Coming Home
Sep
8
to Jan 25

Coming Home

Coming Home
Sep 8, 2018 - Jan 25, 2019

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Coming Home is a suite of solo exhibitions featuring works by emerging and established Michigan artists. Coming Home celebrates Michigan’s role as a platform for inspiration, exploration, and creative development by highlighting a diverse selection of working artists.

Coming Home features work by artists who are from Michigan, are currently based in Michigan, or have spent a considerable amount of time in Michigan during the course of their careers.


About the artists.

  Emily Najera,  1224 Bridge St. NW, 20”x20”, 2017, Pigment Print

Emily Najera, 1224 Bridge St. NW, 20”x20”, 2017, Pigment Print

Emily Najera
Najera is a professional artist and educator. Her research as a photographer examines forms of architecture as vernacular artifacts. Partnering with historic preservationists and urban planners, Najera documents and archives the changing landscape of city neighborhoods. She is currently a Visiting Professor of Photography at Grand Valley State University.

Najera has held teaching appointments at the University of Nevada, Reno and the Santa Catalina School in Monterey, California. In her solo exhibition at UICA, Najera will presents photographs of Grand Rapids’ northwest side, documenting the disappearing landscape of this multifaceted neighborhood. 


  Pat Perry,   National Lilypond Songs

Pat Perry, National Lilypond Songs

Pat Perry
National Lilypond Songs
New Paintings by Pat Perry
Exhibition Co-Curator Anne-Laure Lemaitre

Perry is an artist from Michigan who writes and makes pictures through careful and cautious observation. Perry works primarily as a painter and muralist, and also as an illustrator. Perry has created public murals worldwide which can be found in New Zealand, Iraq, Finland, Zurich, Cleveland, New York, Canada, Berlin, Washington D.C. and Detroit.

In his first solo museum exhibition, Perry, a globally recognized artist whose clients include The New York Times, BBC, VICE Magazine, Sony//Epic Records, and Bonnaroo presents National Lilypond Songs, a series of new large-scale paintings that document rural Michigan homes and landscapes. 


  Jason Quigno  with sculpture, photo courtesy of LaFontsee Galleries, credit: Dick Church

Jason Quigno with sculpture, photo courtesy of LaFontsee Galleries, credit: Dick Church

Jason Quigno
Quigno, a stone artist, exhibits work that tells Anishinaabe stories, history, and legends. Quigno represents legends in non-objective ways with 5,000 pound granite boulders carved with simple flowing lines and various textures including highly polished areas, rough sawn cuts, honed surfaces, and the natural raw crust that took millions of years to form.

Quigno is represented by LaFontsee Galleries in Grand Rapids, MI and has exhibited nationally. Quigno’s works are part of a number of collections including the Grand Rapids Public Museum, Grand Valley State University, Okaya City Hall in Nagano Okaya Prefecture, Japan and Central Michigan University. 


  Zachary Trebellas,  Ushida Portrait. 35mm Film. Ushibuka. 2017

Zachary Trebellas, Ushida Portrait. 35mm Film. Ushibuka. 2017

Zachary Trebellas
Trebellas is an artist and educator in Grand Rapids. He recently spent a week in Japan interviewing and photographing residents about their cherished memories of things and places that no longer exist. This spring he will complete the second phase of the project, in which he speaks with and photographs residents of Grand Rapids' Burton Heights neighborhood. He hopes that by displaying the two parts of the project, he can foster empathy between people of disparate communities experiencing similar changes.


Opening reception.

Opening Reception
Fri, Sep 14, 2018
5:30 - 9:00 pm
Free for UICA Members; Free with admission

Join Emily Najera, Jason Quigno, and Zachary Trebellas for an exclusive artists' talk. Learn more about their creative process, intent, and how Michigan has inspired or influenced their fine art practices.

Artists' Talk
Fri, Sep 14, 2018

6:00 - 7:00 pm
Free for UICA Members; Free with admission

Enjoy the works on view as part of Coming Home. Meet and mingle with the artists in attendance and learn more about each artwork from roaming docents throughout the galleries. 

*Tickets to the Artists' Talk and Opening Reception are also available at the Guest Services Desk the day of the event beginning at 12 noon. Seating for the Artists' Talk are first-come, first-served and purchasing an advanced ticket does not guarantee a seat but still grants ticket-holders access (standing room) to the discussion. 


See the exhibition before it opens to the public.

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OddBall: Masked
Sat, Sep 8, 2018
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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 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.                      


Coming Home 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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Warm Water: New Works by Charles Edward Williams
Jan
11
to Apr 28

Warm Water: New Works by Charles Edward Williams

Warm Water: New Works by Charles Edward Williams
Jan 11 - Apr 28, 2019

 CHARLES EDWARD WILLIAMS,  I AM IV , 2018

CHARLES EDWARD WILLIAMS, I AM IV, 2018

Warm Water is a collection of re-narrated visual works based on the event that sparked the Chicago Race Riot of 1919. These works unfold the story involving five Black teens, and what reportedly caused the death of Eugene Williams in Lake Michigan on the South Side of Chicago.The works document and shed light on the marginalizing oppositions the teens faced during the fragile height of racial socio-political conditions nationwide. This day, July 27, 1919 became the tipping point, and as a result led to a string of violent race riots across the United States.

Warm Water references the psychological racial constructs and the human state of the five teens during the event, as well as the paralleled combination of chemical/water properties when hot and cold elements are combined. It is also the unsolicited landmark of the lake where the teens nicknamed the spot, Hot and Cold. With these two diverse complexities, re-appropriated and re-narrated visual explorations attempt to strike a balance between both past and present, from an incident later marked in history as Red Summer.


Opening Night Event
Fri, Jan 11, 2019

Opening night event, guests talking about artwork

5:30 - 9:00 pm
Free for UICA Members;
Free with admission

Join UICA for the opening of our newest exhibition, Warm Water: New Works by Charles Edward Williams. Enjoy a cash bar, light refreshments, and a first look at the works on view.


About the artist

Portrait of the artist, Charles Williams

Charles Edward Williams is a contemporary visual artist from Georgetown, SC, and holds a BFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in Savannah, GA and an MFA at the University of North Carolina (UNCG) in Greensboro, NC. Creating compelling imagery in oils, video / film, and sound installations, Williams’s work investigates current, historical cultural events related to racism, and to suggestive stereotypes formed within individuals. His works define self–representation of human emotive responses that lie within cultural identity, and reveal tension to expose the complexities within our socio political environments. Through his visions, we are encouraged to engage in self-examination, to question false boundaries that separate us, and view the inter-connectedness of our common existence.

Williams has attended summer artist residencies at Otis College of Art and Design (Los Angeles, CA), SOMA (Mexico City, Mexico), the Gibbes Museum (Charleston, SC), and the McColl Center for Art + Innovation (Charlotte, NC). Solo exhibitions include ”Swim: An Artist’s Journey” at the Myrtle Beach Museum (Myrtle Beach, SC), “SUN + LIGHT” at Residency Art gallery (Inglewood, LA), Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See (Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC), and “Swim” at Morton Fine Art (Washington, DC). His work was also recently exhibited at Aqua and Scope Art Fair / Art Basel (Miami, FL). Group exhibitions include the Weatherspoon Museum (Greensboro, NC), the Mint Museum (Charlotte, NC), East Tennessee State University (Johnson City, TN), Tiger Strike Asteroid project space (Philadelphia, PA) and other national institutions.

Works have been reviewed in local and national publications and media, which include the Washington Post, NPR, and South Carolina’s ETV network (PBS affiliate). Permanent collections include the North Carolina Museum of Art (NC), the Gibbes Museum (SC), Knoxville Museum of Art (TN), and the Petrucci Family Foundation Collection of African American Art (NJ). Williams also received the Riley Institute Diversity Leadership Award from the State of South Carolina for the development of enriching art programs within local communities.


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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Or Does it Explode?
Feb
15
to Jun 16

Or Does it Explode?

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

 MANAR BILAL,  THE BELIEVER , PHOTOGRAPH, 2014.

MANAR BILAL, THE BELIEVER, 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


Member Morning
Thu, Feb 14, 2019

UICA Members can enjoy an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the galleries led by Juana Williams, UICA’s Exhibitions Curator. Members, click here to register for Member Morning: Or Does it Explode?.


Opening Night Event
Fri, Feb 15, 2019

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5:30 - 9:00 pm
Free for UICA Members;
Free with gallery admission

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


About the artists

 MINAR BILAL,  RHYTHM , PHOTOGRAPH, 2014.

MINAR BILAL, RHYTHM, PHOTOGRAPH, 2014.

Syrian photographer Manar Bilal began shooting in 2011 and was a volunteer in Syrian refugee camps in Lebanon, Turkey and Jordan from 2012 to 2015. During that period, he used digital photography and videography to dignify children living in the camps, specifically those that had been injured or exposed to war trauma. Bilal now lives in France and continues to use his camera to document daily life.


 CESAR DEZFULI,  PASSENGERS , AMADOU, PHOTOGRAPH, 2016.

CESAR DEZFULI, PASSENGERS, AMADOU, PHOTOGRAPH, 2016.

César Dezfuli was born in Madrid in 1991. He trained at the University Rey Juan Carlos, where he received a dual degree in Journalism and Media Studies. He worked in Spanish newsrooms before focusing on documentary and investigative reporting on humanitarian issues, international politics, and anthropological research, where he combined work as a written journalist with HIS photographic reports. Hiswork has been published in Al Jazeera, The Guardian, The Atlantic, De Groene Amsterdammer, El Mundo, El Pais, Eldiario.es, El Periódico, 20Minutos, BBC, and elsewhere.


Brian Sokol is a US-born photographer, author and speaker dedicated to documenting human rights issues and humanitarian crises worldwide. A recipient of National Geographic Magazine's Eddie Adams Grant, he has been selected as one of PDN's 30 Emerging Photographers To Watch. Since 2012 he has focused on telling the stories of refugees, Internally Displaced Persons, and stateless people in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America. His work appears in publications including TIME, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. He has exhibited on 5 continents and in both the New York and Geneva headquarters of the United Nations. 


Maranie R. Staab is an independent photographer, videographer and journalist working to document human rights and social justice issues, displacement and the periphery of conflict—how violence and war affects individuals and societies. Her work focuses on people and especially those in marginalized parts of society — whether domestically or abroad. To date, her work has taken her throughout Eastern and Western Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Southeast Asia.

Staab is self-taught and has been a full-time, independent photographer since 2015. She has published work in The Atlantic, Reuters, Esquire, CNN, Huffington Post, Arte Magazine (Berlin), Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, Mashable, Rudaw, and works regularly with numerous Pittsburgh area newspapers and magazines.

 MARANIE R. STAAB,  REHABILITATION THROUGH SPORTS , PHOTOGRAPH, 2016.

MARANIE R. STAAB, REHABILITATION THROUGH SPORTS, PHOTOGRAPH, 2016.


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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ArtPrize Ten: UICA Outside
Sep
8
to Oct 7

ArtPrize Ten: UICA Outside

ArtPrize Ten: UICA Outside
September 8
- October 7, 2018

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UICA’s ArtPrize exhibition moves beyond the galleries and into the community.

