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UICA Celebrates the Evolution of the Artist with Newest Exhibition
The Jump Off features more than 30 emerging and established artists 

Grand Rapids, MI, May 11, 2017— The Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA) has announced the names of the artists participating in The Jump Off, an original group exhibition that celebrates 40 years of experimentation and growth, and features multiple works by local, regional, and national artists. The Jump Off will be on view June 2 - August 26, 2017 at UICA, and will be presented alongside an iteration of Flex Gallery: A Public Art Project by Zachary Johnson. The public is invited to attend the exhibition’s opening reception at UICA located at 2 Fulton W. happening June 2, 2017. Guests will have an opportunity to meet the curators as well as many of the artists who will be in attendance that evening.
The artists included in The Jump Off reveal the evolution within the creative process by presenting artwork that defines their current practice paired with earlier works - specifically, exposing the piece or pieces that served as the clear turning point; catalyzing the spark for their new work’s materials, visual or conceptual content.  

“As an artist hones their individual practice, their technique, conceptual content, and stylistic preferences may shift and change - very suddenly or so gradually that the act of changing becomes unnoticeable,” shared UICA’s Exhibitions Curator, Heather Duffy.  “Outside of studio visits, we don’t often get a behind-the-scenes look into how these experiments, mistakes, or calculated changes encourage growth, shape new bodies of work, or even come to define an artist’s practice. The Jump Off presents a unique opportunity to celebrate this artistic evolution by re-awakening and investigating the artworks that began a new path for these artists.”
The Jump Off features over 30 artists and a diverse range of mediums including sculpture, photography, painting, textiles, collage, video, and mixed media. The artists who have been selected to participate in The Jump Off include: Hannah Smith Allen, Maggie Bandstra, Tyler Bohm, Pete Braspenninx, Kaylee Britton, Rachel Britton, Sophia Brueckner, Anny Crane, Sara Dhyne, Scott Dickson, Melissa Dorn Richards, Laurel Dugan, Eliza Fernand, David Frison, Christy Georg, Toby Kaufman-Buhler, Jeff Kraus, Nathan Margoni, Catherine Mellinger, Avery Miller, Meredith Miller, Lisa Mull, Alessandra Myers, Thomas Pike, Ethan Ross, Megan Stone, Nicholas Szymanski, Kayla Thompson, Molly Tiesma Lucille, Dave Weindorf, Elisabeth Wellfare, Tianna Wierenga, Al Wildey, Rachelle Wunderink.

Supporting their dedication to advancing the careers and the creative processes of innovative emerging and mid-career artists, UICA will also host an iteration of an exhibition guest-curated by West Michigan artist and curator Zachary Johnson featuring local and regional talent. 

Flex Gallery is a wearable, rotating exhibition space which has traditionally been located on curator Zachary Johnson’s left arm. The mobile art space has to date hosted twelve custom armbands created by artists and  originally exhibited in runs of two weeks each. The project includes a diverse range of media including photography, digital illustration, soft sculpture, and printmaking. Flex Gallery is curated with no limitations other than the dimensions of the canvas armbands which Johnson supplies to each artist. The full series of work from 12 artists will be displayed in UICA’s Front Street Gallery from June 02 - August 04, 2017.

More information about The Jump Off and Flex Gallery as well as details about the Opening Reception can be found at uica.org/exhibitions.

At a Glance:

What: The Jump Off and Flex Gallery: Opening Reception
Where: Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA), 2 Fulton West, Grand Rapids MI 49503
When: June 02, 2017
Admission: Member Preview: 5:30 pm - 6:00 pm, Public Welcome: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Gallery Hours: Tues–Sat: 12–9 pm, Sun: 12–6 pm, Mon: Closed
Overview:Join us for The Jump Off opening reception and get a first look at the works on view. Meet the artists included in the exhibition and enjoy light refreshments, a cash bar, and remarks by UICA’s Exhibitions Curator. Also opening that evening: The Flex Gallery by Zachary Johnson who will be on-site to talk about his work and the works included in the mobile exhibition.
 
The Jump Off
June 02 - August 26, 2017
UICA celebrates 40 years of experimentation and growth with The Jump Off, a group exhibition that features multiple works by local, regional, and national artists. 

The artists included in the exhibition reveal the evolution within the creative process by presenting artwork that defines their current practice paired with earlier works - specifically, exposing the piece or pieces that served as the clear turning point; catalyzing the spark for their new work’s materials, visual or conceptual content.  
The Jump Off was curated by UICA’s Exhibitions Curator, Heather Duffy, from a national call for work.
 
Flex Gallery: A Public Art Project by Zachary Johnson

June 02 - August 04, 2017

Flex Gallery is a wearable, rotating exhibition space located on curator Zachary Johnson’s left arm. The mobile art space has to date hosted twelve custom armbands created by local, regional, and international artists that were originally exhibited in runs of two weeks each. 

The project includes a diverse range of media including photography, digital illustration, soft sculpture, and printmaking. Flex Gallery is curated with no limitations other than the dimensions of the canvas armbands which Johnson supplies to each artist. The full series of work from 12 artists will be displayed in UICA’s Front Street Gallery from June 02 - August 04, 2017.

Exhibiting Artists:
Megan Altieri
Amanda Carmer Rainey
Christopher C. W. Sutton
Angelica Hay
Madison May
Rachel McKay
Greg Oberle
Alyssa Roach
Megan Roach
Jenn Schaub
Tag W. R. Hartman-Simkins
Fan Wu
About The Curator:
Zachary Johnson is an arts professional from the Chicago area currently living in Grand Rapids. He graduated with a B.A. in Art History from Columbia College Chicago in 2010. Since then he has focused his career on public art and art education, organizing public art projects and exhibitions in the Chicago suburbs, the city of Chicago, and Amakusa, Japan. In Grand Rapids he is a regular contributor to Art Hack, volunteer docent at the UICA, Avenue for the Arts advisory committee member, and was a City Parks Curator for ArtPrize 7. 


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About UICA:
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