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Opening Reception: Color of the Year Presented by Pantone and X-Rite

Opening Reception: Color of the Year Presented by Pantone and X-Rite
April 6, 2018, 5:30 - 9:00 pm

5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Admission is free

Celebrate the innovative exhibition, Color of the Year presented by Pantone and X-Rite, with an opening reception on Friday, April 6. Stroll the galleries and explore the works on view inspired by the 2018 PANTONE® Color of the Year, meet and mingle with the artists, and enjoy small bites from Reserve Wine and FoodMokaya, and The Cakabakery,and a cash bar. Enjoy music by DJ Romy Glazer and complimentary Ultra Violet-inspired makeup and nails by Coiffeteria Salon. Fresh floral designs by A Growing Frenzy will also be view during the lively event. 

Romy Glaser portrait

Meet DJ Romy Glazer
From 5:30 - 9:00 pm, enjoy music by DJ Romy Glazer. The Grand Rapids-based artist and entertainer blends disco with darkness and a little French touch. 

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About the Exhibition

Heather Day creating a large-scale mural for UICA as part of 'Color of the Year'

Heather Day creating a large-scale mural for UICA as part of 'Color of the Year'

Color of the Year Presented by Pantone and X-Rite
Apr 6 – Jul 29, 2018

Color of the Year is a group exhibition of original art works each utilizing the 2018 PANTONE® Color of the Year, 18-3838 Ultra Violet, as a major component of execution or as a point of departure.

The show also explores the influence that fine art has on color use in the realms of fashion, interiors, and industrial design. Color of the Year leads viewers on a journey from inspiration to realization with work by local, national, and international artists.

In addition to original works of art, Color of the Year will also feature examples of design work by local, national, and international artists and artisans, with a focus on Michigan-based design and manufacturing.    

Participating Artists and Designers: Abbey Hunter, Brianne Farley, Conduit Studio, David Mahawili, Ellen Mueller, Heather Day, Hwa-Jeen Na, Paul Johnson, Jeffrey Augustine Songco, Melissa Eder, Meredith Olinger, Michael Pfleghaar, Morgan Hughes, Patrick Ethen, Ray Koh, Rhonda Urdang, Sarah Nguyen, Scott Group Studio, Steve Loar, and Via Design in collaboration with Carlson Design, Detroit Wallpaper, Diane Hasso Studio, and Leigh’s Fashions.



About PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet


Complex and contemplative, Ultra Violet suggests the mysteries of the cosmos, the intrigue of what lies ahead and the discoveries beyond where we are now.

The vast and limitless night sky is symbolic of what is possible and continues to inspire the desire to pursue a world beyond our own. Enigmatic purples have also long been symbolic of counterculture, unconventionality and artistic brilliance. Musical icons Prince, David Bowie and Jimi Hendrix brought shades of Ultra Violet to the forefront of western pop culture as personal expressions of individuality.

We are living in a time that requires inventiveness and imagination. It is this kind of creative inspiration that is indigenous to PANTONE18-3838 Ultra-Violet, a blue-based purple that takes our awareness and potential to a higher level. From exploring new technologies and the greater galaxy, to artistic expression and spiritual reflection, intuitive Ultra Violet lights the way to what is yet to come.
— Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute

Nuanced and full of emotion, the depth of PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violetsymbolizes experimentation and non-conformity, spurring individuals to imagine their unique mark on the world, and push boundaries through creative outlets. Historically, there has been a mystical or spiritual quality attached to Ultra Violet. The color is often associated with mindfulness practices, which offer a higher ground to those seeking refuge from today’s over-stimulated world. The use of purple-toned lighting in meditation spaces and other gathering places energizes the communities that gather there and inspire connection.

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Discover what’s possible. #UltraViolet #COY2018

Pantone formula guides for Ultra Violet

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