UICA’s mandate as a non-collecting contemporary arts organization is to stay nimble and open to new possibilities and opportunities as they present themselves. We appreciate the large audience ArtPrize brings to Grand Rapids, and the chance that gives us to assemble a dynamic group of artists who, working with community members, can make a long-lasting impact on the vibrancy and character of their neighborhoods.
— Miranda Krajniak, UICA Executive Director

 

 

UICA Outside expands UICA’s impact city-wide and connects visitors to the vibrant neighborhoods that surround downtown Grand Rapids.

Featuring five public projects in three different neighborhoods, UICA Outside draws together diverse artists, property owners, and Grand Rapids stakeholders to create artworks that are exciting and accessible to all. Each neighborhood features large-scale works created by artists who reside and engage within their respective community or who have designed artworks with neighborhood input and a focus on representation and expression. These public works activate what were once quiet and overlooked areas into powerful reflections of our neighbors, and create welcoming corridors and gathering places.

The dynamic exhibition is an expansion of UICA’s current initiative the Exit Space Project, which connects art with public spaces year-round and strengthens UICA’s mission to support a creative community.


UICA Outside:
West Side

 Alan Campo,  Anishinaabek.  Photo by Carbon Stories.

Alan Campo, Anishinaabek. Photo by Carbon Stories.

UICA, the River for All Project, Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. (DGRI) and the Grand Rapids Public Museum have selected local artist, Alan Compo, to install a mural on the tunnel and retaining walls on the riverbank on the west side of the Pearl St. bridge. Compo's mural is inspired by his Anishinaabe heritage and features vibrant, iconic symbolism that is significant to the Anishinaabe tribes.

Alan Compo
Pearl St. Bridge tunnel
288 Pearl St. NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Vote Code: 68312

UICA Outside:
Creston

 Nick Nortier,  Migration.  Photo by Carbon Stories.

Nick Nortier, Migration. Photo by Carbon Stories.

 Evas’ve,  Fiber.  Photo by Carbon Stories.

Evas’ve, Fiber. Photo by Carbon Stories.

 Colby Roanhorse,  Mycorrhizal Network.  Photo by Carbon Stories.

Colby Roanhorse, Mycorrhizal Network. Photo by Carbon Stories.

Local artists Nick Nortier, Colby Roanhorse, and design collective, Evas've, have been been selected to install large-scale murals at separate locations within the Creston neighborhood. Creston stretches the distance from Leonard Street to Four Mile Road and is the largest neighborhood in the city by population.

Nick Nortier
Creston Market
1403 Plainfield Ave NE,
Grand Rapids, MI 49505
Vote Code: 68603

Colby Roanhorse
Childress & Associates
1365 Plainfield Ave NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49505
Vote Code: 68605

Evas've, LLC led by Elyse Flynn
Stonesthrow
1428 Plainfield Ave NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49505
Vote Code: 68614

UICA Outside:
Baxter

 Kimberly Lavon,  Amalgamation . Photo by Carbon Stories.

Kimberly Lavon, Amalgamation. Photo by Carbon Stories.

UICA, the Baxter Neighborhood Association, and community stakeholders, have selected Kimberly LaVon to create a large-scale mural at Joe Taylor Park. This vibrant area includes the parts of the Uptown business district, and is home to over 2,500 residents.

Kimberly Lavon
Joe Taylor Park
1038 Bemis St SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49506     
Vote Code: 6861



Plan your visit

After you’ve experienced UICA Outside, head downtown to explore what’s new inside our building. Explore four floors of art, The Shop, independent movies, access to The Studio, and an outdoor terrace when you visit UICA. Regular admission rates apply.

Hours
Tues-Sat: 12–9pm
Sun: 12–6pm

Gallery Admission
Members: Free
Adults: $5
Five and under: Free

Movie Admission
Members: $4
Public: $8
(Gallery admission is included with a movie ticket)

Restricted items
Please dispose of food and drink prior to entry. No weapons, backpacks, or balloons permitted.

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Volunteer

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UICA is currently seeking volunteer support during ArtPrize Ten.
Sign up for a shift (or two!) today. Volunteers enjoy a number of benefits including UICA merch, movies passes, and more. No experience necessary and training is provided.


Community Celebrations

 Community members and mural artist Ouizi celebrating UICA's mural at the Grand Rapids Ballet.

Community members and mural artist Ouizi celebrating UICA's mural at the Grand Rapids Ballet.

Members of the Baxter, Creston, and Westside communities are invited to kick-off UICA’s ArtPrize exhibition with opening celebrations featuring a first look at the works on view. Enjoy live entertainment as well as food and beverage vendors from each neighborhood, activities for kids, and an opportunity to meet the artists participating in UICA Outside.

Community Celebration: UICA Outside: Creston
Wed, Sept 19, 2018
5:00 - 7:00 pm
Stonesthrow, 1428 Plainfield Ave. NE Grand Rapids, MI 49505
Free admission

Community Celebration: UICA Outside: Baxter
Fri, Sept 21, 2018
4:00 - 6:00 pm
Joe Taylor Park, 1038 Bemis St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506
Free admission

Community Celebration: UICA Outside: West Side
Sun, Sept 23, 2018
4:00 - 6:00 pm
Grand Rapids Public Museum, 288 Pearl St. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Free admission


 Kelly Allen, Exit Space Project Mural at Lincoln Park

Kelly Allen, Exit Space Project Mural at Lincoln Park

Thank you

Thanks to the generous support of our community members, UICA raised $5,225 in support of placing public murals throughout the city during a crowdfunding campaign that took place in May of 2018.

Because we were able to reach our goal, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) contributed an additional $5,000 grant to the project. 

Funds raised allow us to pay artists' stipends and fund materials like paint and brushes, and the scaffolding and lifts that it takes to cover a large space, as well as permits and insurance.

 

A special thanks to ArtPrize, Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. (DGRI), The Frey Foundation, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Stonesthrow, Creston Market, Childress & Associates, CD Holdings & Sun Title, the Baxter Neighborhood Association, GR Parks & Recreation Department, Friends of Grand Rapids Parks, and the Grand Rapids Public Museum.


Expand your experience

UICA Outside Walking Tours
Select dates
4:00 pm - 4:45 pm
UICA Members: $7.50, Public: $10, Children 18 and under: free

Join Grand Rapids Running Tours for an in-depth look at the works on view as part of UICA Outside.

On select dates, expand your ArtPrize experience with a guided tour and learn more about the artists participating in UICA’s exhibition, the inspiration behind each public mural, and about the neighborhoods hosting each work. Registration is required.

 Photo by  Justine Montigny  for Ellen Rutt

Photo by Justine Montigny for Ellen Rutt

Walking Tour: UICA Outside: Creston
Wed Sep, 19, 2018
4:00  - 4:45 pm
Meet at Creston Brewery, 1504 Plainfield Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505

Walking Tour: UICA Outside: Baxter
Fri Sep, 21, 2018
4:00  - 4:45 pm
Meet at Joe Taylor Park, 1038 Bemis St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Walking Tour: UICA Outside: Westside
Sun, Sep 23, 2018
4:00  - 4:45 pm
Meet at Pearl St. Bridge tunnel, 288 Pearl St. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504


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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Michigan Emerging Graduate Artists (MEGA) 2018
Aug
17
to Dec 2

Michigan Emerging Graduate Artists (MEGA) 2018

Michigan Emerging Graduate Artists (MEGA) 2018
Aug 17 - Dec 2, 2018

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 (MSC).


Opening Night Event

MEGA Opening Reception
Fri, Aug 17, 2018
5:30 - 9:00 pm
UICA Members: Free, Public: $5

Celebrate MEGA with the Masters Student Collective on Friday, Aug 17. Meet and mingle with the artists, jurors, and student collective and get a first look at the works on view. 


2018 Selected Artists

Amber Bledsoe, Andrew Somoskey, Angelica Hay, Anna Schierbeek, Cody Norman, Egan Franks Holzhausen, Emily Somoskey, Huaming Wang, Jameson B Gower, Jordyn Fishman, Katie Toepp, Lyndsi Schuesler, True Harrigan 


2018 Jurors

Matthew Eaton

California-born (1974) and London, England raised, Artist Matthew Eaton is an abstract painter who explores themes of nostalgia, nature and place using methods and materials common to graffiti, graphic design and typography. Eaton’s work has been exhibited in galleries, auctions and private collections around the globe. Eaton was a founding partner in art galleries Library Street Collective and Contra Projects in Detroit.

Currently, Eaton is the Director and Curator of Detroit based Red Bull House of Art and owner of Uncommon Editions. Eaton considers himself a full-time arts advocate working to highlight the importance of arts and culture in everyday life.

Shelley Stevens

Shelley N. Stevens graduated as valedictorian of Kendall College of Art and Design in 2000 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and earned a Master of Fine Arts degree with highest honors in 2004.  Stevens also studied photography and art history at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design and Chelsea College of Art and Design in London, England.  

Stevens figurative work has been seen in numerous solo exhibitions and has received awards at regional and national juried exhibitions and has taught both advanced painting and drawing in the art department of Central Michigan University and is the Director of Golden Apple Art Residency in Downeast Maine. 


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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Transitions: New Photography from Bangladesh
Jun
1
to Aug 26

Transitions: New Photography from Bangladesh

Transitions: New Photography from Bangladesh
June 1 - August 26, 2018

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With the rise of factories, investors, and development, the landscape of Bangladesh is changing. Transitions is a traveling exhibition of new Bangladeshi photography originally curated by the Bangladeshi American Creative Collective. This group show features nine Bangladeshi photographers whose work reflects a diverse group of people, shifting economies, and changing lands. Its aim is to not only to collect and exhibit photography as art, but also as ideas about the country of Bangladesh.

 Love Studio,  SAMSUL ALAM HELAL

Love Studio, SAMSUL ALAM HELAL

These photos navigate the stories of Bangladesh’s people, landscapes, and its position in the world. The exhibition initiates important discussions around the meaning of changes, shifts, and transitions across generations and communities.

Participating artists include Arfun Ahmed, Taslima Akhter, Debashish Chakrabarty, Rasel Chowdhury, Samsul Alam Helal, Jannatul Mawa, Manir Mrittrik, Saikat Mojumder, and Tapash Paul.


Join us for the Opening Night Event

  JANNATUL MAWA , from “Close Distance,” 2011. Courtesy Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York. 

JANNATUL MAWA, from “Close Distance,” 2011. Courtesy Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York. 

Friday, June 1, 2018
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Free admission

On June 1, 2018, UICA is proud to present Transitions: New Photography from Bangladesh. Celebrate the exhibition with an opening night event featuring a first look at the works on view, roaming docents, light refreshments and a cash bar. 

  SAIKAT MOJUMDER , Life: Born in a Slum , 2009 35mm Film 

SAIKAT MOJUMDER, Life: Born in a Slum , 2009 35mm Film 


  TAPASH PAUL , A Pause to Breathe ..., 2013, Digital Prints 

TAPASH PAUL, A Pause to Breathe ..., 2013, Digital Prints 

In the News

Learn more about the traveling exhibition, Transitions: New Photography from Bangladesh, in the selected press listed below.

