Past Exhibits

The Art of Gifting | November 4 – December 23, 2016

Holiday Packages

Seeing Rectangular by Hal Gould | September 1 – October 30, 2016

Seeing Rectangular

Seeing Rectangular

60, Marek Radke | July 1 – August 28, 2016


About Face, Megan Foldenauer | May 6 – June 26, 2016

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Forrealism, Andy Decker | March 4 – April 30, 2016


One New Day, Megan Hildebrandt | January 15 – February 28, 2016

One New Day

The Art of Gifting Curated by Katrina M. Daniels | November 6 – December 23, 2015

The Art of Gifting

The Art of Gifting

Curating Roots Curated by Katrina Daniels | September 4 – October 31, 2015

Poster Design: Emma Foley

Poster Design: Emma Foley


Spokespeople by Khalid Ibrahim & Terry Seiting | July 10 – August 30, 2015

Spokespeople Exhibit Poster

Forward Moving Fire by Katie Short | June 3-28, 2015

Exhibit: Forward Moving Fire by Katie Short

Poster Design by Emma Foley

Galactic Abstraction by Steve Baibak | May 1 – 31, 2015

May 2015 Exhibit

May 2015 Exhibit

Modern Mythos by Bradon Badeau | April 2 – 29, 2015

Poster Design: Emma Foley

Poster Design: Emma Foley

What We All Come To Need by Daniel Finks & Matthew M. Maher | March 1 – 29, 2015

Poster Design by Emma Foley

Poster Design by Emma Foley

Burning Desires: An Exploration of Love, Desire & Romance | Feb. 1 – 27, 2015

Curated by Katrina M. Daniels

Love is one of the most basic and primal needs for human beings. This multimedia exhibition showcases love in all of its myriad forms – romantic love, desire, love of family, young love and the love of mature partners. This exhibit also explores the euphoria of reciprocal love, the agony of a lost love and the challenges of loving oneself.

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Holiday Art Market | November 2, 2014 to January 27, 2015

The Holiday Art Market is a festive shopping experience that brings affordable, Michigan-made art to the community. Diverse gift items including painting, photography, pottery and more. Continue to check back at the gallery as we the art will continue to rotate and change.

Holiday Art Market Poster

They Are All About the Plaid: Jennifer Hennings & A Community of Artists | October 3 – 26, 2014

October’s show at MICA Gallery celebrates plaid. Artists have utilized a variety of mediums ranging from fashion to photography in exploration of this well known pattern.

Plaid Show: October 2014

Plaid: A History

 By definition, a “plaid” (from the Gaelic: “blanket”) is a garment worn as a singular piece of tartan fabric around the waist with one end tossed over the shoulder and fastened at the front. In North America, the descriptor is used interchangeably with “tartan” in reference to particular textile patterns.

This print style goes back as far as 100 BC, created by ancient Celtic populations. As early as the Roman conquest of Britain in Julius Caesar’s day, the Celts of Scotland and Ireland wore primitive tartans. At the time, tartan referred to a style of weaving fabric that makes a fine, diagonal texture. Look at your jeans or a twill shirt; you’ll see the fine diagonal pattern. This strong weave is made by sewing the thread over two, under two instead of the simpler over one, under one.

Tartan is a pattern consisting of criss-crossed horizontal and vertical bands in multiple colors. Tartans originated in woven wool, but now they are made in many other materials. Tartan plaid is simply a pattern of thread repeated in both the breadth and width of the finished fabric, the woof and the warp. A true plaid, then, has the same pattern when you rotate it 90 degrees.

Plaid first made its mark on fashion in the late 17th century as a signature in Scottish society. Mostly fashioned in kilts, plaid actually became a symbol for rebellion against England. So much so, that it was banned for four decades! Wearing plaid after the Scottish rebellion in 1746 was forbidden under the Dress Act and it wasn’t repealed until 1782.

