Take just one step inside the First Community Bank building, with its splendid works of architecture, and it becomes apparent the structure has a long and rich history. The 13 story, Greek Revival-style building dates back to the early 1900’s. It held the title of “Tallest building in Grand Rapids” until 1925 when Grand Rapids National Bank (now McKay Tower) added twelve stories to overshadow 60 Monroe Center by 3 floors. Easy walking, parking and bus stops.
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One 20th Century theologian said that the goal of Christian ethics is to make and to keep human life human. Here at Westminster, we also have a theological conviction that the “truly human” and the “truly divine” intersect, and it is in the intersection of the truly human and truly divine where keeping human life human occurs. And one of the times that the human intersects the divine is when we are graced to be genuinely creative. This year, we are hoping to attract expressions that engage the way that “the other” or “the Other” may help us in keeping our human lives human by pursuing the intersection of “truly human” and “truly divine.” We encourage works that stimulate and satisfy the intellect as well as the soul. Artists who demonstrate a mastery of their media and hope to move religious expression in art beyond the literal or prosaic are urged to submit their work, as well as those who create a meaningful dialogue between their piece and the physical space of our venue.
DeVos Place will once again serve as a catalyst, as a vital space to convene, think, witness, ponder, and/or inspire you to be engaged in art. Art is art when it is declared as such. It adds to the celebration of life. We are part of that daring venture that will offer all of the useful and necessary tools for the perfect gathering of artists and their work. It is our desire that your ArtPrize experience at DeVos Place is brought to you full of fun, creativity, a little tension, honest conversation and a modicum of humor.
The YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids is one of the building blocks that makes the foundation of our community through supporting healthy living, youth development, and social responsibility. Thousands of people come through our doors every week. We are conveniently located downtown, across from Grand Valley State University's Pew Campus. With easy access to the main roads, highways, and only walking distance to the center of downtown, we are an ideal spot to begin your ArtPrize adventure. This year we are an outside venue only. The YMCA is more than just a gym, it's a destination. It is a place where people come to hang out, exercise, learn new skills, and make new friends.
The Backside of the HNI Building. The front of the building faces Monroe Center & Rosa Parks Circle, the back of the building faces Monroe & Waters Building. An Ellis outdoor parking lot runs along the side/back of the HNI Building. The building has a blue HNI Sign on the front (see the picture) and the back of the building has 2 white brick pillars that are available for a mural (see picture). Currently there is a butterfly mural on one of the pillars. This will need to get repainted by the artist prior to beginning. On the ground floor of this building is the Hot Dog Pit and Sami's. This is right above an Ellis Parking lot-artist may need to block off a few parking spaces while painting.
Heart of West Michigan United Way supports, promotes and advocates for Kent County by working to achieve shared community goals in education, income and health. As a philanthropic leader and partner with strong West Michigan connections, we collaborate with businesses, other nonprofits and individuals to leverage gifts of time and money that benefit our community. Our goal is to work toward long-lasting impact that truly makes difference in Kent County. So while we support those who have fallen on hard times, we also work to identify the root causes of problems. Our work impacting the education, income and health of Kent County advances the common good – that is, it directs change and creates opportunities for a good life for all who live here. hwmuw.org
At Echo Salon we have a passion for all things artistic and have really enjoyed supporting Art Prize in the past years. With several options for displays, we are looking forward to teaming up with unique artists to bring the Grand Rapids community together to focus on the appreciation of art. Easily accessible, room to invite guests into the space to walk around and enjoy the displays from different angles and conveniently located one block from the Art Prize Hub, UICA and WMCAT.
Lambert, Edwards & Associates has completed renovations and is now occupying 47 Commerce Ave. NW, at the corner of Commerce and Weston Aves. 47 Commerce hosted 2009 ArtPrize Curators Choice winner Young Kim. This historic, single-story Grand Rapids office building features a post-industrial floor plan with window space to host several artists along with a magnificent outdoor rooftop location and highly visible exterior wall space. The space includes expansive display windows, which flood the interior with daylight, and glow at night, for prime visual accessibility to passersby. This is a beautifully preserved, historic building with a central location in downtown Grand Rapids’ Heartside district, one block east of the popular Division Avenue for the Arts, and one block south of popular Fulton Avenue entertainment and dining establishments.
With more than 550 attorneys and other legal professionals, Barnes & Thornburg LLP is one of the largest law firms in the United States. We rely on dedicated administrative and support staff to assist our legal personnel in providing professional services to our more than 12,000 clients. We offer employees competitive salaries and benefits, and provide them with an environment conducive to a productive workplace.
Blue collar cool pub in north downtown GR . Upper and lower outside decks.
Buffalo Wild Wings is the perfect place to catch all the game day action! We have two floors, and four bars with plenty of TVs so you and your group don't miss a second of the action. We have a full menu featuring our 16 sauces and 4 seasonings. We look forward to seeing you during Art Prize.
West Coast Coffee has been a staple downtown since 2005, known for great service, phenomenal coffee, and a relaxing atmosphere. Supporting local artists since day one, we have an open and bright space to enjoy the all the special nuances of downtown Grand Rapids.
