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UICA Announces Annual Fundraiser Event Theme and Entertainment Details

Posted August 9, 2018 in UICA

The Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA) has announced event details for their annual fundraising gala. On September 8 from 6:00 - 9:00 pm, the public is invited to OddBall: Masked, a vibrant evening featuring a cocktail hour, seated dinner, contemporary entertainment, and an exclusive first look at Coming Home, a group of solo exhibitions exploring Michigan’s role as a platform for inspiration. All proceeds from the event support UICA’s mission year-round, including exhibitions, education, film, and community events. Tickets are on sale now.

OddBall: Masked is a contemporary twist on the classic masquerade ball, and UICA encourages guests to dress in a mask, identity concealing makeup, or trompe-l'oeil inspired costume or couture. The highly anticipated annual event welcomes art enthusiasts, emerging and established creatives, and visionary industry supporters for a night of immersive entertainment. This year, the city’s premier contemporary arts event marks the official opening of UICA's exhibition series, Coming Home, featuring works by Emily Najera, Pat Perry, Jason Quigno, and Zachary Trebellas.

The gala is both festive and revelatory, as guests and distinguished patrons celebrate, support the arts, and delight in viewing Coming Home in dramatic fashion.

The event theme will be incorporated into OddBall’s event décor, creating a fully immersive, one-of-a kind experience. Optical illusions, striking floral arrangements by A Growing Frenzy, and theatrical centerpieces will set the tone for the art-focused event. The evening will include surprising, experience-driven performances that encourage audience participation including a colorful set by Molly Bouwsma-Schultz who is known for her thought provoking lyrics and eclectic and soulful music, as well as on-site tarot readings by Britney Erck, LMSW. Jennifer Pascua, WZZM Channel 13, My West Michigan Co-Host and Noon Anchor, will host the evening as Mistress of Ceremonies

Womoan screaming into the camera with a smile on her faceMolly Bouwsma-Schultz (credit: Logan Zillmer)

Along with a number of unpredictable experiences, guests will enjoy a passed hors d’oeuvres, wine and beer, as well as an elegant dinner prepared by Applause Catering and Events, and bon bons from Love’s.

Each year, UICA’s centerpiece fundraiser honors someone whose actions advance the arts as an essential part of life and what makes a community thrive. The 2018 Arts Advocate Award will be presented to Eddie Tadlock, Assistant GM at DeVos Place Convention Center.

“The Arts Advocate Award is a mark of distinction that could be given to a number of community members,” shared Miranda Krajniak, UICA Executive Director. “That said, Eddie Tadlock was an obvious choice for this year’s award not only because of his significant and enthusiastic support of UICA, but for his active involvement within the community. Eddie shows up time and again for the arts, and it’s an honor to recognize his commitment.”

Group of people chatting at an art exhibition

“We’re thrilled that OddBall kicks off our annual exhibition series featuring Michigan artists,” continued Krajniak. “UICA has been part of the fabric of the West Michigan arts community for over 40 years, and it is intentional that our centerpiece fundraiser, which helps to sustain UICA year-round, aligns with an exhibition that highlights the talents of our region’s fine art community.”

Tickets are oddly priced at $197.28, and are on sale now. Ticket price includes admission, fine foods, hosted beer and wine, self-parking in Downtown GR parking ramps, and entertainment.

OddBall: Masked is Presented by Conduit Studio, Applause Catering and Events, ArtPrize, BISSELL, Carbon Stories, Kate Pew Wolters, A Growing Frenzy, Smitten Booth, and WGVU.

OddBall: Masked’s host committee is Matt Anderson, Anna Baeten, David Castro, Ruby Chaise, Taylor Hammond, Lynette Kruk, Jeffrey Augustine Songco, and Matt Sova.


For more information about Coming Home, visit uica.org/coming-home.

For more information about OddBall, visit uica.org/oddball2018.