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Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts

Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA)

Through compelling exhibitions, events, community programs, and youth development, we actively challenge both artists and audiences to new levels of dialogue, creative pursuit, reflection, and illumination. UICA initiates conversation in response to visual art, music, film, literature, dance, and performance art featuring regional, national, and international artists. UICA 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.

  • 1.

    The BISSELL Outdoor Terrace

    The BISSELL Outdoor Terrace

    Enjoy stunning views of the city on UICA's BISSELL Outdoor Terrace. Open seasonally.

  • 2.

    The UICA Movie Theater

    The UICA Movie Theater

    The UICA Movie Theater shows independent, international, and documentary movies Tuesday–Sunday.

  • 3.

    The Studio

    The Studio

    Explore your own creativity with the materials provided in The Studio.

  • 4.

    The Shop

    The Shop

    The Shop at UICA carries handmade home goods, art and design books, and artwork by local artists.

  • 5.

    The Galleries at UICA

    The Galleries at UICA

    UICA features multiple gallery exhibitions of work from regional, national and international artists.

  • 6.

    UICA's Exit Space Project

    UICA's Exit Space Project

    UICA is host to the Exit Space Project, a dynamic experiment that connects artists with public spaces.

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