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UICA members receive half-priced movie tickets, free gallery admission and discounts at local retailers and restaurants.

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2 Fulton West
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
UICA is closed on University Holidays

Exit Space Project

Mural by Ellen Rutt, Photography by Justine Montigny.

Mural by Ellen Rutt, Photography by Justine Montigny.

The Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, Michigan’s largest contemporary arts center, is host to the Exit Space Project (ESP), a dynamic experiment carried out by contemporary artists who investigate ideas, images, and conversations within public space. The first volume of the Exit Space Project featured public works and street artists from the Midwest. The second wave of the Exit Space Project highlights and continues to support local and regional artists on an on-going basis. The essence of ESP continues to evolve into the public space on sanctioned utility boxes, bus stops, buildings, and construction sites among other venues throughout West Michigan. With respect to the somewhat indefinable genres of street art and public art, all mediums are considered in mural formats, including paint, wheat pasted prints and posters, and 3D installations. Artists are welcome to explore the variety of concepts and complexities that is street art, and the idea of it as an art movement. We do not seek to define street art, but hope to showcase all that it is and can be.

To date, UICA has raised over $60,000 to support public art in Grand Rapids, and is in the process of curating a number of public murals throughout the city. Thanks to the generous support of the Grand Rapids community, Downtown Grand Rapids Inc., Herman Miller Cares, and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, new public murals were installed in several locations beginning summer 2015.

Exit Space Locations include:

UICA Exit Space
2 Fulton West, Grand Rapids, MI

Retaining Wall of I-196 Exit Ramp, North Division Street, Grand Rapids, MI

Lincoln Park Lodge, 1120 Bridge ST NW Grand Rapids, MI

Grand Rapids Ballet Co.,
341 Ellsworth Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI (see back of building from Grandville Ave. or Wealthy Ave.)

Additional locations coming soon

Exit Space Artists include:

Louise 'Ouizi' Chen
George Eberhardt
Eliza Fernand
Nick Nortier
Kelly Allen
Ellen Rutt


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The UICA will act as host for a dynamic experiment investigating the ideas, images and conversation being conveyed by contemporary artists working within the public space. The essence of Exit Space Project installation will be continued into the public space on sanctioned utility boxes, bus stops, buildings and construction sites among others throughout West Michigan.


ESP is open to all artists 18 years of age and older. With respect to the indefinable genre of Street Art and Public Art, all mediums will be considered including but not limited to: modern graffiti and stencils, wheat pasted prints and posters, stickers, video projections, performance, sculpture, and site-specific public installations. The panel measures 8 x 16 feet with variable depth. Visit to apply.