The latest edition of Intersections by Anila Quayyum Agha, ArtPrize 2014 Public Vote and Juried Grand Prize winner, will be on display at the ArtPrize HUB starting September 19, for the duration of the annual event.
GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan, September 15, 2015 – ArtPrize, the radically open international art competition decided by public vote and expert jury, today announced details for its 2015 hospitality spaces, provided generously by CWD Real Estate Investment, the Official Real Estate Provider of ArtPrize. The ArtPrize Clubhouse, ArtPrize HUB, Hospitality Center, and Access Art Lounge are designed to serve as beacons within the ArtPrize district, providing visitors with places to meet, relax and gather information throughout their ArtPrize journey.
The ArtPrize Clubhouse, presented by Wolverine Worldwide and located at 9 Ionia Ave, will once again serve as a key downtown resource for ArtClub and ArtFan members as well as credentialed Artists, Venues, Sponsors, and Media throughout the 19-day event. Between 4–6 p.m. guests are invited to enjoy happy hour drinks as well as refreshments from Above & Beyond catering—with complimentary coffee courtesy of Direct Trade Coffee Club available throughout the day. The ArtPrize Clubhouse guarantees badgeholders a quiet space away from the bustle of the ArtPrize event, with a relaxed atmosphere, plentiful seating, and free wi-fi. The aesthetic of the Clubhouse, developed by Via Design with the seven ArtPrize neighborhoods in mind, lends an urban feel to the spacious location, ideally situated in downtown Grand Rapids.
The ArtPrize Clubhouse will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Sunday.
The ArtPrize HUB provides the perfect starting point for visitors to ArtPrize Seven. Located at 41 Sheldon Blvd, The HUB will serve as the flagship ArtPrize retail space and central meeting place. The HUB Theatre will house all Critical Discourse programming, including “Why These Finalists?”—a two-part, televised event taking place October 5 and 6, during which art experts will compare and speculate upon the Jurors’ Shortlist and Public Vote Final 20 artist entries.
“ArtPrize is spread across three square miles of downtown Grand Rapids, and The HUB is in the midst of it all,” said Derek Call, ArtPrize Director of Operations. “From location to resources, it really is one of the best places to begin your ArtPrize Seven journey.”
At The HUB, ArtPrize visitors can register to vote, get comprehensive assistance from on-site ArtPrize concierges, browse the ArtPrize Seven retail store, and view the stunning realization of Anila Quayyum Agha’s ArtPrize 2014 winning piece Intersections. The special exhibition—made possible by Steelcase—features the First Edition of Intersections rendered in steel from the exact designs as the wooden Artist’s Proof that stunned and captivated both the public and experts alike at last year’s event.
“I am thrilled to show Intersections at the HUB for ArtPrize Seven. It will be a wonderful homecoming!” noted Anila Quayyum Agha. “Over the past year, I have often thought of the deep and lasting impact this art competition has had on my career, and I feel heartfelt gratitude—and am still slightly stunned. The added bonus of forming lasting relationships with the lovely people of ArtPrize, and the Grand Rapids Art Museum, has made this journey very special for me. I also feel very partial to Grand Rapids with a great deal of love for the people who make it truly memorable for the participating artists.”
Intersections will be available to view starting with the ArtPrize HUB Grand Opening, presented by Huntington Bank and taking place Saturday, September 19 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. ArtPrize enthusiasts are encouraged to head downtown to enjoy cider and donuts courtesy of Sietsema Orchards, and take advantage of an early opportunity to become a registered voter for ArtPrize Seven and browse the HUB retail store, which will be showcasing a variety of new ArtPrize Seven merchandise.
Following the HUB Grand Opening, ArtPrize will unveil this year’s Pantone Pathways. Nearly 10 miles of Pathways will serve as a canvas for the color experts at X-Rite Pantone, who will wield their color palette to emphasize and differentiate between the seven ArtPrize neighborhoods. Whimsical sidewalk and street applications throughout each Pathway, including a Pantone Hopscotch and Crosswalk, are designed to serve as a starting point for visitors to discover—or rediscover—our city and create their own adventure. ArtPrize will host a media moment in front of the ArtPrize HUB with Christian Gaines, ArtPrize Executive Director; Ron Voigt, X-Rite President; and Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell.
