Dwelling Place Resident Exhibition
April 5 - 21, 2019
UICA is partnering with Dwelling Place, a non-profit housing and community development corporation located in Heartside, to participate in a neighborhood-wide Community Arts Series that will connect residents to cultural experiences. UICA will host a series of workshops, arts activities, and behind-the-scenes tours to empower Dwelling Place residents to stay connected with the culture of their community and elevate their artistic voices.
During the series, Dwelling Place residents will create their own unique works of art while participating in hands-on workshops led by local teaching artist, Zachary Trebellas. Work that residents create will be on display in a group exhibition located in UICA’s Ignition Room. The exhibition will open with activities and docent-led tours during First Friday programming on April 5, 2019, from 6:00 – 9:00 pm.
This project is made possible through the support of Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, which seeks to encourage an enriched artistic, cultural, and creative environment in Michigan.
Artist Spotlight: Zachary Trebellas, teaching artist
Zachary Trebellas is a conceptual artist who takes inspiration from the culture and history around him. He is inspired by older forms of creativity like folk art or depression-era public art, both of which insert art into people's everyday lives and reflect the culture in which it is made. In his hometown he created a street art series asking locals to share their thoughts on the shut down of the town's particle accelerator; in Japan he recorded stories of the past told by residents of a depopulating fishing village, and he is currently working to create a contemporary version of Michigan's Native burial mounds.
Originally from Chicagoland, Trebellas studied Art History and Visual Art Management at Columbia College Chicago, graduating magna cum laude in 2010. His personal love of art deeply motivates him to bring opportunities to enjoy and create art to diverse audiences. Since graduating, he followed this passion by working and volunteering for non-profit art organizations in Chicago, namely Marwen and Sixty Inches From Center. Following this, he spent two years organizing community art projects in rural Japan during his time as an English teacher with the JET Program.
Enthralled by Grand Rapids' momentum as an art city, he moved there from Chicago in 2015 ready to dive into its art community. Since then, he has been a volunteer with Avenue for the Arts, UICA, and Art Hack, and has organized art exhibitions and projects with the Collective Artspace, Avenue for the Arts, UICA, Art Prize, and the Burton Heights neighborhood
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