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Live Coverage Features: Brett Colley and Margie Erlandson

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In celebration of UICA's 35th anniversary, Live Coverage will be the biggest ever, featuring 100 artists and utilizing the 14,000 square foot Steelcase Town Hall.
Underwriting support from:

Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA)

The Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts initiates conversation in response to visual art, music, film, literature, dance and performance art featuring regional, national, and international artists - groundbreaking work that might not otherwise find a venue in Michigan.

/Brett Colley by Terry Johnston

/Margie Erlandson by Terry Johnston

UICA's biggest fundraiser of the year offers guests the unique opportunity to purchase artwork that is created right before their eyes! Come to the Steelcase Town Hall for an unforgettable evening that includes live and silent auctions, music and an array of fine food and drinks. This event is made possible by local artists who donate their time and talent to help UICA. Below are two featured artists that will be working live this year, Brett Colley and Margie Erlandson. Don't miss this chance to see the artists' process first hand!

Live Coverage Artist: Brett Colley
Brett Colley is an Associate Professor of Art & Design at Grand Valley State University, where he teaches drawing, printmaking, and seminar courses. Colley earned his MFA from the University of Iowa in 1994, with an emphasis in Printmaking. For 20 years Colley has exhibited nationally and internationally in over 25 states and abroad.

Live Coverage Artist: Margie Erlandson
Margie Erlandson earned her BA from Indiana University in painting and drawing and her MFA from Central Michigan University in Fiber. Her works are conceptual and often deconstructive, connecting myths, nature and spirituality through the collaging of prints, fibers and found objects. Erlandson sees herself as a person who artfully records memories and how they are tied together with a common theme.

Live Coverage Event Information
Saturday, February 18  |  6:30–11 PM
*Location: Steelcase Town Hall – 1111 44th St. Grand Rapids, MI 49508

$65 for UICA Members (Cash Bar)
$75 for Non­ Members (Cash Bar)

VIP Tickets – For an additional $25 per ticket, you will enjoy an open bar and free delivery of any artwork purchased at the event (within 30 miles of UICA).

Purchase tickets online here.

For more information, please contact 616 454 7000 x or [email protected].


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