UIMA was founded in 1971 by a group of artists and art collectors looking to fill a void in the public’s understanding of nationally and internationally recognized Ukrainian artists engaged with contemporary art. Six to seven major exhibits are held in the main gallery each year. Two side galleries house the permanent collection that includes the work of Chicago artists as well as sculptors and painters of Ukrainian descent. UIMA is committed to a program of exhibitions, concerts, lectures and multidisciplinary events relevant and challenging to all members of the community. The front facade was designed by Stanley Tigerman. Since it moved to its present location in 1978, UIMA has undergone several renovations, increasing exhibition space, library and archival facilities, and its collection has continued to grow.