New location at 17 Pearl St. NW in downtown Grand Rapids.
Michigan’s largest multidisciplinary contemporary arts center presents innovative art, events and educational programs that represent our world today. It exhibits contemporary artwork from regional, national and international artists throughout the year, and presents programs in visual arts, dance, literature, art and music. It is designed to provide a forum for inclusive community dialogue, to challenge stereotypes, and to promote arts and cultural awareness.
COVID Safety: Face masks are required for all gallery and shopUICA visitors, staff and students while indoors, regardless of vaccination status.
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How to Experience the Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts
How to Experience the Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts:
What can I see and do at UICA?
UICA presents three exhibitions per year, in fall, spring and summer, in the indoor and outdoor spaces of the historic Woodbridge building, a 1909 Beaux Arts-style building listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Living room style-spaces outside traditional galleries provide comfortable gathering places to sit, meet, read or work surrounded by inspiring art.
Is UICA good for kids?
UICA is an excellent place to introduce kids to the concept of contemporary art to supplement the more formal traditional art approaches they may be exposed to in school. Family-friendly First Fridays (the first Friday of the month) and Family Days (select Saturdays) give kids the opportunity to create their own artwork.
When is UICA open?
Noon-5pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, and noon-7pm Thursday. It is closed on holidays observed by Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University.
What is the admission price?
Admission is free as part of UICA’s commitment to equitable access to the arts in Grand Rapids. Guided tours are available for $5 per person.
Are there any discounts available?
Admission is free.
Can I purchase or reserve tickets online?
Admission is free. There is no need to reserve ahead.
Is UICA accessible for guests with special needs?
The galleries and gift shop are located on the first floor of the building, with barrier-free access. An elevator provides access to all floors. Routes through the venue are wide and level. See more Accessibility Info.
Where is UICA located?
Where can I park?
There is abundant parking near UICA. Visit the Museum website for parking, biking and transportation options
Is food available?
Is there a gift shop?
Yes. The Shop at UICA carries handmade goods including puzzles and games, art and design books, art supplies, branded merchandise and artwork by local and regional artists – ceramics, jewelry, prints and more.
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- 17 Pearl St NW
- (616) 454-7000
The Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts builds creative community by fostering new forms of expression, promoting collaboration, and providing genuine experiences with contemporary art. UICA features gallery exhibitions of work from regional, national and international artists throughout the year…
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