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Acton Building (Acton Institute)

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The Acton Building, home to The Acton Institute (www.acton.org) and West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology (www.wmcat.org) 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.

98 East Fulton St., Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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Biggby Coffee

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Be happy, have fun, make new friends, love people, and drink great coffee. We promise you, that you will leave our store happier than when you arrived. Nothing can change your day like a great cup of coffee. We offer a vibrant experience with our fun music, crazy colored walls, and drinks that make you feel like a super hero aka the Caramel Marvel. We have plenty of seating if you are needing to take a break during your Art Prize visit. We also offer kid friendly options. We are located on Wealthy and Division which is across the street from the Catholic Diocese, and a short walk from UICA.

100 Wealthy St. Suite C, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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Auto Fixit Body Shop

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We are an outdoor venue and are accessible to view ArtPrize 24 hours a day.

805 Ottawa NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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The Artist’s Studio

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This is the working studio of Rose Ellis and Jim Starkey, and an exhibition gallery of their work. Rose and Jim create mainly original oil paintings, but the gallery also features museum-quality giclee prints of their work in various sizes. Their studio-gallery has been serving the downtown public since 2015. Rosemary Ellis's work is featured in several Michigan galleries, and she exhibits at art fairs statewide. Jim Starkey also exhibits his photographic work in the Artist's Studio, following his long career as a photographer for "The Grand Rapids Press."

40 Monroe Center St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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Gemini Handmade

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Gemini Handmade is a handcrafted shopping destination, a crossroads for makers and their community, and leather-craft studio, featuring functional art and craft from West Michigan-based, independently operated designers and artists. Owned by Elyse Marie Welcher and Jacob Vroon, a pair of married leather-workers with their own lines of goods, Gemini Handmade serves as the home base and studio for their brands Littlewings Designs and Harbinger Leather Design. We're proud to offer shopping, workshops, and handcrafted experiences for all ages and types of participants, within a safe and loving space in Grand Rapids, MI. We're excited to have rebranded after 5 years of serving you as Parliament the Boutique, to become Gemini Handmade on June 9th, 2018. Follow us on social media to learn more about our rebrand, the story behind the name, and our new services and offerings.

136 S Division Ave, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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UICA Outside: Westside

'UICA Outside: Westside is located in the pedestrian tunnel below the Pearl Street bridge, adjacent to the Grand Rapids Public Museum. 'UICA Outside' draws together diverse artists and Grand Rapids stakeholders to create permanent artworks that are energizing and accessible to all. 'UICA Outside' expands UICA’s impact city-wide and connects visitors to the vibrant neighborhoods that surround downtown Grand Rapids. Each neighborhood will feature one or more large-scale work created by artists who reside and engage within their respective community, or who have designed artworks with neighborhood input and a focus on representation and expression after meetings with neighborhood associations and business owners, as well as community members and local artists.

288 Pearl St. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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Department of Corrections

We are located on the corner of Division and Monroe Center, next to the Police Department. Our exciting window display can be viewed everyday 24/7 from the Monroe Center sidewalk. A local Artist, CHARLOTTE AMBROSE, has invited talented artists from the corrections process to display their creative works with her. Don't miss their unique and expressive messages.

1 Division NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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Roots Brew Shop

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Coffee shop on Grand Rapids west side. There are large windows with lots of natural light as well as a spacious seating area.

600 7th St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

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MeXo

Prehispanic-influenced modern Mexican cuisine featuring Chef's authentic regional cuisine, craft margaritas, and extensive tequila and mezcal selections.

