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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.

Later Event: September 8
ArtPrize Ten: UICA Outside