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Michigan Emerging Graduate Artists (MEGA) 2019


Michigan Emerging Graduate Artists (MEGA) 2019
Jul 12 – Sep 8, 2019

Huaming Wang,  Pure Michigan , ink and gauche on paper, 2017. Artwork from MEGA 2018 exhibition.

Huaming Wang, Pure Michigan, ink and gauche on paper, 2017. Artwork from MEGA 2018 exhibition.

Michigan Emerging Graduate Artists (MEGA) is an annual juried exhibition of works by artists who are currently enrolled in graduate-level study or are current-year graduates of an undergraduate program at one of Michigan’s academic institutions. MEGA is organized by the Kendall College of Art and Design graduate student association, The Masters Student Collective.

Member Morning: MEGA
Thu, Jul 11, 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: MEGA.

Guests explore the 2018 MEGA exhibition. Art displayed: Jameson Gower,  Survival Ropes , handmade ropes made of acrylic yarn.

Guests explore the 2018 MEGA exhibition. Art displayed: Jameson Gower, Survival Ropes, handmade ropes made of acrylic yarn.

MEGA Opening Night Event
Fri, Jul 12, 2019

5:30 - 9:00 pm
UICA Members: Free
Public: $5

Celebrate MEGA with The Masters Student Collective of KCAD on Friday, July 12. Meet and mingle with the artists, jurors, and student collective and get a first look at the works on view. 


2019 Selected Artists

Jessica Harvey
Isiah Lattimore
Emily Legleitner
Holly McDermott
Jin Namgoong
Marcello Pope
Kaitlyn Rode
Anne Schierbeek
Rebecca Smith
Jackson Wrede

Caitlyn Brandt
Luke Bryant
Kathryn Cardenas
Aisha Changezi
Samantha Conrad
Caroline Cook
Lorena Cruz
Emily Gunning
Versia Harris
Sophia Hart


2019 Jurors

Juana Williams

Juana Williams is UICA’s Exhibitions Curator. Williams holds a Bachelor of Arts in Art and a Masters of Fine Arts in Art History from Wayne State University (WSU) in Detroit, MI.

Prior to joining the staff at UICA, Williams most recently served as Assistant to the Chair of the WSU Department of Art and Art History. While in that role she also worked as an active freelance curator.

Williams also brings with her a significant and comprehensive history of art-related experiences, specifically within academic and institutional galleries including the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, the Detroit Institute of Art, and the Elaine Jacob Gallery at WSU.

Williams has consulted as a panelist and juror for multiple programs and exhibitions, now including MEGA 2019. 

Christine Waters

Professor Waters received her Bachelor of Science degree, a Master of Arts and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Painting from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1973, 1975 and 1977, respectively.

Professor Waters joined UM-Flint in January 1987 and was the founding professor of our current Art Program, which has become the Department of Art and Art History.

Service and leadership are indicative characteristics that first come to mind when describing Professor Waters.  Her work as a painter reflects her commitment of the City of Flint and the University’s role in its revitalization, as evidenced by her series of paintings of Flint as viewed from the eleventh floor of the Northbank Center.  An ardent proponent of undergraduate education, student development, and support, Professor Waters is dedicated to the development of support activities to enhance student achievement and success.


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.

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