Bangladeshi Photographers Capture the Fallout from Their Country’s Globalization - HyperAllergic

ArtAsiaPacific: Transitions New Photography From Bangladesh - Art Asia Pacific


Supporters

Transitions: New Photography from Bangladesh is supported by:
 
Ferris State University
The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs
The National Endowment for the Arts
The Daniel and Pamella DeVos Foundation
The Grand Rapids Community Foundation
Vias Marketing
WGVU

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Panel and Pamella DeVos Foundation logo
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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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Color of the Year Presented by Pantone and X-Rite
Apr
6
to Jul 29

Color of the Year Presented by Pantone and X-Rite

Color of the Year Presented by Pantone and X-Rite
April 6 - July 29

 Hwa Jeen Na, A Moment Alone. Digital C Print

Hwa Jeen Na, A Moment Alone. Digital C Print

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 PANTONE® Color of the Year is a symbolic color selection; a color snapshot of what we see taking place in our global culture that serves as an expression of a mood and an attitude.
— PANTONE®
  David Mahawili , IODINE SKY, Light installation

David Mahawili, IODINE SKY, Light installation

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.    

 Scott Group Studio

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, Diane Hasso Studio, and Leigh’s Fashions.

Heather Day working on a large0scale mural for UICA as part of Color of the Year

About PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet

Pantone Color of the Year graphic

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 Violet symbolizes 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.

Discover what’s possible. #UltraViolet #COY2018


Join us for the Opening Night Event.

Romy Glazer portrait

Opening Reception: Color of the Year Presented by Pantone and X-Rite
Friday, April 06, 2018
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 Food, Mokaya, 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. 

Pictured: DJ Romy Glazer

Reserve Wine and Food logo
 

Color of the Year is Supported by:


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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Look Behind Design: A Process Gallery
Mar
16
to May 13

Look Behind Design: A Process Gallery

Look Behind Design: A Process Gallery
March 16 - May 13, 2018

West Michigan Design Week is a series of programs aimed to inspire designers from all disciplines and demonstrate the strategic and economic advantages of design thinking to the rest of the community.

The design exhibition on view at UICA puts the spotlight on West Michigan design. There’s always more than meets the eye. Iin fact, there can be a whole world of wonder and inspiration underneath the surface. Look Behind Design, a specially curated exhibit sponsored by Newell Brands, allows guests to dive-in and see the spirit of design. The exhibit highlights how ideas and concepts transformed into the final designs behind a diverse group of Michigan-based companies.

Participating Designers:

Calphalon, French Paper Company, Grand Rapids Brewing Company, Has Heart, KnitIt, Parker, Proof Positive Brand Design, Tekna

This exhibit is part of West Michigan Design Week taking place March 17th - 24th, 2018.
For more information about Design Week, visit wmdesignweek.com.
#wmdesignweek

Exhibition photo with title

Opening Night Event: Look Behind Design: A Process Gallery
Friday, March 16, 2018
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
UICA Members: Free, Public: $5

Celebrate the 5th annual exhibition and kickoff West Michigan Design Week with an opening reception on Friday, March 16. Get a first look at the designs on view, meet and mingle with the artists on-site, explore the galleries, and enjoy light refreshments and a cash bar.

West Michigan Design Week 2018 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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Mar
1
to May 6

Fresh Pick: Bohan Li

Fresh Pick: Bohan Li
March 1, 2018 - May 6, 2018

UICA Fresh Pick Exhibition Bohan Li
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The UICA Fresh Pick award is given annually to a member of KCAD’s graduating class who shows a high level of talent and potential. Bohan Li, a 2017 graduate of the MFA Printmaking program at Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University, has been chosen as this year’s Fresh Pick Award winner.

Bohan Li is an interdisciplinary artist from Grand Rapids, MI. Li's work is inspired by both real and imagined worlds and combines a variety of disciplines and mediums to create a multi-sensory experience. 
More about Bohan Li can be found on his website.


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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CAMPUS: 2018 Annual Faculty and Staff Exhibition
Mar
1
to May 6

CAMPUS: 2018 Annual Faculty and Staff Exhibition

CAMPUS: 2018 Annual Faculty and Staff Exhibition
March 1, 2018 - May 6, 2018

 Leah Gose, Fly Swatter

Leah Gose, Fly Swatter

CAMPUS: 2018 Staff and Faculty Show presents the work of distinguished artists and designers who work as part of the expansive Ferris State University, Kendall College of Art and Design, and Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts’ campus. Work by faculty and staff members of the University network will be on view March 1 - May 6, 2018 and will feature a wide range of visual practices, spanning all genres and media.   

Participating Artists Include:

Jason Alger, Molly Alicki Corriveau, Robert Barnum, Michelle Bosak, Mary Bradshaw, Janine Campbell, Candice Chovanec, Rosanne Coty, Elizabeth DeForest, Devin DuMond, Lori Faulkner, Christopher Fox, Eleanor Gatewood, Damian Goidich, Leah Gose, Nancy Hart, Nicholas Hartman, Elizabeth Hubler-Torrey, Bob Marsh, Deborah Mattson, Madison May, Kristen Morrison, Steven Rainey, Deborah Rockman, Matthew Schenk, Brenda Sipe, Donna St. John, Sophia Thomas, Margaret Vega, Steven Vinson, Lynette Vought, Katherine Williams, Danielle Wyckoff, Diane Zeeuw

 Elizabeth Hubler-Torrey, Ocean View III

Elizabeth Hubler-Torrey, Ocean View III


Opening Reception: CAMPUS and Fresh Pick
Thursday, March 01, 2018
Member Preview: 5:30 pm - 6:00 pm, Public Welcome: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Free

Join us for the Fresh Pick and the CAMPUS: 2018 Staff and Faculty Show opening reception and get a first look at the works on view. Meet the artists and enjoy light refreshments and a cash bar.

 Eleanor Gatewood, Massage Your Candied Spazz

Eleanor Gatewood, Massage Your Candied Spazz


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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Jan
19
to Mar 18

Enmeshed

Enmeshed
January 19, 2018 - March 18, 2018

UICA Enmeshed Exhibition logo

Enmeshed is a group of solo exhibitions which features work by artists who bridge the personal, the political, and the spiritual. Participating artists explore how these relationships refer to both identity and action. Participating Artists include:

Tyanna Bule painting

Tyanna J. Buie is Assistant Professor/Section Chair of Printmaking at the College for Creative Studies. Buie received her BA from Western Illinois University, and her MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She was the first black woman to win the Mary L. Nohl Fellowship. She also is the recipient of the Joan Mitchell Painters & Sculptors Grant.


Curt Ikens artwork

Curt Ikens, who received his BFA from Eastern Michigan University and MFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, will create new work for this solo show. Ikens recent work grapples with diverse issues including environmental sustainability, the awkward merging of Eastern and Western cultures, historicism and child labor.


Jillian Dickson Ludwig drawing

Jillian Dickson Ludwig received an MFA from Clemson University and a BFA from Bradley University. She has shown extensively in solo and group exhibitions, including at ARTVENICE BIENNALE 3, International Juried Digital Exhibition in 2015.


Andromeda Schmidt installation artwork

Andromeda Schmidt is a trans occult graphic designer, sculptor, and college instructor. She received her MFA in Sculpture from Cranbrook Academy of Art, and BFA in Sculpture + Extended Media from Virginia Commonwealth University. She has shown in Detroit, MI, Philadelphia, PA, Richmond, VA, and New York City.


Dana Freeman artwork

Dana Freeman is a Professor of Art Aquinas College. She received a B.F.A. from Pomona College, focusing on abstract painting and assemblage sculpture. Her M.F.A. is from the University of California, Santa Barbara in photography, video and performance/installation. Dana's work is concept driven, often using the figure in limbo, a response to her experiences and dreams.


Don't Miss the Opening Night Event.

Opening Reception: Enmeshed
Friday, January 19, 2018
Member Preview: 5:30 pm - 6:00 pm, Public Welcome: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
UICA Members: Freel Public: $5

Join us for the Enmeshed opening reception to get a first look at the works on view. Meet and mingle with the artists on-site, explore the galleries, and enjoy light refreshments and a cash bar.

UICA Enmeshed Exhibition 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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Nov
3
to Dec 17

Organize Your Own: The Politics and Poetics of Self-Determination Movements

Organize Your Own: The Politics and Poetics of Self-Determination Movements
November 3, 2017 - December 17, 2017

UICA Organize Your Own Exhibition logo

Organize Your Own: The Politics and Poetics of Self-Determination Movements is a exhibition and event series that started in both Philadelphia and Chicago in early 2016 and is now traveling nationwide. Organize Your Own features new works by contemporary artists and poets that respond to the history of the mandate from the Black Power movement to “organize your own” community against racism.

The exhibit features newly commissioned artwork by participants from the country, including Amber Art & Design, Anna Martine Whitehead (with Thread Makes Blanket), Irina Contreras, Robby Herbst, Matt Neff, Mary Patten, Dave Pabellon, Helen Shiller's Keep Strong Magazine photo archives, Frank Sherlock (with Kelly Writers House), Society Editions collaboration with the poets of the Young Patriots Organization, Dan S. Wang, Rosten Woo.  

The reading area of the exhibition includes the project catalog edited by Anthony Romero for Soberscove Books with reflections on this project from Fred Moten, Mark Nowak, Rasheedah Phillips, Bettina Escauriza, Mariam Williams and Jen Hofer. Also see online project documentation featured on organizeyourown.wordpress.com by Irina Contreras, Anne Braden Institute, Marissa Johnson-Valenzuela, Salem Collo-Julin, and Thomas Graves with Jennifer Kidwell.

Curated by Daniel Tucker, the exhibition project also includes numerous events (panels, tours, performances and public projects) which have taken place throughout previous exhibition runs. Original funding for the project came from The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage (Philadelphia) and Columbia College (Chicago). 


Don't Miss the Opening Reception

Opening Reception: Coming Home and Organize Your Own
Friday, November 03, 2017
Member Preview: 5:30 pm - 6:00 pm, Public Welcome: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
UICA Members: Free, Public: $5

Join us for the Coming Home and Organize Your Own opening reception to get a first look at the works on view. Meet and mingle with the artists on-site, explore the galleries, and enjoy light refreshments from Marie Catrib's and a cash bar.


Thank You.

UICA thanks the following for their support of Organize Your Own.

Conduit Studio
Ferris State University
Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University
Meijer
UICA Members


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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Nov
3
to Jan 27

Coming Home

Coming Home
November 3, 2017 - January 27, 2018

UICA Coming Home Nate Heuer Drawing

Coming Home is a suite of exhibitions featuring works by emerging and established Michigan artists. Coming Home celebrates Michigan’s role as a platform for inspiration, exploration, and creative development by highlighting working artists.

Coinciding with the calendar year’s passing of the seasons, and the broader homecoming of travelers, Coming Home celebrates both departures and reunions.

