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

Media Partner
WGVU

Supporters
The Rental Company
Green NV

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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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 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 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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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 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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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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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 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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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
Public: 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 megan@uica.org 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
Public: 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 megan@uica.org at least 72 hours in advance.

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

31st Annual Holiday Artists Market

31st Annual 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.

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.


Participating Artists / Vendors

The full list of Artists and Vendors will be listed here, soon.



Call for Volunteers

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

Click here to read through the volunteer time slots, then check off which shifts will work with your schedule. Once the form is submitted, you will be scheduled for these shifts. If you need to change a shift or are unable to make your scheduled time, please contact katherinew@uica.org. An email reminder with your scheduled shifts and specific roles will be sent out as soon as possible, and an additional email will be sent out closer to the days of the event. Ages 14+ are eligible to volunteer.


Supporters

Presenting sponsor
Steelcase

steelcase logo

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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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


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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Opening Night Event: Breaching the Margins
May
10
5:30 PM17:30

Opening Night Event: Breaching the Margins

Opening Night Event - Breaching the Margins
Fri, May 10, 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 newest exhibition, Breaching the Margins. Enjoy a cash bar, light refreshments, and a first look at the works on view.


Breaching the Margins
May 10 – Aug 18, 2019

Detail of select works from  Breaching the Margins

Detail of select works from Breaching the Margins

Breaching the Margins is a juried exhibition of works by artists who examine ways in which marginalized groups navigate and work against social exclusion.

Societies often attempt to deny marginalized groups of people avenues for social inclusion and space to articulate self-defined identities. However, art can be an active force that supersedes societal relegations, and a catalyst to give power to groups who were formerly powerless. The selected artists approach these ideas from various points of view, and offer dialogues regarding their rejection of marginalization.

Breaching the Margins was introduced to the global artists’ community as an open call for work of any medium. The 33 artists included in this exhibition were selected from nearly 200 artist-applicants, comprising over 500 submitted pieces.


Breaching the Margins is presented with support from:
The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs


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: Breaching the Margins
May
9
9:00 AM09:00

Member Morning: Breaching the Margins

Member Morning: Breaching the Margins?
Thu, May 9, 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 Breaching the Margins and enjoy fresh coffee from Rowster. 

Schedule:
9:00 am - 9:30 am: Meet in The Studio 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.


Breaching the Margins
May 10 – Aug 18, 2019

Breaching the Margins

Breaching the Margins is a juried exhibition of works by artists who examine ways in which marginalized groups navigate and work against social exclusion.

Societies often attempt to deny marginalized groups of people avenues for social inclusion and space to articulate self-defined identities. However, art can be an active force that supersedes societal relegations, and a catalyst to give power to groups who were formerly powerless. The selected artists approach these ideas from various points of view, and offer dialogues regarding their rejection of marginalization.

Jova Lynne
Monique Martin
Charles Mason III
Tiff Massey
Samantha Modder
Prinston Nnanna
Jamaal Peterman
Lora Robertson
Tylonn J. Sawyer
Paul Shortt
Nastassja Swift
Raelis Vasquez
Juliann Wang
Anthony Warnick
Chris Watts
David White

Participating Artists:

Oluwatobi Adewumi
Robin Adsit
Jenny E. Balisle
Lea Bult
Scott Campbell
Larine Chung
Christopher Clark
Bux Dhyne
Rene Galvan
Jerrell Gibbs
Tiffani Glenn
Anne Gochenour
Elizabeth Ivy Hawkins
Nicolina Holt
Imo Imeh
Grace Kisa
Ryan Lewis


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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Breaching The Margins Community Art Project
May
4
1:00 PM13:00

Breaching The Margins Community Art Project

Breaching The Margins Community Art Project
Sat, May 4, 2019
Drop-in 1:00 - 4:00pm

Community Art Project: Amos Kennedy Jr.

UICA Members: Free
Public: Free with gallery admission

Amos Kennedy Jr. is creating a large-scale site-specific installation for UICA’s Breaching the Margins exhibition and the Grand Rapids community is invited to contribute. Kennedy will be onsite demonstrating letterpress techniques with original designs that quote local businesses and organizations, who are making a concerted effort to serve marginalized and underrepresented groups. Workshop participants will print letterpress posters from these designs and have the option to include their prints in Kennedy’s installation.

About the artist: Amos Kennedy Jr. is an internationally known printer best recognized for his boldly colored letterpress designs expressing social and political commentary. He currently operates out of his letterpress printing studio Kennedy Prints! in Detroit, Michigan, and offers workshops and lectures worldwide.

The Breaching the Margins Community Art Project is supported by The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.



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: Street Art Stencils
May
3
6:00 PM18:00

First Friday Studio Night: Street Art Stencils

GUESTS ENJOYING THE STUDIO 📷 CARBON STORIES

GUESTS ENJOYING THE STUDIO 📷 CARBON STORIES

First Friday Studio Night: Street Art Stencils
Fri, May 3, 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, join UICA for hands-on art making and gallery activities

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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Human Flow + Panel Discussion
Mar
24
2:00 PM14:00

Human Flow + Panel Discussion

Human Flow + Panel Discussion
March 24, 2019

SHOWTIMES
03/24 | 2:00 PM

UICA Members: $5
Public: $10

Do More: 8 Practical Ways to Help Refugees (from idea.TED.com)

More than 65 million people around the world have been forced from their homes to escape famine, climate change and war, the greatest displacement since World War II. Filmmaker Ai Weiwei examines the staggering scale of the refugee crisis and its profoundly personal human impact. Over the course of one year in 23 countries, Weiwei follows a chain of urgent human stories that stretch across the globe, including Afghanistan, France, Greece, Germany and Iraq.