Once the 37-year ban on tartan was lifted, American factories began mass-producing what was renamed plaid prior to the Civil War. By the 1960′s, plaid fabrics were used in skirts and shirts for women as well as for service and labor-orientated jobs. During the punk era of the 1970’s and 1980’s Vivienne Westwood reinvented tartan as a radical and hip print. Now a present-day fashion craze, plaid has waned in its ability to cause social revolt and has instead taken on a common identity.

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 Painting Is a Waste of Time | Keith Downie, Greg Granowski, Norbert Freese & Greg Limmer

Artist: Keith Downie

Artist: Keith Downie

 “From the Ashes of the Old”: Works by Dylan AT Miner

Lansing, Mich. – MICA Gallery’s September show, “‘From the Ashes of the Old’: Works by Dylan AT Miner,” presents the activist, hand-made, “intentionally unrefined” artwork of Dylan Miner.

The show opens Sept. 2, and the opening reception is Sept. 10, 12-4pm. MICA Gallery’s hours are Monday-Friday, 9 am-5 pm, and the gallery is also open 12-4 pm on Sept. 3 for the first of two September First Sunday Gallery Walks.

Dylan at Miner is a border-crossing Métis with roots in the historic Indigenous communities of Slave Lake, Alberta; Red River, Manitoba; Drummond Island, Michigan; and Penetanguishene, Ontario. In 2010, he was awarded an Artist Leadership Grant from the National Museum of the American Indian (Smithsonian) and had five solo exhibitions across North America. In 2011, he will hang solo exhibitions at Urban Shaman Gallery in Canada, University of Notre Dame, Michigan Institute for Contemporary Art, and Fort Lewis College, a university that once served as an Indian boarding school. As a member of Justseeds, he was awarded the Grand Prix at the 28th Biennial of Graphic Arts in Slovenia and, as a result, the collective will have a solo exhibition at the 29th Biennial this fall. In 2012, he will travel to Norway for a solo exhibition, as well as work with the Sami people.

Dylan has published extensively and lectured globally on contemporary Native and Latino art, Indigenous sovereignty, and the relationship between art and anti-capitalist activism. He has published in Third Text, Aztlán, CR: The New Centennial Review, amongst others, and has forthcoming books from University of Arizona Press and IB Tauris. As a professor, he has led indigenous-centered courses in the Great Lakes, US Southwest, California, and Latin America. Currently, Dylan coordinates the Michigan Native Arts Initiative and is a professor at Michigan State University. Born and raised in Michigan, he holds a Ph.D. in the history of art from The University of New Mexico, USA. He lives with his wife and two daughters between Anishinaabewaki (Michigan) and Aztlán (New Mexico).

Miner explains, “In a never-ending world of late-capitalist consumption, where mass-produced commodities and highly designed products are naturalized, the creation of hand-made objects becomes an overt act of resistance. By using the language of anti-capitalist activism and indigenous visuality, I make intentionally unrefined objects that, if nothing else, challenge the ambiguity of the elite visual art world by operating within a tradition of political didacticism. Through the production of print-based installations, I evoke the tangibility of the printed form in an attempt to narrativize a particular anti-colonial and anti-capitalist desire. As an artist, I have become a storyteller whose images narrate stories in a uniquely visual fashion based in an anti-authoritarian tradition.

“Incorporating found materials, such as re-used grocery sacks and cardboard, I see my artmaking practice as the embodiment of my own radical politics and everyday experiences as a human being. The printed image and the materials that I work with remain a quotidian expression of the day-to-day realities in which I find myself. While society has moved toward a consumer-based model, the print becomes a small (yet productive) expression against the daily alienation I feel. My objects mark my existence and declare that I am alive. Just like ancestral petroglyphs and cave paintings, these small printed acts make similar marks on the worlds. As Métis martyr Louis Riel so powerfully articulated on the eve of his state-sanctioned assassination: ‘My people will sleep for 100 years, and when they awake, it will be the artists who give them back their spirit.'”

