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ArtPrize Ten: UICA Outside


ArtPrize Ten: UICA Outside
September 8  - October 7, 2018

 Header and Hero photography by Justine Montigny, @justinemontigny,  justinemontigny.com ,  instagram.com/justinemontigny

Header and Hero photography by Justine Montigny, @justinemontigny, justinemontigny.cominstagram.com/justinemontigny

UICA’s mandate as a non-collecting contemporary arts organization is to stay nimble and open to new possibilities and opportunities as they present themselves. We appreciate the large audience ArtPrize brings to Grand Rapids, and the chance that gives us to assemble a dynamic group of artists who, working with community members, can make a long-lasting impact on the vibrancy and character of their neighborhoods.
— Miranda Krajniak, UICA Executive Director

UICA’s ArtPrize exhibition moves beyond the galleries and into the community.
UICA Outside expands UICA’s impact city-wide and connects visitors to the vibrant neighborhoods that surround downtown Grand Rapids.

Featuring three public projects in three different neighborhoods, UICA Outside draws together diverse artists, property owners, and Grand Rapids stakeholders to create artworks that are exciting and accessible to all. Each neighborhood features large-scale works created by artists who reside and engage within their respective community or who have designed artworks with neighborhood input and a focus on representation and expression. These public works activate what were once quiet and overlooked areas into powerful reflections of our neighbors, and create welcoming corridors and gathering places.

The dynamic exhibition is an expansion of UICA’s current initiative the Exit Space Project, which connects art with public spaces year-round and strengthens UICA’s mission to support a creative community.

Learn more.


 CROP: Carbon Stories

CROP: Carbon Stories

UICA Outside: Baxter

UICA is working with the Baxter Neighborhood Association and other area stakeholders, including non-profits and for-profit organizations, to find a site for one large -scale mural, ideate the content of the mural, and select an artist.  This vibrant area includes the parts of the Uptown business district, and is home to over 2,500 residents.


 Nick Nortier Mural, Exit Space Project on S. Division.

Nick Nortier Mural, Exit Space Project on S. Division.

UICA Outside: Creston

Local artist Nick Nortier has been selected as the first muralist who will install a large-scale work as part of UICA Outside: Creston. A number of artists will contribute to the public art initiative and a total of 2-4 works will be organized for the Creston neighborhood in Grand Rapids. Creston is the largest neighborhood in the city by population. It also stretches the longest distance, from Leonard Street to Four Mile Road. Nortier is gathering the area artists and securing the walls for this expansive neighborhood project.  

Interested artists living or working in the Creston neighborhood who are interested in participating as part of UICA Outside should apply for consideration through artprize.org during the official registration connection process.


 Artists working on the Heartside Community Meal Mural organized by Jordyn Fishman on South Division St., Carbon Stories

Artists working on the Heartside Community Meal Mural organized by Jordyn Fishman on South Division St., Carbon Stories

UICA Connect: Westside

UICA is contracting an artist to install a mural on the tunnel and retaining walls on the riverbank on the west side of the Pearl St. bridge. UICA is collaborating with the River for All Project, Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. (DGRI) and the Grand Rapids Public Museum to coordinate mural content, as well as improvements in lighting and seating for this popular West Side pedestrian destination.


UICA Outside: Community Celebrations

Kick-off UICA’s ArtPrize exhibition with opening celebrations featuring a first look at the works on view. Enjoy live entertainment as well as food and beverage vendors from each neighborhood, activities for kids, and an opportunity to meet the artists participating in UICA OutsideStay tuned! Event details will be announced summer 2018. 

 Community members and mural artist Ouizi celebrating UICA's mural at the Grand Rapids Ballet.

Community members and mural artist Ouizi celebrating UICA's mural at the Grand Rapids Ballet.


 Kelly Allen, Exit Space Project Mural at Lincoln Park

Kelly Allen, Exit Space Project Mural at Lincoln Park

Support this Project

Large-scale projects like UICA Outside take time, money, and lots of helping hands. Make a tax-deductible donation today to support this public art project.

Where exactly will your money go?
Mostly to artists.
Along with paying the artists stipends for their work, your donations will fund the artists’ travel, lodging, and materials like paint and brushes, and the scaffolding and lifts that it takes to cover a large space, as well as permits and insurance.

Your gift is what will bring this project to life. Your gift will help create long-lasting art in Grand Rapids that is accessible to everyone, creates conversation, and builds bridges from one block to the next. 



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.