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Live Coverage Features: Stephen Duren and Yolanda Gonzalez

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In celebration of UICA's 35th anniversary, Live Coverage will be the biggest ever, featuring 100 artists and utilizing the 14,000 square foot Steelcase Town Hall.
Underwriting support from:

Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA)

The Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts initiates conversation in response to visual art, music, film, literature, dance and performance art featuring regional, national, and international artists - groundbreaking work that might not otherwise find a venue in Michigan.

/Stephen Duren by Terry Johnston

/Yolanda Gonzalez by Terry Johnston

UICA's biggest fundraiser of the year offers guests the unique opportunity to purchase artwork that is created right before their eyes! Come to the Steelcase Town Hall for an unforgettable evening that includes live and silent auctions, music and an array of fine food and drinks. This event is made possible by local artists who donate their time and talent to help UICA. Below are two featured artists that will be working live this year, Stephen Duren and Yolanda Gonzalez. Don't miss this chance to see the artists' process first hand!

Live Coverage Artist: Stephen Duren
Stephen Duren taught for six years at various Michigan colleges before settling into his full time vocation as a painter. For many years, his paintings have danced between abstraction and realism. His work hangs in the permanent collection of various museums and universities, as well as in the public and private collections of more than 60 foundations and corporations in America and abroad. Notable among his 30+ awards are a drawing prize from New York's Chautauqua National Exhibition of American Art, grants from New York's Adolf Gottlieb Foundation and awards from the Michigan Council for the Arts.

Live Coverage Artist: Yolanda Gonzalez
Yolanda Gonzalez is a freelance illustrator inspired daily by nature, popular culture, music, fashion, modern art and children's artwork. Her simple and often playful illustrations have been seen big and small locally and in national publications, like Real Simple and The New York Times. Her local clients include the Grand Rapids Community Foundation, On-The-Town magazine and Opera Grand Rapids. Yolanda lives in East Grand Rapids with two kids, a dog and a husband.

Live Coverage Event Information
Saturday, February 18  |  6:30–11 PM
*Location: Steelcase Town Hall – 1111 44th St. Grand Rapids, MI 49508

$65 for UICA Members (Cash Bar)
$75 for Non­ Members (Cash Bar)

VIP Tickets – For an additional $25 per ticket, you will enjoy an open bar and free delivery of any artwork purchased at the event (within 30 miles of UICA).

Purchase tickets online here.

For more information, please contact 616 454 7000 x or [email protected].


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