UICA opening ‘Color of the Year’ exhibit


The Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, or UICA, in downtown Grand Rapids is Michigan’s largest contemporary arts center and a “multi-disciplinary laboratory for the advancement of the art of our time.” Courtesy UICA

The Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts is opening an exhibition next week dedicated to one color.

The “Color of the Year Presented by Pantone and X-Rite” — based on Pantone 18-3838 Ultra Violet — will feature artwork of 20 artists, designers and manufacturers that use ultra violet purple.

The “Color of the Year” exhibit will be open to the public beginning on April 6, when an opening reception will kick off the summer-long display of artwork at UICA, at 2 Fulton W, between 5:30-9 p.m.

There will be music by DJ Romy Glazer, a cash bar and light bites from Reserve Wine and Food. Guests will also get the opportunity to mingle with the artists.

Throughout the summer, there will be a variety of events. For instance, the exhibit will also include “The Art of Tibetan Hand-Knotted Rug Making,” a presentation by Jennifer Kirchgessner, creative director for Scott Group.

Participating artists and designers

Abbey Hunter
Brianne Farley
Conduit Studio
David Mahawili
Ellen Mueller
Heather Day
Hwa-Jeen Na
Paul Johnson
Jeffrey Augustine Songco
Melissa Eder
Meredith Olinger
Michael Pfleghaar
Morgan Hughes
Patrick Ethen
Ray Koh
Rhonda Urdang
Sarah Nguyen
Scott Group Studios
Steve Loar
Via Design in collaboration with Carlson Design, Diane Hasso Studio, Leigh’s Fashions and Rescom Electric

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