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OddBall: Masked

OddBall: Masked
Sat, Sep 8, 2018

Example of CV Dazzle inspired mask - Source: Pinterest

Example of CV Dazzle inspired mask - Source: Pinterest

6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location: UICA, 2 Fulton St. West, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
UICA Members: $178.28
Public: $197.28
*Ticket includes: Admission, dinner, hosted beer and wine, entertainment, and self-parking in Downtown GR parking ramps.

For a contemporary twist on the classic masquerade ball, join UICA for OddBall: Masked.

Dress in a mask, identity concealing makeup, or trompe-l'oeil inspired costume or couture 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 industry supporters for a night of immersive entertainment.

This year, the revelatory event marks the official opening of UICA's exhibition series, Coming Home, featuring National Lilypond Songs, New works by Pat Perry, and works by Emily Najera, Pat Perry, Jason Quigno, and Zachary Trebellas and is the city’s premier contemporary arts fundraiser. Event proceeds support UICA’s exhibitions, films, and programming year-round.                      


Molly Bouwsma-Schultz is a musician, song-writer, and performing artist who explores the truths and constructed realities of what it means to be alive as a woman of color navigating old and new territories threw sound and space. Her desire for a sense of absolute freedom not only inform her emotive style of singing but also narrate her thought provoking lyrics making for a moody, eclectic, colorful, and soulful mixture of voicings. 

On-site tarot readings by Brittney von Erck, an interactive Photo Booth by Smitten Booth, a DJ session with Beyond the Giants, an aerial performance by Rachel Finan, custom makeup by Cheeky Strut, and additional entertainment surprises that will complement the evening.

Photo by  Logan Zillmer

Photo by Logan Zillmer

What to Wear

Find outfit inspiration on our Pinterest board. From surveillance-concealing makeup to modern camouflage and costume, anything goes at this year's OddBall event. 

Schedule of Events

Via Cheeky Strut

Via Cheeky Strut

6:00 pm     
Drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and entertainment

7:00 pm
Aerial performance by Rachel Finan
Smitten Booth interactive photo booth
DJ Beyond the Giants
Complimentary masquerade makeup by Cheeky Strut

7:30 pm     
Seated dinner
Mistress of ceremonies, Jennifer Pascua, Community Advocate, WZZM Reporter and Anchor
Invocation by Spoken-word Poet, Brianne Ross

8:30 pm     
Celebratory remarks and award presentation

9:00 pm     
Performance by Molly Bouwsma-Schultz

10:00 pm   
Evening concludes

A Special Honor


The 2018 Arts Advocate Award will be presented to Eddie Tadlock, Assistant GM at DeVos Place Convention Center.
The Arts Advocate Award recognizes someone whose actions advance the arts as an essential part of life and what make a community thrive.


Host Committee

Matt Anderson
Anna Baeten
David Castro
Ruby Chaise
Taylor Hammond
Lynette Kruk  
Jeffrey Augustine Songco
Matt Sova     

Get Involved

UICA is currently seeking volunteer support during OddBall: Masked. Sign up to join us at the event. No experience necessary. Training provided.

Guests exploring the galleries

*Ticket quantities are limited. For information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Kristen Taylor or 616.454.7000 x17. 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 at least 72 hours in advance.