UICA finds new home

The Art Living Together, by Brian Petrone, is a set of inflatables placed near windows and on the rooftop to welcome visitors to the main campus. Courtesy UICA

The Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA) opened its new location on Thursday, Sept. 9 at Kendall College of Art & Design’s main campus, 17 Pearl St. NW in Grand Rapids.

UICA is displaying its 2021 ArtPrize installation called The Art Living Together, monochromatic colored spheres, by Brian Petrone, in outdoor spaces on the main campus. The inflatables are placed near windows and on the rooftop to welcome visitors. The site-specific installation symbolizes perceptions of the Woodbridge N. Ferris Building as a historical place of business where something new and exciting is happening.

In addition to the ArtPrize installation, KCAD’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee is collaborating with the KCAD Student Engagement Office and the LGBTQ+ Resource Center to present Social Justice Documentary Series at 7 p.m. Sept. 30 with an online Zoom screening of Carlos Almaraz: Playing with Fire.

The film is about Almaraz, a Mexican American painter who played a part in the Chicano art movement of the 1970s. The film follows his life, paintings and legacy, including his experience as a queer man, his struggles with addiction and his death of AIDS in 1989.

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