Coming Home features work by artists who are from Michigan, are currently based in Michigan, or have spent a considerable amount of time in Michigan during the course of their careers.


Participating Artists Include:

Nathan Heuer

Nathan Heuer's work is largely concerned with the role of architecture in society as a symbol of cultural values and history. Heuer decontextualizes the subject of each drawing by removing the structure from its surroundings and isolating it on a white ground, asking viewers to reconsider the deeper cultural significance of abandoned structures.


Rick Beerhorst

Grand Rapids' painter Rick Beerhorst’s career has spanned over thirty years, and his iconic work has been exhibited worldwide. Beerhorst is known for his folk iconography as well as his stylized subjects (often immediate family members or self-portraits). His new work, inspired by his experience with depression and mental illness, is a departure from the style for which he has become known.

Beerhorst’s most recent work is expressive and experimental and signals a new phase in his career. His large-scale works featuring women who confront the viewer are both emotionally intense and challenging, and are a visual manifestation of his artistic and personal transformation.


Don't Miss the Opening Night Event

Opening Reception: Coming Home and Organize Your Own
Friday, November 03, 2017
Member Preview: 5:30 pm - 6:00 pm, Public Welcome: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
UICA Members: Free, Public: $5

Join us for the Coming Home and Organize Your Own opening reception to get a first look at the works on view. Meet and mingle with the artists on-site, explore the galleries, and enjoy light refreshments from Marie Catrib's and a cash bar.


Thank You.

UICA thanks the following for their support of Coming Home and Organize Your Own.

Conduit Studio
Ferris State University
Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University
Meijer
Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs
UICA Members


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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Sep
12
to Dec 10

ArtPrize Nine: Cultivate

ArtPrize Nine: Cultivate
September 12, 2017 - December 10, 2017

UICA ArtPrize Nine Cultivate graphic

About the Exhibition

Cultivate is a curated group show that uses food as a lens to examine cultural history, social equity, and the effects of globalization on communities. Food – how it is produced, the environmental conditions that make it sustainable, how it is consumed, the cultural practices related to it – has been the subject of art for centuries. From Northern Renaissance still life paintings, to Pop Art social metaphor, to contemporary relational aesthetics that spur social interaction, food remains an important subject of expression. The artists presented in Cultivate have chosen as their subjects elements that relate to all of these, while challenging viewers to consider our present relationship with what we consume as the fulcrum for our future relationships with one another, and with the environment.

Learn more about the artists whose works are included in Cultivate in this video by: Bird + Bird Studio.


UICA Artemis Antippas CHCKN Cultivate ArtPrize

Participating Artists

Artemis Antippas

C H C K N                    
Installation
Current City: New Orleans, LA, US

Artemis Antippas was born in 1985 in New Orleans, Louisiana, to Greek-American parents—an abstract painter mother and an art dealer father. Antippas attended American University where she received a bachelor’s degree in public communications and art history in 2008. Since 2014, Antippas has shown her work in three Louisiana Contemporary exhibitions at The Ogden Museum of Southern Art (2014-2016), three Prospect.3 satellite exhibitions, and several group shows in cities around the country including Boulder, Colorado; Brooklyn, New York; Washington D.C.; and Lake Charles and New Orleans, Louisiana. Born in New Orleans and growing up in an art-centered family have been strong influences in Antippas’ artistic approach and unusual daily practice.


Pippin Frisbie-Calder Canceled Edition

Pippin Frisbie-Calder
FINALIST
Canceled Edition
Installation
Current City: New Orleans, LA, US

Frisbie-Calder's background includes a BFA with honors in printmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design, a residency in Providence (RI), study of large scale woodcuts abroad in Indonesia, a residency at Big Cypress National Preserve (FL), and special showings at a number of galleries, including in New Orleans, Denver, Providence (RI), and Yogyakarta (Indonesia). Canceled Edition explores innate human desires with the hope that a more honest understanding of those desires can contribute to a better understanding of how we live on this planet.

*Pitch Night Winner: Frisbie-Calder’s work was selected from among five artists that were invited to present at Pitch Night. Each artist was given five minutes and five slides to sell their ambitious, site-specific installation idea to a panel of local arts professionals including: Katie Pfohl, curator of modern and contemporary art at New Orleans Museum of Art; Gia Hamilton, director at Joan Mitchell Center; Nick Stillman, president and CEO at Arts Council New Orleans; Heather Duffy, exhibitions curator at Urban Institute for Contemporary Art in Grand Rapids, Michigan; and Andrea Andersson, The Helis Foundation Chief Curator of Visual Arts at Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans.


UICA Salvador Jimenez Flores The Resistance of the Hybrid Cacti

Salvador Jiménez Flores

The Resistance of the Hybrid Cacti , La Resistencia de los Nopales Híbridos
Three-Dimensional
Current City: Jamaica Plain, MA, US

Salvador Jiménez-Flores is an interdisciplinary artist born and raised in Jalisco, México.  Since coming to the United States, Jiménez-Flores has contributed to the Midwest art scene by producing a mixture of socially conscious installation, public, and studio-based art.

He has presented his work at the National Museum of Mexican Art, Grand Rapids Art Museum, Urban Institute of Contemporary Art, and Casa de la Cultura in Jalisco, México amongst others. Recently, Jiménez-Flores was awarded a two year-long artist residency at the Harvard Ceramics Program, Office of the Arts at Harvard University. Also he serves as the Artist-In-Residence for the City of Boston. He is also Resident Teaching Artist at Urbano Project and instructor at both Wheelock College, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and Harvard Ceramics Program, Office of the Arts at Harvard University. Jiménez-Flores received his MFA from Kendall College of Art and Design in Drawing and his BAS from Robert Morris University in Chicago, IL.

The Resistance of the Hybrid Cacti is an exploration of the themes of colonialism, migration, identity and futurism. The cacti, a resilient plant, can survive the most extreme weather conditions. Metaphorically, Jiménez-Flores sees these succulents as the hope for our future. Jiménez-Flores latest research is centered around the development of Mexican-Futuristic aesthetics in his work.


UICA Seitu Jones The Heartside Community Meal

Seitu Jones      
WINNER ArtPrize 9 Juried Grand Prize       
The Heartside Community Meal
Time-based                                
Current City: St. Paul, MN, US

Working independently or with others, Seitu Jones has created over 30 large-scale public artworks and was millennium artist-in-residence for 651 Arts in Brooklyn, NY and was the City of Minneapolis’ first Artist-in-Residence. Jones has been awarded a number of prestigious designations and currently teaches Urban Food Systems at the University of Minnesota and is on the faculty of Goddard College in Port Townsend, WA.

On September 23, Heartside residents were invited to take part in a community meal presented by UICA, artist Seitu Jones, and a number of community partners. Guests of the event enjoyed a meal prepared by Grand Rapids chefs with ingredients cultivated from local gardens and farms on a tablescape designed by Seitu Jones and created by students, collaborators, and volunteers. The 250-seat community meal united neighbors, illuminated similarities and connections, and encouraged guests to share food stories and participate in over the table conversations about food traditions, attitudes, food justice, rituals, and access while celebrating our diverse neighborhood.

UICA thanks our generous Community Partners:
Access of West Michigan
Chef Eric Varga
Chef Sarah Munoz
Dwelling Place Properties
Grand Rapids African American Museum and Archives
Grand Rapids Downtown Market
Grandville Avenue Arts and Humanities Cook Arts Center
Green NV Floral
Heartside Gleaning Initiative
Our Kitchen Table
Peach Ridge Farms
Thorlund Brothers Farm
Urban Roots
West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology


UICA Kyd Kane Broke(n)Hunger

Kyd Kane
FINALIST
broke(n)hunger                
Time-based                
Current City: Grand Rapids, MI, US

Kyd Kane is a poet and spoken word artist from Grand Rapids, MI. Kane's most recent work, broke(n)hunger is an original spoken word poem that reflects on the artist's own experiences with food and her connections to and observations of food systems. Kyd Kane will also perform an original work, Communing Hearts, as a welcome to the Heartside Community Meal: A Public Art Project by Seitu Jones. 


UICA Michael Peoples Perchance to Dream

Michael Peoples

Perchance To Dream
Installation                
Current City: Grand Haven, MI, US

Peoples is a self-taught artist whose works reflect on the cultural history of the Midwest with a comedic bend. Peoples has been experimenting with mold-making for several years, primarily casting in wax and creating work using multiples and repetition. Each work explores the significance of number, color, and form upon cognitive and emotional experience. Perchance to Dream reflects the idea of food as memory. 

For Peoples, some foods have developed an iconic status in the collective consciousness, such as the well-known Circus Peanut candy. The subtext of this work derives from the fondness that Peoples' grandfather had for the peanut-shaped candies and Perchance to Dream is an homage to his memory.

UICA Danielle Riede Quench

Danielle Riede

Quench
Installation
Current City: Indianapolis, IN, US

 

“Comprised of screens from deconstructed televisions, tablets and smart phones that cannot be industrially recycled, I created Quench, an installation that points to our consumption of and obsession with technology. With a simple fold, I have transformed the screen into a form that suggests tears and rain.” - Danielle Riede     

Danielle Felice Riede grew up in the United States and Iceland. She received her Master of Fine Arts in Painting from Virginia Commonwealth University and also studied under Daniel Buren at the Kunstakademie Duesseldorf. As an undergraduate student, Danielle completed her Bachelor of Arts, with a major in art and a minor in art history, at the University of Virginia. Riede also lived in Italy for four years and studied figure drawing at Accademia di Belle Arte di Firenze. Since 2003, Danielle has been making site-specific installations out of recuperated materials. Her international exhibition record includes galleries and museums in Mexico City, Athens, Cologne, New York, and many other cities. Danielle Felice Riede is the recipient of numerous awards including the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship and the Virginia Commission for the Arts Fellowship in Sculpture. She is currently an Associate Professor of Art at the Herron School of Art and Design - Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis.

Danielle Riede worked with RecycleForce to harvest the screens used as part of her installation. This Indianapolis-based non-profit offers recycling services while providing life-changing workforce training and job placement to formerly incarcerated individuals.  


UICA thanks the following for their support of Cultivate

ArtPrize
Conduit Studio
Daniel and Pamella DeVos Foundation
Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation
Ferris State University
Grand Rapids Community Foundation
ITC
Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University
Meijer
Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs
Wege 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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Flex Gallery: A Public Art Project by Zachary Johnson
Jun
2
to Aug 4

Flex Gallery: A Public Art Project by Zachary Johnson

Flex Gallery: A Public Art Project by Zachary Johnson
June 2, 2017 - August 4, 2017

Flex Gallery is a wearable, rotating exhibition space located on curator Zachary Johnson’s left arm. The mobile art space has to date hosted twelve custom armbands created by local, regional, and international artists that were originally exhibited in runs of two weeks each. The project includes a diverse range of media including photography, digital illustration, soft sculpture, and printmaking. Flex Gallery is curated with no limitations other than the dimensions of the canvas armbands which Johnson supplies to each artist.  

