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Here's the meaning behind the ArtPrize installation you've seen at UICA in Grand Rapids

The outside of the UICA/Kendall School of Art & Design building is covered in what looks like big orange balloons. There's meaning behind it.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — As ArtPrize 2021 nears, artist entries can be seen popping up at several locations all over downtown Grand Rapids, including outside the UICA's new home at Kendall College of Art and Design. 

"UICA's move from a boldly contemporary dwelling to a classical Beaux-Arts-style building on the KCAD campus raises exciting questions about how we make a space that was not initially built for us feel inherently like our own," said Michele Bozak, UICA director of curatorial. 

The installation is called "The Art of Living Together," and it was created by Chicago-based artist Brian Petrone.

"It's a site-specific installation that considers the common perceptions of the building as a historical place of business and alerts the city that something new and exciting is happening," added Bozak. "It's pretty much the conversation of Kendall and UICA cohabitating and how do we make this new partnership work."

UICA’s Open Hours during ArtPrize:

  • Friday and Saturday, Sept. 17-18, noon–5 p.m.
  • Friday and Saturday, Sept. 24-25, noon–5 p.m.
  • Friday and Saturday, Oct. 1-2, noon–5 p.m.    

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