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First Friday Docent-Led Tour
Jul
5
6:00 PM18:00

First Friday Docent-Led Tour

First Friday Docent-Led Tour
Fri, July 5, 2019
6:30 pm & 7:30 pm

UICA docent-led tour

First Friday Docent-Led Tour
Fri, July 5, 2019
6:30 pm & 7:30 pm
UICA Members: Free
Public: Free with gallery admission

Every First Friday of the month the Heartside neighborhood transforms into an active, arts-focused destination. Extend your experience with UICA during First Fridays with a docent-led tour of UICA’s galleries to learn more about the works on view.

For July’s First Friday event, The Studio will be open for drop-in self-guided activities. 

Tours last about 30 minutes, are free with gallery admission, and begin at 6:30 pm and 7:30 pm.


Individuals with disabilities who require accommodations should contact Megan Bylsma, Associate Director, at 616.454.7000 x11 or megan@uica.org at least 72 hours in advance.

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MSU Broad Art Museum Membership Exchange
Jul
1
to Jul 31

MSU Broad Art Museum Membership Exchange

MSU Broad Art Museum Membership Exchange
East Lansing, MI
July 1 – 31, 2019

MSU Broad Museum

This July, UICA and MSU Broad Art Museum Members enjoy reciprocal benefits the entire month. Starting July 1st, enjoy free gallery admission to either venue just for being a member.

  • UICA Members will enjoy free admission for all members of the household at MSU Broad Museum, a 10% discount on all retail purchases in the Shop and a 10% discount at the museum café.

  • MSU Broad Art Museum Members will enjoy free gallery admission and 1/2 off movies at UICA, access to The Loft, and a 10% discount in the Shop at UICA.

The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University is located in East Lansing, MI.

MSU Broad Art Museum
547 E Circle Dr
East Lansing, MI 48824
517.884.4800


Not a UICA Member? Join online today or email membership@uica.org for more information.

Member Morning

UICA Members receive exclusive benefits year-round including free general admission, half-off movie tickets, and discounts in The Shop. Your membership supports exhibitions, programs, and events throughout the year.

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Family Day: Kaleidoscope of Color
Jun
15
1:00 PM13:00

Family Day: Kaleidoscope of Color

Family Day: Kaleidoscope of Color
Sat, Jun 15, 2019
Drop-in 1:00 – 4:00pm

Families make art at UICA

Family Day: Kaleidoscope of Color
Sat, Jun 15, 2019
Drop-in 1 – 4 PM
UICA Members: Free
Public: Free with gallery admission

Bring Summer to life with bright colors and bold designs. Visit UICA’s galleries and discover how color inspires artists and designers from different backgrounds who create with color in mind. After, head to The Studio to learn about color mixing and create your own patterned design inspired by colorful kaleidoscopes.

Drop in anytime between 1:00 - 4:00 pm to play and create your own artwork to take home with you using with the materials available.


Individuals with disabilities who require accommodations should contact Megan Bylsma, Associate Director, at 616.454.7000 x11 or megan@uica.org at least 72 hours in advance.

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First Friday Docent-Led Tour
Jun
7
6:00 PM18:00

First Friday Docent-Led Tour

First Friday Docent-Led Tour
Fri, Jun 7, 2019
6:30 & 7:30 pm

UICA docent-led tour

First Friday Docent-Led Tour
Fri, Jun 7, 2019, 2019
6:30 & 7:30 PM
UICA Members: Free
Public: Free with gallery admission

Every First Friday of the month the Heartside neighborhood transforms into an active, arts-focused destination. Extend your experience with UICA during First Fridays with a docent-led tour of UICA’s galleries to learn more about the works on view. 

Tours last about 30 minutes, are free with gallery admission, and begin at 6:30 pm and 7:30 pm.


Individuals with disabilities who require accommodations should contact Megan Bylsma, Associate Director, at 616.454.7000 x11 or megan@uica.org at least 72 hours in advance.

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First Friday Studio Night: Inside/Outside Boxes
Jun
7
6:00 PM18:00

First Friday Studio Night: Inside/Outside Boxes

First Friday Studio Night: Inside/Outside Boxes
Fri, Jun 7, 2019

First Friday Studio Night

First Friday Studio Night: Inside/Outside Boxes.
Fri, Jun 7, 2019
Drop-in 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
UICA Members: Free
Public: Free with gallery admission

Every First Friday of the month, the Heartside neighborhood transforms into an active, artsfocused destination. Explore the galleries, shops, and artists booths along South Division. After, visit UICA’s galleries and tour the works on view as part of Breaching the Margins, then head to The Studio to explore themes of identity. Learn about different sculpture and assemblage techniques to create your own 3-dimensional portrait inspired by Breaching the Margins.

Studio activities are led by one of our rotating hosts, are family friendly, and are designed for all ages.


Individuals with disabilities who require accommodations should contact Megan Bylsma, Associate Director, at 616.454.7000 x11 or megan@uica.org at least 72 hours in advance.

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Dennos Museum Center Membership Exchange
Jun
1
to Jun 30

Dennos Museum Center Membership Exchange

Dennos Museum Center Membership Exchange
Traverse City, MI
June 1 – 30, 2019

Dennos Museum Center

This June, UICA and Dennos Museum Center Members enjoy reciprocal benefits the entire month. Starting June 1st, enjoy free gallery admission to either venue just for being a member.

  • UICA Members will enjoy free admission for two adults and the children of the household at Dennos Museum.

  • Dennos Museum Members and children in the Dennos Member household will enjoy free gallery admission and 1/2 off movies at UICA, access to The Loft, and a 10% discount in The Shop at UICA.

The Dennos Museum Center is located in Traverse City, Michigan. For GPS directions, use 1410 College Drive, Traverse City, MI 49686.

Dennos Museum Center
1701 E. Front St.
Traverse City, MI 49686
231.995.1055


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UICA Members receive exclusive benefits year-round including free general admission, half-off movie tickets, and discounts in The Shop. Your membership supports exhibitions, programs, and events throughout the year.

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