Acton Building (Acton Institute)

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The Acton Building, home to The Acton Institute ( and West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology ( is a historic building that has recently been renovated and restored to emulate its original exterior design. Originally built in 1929 and known as the Watson Building, the brand new Acton building features a beautifully restored exterior, and the interior showcases restored hardwood floors, original wood beams and posts, with exposed wooden rafters and support beams. This building at the corner of Sheldon and Fulton is one of Grand Rapids most visible and beautiful historic buildings. Attention to detail, and an architectural faithfulness to the original design were paramount in this new remodeling.

Visitor Amenities
  • Free public bathrooms: No
  • Free public parking: No
  • Handicap accessible: No

Artist & Connection Information

The Acton Building is a creative and visual jewel located at one of the busiest intersections in downtown Grand Rapids. Completely restored and renovated in Spring 2013 and home to the Acton Institute and WMCAT (West Michigan Center for Art and Technology). Our building features an Art Prize winning Mural on the rear exterior (East) wall. Your artwork will be surrounded by a visually stunning environment and high foot traffic.

2016 Entries hosted at this Venue

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Golgotha (Lajitas, Texas)

Timothy Marc
  • Two-Dimensional
  • Vote Code: 63213
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Mind Unhindered: "Release the Inner Perception"

Darnel Williams
  • Two-Dimensional
  • Vote Code: 64113
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The Spirit of Grand Rapids

Robert D. Schoonover
  • Two-Dimensional
  • Vote Code: 64467
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