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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.

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.

Sep 6 – Dec 20, 2019



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 at least 72 hours in advance.

Earlier Event: September 1
Grand Rapids Art Museum Membership Exchange
Later Event: September 6
First Friday Docent-Led Tour