Category Archives: UICA

UICA | Perverts Guide to Ideology

Cultural theorist superstar Slavoj Zizek re-teams with director Sophie Fiennes (The Pervert’s Guide to Cinema) for another wildly entertaining romp through the crossroads of cinema and philosophy. With infectious zeal and a voracious appetite for popular culture, Zizek literally goes … Continue reading

Posted in Grand Rapids, UICA

Art Faculty | Mandy Cano Villalobos

Pulso Arte de la Americas/Art of the Americas October 30, 2013 6:00 pm–December 4, 2013 5:00 pm Opening Reception: October 30, 6:00 – 9:00pm Spanning between KCAD and the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA), Pulso is rooted in an … Continue reading

Posted in Exhibition, UICA


  UICA’s 2013 ArtPrize® exhibition PLAY concentrates on art that explores the act of amusement. While interactive participation plays an integral component in most pieces, some selections also incite the play of the imagination. Experience the fun as you engage with the surreal, … Continue reading

Posted in Art Prize, Exhibition, Grand Rapids, UICA

A Note from UICA

Dear UICA Supporters, I write to you today with great news!  As of this morning, UICA has merged with Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University.  This exciting development has come through the hard work of community … Continue reading

Posted in Grand Rapids, News, UICA


Saturday, September 14, 2013 / 7–11 PM The ODD BALL is back! Come prepared for an unexpected mix of sophisticated décor and edgy performances against the vibrant background of our 2013 ArtPrize exhibition. Tickets will include valet parking, hors d’oeuvres and two … Continue reading

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Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts hires first full-time curator

Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, for the first time in its 36-year-history, will have a full-time curator on staff. Grand Rapids Art Museum’s Alexander Paschka, a past ArtPrize artist and 5×5 Night winner, joins UICA as exhibitions curator beginning July … Continue reading

Posted in Grand Rapids, News, UICA

UICA | Sign Painters

UICA and AIGA West Michigan present the West Michigan premiere of Sign Painters, the first anecdotal history of the craft, featuring the stories of more than two dozen sign painters working in cities throughout the United States. This special one-night-only … Continue reading

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