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UICA Appoints Exhibitions Curator

Posted June 19, 2018 in UICA

Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University's (KCAD's) Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA) has appointed Juana Williams as Exhibitions Curator. Williams will plan exhibitions, manage UICA’s curatorial team, and oversee the production of educational content designed to engage diverse audiences within the galleries. The Exhibitions Curator also serves as a representative of UICA to the local, state, and national arts community.

Woman facing the camera for a portraitJuana Williams

Williams, a recent Master’s graduate of Wayne State University in Detroit, MI, most recently served as Assistant to the Chair at her Alma Mater in the Department of Art and Art History. Williams is also an active freelance Curator and brings with her a significant and comprehensive history of art-related experiences specifically within academic and institutional galleries.

“UICA is pleased to announce the appointment of Juana Williams as UICA’s Exhibitions Curator," shared Miranda Krajniak, UICA’s Executive Director. “Her passion for the arts, impressive professional background, and her curatorial practice grounded in creating dialogue around contemporary issues makes her the ideal candidate for this dynamic role. With Juana leading our curatorial efforts and initiatives, we’re excited about the future of exhibitions at UICA."

Williams will begin her appointment August 27, 2018 and will continue to support UICA’s current exhibition initiatives while developing new programming to reach and engage both current and new audiences. Williams will further support UICA’s dedication to artists and audience equity by developing local, regional, and national relationships.

The Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, Michigan’s largest contemporary arts center, presents new gallery exhibitions of contemporary artwork from regional, national and international artists throughout the year. UICA also hosts a range of events including docent-led tours, concerts, performance art, short film series, artist receptions, and gallery talks. UICA’s movie theater shows first-run independent cinema, international films, and documentaries six days a week. UICA is part of KCAD and has been part of the fabric of the West Michigan arts community for over 40 years.

“The mission of UICA directly aligns with my professional goals as my curatorial practice predominantly focuses on deconstructing complex, contemporary cultural issues and attempts to provide a dialogue within which these issues can be discussed.” shared Williams, “As an emerging African American curator and scholar, I am also particularly sensitive to and interested in issues of diversity. UICA is an ideal institution for me to join specifically because of the concrete efforts to engage the diverse surrounding community, promote innovation and the freedom of artistic expression, and utilize art as a catalyst for creating dialogue around cultural issues.”

Williams’ community involvement and dedication to the arts support the mission of UICA which is to build a creative community by fostering new forms of expression, promoting collaboration, and providing genuine experiences with contemporary art. To learn more about current and forthcoming exhibitions, films and educational programming, visit uica.org.