The full series of work from 12 artists will be displayed in UICA’s Front Street Gallery from June 02 - August 04, 2017.

UICA Flex Gallery Art

Opening Reception

The Jump Off and Flex Gallery: Opening Reception
June 02, 2017

Member Preview: 5:30 pm - 6:00 pm, Public Welcome: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
UICA Members: Free, Public: $5

Join us for The Jump Off opening reception and get a first look at the works on view. Meet the artists included in the exhibition and enjoy light refreshments, a cash bar, and remarks by UICA’s Exhibitions Curator. Also opening that evening: The Flex Gallery by Zachary Johnson who will be on-site to talk about his work and the works included in the mobile exhibition.


Exhibiting Artists

Greg Oberle
Alyssa Roach
Megan Roach
Jenn Schaub
Tag W. R. Hartman-Simkins
Fan Wu


About The Curator

UICA Zachary Johnson Flex Gallery Curator

Zachary Johnson is an arts professional from the Chicago area currently living in Grand Rapids. He graduated with a B.A. in Art History from Columbia College Chicago in 2010. Since then he has focused his career on public art and art education, organizing public art projects and exhibitions in the Chicago suburbs, the city of Chicago, and Amakusa, Japan. In Grand Rapids he is a regular contributor to Art Hack, volunteer docent at the UICA, Avenue for the Arts advisory committee member, and was a City Parks Curator for ArtPrize 7.


Artwork Credits

Alyssa Roach. Untitled. Collograph, thread on canvas. Flex Gallery, Grand Rapids, MI. 2016.

Rachel McKay. Untitled. Ink, embroidery thread, pressed flowers, paper on canvas. Flex Gallery, Grand Rapids. 2016.

Tag WR Hartman-Simkins. Boyfriend Twins. Gel Medium Transfer on canvas armband. Flex Gallery_ Grand Rapids, MI. 2016

Christopher C. W. Sutton. Untitled. Mixed media, acrylic on canvas armband. Flex Gallery, Grand Rapids, MI. 2016.

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The Jump Off
Jun
2
to Aug 26

The Jump Off

The Jump Off
June 2, 2017 - August 26, 2017

UICA The Jump Off Exhibition logo

UICA celebrates 40 years of experimentation and growth with The Jump Off, a group exhibition that features multiple works by local, regional, and national artists. The artists included in the exhibition reveal the evolution within the creative process by presenting artwork that defines their current practice paired with earlier works - specifically, exposing the piece or pieces that served as the clear turning point; catalyzing the spark for their new work’s materials, visual or conceptual content.  

The Jump Off was curated by UICA’s Exhibitions Curator, Heather Duffy, from a national call for work. 

The artists included in The Jump OffHannah Smith Allen, Maggie Bandstra, Tyler Bohm, Pete Braspenninx, Kaylee Britton, Rachel Britton, Sophia Brueckner, Sara Dhyne, Scott Dickson, Melissa Dorn Richards, Laurel Dugan, Eliza Fernand, David Frison, Christy Georg, Toby Kaufman-Buhler, Jeff Kraus, Nathan Margoni, Catherine Mellinger, Avery Miller, Meredith Miller, Lisa Mull, Alessandra Myers, Thomas Pike, Ethan Ross, Megan Stone, Nicholas Szymanski, Kayla Thompson, Molly Lucille, Dave Weindorf, Elisabeth Wellfare, Tianna Wierenga, Al Wildey, Rachelle Wunderink.


Opening Reception

The Jump Off and Flex Gallery Opening Reception
June 02, 2017
Member Preview: 5:30 pm - 6:00 pm, Public Welcome: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
UICA Members: Free, Public: $5

Join us for The Jump Off opening reception and get a first look at the works on view. Meet the artists included in the exhibition and enjoy light refreshments, a cash bar, and remarks by UICA’s Exhibitions Curator. Also opening that evening: Flex Gallery by Zachary Johnson who will be on-site to talk about his work and the works included in the mobile exhibition.


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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MEGA 2017
Apr
8
to Jul 30

MEGA 2017

MEGA 2017
April 8, 2017 - July 30, 2018

UICA Mega 2017 Exhibition

Each year, UICA hosts the Michigan Emerging Graduate Artists (MEGA) exhibition in collaboration with the MFA Collective, a student organization at KCAD. This juried show is comprised of students currently enrolled in a graduate program in the state of Michigan, or undergraduate students scheduled to graduate from a Michigan college or university.

Find full information on MEGA 2017 artists, as well as images of and statements for selected works, here


Opening Reception

April 8, 2017
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Gallery admission is free beginning at 5:00 pm in association with Avenue for the Arts' Art.Downtown.

Join us as we celebrate the grand opening of MEGA 2017 which features works from 17 emerging graduate and undergraduate artists representing 6 different Michigan Universities. The exhibition features a variety of mediums such as sculpture, textile works, photography, painting, drawing, printmaking, video, performance, and installation. 


Exhibiting Artists

William Marcellus Armstrong, Cranbrook Academy of Art
Prashani Chandrasena, Cranbrook Academy of Art
Min-Jen Chang, Cranbrook Academy of Art
Beibei & Leilei Chen, Kendall College of Art and Design
Anita Enriquez, Cranbrook Academy of Art - Jurors Choice Award Recipient
Egan Franks, Kendall College of Art and Design
Angelica Hay, Kendall College of Art and Design
Hallie Hofman, Grand Valley State University
Chelsea Markuson, Michigan State University
Emily Mayo, Kendall College of Art and Design
Erin Miller, Eastern Michigan University
Steven Miner, Kendall College of Art and Design
Jing Ouyang, Cranbrook Academy of Art
Melody Posthuma, Grand Valley State University
Kyle Sharkey, Wayne State University
Angela Two Stars, Kendall College of Art and Design
Jessica Wildman, Wayne State University


Exhibition Jurors

Heather Duffy, UICA Exhibitions Curator

Heather is an artist from the Mississippi Gulf coast and is the exhibitions curator at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA) in Grand Rapids, MI.  Prior to her appointment at UICA, Heather worked as the exhibitions manager for ArtPrize, in academic and commercial art galleries, and as an independent curator presenting exhibitions of contemporary art in Dallas, New York, Michigan and throughout the American southeast.  She exhibits her studio work regionally and nationally, and holds an MFA in painting from Kendall College of Art and Design

Elizabeth Chodos, Executive/Creative Director at Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists’ Residency.

Elizabeth is interested in creative and enterprising arts administration projects and practices, and moonlights as a creative writer and independent curator. She is currently the Executive and Creative Director at Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists’ Residency, and was formerly Executive Director and Board member at threewalls in Chicago. She currently serves on the board of the Alliance of Artists’ Communities. She is co-founder of Common Field, a national alliance of artist-centered visual arts platforms and their produces. Chodos received a Dual Masters degree from the departments of Art History, Theory and Criticism, and Arts Administration from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and her Bachelors of Arts in Creative Writing, from Sarah Lawrence College.

Taylor Renee Aldridge

Taylor is an arts writer and curator based in Detroit, Michigan. Taylor works to investigate the intersections of equity, race and culture in an outside of cultural institutions. This is often carried out through writing essays, curating, facilitating public programs, and working as an advisory to a variety of projects. In 2014, she co-founded ARTS.BLACK with Jessica Lynne, an online publication for art criticism from Black perspectives, predicated on the belief that art criticism should be an accessible dialogue – a tool through which we question, celebrate and talk back to the global world of contemporary art.

Taylor received her M.L.A from Harvard University with a concentration in Museum Studies. She received her B.A from Howard University with a concentration in Art History and Business Administration. Taylor has worked at the The Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African & African American Art (Harvard University), and has been awarded with the Goldman Sachs Junior Fellowship at The National Museum of American History (Smithsonian Institutions).

UICA Mega 2017 Exhibition Galleries
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Fresh Pick: Eana Agopian
Apr
8
to Aug 6

Fresh Pick: Eana Agopian

Fresh Pick: Eana Agopian
April 8, 2017 - August 6, 2017

UICA Fresh Pick Exhibition Eana Agopian logo

About Fresh Pick:

UICA Eana Agopian Interlace Fresh Pick

The UICA Fresh pick solo exhibition award recognizes an emerging artist of exceptional promise, and is awarded annually to one student in the graduating class of Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University. Eana Agopian, a graduate of the Master of Fine Art program from the Printmaking department, has been honored with the 2016 award.  Interlace, an exhibition of her new works, will be on view from April 8 - August 6, 2017.

 

Fresh Pick: Eana Agopian: Interlace

Inspired by the progressive and transformational nature of the creative process, this work draws upon themes of alchemy, psychology, and various modes of sensual perception to explore realms of the unknown. Allowing the materials and processes to guide the creation, a great depth of insight into the unseen aspects of the mind can be revealed, as if creating a new philosophy; illustrating visually that which cannot be explained through written language or science. Delving into underwater realms and the flexible nature of time and space, this work explores the mysteries of the world as illustrated by nature guides and encyclopedia diagrams. Removed from their original context, these images allow us to question what we know in our hearts and minds to be true, challenging them against the things we have been told to believe.

 


About the Artist

Eana Agopian is a visual artist and printmaker based in Southwest Michigan. She studied art education and fine art photography at Western Michigan University’s Gwen Frostic School of Art, followed by a seven-year stint organizing art, music and food-related events in Kalamazoo, Michigan’s vibrant cultural scene. While studying photography and alternative darkroom processes at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, her interest in light-based image capture shifted from photography to printmaking, and in 2016 she earned her MFA in Printmaking from Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, MI. Her thesis exhibition, titled, Occultation: Conceal/Reveal received the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts “Fresh Pick Award” for 2016. In addition to printmaking, she continues to work in multi-media collage and embroidery. More on Eana Agopian can be found at http://www.eanaappleagopian.com.

Agopian’s solo exhibition will be on view at UICA April 8 - August 6, 2017. Join us for the Opening Reception happening April 08, 2017. 

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US IS THEM: Art from the Pizzuti Collection
Jan
27
to May 14

US IS THEM: Art from the Pizzuti Collection

US IS THEM: Art from the Pizzuti Collection
January 27, 2017 - May 14, 2017

UICA Us Is Them Pizzuti Collection Exhibition logo

US IS THEM is a powerful exhibition of works by 42 international artists who confront issues of politics, religion, and racism. The exhibition presents more than 50 individual contemporary artworks across a diverse range of media including painting, sculpture, photography, and video.

The exhibition is organized to reflect timely and potent issues of social justice and current affairs across the world. Artists are in the unique position to create things of beauty that inspire reflection, elevate our consciousness, and fuel a sense of responsibility. The artists in US IS THEM continue that tradition by creating enlightening and thoughtful works that challenge and rearrange stale notions of identity and obsolete notions of difference.

As the title suggests, this exhibition focuses on what connects rather than what separates us. We live in a global society. What happens abroad impacts us at home. What happens at home reverberates across the world. While we experience dramatic social, cultural, economic, and environmental changes, people across continents share in a continuing fight for social justice, solidarity, and tolerance. This exhibition presents works that respond to and raise awareness about our common human condition.

