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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.


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
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
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

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

Grand Rapids Community Foundation
MIchigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs

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

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

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