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ArtPrize Ten: UICA Outside


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

UICA Outside graphic
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, the Baxter Neighborhood Association, and community stakeholders, have selected Kimberly LaVon to create a large-scale mural at Joe Taylor Park. This vibrant area includes the parts of the Uptown business district, and is home to over 2,500 residents.

Kimberly Lavon
Joe Taylor Park
1038 Bemis St SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49506     
Vote Code: 6861


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

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

UICA Outside: Creston

Local artists Nick Nortier, Colby Roanhorse, and design collective, Not Design, have been been selected to install large-scale murals at separate locations within the Creston neighborhood. Creston stretches the distance from Leonard Street to Four Mile Road and is the largest neighborhood in the city by population.

Nick Nortier
Creston Brewery
1504 Plainfield Ave NE,
Grand Rapids, MI 49505
Vote Code: 68603

Colby Roanhorse
Childress & Associates
1365 Plainfield Ave NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49505
Vote Code: 68605

Not Design, LLC led by Elyse Flynn
Stonesthrow
1428 Plainfield Ave NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49505
Vote Code: 68614


  Alan Compo  installing his large-scale mural/

Alan Compo installing his large-scale mural/

UICA Connect: Westside

UICA, the River for All Project, Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. (DGRI) and the Grand Rapids Public Museum have selected local artist, Alan Compo, to install a mural on the tunnel and retaining walls on the riverbank on the west side of the Pearl St. bridge. Compo's mural is inspired by his Anishinaabe heritage and features vibrant, iconic symbolism that is significant to the Anishinaabe tribes.

Alan Compo
Pearl St. Bridge tunnel
288 Pearl St. NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Vote Code: 68312


UICA Outside: Community Celebrations

 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.

Members of the Baxter, Creston, and Westside communities are invited to 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 Outside.

Community Celebration: UICA Outside: Creston
Wed, Sept 19, 2018
4:00 - 6:00 pm
Creston Brewery, 1504 Plainfield Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505
Free admission

Community Celebration: UICA Outside: Baxter
Fri, Sept 21, 2018
4:00 - 6:00 pm
Joe Taylor Park, 1038 Bemis St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506
Free admission

Community Celebration: UICA Outside: West Side
Sun, Sept 23, 2018
4:00 - 6:00 pm
Grand Rapids Public Museum, 288 Pearl St. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Free admission


Volunteer

UICA is currently seeking volunteer support during ArtPrize Ten.
Sign up for a shift (or two!) today. Volunteers enjoy a number of benefits including UICA merch, movies passes, and more. No experience necessary and training is provided.


 Kelly Allen, Exit Space Project Mural at Lincoln Park

Kelly Allen, Exit Space Project Mural at Lincoln Park

Thank You!

Thanks to the generous support of our community members, UICA raised $5,225 in support of placing public murals throughout the city during a crowdfunding campaign that took place in May of 2018.

Because we were able to reach (exceed!) our goal, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) contributed an additional $5,000 bringing our total to $10,225. 

Funds raised allow us to pay artists' stipends and fund materials like paint and brushes, and the scaffolding and lifts that it takes to cover a large space, as well as permits and insurance.

 


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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