 Kehinde Wiley,  Design for a Stained Glass Window with Wild Man , 2006. Oil on canvas 96" x 72”

The exhibition is organized geographically, with a section dedicated to artists with roots in Africa and the Caribbean, which reveals a focus on the persistent legacy of colonialism. Galleries devoted to Chinese artists include works that address individual voices in a vast society. Artists from the Middle East contemplate religious freedoms and fights for equality, while American artists address continuing racism and bigotry.

Artists include: Derrick Adams, Nick Cave, Noah Davis, Roberto Diago, Omar Victor Diop, Jonathan Hammer, Zhang Huan, Wang Jin, Hayv Kahraman, Titus Kaphar, Patrick Lee, Simone Leigh, Tianbing Li, Wangechi Mutu, Adi Nes, Aminah Robinson, Yinka Shonibare, Jeff Sonhouse, Mickalene Thomas, Hank Willis Thomas, Diane Wah, Kara Walker, Nari Ward, Carrie Mae Weems, Judi Werthein, Kehinde Wiley

 


Opening Night Event US IS THEM and Here + Now
Friday, January 27, 2017
UICA Member Preview: 5:30 -  6:00 pm, Public Welcome, 6:00 pm - 9 pm
UICA Members: Free, Public: $5

Join UICA as we celebrate the opening of US IS THEM: Art from the Pizzuti Collection and Here + Now. Enjoy light refreshments, hear remarks from UICA’s Exhibitions Curator, and learn about the works on view from docents stationed in the galleries.


UICA thanks the following for their generous support of US IS THEM

Visionary
Ferris State University

Thought Leader
Conduit Studio
The Daniel & Pamella DeVos Foundation
The Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation
The Wege Foundation

Innovator
Grand Rapids Community Foundation
ITC
Meijer
MIchigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs

Connector
FSU Diversity and Inclusion Office

 

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Here + Now
Jan
27
to May 14

Here + Now

Here + Now
January 27, 2017 - May 14, 2017

 Candace Hunter,  Nina Simone's Four Women: Aunt Sara ; Collage; 24 x 18 inches

Here + Now, a series of solo exhibitions, performances and community events curated by UICA Exhibitions Curator, Heather Duffy extends the opportunity presented by US IS THEM to emerging and mid-career African American visual artists, spoken word artists, curators, and performance artists. Here + Now includes newly created solo shows and a guest-curated group exhibition, as well as community events and educational programs.

 


 Nakeya Brown, Hair Portrait #4, The Refutation of “Good” Hair , 19 inches x 19 inches, Archival Inkjet Print

Nakeya Brown
Jan 27, 2017 – Mar 31, 2017

Nakeya Brown was born in Santa Maria, California in 1988. She received her BA in Visual Arts and Journalism & Media Studies from Rutgers University. Her work has been exhibited at the McKenna Museum of African American Art, Woman Made Gallery, Vivid Solutions Gallery, and Mason Gross Gallery. Brown’s work has been reviewed by The Washington City Paper, African & Afro-Diasporan Art Talks, ForHarriet, and has been published by international publications, Hysteria and Elephant. She is a recipient of the Hortense May Boutell, Richard T. Evans, and Winifred Todd Farah endowments. She is currently pursuing her M.F.A at The George Washington University. Nakeya lives in Washington, D.C with her 3-year-old daughter, Mia.


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 Mario Moore,  White on Black, Oil on Canvas

Mario Moore
Jan 27, 2017 – Mar 12, 2017
 
Mario Moore is a Detroit native, currently residing in New York City. He received his BFA in Illustration from The College for Creative Studies in his hometown of Detroit in 2009, and completed his MFA in Painting from Yale University in 2013. Moore’s solo exhibitions include Harlem School of the Arts, The Diggs Gallery/Winston-Salem State University, and Knox College. His work was also included in the Studio Visit Volume 31 (2015) and the Studio Museum in Harlem’s catalog, Speaking of People: Ebony, Jet and Contemporary Art (2014).


Exhibition Extended

UICA Here + Now Exhibition graphic

Guest Curator, Janice Bond
Abandoned Margins: Policing the Black Female Body

Jan 27, 2017 – May 14, 2017

Janice Bond is a curator, interdisciplinary artist, and cultural producer specializing in arts and culture.  As a visual/multimedia artist, her original paintings, installations, and collective soundscapes focus on multidimensional human perspectives and identity, sacred geometry, sound frequencies, and indigenous fractal patterns found in various cultures and urban landscapes. In 2014, Bond opened Gallery ONI, a contemporary art gallery and cultural space located in Chicago, Illinois dedicated to promoting the work of women artists of color.  As featured guest curator for Here + Now, Bond will present a new iteration of Abandoned Margins: Policing the Black Female Body, which debuted at Chicago’s Woman Made Gallery in early 2016.

Artists participating as part of Abandoned Margins: Policing the Black Female Body include:

Marcia Michael
Melissa SK
Nature’s Intent
NIC Kay
Rosemary Meza-DesPlas
Sarah Beth Woods
Shani Crowe
Sharla Hammond
Shoshanna Weinberger
Tye Johnson

Alexis McGrigg
Brittney Leeanne Williams
Candace Hunter
Emily Mulenga
Fabiola Jean-Louis
Harmonia Rosales
Ify Chiejina
Kim Nogueira
LaToya Hobbs
LEE BULLITT
LINEA Germania


UICA worked alongside an active advisory committee made up of entrepreneurs, professionals, and activists with demonstrated histories in community advocacy and equity development to ensure an authentic and impactful commitment to diversity and inclusion. The advisory committee includes;George Bayard, Janean Couch, Alice Jasper, Latesha Lipscomb, Eddie Tadlock, Jamiel Robinson, and LaTarro Traylor.

UICA Here + Now Latesha Lipscomb portrait

“This exhibition is critical because people need both mirrors and windows to thrive in a community. When you highlight the work of a contemporary artist who is also a person of color, it gives little brown boys and girls an opportunity to see a person who looks just like them living out their dreams.”

— Latesha Lipscomb | Entrepreneur and Business Owner


UICA Here + Now Janean Couch portrait

“Creativity, innovation, conversation, and understanding are all byproducts of the arts & culture we see and interact with. Bringing great emerging talent to our community will hopefully help to cultivate a sense of hope, pride, and purpose in not only other emerging contemporary artists and persons of color, but others in our community.”

— Janean Couch | Program Officer Grand Rapids Community Foundation


UICA thanks the following for their generous support of Here + Now

Visionary
Ferris State University

Thought Leader
Conduit Studio
The Daniel and Pamella DeVos Foundation
The Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation
National Endowment for the Arts
The Wege Foundation

Innovator
Grand Rapids Community Foundation
ITC
Meijer
MIchigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs

Connector
FSU Diversity and Inclusion Office


Cover image: 
DETAIL: Nakeya Brown, Hair Portrait #2, The Refutation of “Good” Hair , 19 inches x 19 inches, Archival Inkjet Print , 2012

Above:
Candace Hunter, Nina Simone's Four Women: Aunt Sara”; Collage; 24 x 18 inches

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Coming Home
Nov
11
to Jan 8

Coming Home

Coming Home
November 11, 2016 - January 8, 2017

UICA Coming Home Exhibition graphic

Coming Home is a suite of exhibitions featuring works by emerging and established Michigan artists. Coming Home celebrates Michigan’s role as a platform for inspiration, exploration, and creative development by highlighting a diverse group of working artists.

Coinciding with the calendar year’s passing of the seasons, and the broader homecoming of travelers, Coming Home celebrates both departures and reunions.

Coming Home features work by artists who are from Michigan, are currently based in Michigan, or have spent a considerable amount of time in Michigan during the course of their careers. Exhibits within Coming Home will be on view November 11, 2016 - January 8, 2017.

Featured Artists:
Kelly Allen
Michael C. Andrews
Nayda Collazo-Llorens
Geary Jones
Bob Marsh
Dylan Miner
Mario Moore
Diane Zeeuw


Kelly Allen
Kelly Allen earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Humboldt State University in Arcata, California, and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  Allen’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including galleries and museums in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, and London. Through the unification of images, colors, and textures pulled from the macro-to microcosmic realms, Allen’s work initiates conversation and formulates new meanings.

UICA Kelly Allen Coming Home graphic

Michael C. Andrews
Michael C. Andrews is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Fiber and Material Studies as the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) and is the Academic Director at the Ox-bow School of Art and Artists' Residency. Andrews received a BFA from SAIC and his MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Fueled by dynamic relationships between bright and dull colors, hard and soft materials, and range of scale, his sculptures and tapestries pointedly occupy the gallery. His work is informed by the grandeur of historical tapestries, non-representational abstract painting, and the delirium of home craft. His tapestries simultaneously function as both object and image.

UICA Michael C. Andrews Coming Home graphic

Nayda Collazo-Llorens

Nayda Collazo-Llorens is a visual artist engaged in an interdisciplinary practice incorporating multiple mediums and strategies. Her practice examines the ways in which we perceive and process information, dealing with concepts of navigation, language and hyperconnectivity. Collazo-Llorens received an MFA from New York University and a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art. She was a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Fellow in 2012, and a Visiting Fellow at the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership in 2014. Her work has been reviewed in The New York Times, Art Net, Art US, Art Nexus, Art News, Arte al Día International, BOMBlog, and Newcity, among others.  

Her work is represented by LMAKgallery, New York.

UICA Nayda Collazo-Llorens Coming Home graphic

Geary Jones

Geary Jones is a nationally renowned weaver and fiber artist based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Jones’ works range from miniature tapestries to monumental constructions woven from unexpected materials, and his resume includes a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, national recognition as the recipient of the prestigious Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award, publication in American Craft and The New York Times, and invitations to speak at such prestigious establishments as the Art Institute of Chicago.

UICA Geary Jones Coming Home graphic

Bob Marsh

Bob Marsh is a sculptor and Associate Professor of Sculpture and Functional Art at Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University. Marsh earned a MFA in Furniture Design from San Diego State University and a BFA in Crafts from Kutztown University. Marsh has exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally. Marsh recently completed a sabbatical and residency at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center in CO, and presents a series of new work as part of UICA’s Coming Home exhibition.

UICA Bob Marsh Coming Home graphic

Dylan Miner

Dylan A. T. Miner is a Wiisaakodewinini (Métis) artist, activist, published writer, and scholar, and is the Director of American Indian Studies and Associate Professor at Michigan State University. Miner is also Adjunct Curator of Indigenous art at the Michigan State University Museum, and a founding member of the Justseeds artists collective. In 2010, Miner was awarded an Artist Leadership Fellowship from the National Museum of the American Indian (Smithsonian, USA) and holds a PhD in the history of art from The University of New Mexico.

The publication, Galleries West, said of Miner’s work, “Miner represents a new generation of artists who are transforming this aesthetic project of healing into a quiet celebration of growing empowerment.”

