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

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Flex Gallery and the Work of Fan Wu

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

US IS THEM Asks Hard Questions & Seeks Communal Solutions

by Aaminah Shakur With US IS THEM the Urban Institute for Contemporary Art has brought to Grand Rapids an exhibition that pulls together work from diverse artists, of diverse styles and mediums, the likes of which the city has not hosted before. The show features over sixty works by thirty two contemporary living artists of national and international … Continue reading

A Deeper Look

The public is invited to attend the closing reception of Influence from 7-9PM

A World on Display

Over his three decades working on the map, Gretzinger’s style has not remained stagnant. Instead, he has used the map as a framework in which he’s experimented with new techniques over the years.

Reconsidering the Commonplace: Jihyun Hong’s (extra)ordinary at UICA

Jihyun Hong invites us to see everyday objects not by their familiar functions … but as the interesting visual objects that they really are.

The Spectre of Surveillance: Terms of Service at UICA

Terms of Service is on view at the UICA through April 17th.  The exhibit “explores identity, individualism and the conditions people face as a result of our increasingly surveilled lives”. I have never fully read the terms of service contract for my iPhone and I’m guessing that I’m not alone on that front.  Jon Chambers’ … Continue reading

Break It Down, Make It Better Compares Curatorial Practices

Summary and key-points from “Break it Down, Make it Better”, Avenue for the Arts, at UICA February 28, 2015.

Tom Duimstra brings beguiling sculptures to UICA in “Zero +”

By Steven Davison Grand Rapids artist Tom Duimstra has been an activist and advocate for Outsider art for nearly three decades.  His tireless support for the Grand Rapids art scene over the years is evidenced in the “Camera and Collage” show he curated for the Avenue for the Arts in the spring 2013.  “Camera and … Continue reading

Newly promoted Executive Director dishes on details of UICA + KCAD merger

by Tori Pelz This article is informed by two separate interviews with Miranda Krajniak, one given before the merger was made public, and then one following the news. “So, you wanna talk about the merger?” Visibly relaxed compared to the poised and press-release prepped executive we saw at Friday’s announcement, Miranda Krajniak sat down with … Continue reading