The new ArtPrize retail line, designed in conjunction with Conduit Studios, includes Michigan-inspired designs with a vintage feel. The entire range—featuring sweaters, long and short sleeve t-shirts, sweatpants, and beanies—is available in sizes ranging from XS to XXL, as well as youth sizes. ArtPrize Seven merchandise will be on sale at the HUB starting September 19 and at 11 additional locations throughout the ArtPrize district during the 19-day event. Colors not only reflect the seven ArtPrize neighborhoods, but also include a nod to some of Michigan’s most popular sports teams.
“The Inspiration behind the retail line was to focus not just on the ArtPrize event but on the community behind ArtPrize,” noted Todd Herring, ArtPrize Director of Creative and Communications. “We wanted it to resonate with everyone—whether you’re coming from Grand Rapids, or around the world.”
Following the HUB Grand Opening Event, the HUB will remain open for regular ArtPrize hours—from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday and ArtPrize Awards day—beginning September 20 until ArtPrize ends on October 11.
Pop Up Park
Returning for ArtPrize Seven is the Pop-Up Park designed and provided by Landscape Design Services. The Pop-Up Park will be located outside the ArtPrize HUB and will take over the West side of Sheldon Blvd. Created to provide visitors with a fun, temporary green space to relax in during the event, the Pop-Up Park will also host a variety of daily education programming, including scavenger hunts and after-school activities. Every Saturday the Pop-Up Park will house ArtPrize Labs events featuring creative activities for people of all ages to explore the four ArtPrize Categories.
Access Art Lounge
The AccessArt Lounge situated at 50 Monroe Avenue has been designed in partnership with Disability Advocates of Kent County to ensure that visitors who need a wheelchair, a quiet space, or resources to accommodate their individual needs have an easy access point to the event. The AccessArt Lounge is equipped with resources to help visitors with specialized mobility needs make the most of ArtPrize Seven—including tips to help you plan your visit related to access, specifics about individual venue facilities, concierge services, and general event information. The AccessArt Lounge will also feature wheelchair accessible parking, free wheelchairs available for hourly check out, a quiet room to provide relief from the crowds, as well as an accessible and relaxing space complete with light refreshments including water, coffee, and small snacks. The upper level of the AccessArt Lounge will showcase the Consumers Energy SmartArt competition finalists as well as house an ArtPrize Labs activity space.
The AccessArt Lounge will be open from September 23 to October 11, from 12 to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 12 to 6 p.m. on Sunday and ArtPrize Awards day.
ArtPrize Hospitality Center
The ArtPrize Hospitality Center, located at 40 Pearl with the entrance at 130 Ottawa, is where credentialled ArtPrize visitors including Artists, Sponsors, Venues, and Media will go to pick up their pre-printed badges. Additionally, an ArtClub kiosk will be present, providing visitors an opportunity to sign up for an ArtClub membership at the event and gain instant access to the ArtPrize Clubhouse.
The ArtPrize Hospitality Center will be open 12 to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 12 to 6 p.m. on Sundays and ArtPrize Awards day, starting September 19 and running through October 11.
Following a successful iteration in Austin, Texas, Michigan House is coming to ArtPrize Seven. Michigan House will be situated at 40 Pearl and highlight Michigan creativity across a wide variety of disciplines. The brainchild of Creative Many—a Detroit-based statewide economic development organization for the arts, culture, and creative and design industries—Michigan House will provide visitor experiences including concerts, speakers, and panel discussions as well as a variety of classes including yoga and photography. Events such as food tastings and a weekly dance party are also on the docket. All of this programming will take place in an expertly curated, pop-up retail setting, featuring an array of Michigan-made merchandise. All Michigan House products and programming are selected and curated by Middle West.
Michigan House will be open September 23 to October 11 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.By Emma Higgins on