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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.

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: 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 at least 72 hours in advance.

Earlier Event: July 5
First Friday Docent-Led Tour
Later Event: July 12
Opening Night Event: MEGA