Jimmy Kuehnle conversing with a pedestrian while in his inflatable suit

  • Kiss the Sky

  • Grand Rapids, Michigan

  • 2008

Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts

UP: an exhibition of hovering hanging inflating or wheeled sculpture

September 1, 2008 - November 10, 2008

Art Party at the Urban Center for Contemporary Arts.

As part of an ongoing commitment to promote challenging, innovative practices in the visual arts, the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA) presented work by artists in a National Juried Exhibition of sculpture that was suspended, hung, rolled, pushed, inflated, folded or moved off the floor to meet the demands of a changing space. Exhibited in the Monroe Ave Gallery of the UICA, this exhibition highlighted the various works during the 2008 International Sculpture Conference (ISC) held in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It featured works from Terri Lindbloom Milt Friedly, Mark Hursty, Jamey Grimes, Claudia Sbrissa, Jeremy Brooks, Jeroen Nelemans, Brian Nelson, Vanessa Tomczak, Adrienne Vetter, Kenn Kotara, Michael Rodemer, Keith Lemley, Kaitlyn Redborg, Jeremiah Colonna-Romano, Jimmy Kuehnle, and Kira Burge.

With respect to this exhibition, the concept of "UP" is intended to expand the traditional presentation of sculpture. The exhibition, UP, will provide a venue for the convergence of contemporary sculptural art with the challenge of sculpture intended for a transitory space and responds to other programming such as receptions, lectures, and dinners needing to co-exist in the same space. Through this exhibition, the UICA hopes to promote awareness of alterative display of sculpture and cultivate the innovative relationship of sculpture and image, and narrative and form.


UICA is one of the largest multidisciplinary contemporary art centers in the Midwest and the largest in Michigan. The UICA is proud to be a leader creating vital and challenging pathways to human expression. For more than 25 years, this organization has offered an extensive range of programs and services to support artists who take creative risks. Currently the UICA offers programming in six art disciplines: visual, literature, performance, film, music, and dance. The Visual Arts Committee oversees the five designated galleries within the UICA facility. Visit UICA's Web site www.uica.org for more information.


Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts
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Grand Rapids, MI 49503
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