Membership offers you great benefits, including:

  • Free gallery admission

  • 1/2 price movie tickets

  • Reduced ticket pricing for UICA events

  • 10% discount at The Shop at UICA

  • Access to UICA Member Mornings

  • Access to The Loft presented by Herman Miller

  • Membership Exchange with other participating organizations

The Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts is your city's center for:

  • Independent movies, documentaries, and international films

  • Gallery talks, receptions, and other engaging art events

  • Artists’ markets

  • Art exhibitions with cutting-edge work from regional, national and international artists

  • A shop featuring handmade art, jewelry, and home goods

Membership Exchange Partner Organizations

Two ways to sign up

Use our online form and pay with your card.                                                                      Print a form and mail it with a check.

Choose the membership level that's right for you


At any level you will be fostering new forms of expression, promoting collaboration, and providing genuine experiences with contemporary art. Join or renew today to support UICA's exhibitions, programs, and events year-round.

Corporate and Organizational Memberships also available. Please contact for more information.

Questions? Email, or call 616.454.7000. 

New! Add a guest all year long for just $20 a year at any level. Perfect for when you have visitors in town, or want to bring a friend or colleague with you, your guest that day will enjoy the same great UICA benefits as you.

Looking for the best value? The Reciprocal level comes with four guest passes annually, and includes member benefits to over 1,000 institutions through our partnerships with the Mod/Co, Reciprocal Organization of Associated Museums and the North American Reciprocal Museum Association organizations.

Are you a KCAD, FSU or GRCC Student? Learn more about your benefits with Student ID here.

Basic Memberships

SINGULAR ⁱ                                               $40
Membership benefits for one person.

We offer a $15 discount for students, seniors (62+), artists and educators. Please register with your University email address or email your school ID, professional resume, business card, or a copy of your driver's license for verification to

DUALⁱ                                                          $60
Membership benefits for two people in the same household.

We offer a $10 discount for Senior (62+) Households for two members only. Please email your driver's licenses to for verification.


FAMILY ⁱ                                                      $75
Membership benefits for four people in your household (up to two adults)

RECIPROCAL ⁱ  (Best Value!)     $150            
Membership benefits for your household PLUS benefits to Modern and Contemporary Museums all across the country, benefits to more than 1,000 Museums as part of the North American Reciprocal Museum Association and Reciprocal Organization of Associated Museums (NEW! ), plus 4 gallery guest passes annually.

Cutting Edge Memberships

CONTEMPORARY ⁱ                                  $250
Reciprocal membership benefits, plus your name listed on the UICA website as a Cutting Edge Supporter and 20 gallery guest passes annually.

INVENTIVE ⁱ                                              $500
Contemporary membership benefits, plus invitations to special UICA events and 20 gallery guest passes annually.

INNOVATIVE ⁱ                                          $1000
Inventive level membership benefits plus a 20% discount on all UICA facility rentals and 20 gallery guest passes annually.

VISIONARY ²                                           $2500
Innovative level membership benefits, plus two Ultra Film Passes that allow free entry to all regular film screenings and 20 gallery guest passes annually.

GROUNDBREAKING ³                           $5000
Visionary level membership benefits. 20 gallery guest passes annually, plus a private tour with introductions to artists installing their work in our galleries (advanced arrangements required), and a private film screening for you and your friends in our theatre (advanced arrangements required) .

  1. The full price of your membership is deductible to the extent allowed by federal law.
  2. The price of your membership minus $300 is deductible to the extent allowed by federal law.
  3. The price of your membership minus $900 is deductible to the extent allowed by federal law.

UICA thanks our Cutting Edge Supporters

Downtown Grand Rapids, Inc.
Dirk and June Hoffius

Mark and Cathy Bissell
Sam and Janene Cummings
Judy and David Frey
Dick and Betsy DeVos
Liesel and Hank Meijer
Ellen Satterlee
Rebecca Sitterly
Marilyn Titche
Kate Pew Wolters

Alliance Beverage Distributing Co.
Gemini Media

Justin and Kara Amash
Applause Catering
Adam and Kristina Bird
Bissell, Inc.
Clark Communications
Alene Elisevich
Founder’s Brewing Co.
Karen Garibaldi
Mark and Barbara Gerson
Gilmore Catering
Global Bridgebuilders
John Hunting
Seitu Ken Jones
Miranda Krajniak and Andy Branch
Mary Loupee
Edgar and Wendy Marty
Mary and James Nelson
Les and Barbara Neuman
John O'Neill 
Sandra and Warren Rempel
San Chez Bistro
Brent and Patricia Smith
Dr. Jamie Smith & Deanna Smith
Elizabeth Welch and Brian Schwartz
Vías Marketing
Pam and Todd Vitaz
Chuck and Rose Wieten

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Members-Only access to The Loft

The Loft presented by Herman Miller is a stunning and sophisticated space with an incredible view of the city. The Loft is open to UICA Members throughout the year (except when closed for private events). The Loft is perfect for study sessions, squirreling away with a good book and a stunning view, meeting up with other UICA Members, or simply relaxing or recharging. As an added Member benefit, The Loft contains a constantly changing Member-Only Exhibition of work from a local or regional artist. The Loft offers views of the Fourth Floor Galleries and includes a private kitchenette, access to restrooms, and features beautiful lounge furniture and boardroom seating provided by Herman Miller.

Become a member today to gain access to your perfect downtown drop-in working (or lounging) space.

Looking to rent The Loft? Click here for rental information.