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UICA’s Coming Home Series Presents Solo Exhibitions by Established and Emerging Michigan Artists

Posted July 18, 2018 in UICA

Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University's (KCAD's) Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA) has announced the local and regional artists participating in the 2018 Coming Home suite of solo exhibitions. Pat Perry, Emily Najera, Jason Quigno, and Zachary Trebellas will present new works in UICA’s galleries from Sep 8, 2018 - Jan 25, 2019 as part of the annual exhibition series that will premiere on Sept 8, 2018 during OddBall, UICA’s annual fundraising gala. The public is invited to the vibrant evening featuring an exclusive first look at the works on view, a cocktail hour, seated dinner, and contemporary entertainment. All proceeds from the event support UICA’s mission year-round, including exhibitions, education, film, and community events. Tickets are on sale now.

Coming Home is an annual suite of solo exhibitions featuring works by emerging and established Michigan artists. The show celebrates Michigan’s role as a platform for inspiration, exploration, and creative development by highlighting a diverse group of working artists. Artists exhibiting as part of Coming Home include:

Pat Perry
Perry is an artist from Michigan who writes and makes pictures through careful and cautious observation. Perry works primarily as a painter and muralist, and also as an illustrator. Perry has created public murals worldwide which can be found in New Zealand, Iraq, Finland, Zurich, Cleveland, New York, Canada, Berlin, Washington D.C. and Detroit.

View of a white house from the middle of the street

In his first-ever gallery exhibition, Perry, a globally recognized artist whose clients include The New York Times, BBC, VICE Magazine, Sony//Epic Records, and Bonnaroo will show a new series of large-scale paintings that document rural Michigan homes and landscapes.


Emily Najera
Najera is a professional artist and educator. Her research as a photographer examines forms of architecture as vernacular artifacts. Partnering with historic preservationists and urban planners, Najera documents and archives the changing landscape of city neighborhoods. She is currently a Visiting Professor of Photography at Grand Valley State University.

View of a blue house from the middle of the street

Additionally, she has held teaching appointments at the University of Nevada, Reno and the Santa Catalina School in Monterey, California. In her solo exhibition at UICA, Najera will present photographs of Grand Rapids’ northwest side, documenting the disappearing landscape of this multifaceted neighborhood.


Jason Quigno
Quigno, a stone artist, will exhibit work telling Anishinaabe stories, history, and legends. Quigno represents legends in non-objective ways with 5,000 pound granite boulders carved with simple flowing lines and various textures including highly polished areas, rough sawn cuts, honed surfaces, and the natural raw crust that took millions of years to form.

Man holding hammer and chisel sitting in a workshop

Quigno is represented by LaFontsee Galleries in Grand Rapids, MI and has exhibited nationally. Quigno’s works are part of a number of collections including the Grand Rapids Public Museum, Grand Valley State University, Okaya City Hall in Nagano Okaya Prefecture, Japan and Central Michigan University.


Zachary Trebellas
Trebellas is an artist and educator in Grand Rapids. He recently spent a week in Japan interviewing and photographing residents about their cherished memories of things and places that no longer exist. This spring he will complete the second phase of the project, in which he speaks with and photographs residents of Grand Rapids Burton Heights neighborhood.

Woman standing in the middle of a winding road

Trebellas hopes that by displaying the two parts of the project, he can foster empathy between people of disparate communities experiencing similar changes.

“We’re thrilled to present works by such a talented group of working artists,” shared Miranda Krajniak, UICA’s Executive Director. “Michigan is home to a growing network of fine artists and designers and Coming Home puts a spotlight on the work we do year-round to support our community of local artists. This iteration of the popular exhibition series is especially dynamic as it features artists with a global reach as well as those who have established a name for themselves locally due to their prolific and influential portfolios and involvement with the West Michigan creative community.”

Text graphic reading Oddball Masked

OddBall, UICA’s premier fundraising gala, marks the official opening of Coming Home. The highly anticipated annual event welcomes art enthusiasts, emerging and established creatives, and visionary industry supporters for a night of immersive entertainment. OddBall is both festive and revelatory, as guests and distinguished patrons celebrate, support the arts, and delight in viewing Coming Home in dramatic fashion.

This year, OddBall’s theme is “masked” and guests of the event are encouraged to dress in identity concealing makeup or Trompe-L'oeil inspired costume or couture. A pinterest page on UICA’s website provides outfit inspiration. OddBall: Masked entertainment details will be revealed at a later date.

Woman wearing a decorative party mask stares mysteriously into the country

The 2018 Arts Advocate Award will be presented to Eddie Tadlock, Assistant GM at DeVos Place Convention Center. The Arts Advocate award recognizes the way that someone has supported or advanced the arts in our entire community.

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

OddBall: Masked is Presented by Conduit Studio, Applause Catering and Events, ArtPrize, Carbon Stories, A Growing Frenzy, Smitten Booth, WGVU. OddBall: Masked host committee includes 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/cominghome2018.

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