GRAND RAPIDS — The Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts will present the 2013 Odd Ball, its annual celebration of creative energy, from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14.
The event, which features sophisticated decor and edgy performances, will include a sneak preview of “Play,” its 2013 ArtPrize exhibit, and an opportunity to meet the featured artists. The building at 2 W. Fulton St. in Grand Rapids will be adorned with strong lines, shadows and monochromatic ornaments to accentuate the event’s theme of “Dark, Dangerous, Daring,” said Alexander Paschka, UICA’s exhibitions curator.
“This year’s event stands out from other galas by choosing a theme that plays well with fashion and elegance, ensuring all those in attendance can be inventive and adventurous with their style,” Paschka said. “All guests are encouraged to express their personalities through creative attire.”
The event is a fundraiser for the arts organization, which is beginning a new chapter of its existence through a partnership with Ferris State University’s Kendall College of Art and Design (see http://ferris.edu/HTMLS/news/archive/2013/august/uica.htm). Proceeds from the event will directly advance the UICA’s mission to provide the community with groundbreaking contemporary art.
Odd Ball will feature performances by two Michigan bands: 800Beloved will kick the night off with its brand of melodic and sexy shoegazer pop, while Detroit-based electronic music collective Haute to Death, which describes itself as a “dance-party and night-life brand,” will headline.
“Odd Ball will be a true cultural exchange between East and West Michigan facilitated by young, hip and hedonistic creatives that seek to live in a culturally unified state,” Paschka said. “All guests should plan on having the time of their lives.”
Tickets for Odd Ball, which include hors d’oeuvres from Martha’s Vineyard, two drink tickets and complimentary valet service, are $89 for UICA members and $129 for non-member, available at UICA or online here: http://uica.org/event/oddball/.
Located on the busiest intersection in Grand Rapids, the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts initiates conversation with cutting-edge visual art, film, performance, literature, music, education programs and events. Partnering with regional, national and international artists, the UICA offers innovative experiences with the latest art forms and the newest creative ideas – groundbreaking work that might not otherwise find a venue in Michigan. For more information, visit http://uica.org/.
As a unique part of Ferris State University, Kendall College of Art and Design prepares students for leadership in the visual arts, design, art history, and art education; provides innovative, collaborative education that fosters intellectual growth and individual creativity; and promotes the ethical and civic responsibilities of artists and designers, locally and globally. For more information, visit www.kcad.edu.
Last updated: 09-05-2013