ArtPrize is finished for another year. It is a whirlwind of activity in Grand Rapids for about two-weeks that attracts hundreds of thousands of people viewing all kinds of art. But, when it's over, does "art" just fold its tent and go away? Of course not. Exciting new exhibitions open all the time.

The Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts’ (UICA) has announced the local and regional artists participating in the 2017 Coming Home suite of exhibitions. Two Michigan artists will present solo shows in UICA’s galleries from November 03, 2017 - January 28, 2018 as part of the annual exhibition.

Also opening that evening is Organize Your Own: The Politics and Poetics of Self-Determination Movements. Everyone is invited to attend the group exhibition opening reception on Friday, November 03, 2017 at UICA, where guests will have an opportunity to meet the artists on-site and hear remarks from Miranda Krajniak, UICA’s Executive Director.

Coming Home is an annual suite of exhibitions featuring works by emerging and established Michigan artists. The show celebrates Michigan’s role as a platform for inspiration, exploration, and creative development by highlighting working artists. The exhibition features work by artists who are from Michigan, are currently based in Michigan, or have spent a considerable amount of time here during the course of their careers.

Following on the heels of UICA’s Artprize exhibition, Coming Home celebrates both departures and reunions and this year features two Michigan painters.

Nathan Heuer is an Assistant Professor at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, IN. He received his B.F.A. and M.F.A. from Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University.

Also, Rick Beerhorst, who's career has spanned over thirty years and his iconic work has been exhibited worldwide. Beerhorst is known for his folk iconography as well as his stylized subjects (often immediate family members or self-portraits).

Coming Home is on view November 03, 2017 - January 28, 2018.

For more information or to learn more about UICA’s forthcoming exhibitions, visit

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