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contemporary art

Round trip to NYC for price of admission to GRAM

by Rick Beerhorst (RickBeerhorst)

Submitted 05-22-2015 under NEWS

The Whitney Museum of American Art and Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM) are developing a special relationship. Thanks to the coordinated efforts of local fashion designer Pam DeVos and GRAM Director and CEO Dana Friis-Hansen, the GRAM has begun to...

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UICA shows us how to take art collecting to the next level

by Rick Beerhorst (RickBeerhorst)

Submitted 04-13-2015 under LOCAL LIFE

The current show at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Art (UICA) with the poetic title of "Power Objects: The Future Has a Primitive Heart" provides us with a wonderful example of what it means to build an art collection with a singular vision....

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Craft House expands programming with "Kitchen Gallery"

by Eric Tank (erictank)

Submitted 01-06-2015 under NEWS

Craft House, a contemporary art gallery on the South Division corridor, is expanding programming by adding six new artists to the live-in end of the studio space aptly named "The Kitchen Gallery:" the work quite literally hangs in the...

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Play at UICA

by hannah maxwell (HannahMax)

Submitted 10-07-2013 under OPINION

The current exhibition at UICA is titled "Play." On the forth floor there is an interactive mechanism made of acrylic, electronics, and wood. Iowa resident Del Jackson is the creative genius behind this product. This piece is called A.I....

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Dynamic arts professional has strong, clear vision for UICA's future

by Danielle Walsh (DWalsh)

Submitted 06-10-2013 under OPINION

Two weeks into her tenure as Interim Executive Director of UICA, Miranda Krajniac (pronounced KRAHN-yak) met with me on a sunny afternoon to discuss her background, the community and plans for the institution’s future. To get to UICA’s...

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Dystopia prevails in UICA exhibition

by Danielle Walsh (DWalsh)

Submitted 01-15-2013 under OPINION

Utopia is defined by Merriam-Webster as "an imaginary and indefinitely remote place," as well as "a place of ideal perfection especially in laws, government, and social conditions." Dystopia is defined as "an imaginary place...

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Space: SiteLab makes it new, while UICA is swallowed up

by Alex Fluegel (alexfluegel)

Submitted 09-25-2012 under OPINION

"Abandon your expectations" can be solid advice when viewing art, especially contemporary works. Doing so frees you to give way to the process of untangling meaning and allows you to fully embrace the context of a work. Quality...

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Susan Gersch-Supanich's Venice at The Dog Pit

by Hope College Contemporary Art Seminar (Hope Contempora...)

Submitted 09-28-2011 under NONPROFITS

by Shelly Arnold, Hope College student Exaggerated colors virtually explode from the canvases of artist Susan Gersch-Supanich’s Venetian Waters collection. Certain observers were mildly surprised to find that the medium was oil paint, not oil...

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Peopledesign Helps Transform UICA’s Brand

by Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA) (UICA)

Submitted 06-01-2011 under NONPROFITS

A cornerstone of the West Michigan community since 1977, UICA is on the cusp of opening a prominent new facility in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids. As part of this move, UICA has engaged Peopledesign to help focus and re-invigorate the UICA...

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Interview with UICA's Associations Artists

by Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA) (UICA)

Submitted 04-28-2011 under NONPROFITS

Artists Brett Colley, Lora Fosberg and Diane Christiansen talk about their work in UICA's Associations exhibition!

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