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SENSE: ArtPrize Seven

UICA SENSE: ArtPrize Seven

SENSE: ArtPrize Seven
September 12, 2015 - October 18, 2015

UICA SENSE: ArtPrize Seven

This year, UICA has selected six site-responsive projects to showcase in six distinct locations within UICA’s exhibition space. The work included in SENSE engages that which is at the root of all experience, the things that make us who we are, that allow us to experience and learn from the world around us: sight, smell, hearing, taste, and touch and perhaps even perception beyond the five senses; intuition.
The work included in SENSE may activate any number of the senses and guests are encouraged to consider their own sensory experience when responding to the work. 

UICA ArtPrize Hours:

Monday: 5pm — 8pm
Tuesday—Saturday: 12 noon — 9pm
Sunday: 12 noon — 6pm

About ArtPrize

ArtPrize® is a radically open, independently organized international art competition and a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. For 19 days, three square miles of downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan, become an open playing field where anyone can find a voice in the conversation about what is art and why it matters. Art from around the world pops up in every inch of downtown, and it’s all free and open to the public.

SYMPHONY OF GESTURES - Physical Arrangement for String Quartet.

Performance in the UICA Galleries

'Symphony of Gestures' has been nominated for the Public Vote Top 20 in the Time-based category. We've added two additional performances:

Tuesday, 10/6: 5:00 pm

Thursday, 10/8: 5:00 pm

Performed by Zachary Graft, violin; Jenna Michael, violin; Elizabeth Boyce, viola; Willis Koa, cello.

Performances last a total of 10-15 minutes

Encompassing many of Sara Dittrich and Benjamin Buchanan's collaborations, Symphony of Gestures will feature the performance piece Physical Arrangement for String Quartet in which musicians will perform a new composition created by Benjamin Buchanan while placed in strenuous/precarious positions throughout the designated space. 

The composition and choreography brings into question factors ingrained in “concert music” recital traditions through the use of absurdity, as well as amplifies each musician’s body in space and in relation to one another. 


Tamara Kostianovsky

Symphony of Gestures
Sara Dittrich & Benjamin Buchanan

Technician 3
Charles Jevremovic

This Mortal Coil
Heather Brammeier

The Great Race
Michael Peoples

Jihyun Hong

Guests in Line Outside UICA

UICA Members receive exclusive benefits year-round including free general admission, half off movie tickets, discounts in the UICA Gift 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 Seven, including early access, guest passes, and special Member hours. Not a UICA Member? Join us today.

Early Access and Member Hours

SENSE opens to the public on September 13. UICA members will receive free admission before ArtPrize begins on September 23. 

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 during ArtPrize. 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 can also be enjoyed by members of the Modern and Contemporary Museums Reciprocal Membership Program.

Volunteer Helping Guests at UICA


Volunteers are an important part of the UICA team during ArtPrize. With a variety of shifts available, UICA provides a one of a kind volunteer experience that is both rewarding and fun.

 Volunteer during ArtPrize at UICA and receive special benefits including T-Shirts, posters, and discounts.

To learn more about volunteering at UICA during ArtPrize, contact Katherine at or sign up for a shift here.

UICA Member Loft


Make the most of your ArtPrize® experience with early access to SENSE, UICA’s ArtPrize Seven exhibition. Grab a group of 10 or more friends or colleagues and tour the galleries before the crowds arrive every Friday and Saturday between 10:00am – noon.

Each member of your group will receive a complimentary tote bag with information about SENSE and a Boxed Water®.  Group tours are self-guided and $10 per person.

This offer applies only to scheduled group visits of 10 or more. Contact Katherine Williams at to schedule your group tour today. Tours are available through October 18.


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 event in downtown Grand Rapids. 

Reserve an exclusive space within UICA to celebrate, and give your guests a unique look at the artists on view during ArtPrize 2015. With multiple indoor and outdoor areas to choose from at a variety of price points, you’re sure to find the perfect spot for your event.

Click here to see a brochure of UICA's available spaces. For more information and to book your space, contact Alysia LaBonte at 616 454 7000 x18 or

UICA Main Lobby


SENSE is supported in part by:

Applause Catering + Events
CWD Real Estate Investment
The Gilmore Collection
Le Bon Macaron


"ArtPrize 2015 venue review: UICA" — MLive

"MFA Photography Alum Awarded ArtPrize Fellowship for Emerging Curators" — KCAD

"Charles Jevremovic: ArtPrize10x10" — SideCar Studios

"Plan you ArtPrize visit with these must-see venues" — Detroit Free Press

"ArtPrize: Best of the Best Bets" — Rapid Growth Media

Later Event: October 28
Coming Home: Macabre