Pop-Psychedelia: The Steve Leary Show at Holland Area Arts Council

Steve Leary creates paintings that resemble a hybrid of pop art and psychedelic posters. They’re colorful, animated, and slightly disorienting. His deft handling of enamel paint results in surfaces that are hard and shiny as candy. The Steve Leary Show at Holland Area Arts Council includes nearly fifty pieces, over thirty paintings, six painted cabinets, … Continue reading

Artist & Scholar Naima Lowe Visits The Fed Galleries at KCAD & UICA

Please note: In response to concern about the Coronavirus/COVID-19, These events have been cancelled. by Aaminah Shakur The Fed Galleries @ KCAD [https://kcad.ferris.edu/galleries/] and the UICA [https://www.uica.org/] are jointly hosting artist and scholar Naima Lowe in March, including an exhibition at the Fed Galleries, and events at both the Fed Galleries and UICA. This is … Continue reading

Outside: Unconventional Interpretations of Nature at 106 Gallery

The evocative potential of the natural world is profound

Introverted and OCD: Artist Mandy Cano Villalobos Turns Curator at Kendall College’s Fed Galleries

Aaminah Shakur The Fed Galleries at Kendall College of Art & Design have announced a new initiative called IGNITE which seeks to offer opportunities to emerging curators to produce a small exhibition in the gallery space. The inaugural exhibition, Introverted and OCD, is curated by local artist Mandy Cano Villalobos and features work by eleven … Continue reading

If ArtPrize was a Sandwich Contest

by Ten Li Years ago the benevolent oligarchs of Bland Vapids devised a plan to change the image of their little big town, and so was launched “Sammich Mundus”, the grandest sandwich contest the world had ever seen. It was to be a merry festival that would please everyone, from filthy peasants to the disdainful … Continue reading

Drag Syndrome Creates Controversy, But Also Fruitful Conversation About Disability, Queerness, and Performance Art

by Aaminah Shakur The intersection of queerphobia and paternalistic ableism in West Michigan has brought controversy to an upcoming ArtPrize Project 1 performance event. Paul Amenta and Ted Lott have collaborated on an accessible theater structure that will be the site of musical, theater, and spoken word performances for the duration of Project 1, September … Continue reading

Portable Art: Zachary Johnson’s Flex Gallery at UICA

Flex Gallery: A Public Project by Zachary Johnson, can be seen at UICA through August 4, 2017

Flex Gallery and the Work of Fan Wu

“I think of ideas whenever I’m free…I bring a sketchbook with me everywhere..”

Flex Gallery and the work of Megan Altieri

Megan Altieri. Untitled (SUV series). Thread, acrylic medium, fabric on canvas. Grand Rapids, MI. 2017. In response to a lack of public art opportunities during winter, on January 11th, I launched Flex Gallery, a mobile public art space located on my left arm. For the project, I sent canvas armbands to six artists, requesting they turn them … Continue reading

Flex Gallery and the work of Amanda Carmer

“..my interest in storytelling and dissecting how we tell stories encompasses everything.”