One of the gems in the Grand Rapids arts scene, the UICA, is getting ready to host another of their fascinating and thought provoking exhibitions. It's called The Jump Off.


This week, the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts has announced the names of the artists participating in The Jump Off, which is 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 Flex Gallery: A Public Art Project by Zachary Johnson. Everyone is invited to attend the exhibition’s opening reception at UICA, located at 2 Fulton W.,happening June 2. Guests will have an opportunity to meet the curators as well as many of the artists.

Christy Georg, History Lesson, 2015, 44" x 52" x 48", left photo by Koen Dijkman
Christy Georg, History Lesson, 2015, 44" x 52" x 48", left photo by Koen Dijkman

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 and many more.

The artists included in the exhibition reveal the evolution within their own creative process by presenting their current practice paired with earlier works - specifically, exposing the piece or pieces that served as the clear turning point 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.

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