UICA Dylan Miner Coming Home graphic

Mario Moore

Mario Moore was born in Detroit, MI and currently lives and works in New York, NY. Moore received a BFA in Illustration from the College for Creative Studies, an MFA in Painting from the Yale School of Art,  and recently completed an Artist in Residency at Knox College.

Moore has exhibited nationally and internationally including at the Charles H. Wright Museum, George N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem State University’s Diggs Gallery, Driscoll Babcock Gallery and the Detroit Artists’ Market. Moore’s work has been featured in numerous print and online publications including, most recently, Arts Black, Studio Visit Volume 31 and the Studio Museum in Harlem’s catalog, Speaking of People: Ebony, Jet and Contemporary Art.

UICA Mario Moore Coming Home graphic

Diane Zeeuw

Diane Zeeuw’s academic career intersects both theory and practice. Zeeuw teaches graduate level courses at Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University (KCAD) in critical studies including Ethics and Visual Representation and Post-Structuralism. Additionally, Diane serves as the Chair of both the Graduate and Undergraduate Painting programs at KCAD.

As a practicing artist, Zeeuw has maintained a national exhibition record and has recently exhibited her work at the New Arts Project in PA, Gallery 33 Contemporary, Zhou B Art Center in Chicago, the Maryland Federation of Art in Annapolis, and Wayne State University in Detroit.  Zeeuw has also been the recipient of a number of grants including a significant individual ArtServe grant; she also served on the ArtServe advisory peer review panel for the state of Michigan.

UICA Diane Zeeuw Coming Home graphic
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FUTURE TALK: ArtPrize Eight
Sep
13
to Oct 17

FUTURE TALK: ArtPrize Eight

FUTURE TALK: ArtPrize Eight
September 13, 2016 - October 17, 2016

UICA Future Talk Artprize Exhibition

ABOUT FUTURE TALK.

UICA’s ArtPrize Eight exhibition, FUTURE TALK is a survey of recent digital and new media works. FUTURE TALK presents 15 works by 16 emerging, mid-career, and established American artists whose media, materials, and content are reflective of and responsive to their time.

“As it is applied to the creative process and output, new media is rapidly becoming traditional media. Digital technologies mediate almost every aspect of our lives, and we’re seeing artists explore ideas, ask new questions, and present artworks that challenge the traditional gallery and art viewing experience because of the freedom that comes with this expansive creative territory. In many ways, the future is already here, and FUTURE TALK is a selection of works by artists who are writing a visual language that we can decode now to understand our collective trajectory and begin the conversations that will impact our future.”

- Heather Duffy, UICA's Exhibitions Curator

 

Artists participating in FUTURE TALK:

Kayla Anderson, SetOutputWorld (called with a world of the wrong size), Vote: 64067
Jessie Belanger, MacrocosmVote: 64218
Collin Bradford, End LightVote: 64000
Eric Dickson, Wars and Rumors of WarsVote: 63091
Derek G. Larson, Talking MaterialVote: 63797
Julie Malen, Gravity RainbowsVote: 64549
TJ Mathieu, Funky TownVote: 64571
Tracey Snelling, One Thousand ShacksVote: 64159
Jeffrey Augustine Songco, Let's Dance America!Vote: 63932
Eric Souther, Search Engine Vision "ISIS"Vote: 63366
Anne Morgan Spalter, Color VoyageVote: 64395
Three Studio: Will Olson and Nicholas Tisch, V.I. , Vote: 64338
Lisa M. Williamson, Re-RootedVote: 64115
Alice Pixley Young, TransienceVote: 63586
Justin Young, Infinite Frame / P0RTRA1TS 016Vote: 64481


Plan Your Visit.

UICA Chandelier Gallery

UICA ArtPrize Exhibition Dates: September 13 – October 16, 2016
ArtPrize 2016 Dates: September 21 - October 9, 2016
*General admission fees apply during dates outside official ArtPrize Eight.

UICA ArtPrize Hours:
Monday—Saturday: 12 noon — 8pm
Sunday: 12 noon — 6pm

UICA Member Hours: Fridays and Saturdays from 10 am - 12 noon


Member Benefits

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, building our creative community. UICA Members also enjoy additional discounts and benefits during ArtPrize Eight, including early access, guest passes, and special Member hours. Not a UICA Member? Join us today.

          Early Access and Member Hours

UICA’s ArtPrize exhibition FUTURE TALK opens to the public on September 13, 2016. UICA Members will receive free admission before ArtPrize begins on September 21, 2016.

During ArtPrize, you can beat the crowds and visit UICA during Member Hours. Show your UICA Membership card at the door and enjoy the galleries before the official ArtPrize venue hours. UICA Member Hours are on Fridays and Saturdays from 10am – 12pm.

          Guest Passes

This year, we’re offering UICA Members two guest passes to use during ArtPrize Member hours. Bring two friends to UICA during Member Hours and enjoy the perks of being a UICA Member with your guests. Make sure to have your Member Card and photo ID ready upon entry.

These benefits are also enjoyed by nationwide members of the Modern and Contemporary Museums Reciprocal Membership Program.

        Special Exhibition Access

During ArtPrize Eight, Members get exclusive access to the special exhibition, superusted: The 4th Midwest Biennial, on view in UICA’s 4th and 5th level galleries during ArtPrize Eight. Visit UICA during Member Hours (Fridays and Saturdays from 10am – 12pm) and take in FUTURE TALK on the lower level and first floor, and superusted on levels 4 and 5.


The Future is Already Here.

Learn more about FUTURE TALK from UICA's Exhibitions Curator, Heather Duffy.
Video by Adam Bird.


Scheduled Group Tours

  superusted  is open to UICA Members during Member Hours (Fri. and Sat., 10am - 12pm) and for Scheduled Group Tours  only  from September 21 - October 9, 2016.

superusted is open to UICA Members during Member Hours (Fri. and Sat., 10am - 12pm) and for Scheduled Group Tours only from September 21 - October 9, 2016.

Looking to enhance your ArtPrize experience? Sign up for a tour of FUTURE TALK or UICA’s special exhibition, superusted: The 4th Midwest Biennial. Tours include a welcome from UICA staff/docents, self-guided time in the galleries, an ArtPrize map, and Boxed Water.

Cost: $10/ person. Groups must consist of 10 people minimum and 20 people maximum.

Tours must be scheduled in advance, preferably with 48 hrs notice.Schedule your tour today.

UICA Guests in Gallery
UICA Tour Guests in Gallery

Book your ArtPrize party today.

 

UICA Guests in Gallery Artprize

UICA is a premier location during ArtPrize and the region’s signature contemporary art center year-round. Located at the corner of Fulton and Division, UICA is at the center of this transformative, citywide event and with multiple indoor and outdoor areas to choose from at reasonable price points, UICA is the perfect location for your ArtPrize party.

Reserve an exclusive space within UICA to celebrate, and give your guests a unique look at the artists on view during ArtPrize 2016. Contact Megan Bylsma (megan@uica.org) today to get more information or to book a tour of the spaces available for rent.


Volunteer with us. (We'll love you forever).

UICA Volunteers

This year marks the 8th anniversary of ArtPrize, and UICA is gearing up for this exciting event! UICA is looking for a large group of volunteers to help us create a smooth and fun guest experience. We're looking for gallery monitors, greeters, and volunteers to help with ArtPrize voter registration. Learn more about shifts, responsibilities, and sign up for a shift (or two) here. Questions? Contact Katherine Williams at katherinew@uica.org.


Volunteer Benefits during ArtPrize Eight

For serving 2 shifts, volunteers will receive a combo pass for future visits to The UICA Movie Theater
For serving 3 shifts, volunteers will receive a combo pass for future visits to The UICA Movie Theater and a FUTURE TALK bandana.
For serving 5 shifts, volunteers will receive a combo pass for future visits to The UICA Movie Theater, a FUTURE TALK bandana, and a gift certificate to a local business (locations and prices may vary).
For serving 7 or more shifts, volunteers will receive a combo pass for future visits to The UICA Movie Theater, a FUTURE TALK bandana, and a gift certificate to a local business (locations and prices may vary) and a UICA Individual Level  Membership

 *Already a UICA Member? We’ll extend your current membership.

How long are shifts?
Shifts are 3 hours, with breaks encouraged.

Age restrictions
Ages 14+ are eligible to volunteer.


UICA thanks the following for their generous support of FUTURE TALK:

ArtPrize
Conduit Studio
CWD Real Estate Investment
Ferris State University
Kendall College of Art and Design
LiveSpace
Deborah and Daniel Mankoff
Meijer
Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs
National Endowment for the Arts

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superusted: The 4th Midwest Biennial
Aug
18
to Oct 23

superusted: The 4th Midwest Biennial

superusted: The 4th Midwest Biennial
August 18, 2016 - October 23, 2016

UICA Superusted Exhibition

superusted presents the work of seventeen artists from five states across the Midwest — Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, and Wisconsin — who were selected from a series of over 120 studio visits by Curator Cheryl Wilgren Clyne. Superusted, which premiered at The Soap Factory in Minneapolis, MN, features performative and interactive pieces as well a mix of media — wax, straw, porcelain, laser-cut plywood, and 3-D photography.

Featured Artists: Alexa Horochowski, Andrea Carlson, Areca Roe, Carlos DeGroot, Clarence White, Dyani White Hawk Polk, Jennifer Rogers, Jessica Christy, John Fleischer, Laura Primozic, Lindsay Smith, Mandy Martinson, Margaret Pezalla-Granlund, Phil Olmstead, Pritika Chowdry, Shana Kaplow, Sonja Peterson.

About the Curator: Cheryl Wilgren Clyne is a multimedia artist, curator, social media director and educator based in Saint Paul, MN. She received a BS in Architecture and Film and an MFA in Experimental Media Art both from the University of Minnesota.

 


Opening Reception: superusted
Thursday, August 18th, 2016
Member Preview: 6 pm, Public: 7pm-9pm
*ArtPrize ArtClub Members can also enjoy early access to the exhibition during UICA Member Hours. Membership will be validated at the door.
UICA Members: Free, Non-Members: $5

Please join us for the opening reception of superusted: The 4th Midwest Biennial, and enjoy a first look at the works on view. Hear remarks from UICA Exhibitions Curator Heather Duffy, and enjoy small bites from Gilmore Catering and a cash bar. Learn more about the exhibition as you meet and mingle with many of the artists on-site, as well as UICA docents touring the show.

Thank you to our In-Kind Sponsors:
Gilmore Catering
Rowster Coffee
Boxed Water is Better


UICA Superusted Gallery
UICA Superusted Gallery
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MEGA 2016
Apr
26
to May 21

MEGA 2016

MEGA 2016
April 26, 2016 - May 21, 2016

 Jessica Wildman,  moral fiber , 2015. Hand spun confessions and intentions written by the public with india ink on sumi paper, woven on site into a linen warp with wire and brass.

Jessica Wildman, moral fiber, 2015. Hand spun confessions and intentions written by the public with india ink on sumi paper, woven on site into a linen warp with wire and brass.

MEGA 2016 features works by artists who are currently enrolled in graduate level study or are recent graduates of a Michigan academic institution. The Michigan Emerging Graduate Artists annual juried exhibition was organized by the Kendall College of Art and Design Masters Circle and was juried by Ann Chuchvara-Cole, Jenn Schaub, and Julie Schenkleberg.


