After much anticipation, the new location for the UCIA has finally opened their doors! So after hearing that they were ready to show off their LEED (Leader in Energy and Environmental Design) certified building, I headed downtown on a beautiful Sunday afternoon!
On June 30th, the UICA organized over 100 volunteers to form a human chain to help move items from the old building at Sheldon and Weston a few blocks Northwest to their new location at the corner of Fulton and Division!
When entering through the revolving door from Fulton you are greeted by a funky front desk, gift shop and artwork! The first floor is filled with art installations, a gallery, a four story space for vertical artwork, and a classroom for various art classes!
Venturing downstairs you will find a few more areas for art installations, a small black room for films, a bar (set to open with main theater) and of course the main film theater. The theater sits just shy of 200 people and will offer films throughout the week starting in September-ish. The refurbished seats from Studio 28 are a great addition to the space! There is also a ceramics room where you could take a pottery class!
The building has five different galleries and is planning to host many events throughout the year! It hosts classes for both youth and adults so that they too may learn and participate in creating! There is also a phase two for the fourth and fifth floors to include an outdoor patio!
If you would like to see art by local artists, who, for the most part, visit the UICA, and plan their installations around the space available, or you would like to take a class, then you definitely should visit here!
P:S: The old building was purchased by the Devos family and will be transformed into a progressive workspace to house art organizations. Artprize plans to use the location as their hub in fall of 2011!
location: Fulton and Division (entrance on Fulton)
admission: Members Free, Adults $8, Seniors (65 and over with ID) $6, Students (with valid ID) $6, Five and under Free
film admission: Members $4, Non-members $8hours: Tuesday–Saturday 11 AM–9 PM, Sunday 12 AM–7 PM, Monday Closed
parking: The city of Grand Rapids offers one hour free parking in the Monroe Center Ramp located one block northwest of UICA.