118 Fulton E, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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PO (Art)Box

Small Post Office Boxes will make up this official venue located inside the United States Postal Service - Ledyard Station, 120 Monroe Center NW.  PO (Art)Box is specializing in small artwork since scale is often a majority factor in ArtPrize entries. Curator Sierra Cole says, "We all know that ArtPrize is about having a conversation about art, we just feel that most of the time that conversation revolves around large scale works of art. We want to flip that conversation and talk about how small works of art are just as viable as large scale works. They are just as challenging, time consuming, and complex as their large counterparts." PO (Art)Box will be viewable during business hours inside the Post Office lobby. After hours, the artwork can be viewed from a custom made outdoor mailbox bank that will be located just outside the Ledyard Post Office.  PO (Art)Box is curated by Sierra Cole, Todd Ramquist and is part of the Safety Harbor Art and Music Center Collective.

PO Box 230031, 120 Monroe Center St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49523

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Macatawa Bank

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Macatawa Bank is excited to be an ArtPrize venue this year! Our Downtown Grand Rapids office is situated on the corner of Ottawa Ave. and Fountain St. offering a beautiful location, which holds rich Grand Rapids heritage that you won't want to miss. Some of our neighbors include ArtPrize venue favorites such as CityFlatsHotel, Kendall College of Art & Design and the Grand Rapids Art Museum. Headquartered in Holland, Michigan –Macatawa Bank offers a full range of banking, retail and commercial lending, wealth management and ecommerce services to individuals, businesses and governmental entities from a network of 26-full service branches located throughout West Michigan. We are committed to the communities we serve and proud to Live Local and Give Local. Come in and check us out!

116 Ottawa Avenue NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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Brush Studio

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Brush Studio is a beautiful open space typically used for instructional art classes. Brush has been using art as a form of entertainment and a way to connect all levels of artists.

50 Louis St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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Bistro Bella Vita

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At Bistro Bella Vita, we’re driven by passion, servant leadership and most importantly—exceptional dining experiences. We believe that good enough simply isn’t good enough. It’s time to discover something special and taste commitment and creativity. Choose passion and purpose. Live the good life. It’s time to accept nothing short of exceptional at Bistro Bella Vita. Our specialty is Modern French & Italian Cuisine made from scratch with as many sustainably-sourced ingredients as possible.

44 Grandville SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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Wheelhouse Kitchen & Cocktails

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The Wheelhouse features a contemporary twist on classic American bistro fare with seasonal recipes inspired by our Chef’s ongoing partnership with local suppliers. The distinctive menu is complemented by a list of artisan cocktails, select wines and Michigan craft brews. Situated in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids, the restaurant is as lively as its setting in the Arena Place district. The multi-faceted concept is your neighborhood “go-to” for leisure or business. The large bar and porch hosts over 85 seats, making it the perfect place to unwind after work or enjoy a pre-concert cocktail. Additionally, the versatility of the dining room provides a relaxing space for an intimate dinner, featuring a menu that appeals to the foodie in all of us.

67 Ottawa Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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Pearl Street BURGER KING Restaurant East Lot

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Large outdoor venue downtown just a short walking distance west of the popular venues at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum and the Grand Rapids Public Museum. Convenient drive-by location, too, as the venue is very visible from Pearl Street and Mt. Vernon Ave. Free venue parking available.

410 Pearl Street NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

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Calder Plaza

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VandenBerg Plaza is not available as a venue during the connections process. The VandenBerg Plaza, commonly referred to as the Calder Plaza because of the presence of Alexander Calder's La Grande Vitesse, a stabile created for the people of Grand Rapids. The plaza is a large open area that serves as the campus for city, county, and federal government buildings.

300 Monroe Ave, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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Davenport University Peter C. Cook Center

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Founded in 1866, Davenport is a private, non-profit university with campuses across Michigan. Davenport University prepares and transforms students to achieve the highest levels of academic performance, leading them to excel and advance in their chosen fields in the 21st century. Be sure to make DU a stop on your ArtPrize tour! The Peter C. Cook Center is conveniently located downtown Grand Rapids, just across the street from the GRAM and near multiple public parking options.