Directed By: Ai Weiwei
Genre: Documentary
Run Time: 140
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Origin: Germany | USA | China | Palestine
Distributor: Amazon Studios

Panelists:
David Alvarez, Professor of English, GVSU
Alexandra Gillett, Staff Attorney at Justice for Our Neighbors
Dan Slane, Licensed Master of Social Work
Shadia Mbabazi, Community Development Director at Treetops Collective

Moderated by:
Juana Williams, Exhibitions Curator at UICA


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: Faces & Places
Mar
23
1:00 PM13:00

Family Day: Faces & Places

Family Day: Faces & Places
Sat, Mar 23, 2019
Drop-in 1:00 – 4:00pm

Families make art at UICA

UICA Members: Free
Public: Free with gallery admission

Discover Or Does it Explode? in The Galleries at UICA and see how forced migration affects millions of lives across the world. Learn about the changes many individuals and families go through while building a new life for themselves in another country. After, visit The Studio to experiment with portrait photography. Drop-in anytime between 1:00 – 4:00 pm to use UICA's digital photo equipment and take home your own matted portrait. Activities 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 Studio Night: Drawing Narratives inspired by 'Or Does it Explode?'
Mar
1
6:00 PM18:00

First Friday Studio Night: Drawing Narratives inspired by 'Or Does it Explode?'

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GUESTS ENJOYING THE STUDIO 📷 CARBON STORIES

First Friday Studio Night: Drawing Narratives inspired by Or Does it Explode?
Fri, Mar 1, 2019


Drop-in 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
UICA Members: Free
Public: Free with gallery admission

Browse the works on view as part of Or Does it Explode?, then drop in to The Studio anytime between 6:00 - 9:00 pm to learn how to represent narratives through drawing, all inspired by the works on view.

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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Family Day: Triptych Portraits + Storytellers
Feb
23
1:00 PM13:00

Family Day: Triptych Portraits + Storytellers

Family Day: Triptych Portraits + Storytellers
Sat, Feb 23, 2019

Family making art with an instructor

UICA Members: Free
Public: Free with gallery admission

Explore UICA's galleries as a family and see how artists featured in Warm Water and Or Does It Explode? use portraits to share individual experiences. After, visit The Studio to learn about the different styles of portraiture and make a three-panel set of images (a triptych) that tell a story. Drop-in anytime between 1:00 - 4:00 pm to play and create your own artwork to take home with you using the materials provided.

Activities 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: Or Does it Explode
Feb
15
5:30 PM17:30

Opening Night Event: Or Does it Explode

Opening Night Event: Or Does it Explode
Fri, Feb 15, 2019

Guests at an opening night event at UICA Grand Rapids

6:00 - 9:00 pm
UICA Members: Free
Public: Free with gallery admission


Join UICA for the opening of our newest exhibition, Or Does it Explode? Enjoy docent-led tours, a cash bar, light refreshments, and a first look at the works on view.


Or Does it Explode?
Feb 15 - Jun 16, 2019

MANAR BILAL, JORDAN, ZAATARI CAMP, PHOTOGRAPH, 2014.

MANAR BILAL, JORDAN, ZAATARI CAMP, PHOTOGRAPH, 2014.

Or Does It Explode? is a multimedia group exhibition on the documentation of refugees and forced migration. In an effort to build awareness of the millions of lives affected globally, this exhibition offers figurative work merged with descriptive text that individualizes the numerous struggles that result from migration.

The artwork is primarily portraiture giving faces to the statistics about refugees and migrants, and creating a bridge of humanity, rather than a disconnect. The exhibition also delves into information regarding how specific families navigate their lives in new countries, paying particular attention to changes within culture, identity, and dreams for the future.

The Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes closes his famous poem, Harlem (Dream Deferred), with “or does it explode,” leaving the open-ended idea to be contemplated. Journeys of refugees and migrants often begin with a dream of freedom, asylum, or a better life for themselves or their families, yet dreams are constantly altered while continuously considering transitions. Through this exhibition, viewers are challenged to consider how migratory and refugee lifestyles abruptly and permanently affect people and cultures, and how dreams transform or die as a result.

Artists:
César Dezfuli - Madrid, Spain
Brian Sokol - Santa Fe, NM
Maranie R. Staab - Pittsburgh, PA
Manar Bilal - Saint Jeande Braye, France


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: Pastel Portraits inspired by 'Warm Water'
Feb
1
6:00 PM18:00

First Friday Studio Night: Pastel Portraits inspired by 'Warm Water'

GUESTS ENJOYING THE STUDIO 📷 CARBON STORIES

GUESTS ENJOYING THE STUDIO 📷 CARBON STORIES

First Friday Studio Night: Pastel Portraits inspired by Warm Water
Fri, Feb 1, 2019


6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
UICA Members: Free
Public: Free with gallery admission

Browse the works on view as part of Warm Water, then head to The Studio anytime between 6:00 - 9:00 pm to learn how to create a pastel portrait inspired by Charles Edward Williams’ paintings.

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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Family Day: Art as Activism
Jan
12
1:00 PM13:00

Family Day: Art as Activism

Family Day: Art as Activism
Sat, Jan 12, 2019

Guest creating a protest sign

Activist art is a term used to describe art that is grounded in the act of 'doing' and addresses political or social issues.

UICA Members: Free
Public: Free with gallery admission

Explore the works on view, and then visit The Studio to learn about how contemporary artists have inspired action. Drop in between 1:00 - 4:00 pm to create your own artwork inspired by current political or social issues to take home using the materials provided. Activities can be enjoyed by 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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