UICA Presents: 8th Annual Michigan Emerging Graduate Artists 2018

By Richelle Kimble

Prepare to experience contemporary, unique works created by hand-selected artists in graduate studies across the state. The Michigan Emerging Graduate Artists (MEGA) exhibition is an annual juried art show facilitated by the Masters Student Collective (MSC) of Kendall College of Art and Design (KCAD). The installment commences at the opening reception on Aug. 17 and continues through Dec. 2. Yes, those joining our art-laden city during ArtPrize 2018 (Sept. 19-Oct. 7) can also view the exhibition!

Opening reception attendees receive the first glance while enjoying hors-d’oeuvres and the company of artists, jurors and student collective. This annual opportunity to mingle with the state’s most talented graduate students is KCAD’s celebration of providing productive artistic critique to those seeking long-term submergence into a fine arts career. All media, including two-dimensional, three-dimensional, time-based, installation and performance work were encouraged to apply.

“We’ve received a lot of very strong work this year from across the state,” said Katie Toepp, co-coordinator for MEGA 2018. “I think it’s going to come together to be an incredible show.”

This year’s Jurors are Matthew Eaton and Shelley Stevens, both who actively participated in developing varying aspects of Michigan’s arts and culture. Eaton, California born and London, England raised, is a founding partner in Detroit’s art galleries Library Street Collective and Contra Projects, and is the current curator of two other Detroit art hubs, Red Bull House of Art and owner of Uncommon Editions. Stevens is a KCAD valedictorian alumna and has brought her intellect and inspiration to Michigan through teaching at Central Michigan University. She is currently the director of Golden Apple Art Residency, which accommodates artists from across the U.S., in Downeast Maine.

Delve into the minds of this year’s jurors and MEGA artists as they present their best work to visitors, art professionals from across the United States, and their peers at the opening ceremony. Join Grand Rapids in celebrating UICA’s volunteered accommodations, space, and support for KCAD, MSC, and MEGA 2018. For a complete list of artists, visit mscofkcad.com/mega.

What: MEGA 2018 opening reception and exhibition

Where: UICA, 2 Fulton St W, Grand Rapids

When: Aug. 17 (reception) and Aug. 17-Dec 2 (show duration)

Cost: Free for UICA members, $5 for non-members

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