MICA Gallery is dedicated to featuring artists whose work represents a mix of progressive styles, social commentary, experimentation, and innovation, the gallery provides exhibition opportunities for visual artists, musicians, poets, and performance artists. Its sponsoring organization, Michigan Institute for Contemporary Art (MICA), is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that serves as a catalyst for community development through quality arts programming. For more information about the MICA Gallery, call 517-371-4600 or email




Retrospective in Loving Memory of Clif McChesney

Lansing, Mich. – MICA Gallery’s July and August show presents the artwork of the late Clif McChesney, distinguished MSU faculty in art. This show extends from Creole Gallery (1218 Turner St.) to MICA Gallery (1210 Turner St.).

The show opens July 5, and the opening reception is 1-5 pm, Sunday, July 10. MICA Gallery’s hours are Monday-Friday, 9 am-5 pm.

McChesney passed on March 17, at the age of 82. At that time, McChesney was a retired Michigan State University professor of art, awarded the Distinguished Faculty Award for the College of Art and Letters in 1985. His work has been shown across the country and in Japan.

McChesney’s wife, Jane, has arranged this showcase of his work.

MICA Gallery is dedicated to featuring artists whose work represents a mix of progressive styles, social commentary, experimentation, and innovation, the gallery provides exhibition opportunities for visual artists, musicians, poets, and performance artists. Its sponsoring organization, Michigan Institute for Contemporary Art (MICA), is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that serves as a catalyst for community development through quality arts programming. For more information about the MICA Gallery, call 517-371-4600 or email

MICA Gallery’s June 2011 Show: Bruce Thayer and Ilene Curts

Lansing, Mich. (May 26, 2011) – The June art show at MICA Gallery (1210 Turner St., Lansing) will feature artists Bruce Thayer and Ilene Curts. The show opens Wednesday, June 1, featuring special hours on Saturday, June 4 for “Be a Tourist in Your Own Town” and an artist reception on Sunday, June 5 from noon until 4pm for First Sunday Gallery Walk.

Bruce Thayer, “Morticians Folly” – Watercolor 44 x 41″

Bruce Thayer’s work has evolved over time to touch on social issues, word play, and figurative abstraction. He works in printmaking, watercolor and acrylic on paper, sometimes collaged, from his home studio in Michigan.

Bruce Thayer, “Hardrock Candy Mountain” – Artist’s print 39 x 29″

Thayer has a BFA from Central Michigan University, did printmaking and belonged to the Both Up Co-op Gallery in Berkeley, Calif., and completed a MFA at The School of The Art Institute of Chicago. He studied under such artists as Karl Wirsum, Christina Ramberg, Phil Hanson, and Ray Yoshida, becoming interested in figurative work influenced by cartoon, narrative, and humor. He has been associated with Printworks Gallery Chicago and Sonia Zaks Gallery Chicago.

Ilene Curts, “Magpie” – Oil on linen 16 x 18″

Ilene Curts is a still life artist based in Michigan. She studied life drawing in Cambridge, Mass., where she belonged to the Boston Visual Artist’s Union – but it was a move to a studio on a farm that inspired her to take up still life painting. Curts follows in the steps of contemporary realism.

Ilene Curts, “Top” – Oil on linen 30 x 24″

She explains, “I enjoy the abstract nature of painting, and the quality of the paint itself. I use a lot of objects from the forties and fifties for their design. Objects carry on them potent bits of color, wear, memory, and character. I like to paint familiar objects in a non-traditional setting to challenge myself to find visual ideas but continue to explore tradition as well.”

MICA Gallery is open 9 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday, with special hours for Saturday, June 4 and Sunday, June 5.

Michigan Institute for Contemporary Art (MICA) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization serving as a catalyst for quality arts programming. See or call 517-371-4600 for more information.



MSU Students Explore Home through Multimedia Installation at MICA Gallery

Lansing, Mich. – As part of the First Sunday Gallery Walk in Old Town, students from three different MSU courses are working collaboratively to produce a multimedia event called “That Familiar Place: House and Home” that will take place at MICA Gallery on Sunday, May 1. Using photographs, poetry, and dialogue, these students help us to confront fundamental questions that pertain to place and identity: What is home? How do the identities of people and places develop and become intertwined? How do physical objects and structures – streets, bricks, sidewalks, and buildings – acquire the meaning and significance associated with phrases like “my home,” “my home town,” and “my neighborhood”?

