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Breaching the Margins

Breaching the Margins
May 10 - Aug 18, 2019

Breaching the Margins

Breaching the Margins is a juried exhibition of works by artists who examine ways in which marginalized groups navigate and work against social exclusion.

Societies often attempt to deny marginalized groups of people avenues for social inclusion and space to articulate self-defined identities. However, art can be an active force that supersedes societal relegations, and a catalyst to give power to groups who were formerly powerless. The selected artists approach these ideas from various points of view, and offer dialogues regarding their rejection of marginalization.

Details from 7 works from  Breaching the Margins

Breaching the Margins was introduced to the global artists’ community as an open call for work of any medium. The 33 artists included in this exhibition were selected from nearly 200 artist-applicants, comprising over 500 submitted pieces.

Featured Artists

Oluwatobi Adewumi
Robin Adsit
Jenny E. Balisle
Lea Bult
Scott Campbell
Larine Chung
Christopher Clark
Bux Dhyne
Rene Galvan
Jerrell Gibbs
Tiffani Glenn
Anne Gochenour
Elizabeth Ivy Hawkins
Nicolina Holt
Imo Imeh
Grace Kisa
Ryan Lewis

Jova Lynne
Monique Martin
Charles Mason III
Tiff Massey
Samantha Modder
Prinston Nnanna
Jamaal Peterman
Lora Robertson
Tylonn J. Sawyer
Paul Shortt
Nastassja Swift
Raelis Vasquez
Juliann Wang
Anthony Warnick
Chris Watts
David White

Member Morning: Breaching the Margins
Thu, May 9, 2019

UICA Members can enjoy an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the galleries led by Juana Williams, UICA's Exhibition's curator. Members, click here to register for Member Morning: Breaching the Margins

Opening Night Event
Fri, May 10, 2019

Opening night event, guests discussing artwork

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

Join UICA for the opening of our newest exhibition, Breaching the Margins. Enjoy a cash bar, light refreshments, and a first look at the works on view.

As part of the Kennedy Prints Site-Specific Installation, which is part of "Breaching the Margins", UICA collaborated with, and wishes to thank, the following local organizations:

Kids' Food Basket
Latino Community Coalition
Malamiah Juice Bar
Muse GR
Our Kitchen Table
The Diatribe
Red Project
The Spoke Folks
Treetops Collective
Urban Core Collective
Urban Roots
West Michigan Center for Arts & Technology (WMCAT)
Anishinaabe Circle
Resilient Roots Yoga

Arbor Circle
Dwelling Place
Fulton Street Farmers Market
GR Creative Youth Center
Grand Rapids African American Museum and Archives
Grand Rapids Area Black Businesses
Grand Rapids Center for Community Transformation
Grand Rapids Pride Center
Grand Rapids Public Library
Grand Rapids Urban League
Grand River Band of Ottawa Indians
Grandville Avenue Arts & Humanities
Heartside Ministry

Breaching the Margins is presented with support from:

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 at least 72 hours in advance.