45 Ottawa Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

One of the world’s most significant botanic and sculpture experiences, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park serves more than a half-million visitors annually. The 158-acre grounds feature Michigan’s largest tropical conservatory; one of the largest children’s gardens in the country; arid and Victorian gardens with bronze sculptures by Degas and Rodin; a carnivorous plant house; outdoor gardens; and a 1900-seat outdoor amphitheater, featuring an eclectic mix of world-renowned musicians every summer. The internationally acclaimed Sculpture Park features a permanent collection including works by Rodin, Oldenburg, Moore, Bourgeois, and Plensa among others. Indoor galleries host changing sculpture exhibitions with recent exhibitions by Borofsky, Plensa, Calder, and Jim Dine.

1000 East Beltline Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525

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Lions & Rabbits

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IT ALL STARTED WHEN... WE ASKED OURSELVES ABOUT THE DIVISION OF THE ARTS AND THE COMMUNITY. LIONS & RABBITS WAS OPENED IN WINTER OF 2016. WE ARE A LOCAL GALLERY, BOUTIQUE, EVENT SPACE IN THE CRESTON NEIGHBORHOOD OF GRAND RAPIDS. WE DUAL AS STUDIO SPACE TO HANNAH BERRY AND NATHAN VEENEMAN, GREENNV FLORAL. OUR GOAL IS TO SERVE THE COMMUNITY BY OFFERING LOCALLY MADE ART AND FUNCTIONAL GOODS. LIONS & RABBITS PROMOTES WELLNESS. FROM YOGA TO ART THERAPY CLASSES, WE CONTINUE TO DELIVER EDUCATIONAL ADVANCES AT AN AFFORDABLE PRICE. IN FALL OF 2017, LIONS & RABBITS LICENSED AS AN EVENT SPACE. FROM WEDDINGS TO POP UP SHOWS- WE WELCOME YOU ALL TO EXPERIENCE OUR OWN DREAMLAND.

1264 Plainfield Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505

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Panera Bread

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Panera Bread is now open in Downtown Grand Rapids. With its identity rooted in handcrafted, freshly-baked, artisan bread, Panera Bread is committed to providing great tasting, quality food that people can trust. Make Panera Bread your ArtPrize option for breakfast, lunch, dinner or just a break from checking out the art. Be sure to also check out the mural inside the bakery cafe by local artist, Anna Donahue that features iconic West Michigan images.

99 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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Grand Rapids Art Museum

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GRAM is one of the premiere ArtPrize venues in downtown Grand Rapids. Centrally located in the heart of the city, GRAM is known for hosting some of the strongest work in this international art competition; Public Vote Grand Prize winners in 2010, 2012, and 2014, Juried Grand Prize winner in 2014, Two-Dimension Juried winner in 2015, and Time-Based Public Vote winner in 2016. Connecting people through art, creativity, and design. Established in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids, the Art Museum is internationally known for its distinguished design and LEED® Gold certified status. Established in 1910 as the Grand Rapids Art Association, GRAM has grown to include more than 5,000 works of art, including American and European 19th and 20th century painting and sculpture and more than 3,000 works on paper. Embracing the city’s legacy as a leading center of design and manufacturing, GRAM has a growing collection in the area of design and modern craft.

101 Monroe Center, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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ArtPrize on Screen

ArtPrize on Screen

41 Sheldon Blvd SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum

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The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum is located along the banks of the Grand River in downtown Grand Rapids. During ArtPrize the Museum's lobby has extended hours. There is no charge to view ArtPrize.

303 Pearl St. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

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Rockwell Republic

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Located within the historic Heartside District, Rockwell Republic is a lively gastropub with made-from-scratch, seasonal cuisine as eclectic as the environment itself. Dine casually amidst two floors of exposed-brick walls, high ceilings, dark mahogany wood, a three-season screened-in-lounge or an elevated outdoor beer garden. Indulge in our fresh sushi, or mouthwatering filet and be sure to end the night with one of our delicious craft cocktails.

45 S. Division Ave, Grand Rapids, MI 49548

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