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UICA Volunteer Spotlight: Brett Colley





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Over the past six years, Brett Colley has been a dedicated volunteer, leader, arts advocate, educator, and peer. Brett has generously given countless hours to UICA and to our community as one of the most active members of our all-volunteer Visual Arts Committee (VAC). This current season, while on sabbatical from Grand Valley State University,  Brett acted as lead curator of UICA's (S)Edition: Prints as Activism show. Brett was unanimously approved for and accepted the position of Chair of the VAC, a challenging role that he has assumed with enthusiasm and great commitment.

In all of his volunteer work, Brett has been nothing short of invaluable. He consistently goes above and beyond, pitching in to work on anything that we need–expert curatorial work, art preparation and installation, hosting visiting artists, patching and painting gallery walls, coordinating lectures, writing for our newsletter, participating in strategic planning for programs and our new facility, and much more. Brett maintains a unique balance of passion for contemporary art education, criticism and theory, alongside a desire to make the arts accessible to our broader community. He works diligently to tear down institutional barriers that hinder inclusiveness—and West Michigan is a healthier, more vibrant community because of his efforts.

For more information about volunteer opportunities or to become a UICA volunteer, contact Phil Meade at [email protected] or 616 454 7000 x19.


Founded in 1977, the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA) is Michigan’s largest contemporary arts center and a dynamic, multidisciplinary laboratory for the advancement of the art of our time. UICA actively challenges both artists and audiences to new levels of dialogue, creative pursuit, reflection, and illumination through: groundbreaking visual arts exhibitions, thought-provoking performances and presentations, studio programs for local artists, cutting edge films, as well as educational and expressive arts programs for youth and adults.

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