JURORS

Ann Chuchvara-Cole
Artist
Rockford, MI

Jenn Schaub
Neighborhood Revitalization
Specialist, The Dwelling Place
Grand Rapids, MI

Julie Schenkelberg
Resident Artist, SiTE:LAB
New York, NY and
Grand Rapids, MI

ARTISTS
 

Brianna Baurichter
Kendall College
of Art and Design

Rebekah Blesing
Michigan State University
Juror's Choice Award

Christian Helser
Kendall College
of Art and Design

Madison May
Kendall College
of Art and Design
Juror's Choice Award

Seth Marosok
Kendall College
of Art and Design

Jonathan Verney
University of Michigan

Huaming Wang
Kendall College
of Art and Design

Jessica Wildman
Wayne State University
Juror's Choice Award


UICA hosts MEGA with support from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.


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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Color of the Year presented by X-Rite Pantone
Apr
9
to Jul 31

Color of the Year presented by X-Rite Pantone

Color of the Year presented by X-Rite Pantone
April 9 - May 21, 2016

 Installation by Susie Ganch, Photo by David Hunter Hale

Installation by Susie Ganch, Photo by David Hunter Hale

Color of the Year is a group exhibition of original art works each utilizing the 2016 PANTONE® Color of the Year as a major component of execution or as a point of departure.The show 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 including:

 

Susie Ganch
Chun Hui Pak
Kyd Kane
Matthew Kirk
Nobuho Nagasawa
Michael Peoples

Megan Roach
Tiffany Smith
Brent Stirton
Elyse Welcher
Danielle Wyckoff
Ryan Wyrick

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In addition, Color of the Year explores color use in interior, fashion, and industrial design, with presentations from:

Kathryn Chaplow Interior Design
Leigh’s
Parliament the Boutique


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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Look Behind Design: A Process Gallery
Apr
9
to Apr 16

Look Behind Design: A Process Gallery

Look Behind Design: A Process Gallery
April 9 - April 16, 2016

To some, it can seem that design happens like Oz pulling levers behind the curtain. Look Behind Design, a specially curated exhibit, dispels some of the mystery with a behind-the-curtain view of how design happens at a group of Michigan-based companies including:

Brother’s Leather Supply Company
Chervon
Conduit Studios
Joseph Jeup
Mathison | Mathison Architects
Newell Rubbermaid
Tekna
Woosah Outfitters
Visualhero

The objects they’ve created take on new meaning with the design process behind them on full display.

This exhibition is on view as part of West Michigan Design Week


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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UNLOADED
Mar
31
to Jul 31

UNLOADED

UNLOADED
March 31 - May 15, 2016, July 5 - July 31, 2016

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UNLOADED spans UICA’s fourth and fifth floor galleries, and includes detailed stories of each work, along with information about gun violence in the U.S.

Highlights include Mel Chin’s "Cross for the Unforgiven," a Maltese cross made out of eight AK-47s. Calling the AK-47 a new international symbol of resistance to the West, Chin has fashioned the gun barrel tips, formerly deadly implements, into a bent and sealed likeness of the international symbol whose points represent the eight Beatitudes prescribed in the Sermon on the Mount.

Adrian Piper, who recently won the Golden Lion at the Venice Bienale, presents a faded black-and-white image of Trayvon Martin peering through crosshairs centered on his face.

 Adrian Piper,  Imagine (Trayvon Martin),  2013. TIFF formatted digital image on Hahnemühle paper, 10.43 x 10.76 in. Collection of the Adrian Piper Research Archive Foundation Berlin. © APRA Foundation Berlin.

Adrian Piper, Imagine (Trayvon Martin), 2013. TIFF formatted digital image on Hahnemühle paper, 10.43 x 10.76 in. Collection of the Adrian Piper Research Archive Foundation Berlin. © APRA Foundation Berlin.

“...Piper’s Imagine (Trayvon Martin) offers an important injunction: rather than regarding Martin as a “mythic being”—the threatening black male in a hoodie—imagine, for a moment, that you could be him.” —CreativeTime Reports

UNLOADED explores the historical and social issues surrounding the availability, use and impact of guns on culture and public health.

The exhibition is comprised of works by more than 20 national and international artists and one artist’s collective, including Lauren F. Adams, Nina Berman, Joshua Bienko, Mel Chin, Dadpranks, Jinshan, and Adrian Piper. The pieces include photography, digital media, sculpture, and paint on canvas.

UNLOADED was organized by Susanne Slavick, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Art at Carnegie Mellon University. The exhibition originated at Pittsburgh Cultural Trust's SPACE gallery.

Featured Artists:

LAUREN F ADAMS, NINA BERMAN, JOSHUA BIENKO, CASEY LI BRANDER, ANTHONY CERVINO, MEL CHIN, CATHY COLMAN, DADPRANKS, JAMES DUESING, JESSICA FENLON
VANESSA GERMAN, JINSHAN, ANDREW ELLIS JOHNSON, JENNIFER NAGLE MYERS, ADRIAN PIPER, DON PORCELLA, DEVAN SHIMOYAMA, SUSANNE SLAVICK, RENEE STOUT, STEPHANIE SYJUCO


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UNLOADED is presented with support from:

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Coming Home: Lydia Boda, UICA Fresh Pick
Jan
29
to Mar 20

Coming Home: Lydia Boda, UICA Fresh Pick

Coming Home: Lydia Boda, UICA Fresh Pick
January 29 - March 20, 2016

Lydia Boda, a 2015 BFA graduate from the KCAD Functional Sculpture department, won the inaugural UICA Fresh Pick award. Boda’s work is rooted in memory and ritual. Her meditative practice, itself a ritual, is paired with a deliberately complex and rigorous systematic process. This process includes a strict set of rules for every material she uses: paper, clay, wood, metal, and found objects. The resulting works are both a record of balance between practice and process, and a collection of meticulous, ethereal sculptures and installations.

The UICA Fresh Pick is a distinction awarded annually to one student in the graduating class at Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University, and recognizes an emerging artist of exceptional promise. The recipient of the Fresh Pick award receives a solo exhibition at UICA within the following calendar year, and is designated during the annual student exhibition at KCAD with a seal of achievement.

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Opening Reception: January 29, 2016
Member Preview: 6pm, Public: 7pm
UICA Members: Free, Non-Members: $5

This exhibition is presented with support from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts.


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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Coming Home: The Third Age of Bashan by Eric German
Jan
29
to Mar 20

Coming Home: The Third Age of Bashan by Eric German

Coming Home: The Third Age of Bashan by Eric German
January 29 - March 20, 2016

Eric German creates drawings, 3D prints, installations, and other works filled with rainbow-colored creatures, shapes, and forms. German’s “tiny worlds,” and the characters that inhabit them, function as stage and props within pieces that are both technological and whimsical. German lived in Grand Rapids, MI from 2009 - 2012 while he completed a MFA in drawing from Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University.

Opening Reception: January 29, 2016
Member Preview: 6pm, Public: 7pm
UICA Members: free, Non-Members: $5

This exhibition is presented with support from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts.


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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Coming Home: Sticks & Squares
Jan
29
to Mar 13

Coming Home: Sticks & Squares

Coming Home: Sticks & Squares
January 29 - March 13, 2016

Visually we can break up grids and deconstruct their forms. The organic way in which our eyes create movement within the woven elements is shown through the repositioning of these pieces. Hand drawn lines create visual weight as well as guide us through a piece. Sticks & Squares is an exhibition of these principles.

While the mediums are different these same concepts are shown throughout. A flurry of red plastic shapes can create a visual storm when hung in space. On the other side, marks document the human path weaving in and out of other elements. The very act of weaving gives us another continuation of this concept. Breaking through the grid structure, patterns of colors and shapes are created. The grid can also be made to stand alone, bringing forward the shapes that are within it's structure. It is this system of lines and grids that not only form these shapes but hold them together.

Kate Garman, Guest Curator


Featuring works by:

Christine Mauersberger
Carrie Dickason
Ann Chuchvara
Mara Baker
Megan Gurisko
Mandy Cano Villalobos
Monica Lloyd
Rachel Marcincavage

This exhibition is presented with support from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

This exhibition is presented with support from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts.


Photo of work by Mara Baker by Robert Chase Heishman.


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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Coming Home: U080715-315 by Aj Cooke
Jan
29
to Mar 20

Coming Home: U080715-315 by Aj Cooke

Coming Home: U080715-315 by Aj Cooke
January 29 - March 20, 2016

  VL2  (detail), Aj Cooke.

VL2 (detail), Aj Cooke.

Aj Cooke earned her Master of Fine Arts from Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University, and has exhibited locally and nationally. Cooke’s work concentrates on the basic connections of biology, and specifically focuses on the cognitive function of perception. Cooke explores the construction of a postmodern sense of variance, unity, and order from chaos.

Opening Reception: January 29, 2016
Member Preview: 6pm, Public: 7pm
UICA Members: free, Non-Members: $5

This exhibition is presented with support from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts.


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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A Gallery Exhibition of New Works in Screendance
Jan
8
to Jan 17

A Gallery Exhibition of New Works in Screendance

A Gallery Exhibition of New Works in Screendance
January 8 - 17, 2016

ArtPeers and Dance in the Annex (DITA) present A Gallery Exhibition of New Works in Screendance, featuring three dance films and a complementary collection of dance photography and video.

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Works featured in A Gallery Exhibition of New Works in Screendance include:

  • As In Life, created on a moving city bus in partnership with The Rapid featuring music by Paucity.
  • Pull Me Back, filmed in the woods of Northern Michigan, featuring DITA and actor Joshua Burge (Buzzard, The Revenant) with music by Rick Chyme and Nixon.
  • mechanical response, which just completed a six-week exhibition run in Detroit, was created by ArtPeers, SideCar Studios, and LaMarre and Dancers, with music by Peace To Mateo.

Opening Reception: January 08, 2016
Member Preview: 6pm, Public: 7pm
UICA Members: Free, Non-Members: $5

Partners include:
ArtPeers
Dance in the Annex (DITA)
The Rapid
Light Box Performance Venue
SideCar Studios
The Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA)
LaMarre and Dancers


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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Coming Home: Matt Schenk
Jan
8
to Feb 28

Coming Home: Matt Schenk

Coming Home: Matt Schenk
January 8 - February 28, 2016

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Matt Schenk is the recipient of UICA’s annual solo show awarded to an artist from the Festival of the Arts Regional Arts exhibition competition. Schenk is an accomplished artist who has illustrated coloring books and album covers and worked on productions for Sony Pictures including the animated version of Jackie Chan Adventures, Adam Sandler’s Eight Crazy NightsMen in Black, and Jumanji. Schenk is currently an Assistant Professor of Illustration and Medical Illustration at Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University.

Opening Reception: January 08, 2016
Member Preview: 6pm, Public: 7pm
UICA Members: Free, Non-Members: $5

This exhibition is presented with support from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts.


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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