Apply for a show

The Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA) is located in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids. For over 36 years, UICA has remained a regionally focused institution bringing world-class contemporary culture to Michigan. By exposing the public to national and international art, we fulfill our organizational mission to inspire dialogue and cultural awareness within our community and beyond.

UICA always will be seeking proposals for work that address contemporary issues and concerns, and/or work that pushes traditional boundaries in its treatment of materials or subject. With the recent merger with Kendall College of Art and Design, we currently are re-imagining the possibilities and spaces for proposals and creating the potential for new programming and community engagement. Please excuse us as we redesign our call for proposals. We are excited to provide a new application soon.

Diagrams of exhibition spaces can be found here.

Eligibility: Must be 18 years or older, exhibition opportunities are for emerging, mid-career, and established artists.

UICA strongly encourages artists review gallery specifications available on the website, and to include a site-specific diagram with their proposal.

For more information and to complete an application, visit:

Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts

2 Fulton West
Grand Rapids, MI 49503



Tuesday–Saturday | 12 – 9 PM
Sunday | 12 – 6 PM
Closed Mondays

ArtPrize Hours
Monday-Thursday | 12 - 8 PM
member only hours 10 AM-12 PM

Friday-Saturday | 12 - 9 PM
member only hours 10 AM -12 PM

Sunday | 12 - 6 PM

Gallery Admission
Members: Free
Non-members: $5

Film Admission
Members: $4
Non-members: $8