Photo by Hilary Higgins

WHAT: That Familiar Place: House and Home (a multimedia installation)

WHERE: MICA Gallery, 1210 Turner Street, Old Town, Lansing

WHEN: May 1, 2011, 12:00-5:00pm. Student readings at 1-1:20, 2-2:20, & 3-3:20. (Photo exhibit lasts through May 31; MICA Gallery regular hours are 9-5 Monday-Friday.)

All of the students contributing to this installation are in MSU’s Residential College in the Arts and Humanities, an interdisciplinary “living and learning community” focused on art, culture, and civic engagement. These students are enrolled in one of three upper-level courses taught by professors Eric Aronoff, Anita Skeen and David Sheridan.

“Our focus is on the relationship between Old Town and the surrounding North Lansing neighborhoods,” says Sheridan. “Those neighborhoods are right next door to one of the densest hubs of creative professionals in the state.”

Old Town is known as a local center for art, culture, and creative professionals. Many economists see creative centers like Old Town as the key to future economic prosperity. They represent Michigan’s transition to a “creative economy.”

“We are interested in exploring the ways that the success of Old Town can nurture the creativity of young people who live in the surrounding neighborhoods and who might be interested in video, music, and other forms of creative expression,” Sheridan explains.

For more information on MSU RCAH or “Home,” contact David Sheridan, 517-884-1326, Download show poster here.

With the support of the City of Lansing Arts & Cultural Grant Program funded through the Lansing Economic Development Corporation with help from the Arts Council of Greater Lansing, Inc.
with help from the Arts Council of Greater Lansing, Inc.

Michigan Institute for Contemporary Art (MICA) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit serving as a catalyst for quality arts programming. For more information about the MICA Gallery, call 517-371-4600 or email


Art Exhibit Presented by Mott Community College Faculty and Students to Be Featured at the Michigan Institute for Contemporary Art in Lansing, April 3-26

Lansing, Mich. (March 30, 2011) – Mott Community College is presenting “Mixed Pairs,” an exhibition of art at the Michigan Institute for Contemporary Art (MICA) Gallery in Lansing. The opening reception will take place from 1 to 4 pm Sunday, April 3, 2011 as part of the Lansing art community’s monthly “First Sunday Gallery Walk.”

The exhibit runs through April 26. Gallery hours are 9 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday and Sundays from 1 pm to 4 pm. The MICA Gallery is located at 1210 Turner Street in Lansing’s Old Town district.

The body of work features a diversity of media, including printmaking, photography, painting, graphic design & illustration, and mixed media created by Mott Community College faculty and students. MCC faculty members volunteered to exhibit, with the stipulation that they would then curate a piece of work from one of their current or former students. This structure inspired the title “Mixed Pairs.” Twelve pairs of MCC faculty and students are participating in the exhibit.

Some samples:

Erin Brott
Title: Spitting Image
Media: Oil on Canvas

Meagan Doering
Title: Magpie
Media: Acrylic on paper

Jason Jerke
Title: The Return of Dr. Wortham

Stephanie Palagyi
Title: Deep Water
Media: Oil on birch panel

Bob Rentschler
Title: Manistee Reflections
Media: Photography

James Shurter
Title: Retro Robot

Much like downtown Flint, Old Town has become a center for the arts and entertainment in the Greater Lansing Area. The neighborhood is home to many art galleries, boutiques, performance spaces and restaurants. The Old Town Business & Art Development Association (OTBADA) / Michigan Institute for Contemporary Art is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that catalyzes the revitalization of Lansing’s Old Town historic commercial district through promoting community development, preserving historic buildings and producing quality art events and programs. For more information about the MICA Gallery, call 517-371-4600 or email

For more information about MCC’s Studio Art, Graphic Design and Photography Programs, please call the Art Office at (810) 762-0443.

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