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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.

Earlier Event: June 2
The Jump Off
Later Event: September 12
ArtPrize Nine: Cultivate