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Sep 6 – Dec 20, 2019

detail of abstract artwork

SPECTRA is an interdisciplinary group exhibition that explores theories of abstract art through multiple mediums. Each work has a foundation in abstract art theories, but dares to defer from traditionally accepted mediums, or offers insight into experimental modes of expression.

SPECTRA is presented at UICA concurrently with Relevant, an exhibition at the Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM). Both exhibitions are curated by Juana Williams, UICA Exhibitions Curator. While SPECTRA examines a broad scope of abstraction, Relevant focuses on traditional abstract paintings and works on paper from GRAM’s collection. Relevant discusses historical and foundational narratives of abstraction; SPECTRA focuses on contemporary, experimental, and recently created works.

Relevant and SPECTRA are curated as a pair, speaking to one another, and filling in the gaps of each other. The exhibitions examine abstract art through both a historical and a contemporary lens.

Guests exploring The Galleries at UICA with UICA Exhibitions Curator, Juana Williams

Member Morning: SPECTRA
Thu, Sep 5, 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: SPECTRA.


Sydney Blum
Margaret Evangeline
Megan Grierson
Seonhee Sunny Kim
Laurie Longtin
Allie McGhee

A’Driane Nieves
Andrei Petrov
Mandisa Smith
Lanecia Rouse Tinsley
Susan Chrysler White 

Individuals with disabilities who require accommodations should contact Megan Bylsma, Associate Director, at 616.454.7000 x11 or at least 72 hours in advance.

Later Event: September 28
Larry Cook: On the Scene