Minty Keen is a locally-owned boutique, featuring indie crafts, made-in-MI gifts, vintage decor, and souvenirs. It is truly a trip down memory lane, and you're bound to find something either from your childhood or straight out of grandma's house. We even sell vintage bikes and rent photography/movie props! Stop by often, as new arrivals happen almost daily.
The Keeler Building, formerly known as the Keeler Furniture Exhibition Building, is located at the corner of N. Division Ave. and Fountain St. A vertical sign identifying the building is at the corner. The Fountain St. side of the building has fewer windows, and awnings protect show windows at street level.
Three large store front windows. Art is viewed from the exterior of the building.
Grand Valley State University has a long tradition of supporting the arts. The university’s permanent collection now numbers over 10,000 works of art, collected in support of its educational mission. The majority of these works are displayed throughout the university’s grounds and facilities, to promote diversity and cultural understanding. The collection has also been established to enrich the lives of students, faculty, staff and the community. The collection features works in a wide range of media by faculty, students and GVSU alumni. Additionally, many of Michigan’s finest visual artists, and numerous works by renowned national and international artists works are included in the collection. The collection can be viewed on-line at www.gvsu.edu/artgallery and "Art at GVSU" is available in the iTunes App store and in the Google play store with a gaming element added to the Art at GVSU mobile application.
MCC is an emerging Christian faith community whose mission is “Connecting our downtown community with our life-changing God.” As image-bearers of the Creator, we seek to honor God through celebrating the creative talents of our members, friends, and the community. We embrace and encourage the arts through various community events and activites. Each year for ArtPrize, we conduct a 4-week series of worship services based upon themes generated by some of the art that we host. We typically have an opening reception, an open-mic artist night, and can host special receptions for a small fee. We typically host many K-12 school class trips at our venue. This year we expect to offer several opportunities for hands-on art experiences led by artists and other experts in their fields. We have been involved in ArtPrize every year, and artists often tell us that they feel that they become part of our community, and leave as friends. A $50 venue fee covers promotions and insurance.
Founded in 1866, Davenport is a private, non-profit university with campuses across Michigan and online courses serving an enrollment of nearly 13,000 students. With tuition among the lowest of all private universities in the state, Davenport provides high academic quality, small class sizes, conveniently located campuses, faculty with real-world experience and more than 40 dynamic undergraduate and graduate programs addressing in-demand careers. More information is available at www.davenport.edu.
Our boutique photography studio is located on the Avenue of the Arts in the Heartside neighborhood of downtown Grand Rapids. Located just a few blocks from the Art Prize hub, the Jon Hartman Photography Co. specializes in weddings and portrait photography and 87 Orange specializes in newborn & family photography. We are new to the neighborhood (just opened our doors Feb 1st, 2013) and are excited to be a part of the downtown community.
In the heart of downtown Grand Rapids, at 86 Monroe Center, BCBSM is offering a highly visible ArtPrize location. The space is located in the entrance of the Steketee’s Building foyer, behind a clear glass wall.
We've combined our legendary food with an unparalleled sports atmosphere – a combination you simply can’t find anywhere else. Our menu boasts a huge selection of unique flavors while staying true to our roots and the item that made us famous, the 8oz. Sizzling Sirloin Steak. Our sports bar AND our dining rooms house more HDTVs and projection screen than any restaurant or even sports bar can compete with . At Brann’s, we’ve reinvented ourselves as a casual dining restaurant in a sports bar disguise.
St. Mark’s is proud of its long and meaningful history in downtown Grand Rapids. We celebrate in a gorgeous 19th century Gothic Revival sanctuary, lined with stained glass windows. Our tradition of music is strong and we are excited about our new pipe organ. But we are much more than our past. Today we are a vibrant, growing church -- a community growing in faith together. We celebrate the diversity of our congregation. Together we seek to grow as Christians and to reach out to those in need.
The JW Marriott is located in the epicenter of all activities during Art Prize. Dine at six.one.six restaurant for the creative farm-to-table cuisine. Meet up with friends at Mixology Lounge. Enjoy river views in one of the cabanas on the hotel's jdek.
For over 36 years, UICA has remained a regionally focused institution bringing world-class contemporary culture to West Michigan. By exposing the public to national and international art, we fulfill our organizational mission to inspire dialogue and cultural awareness within our community and beyond.
Front Avenue under US-131 in GVSU's downtown campus. This is just west of LV Eberhard Center and the Blue Footbridge over the Grand River.
Zoup! is located in the Medical Mile Food Court. The Medical Mile Food Court is located in the middle of the Medical Mile facilities, across the street from Spectrum Butterworth, the Children's Hospital & Van Andel Institute, in between the Lemmon Holton Cancer Center & the MSU College of Human Medicine. Additional food selections at The Medical Mile Food Court include; Starbucks, Smashburger, and Qdoba. Other businesses part of the Food Court include Huntington Bank (with an ATM) and Johnston Optical.
Arnie's is excited to be back hosting ArtPrize for the third time. We have a green space in front of our restaurant with outdoor exhibits and more works hung throughout our restaurants. Lots of parking available. Stop in for breakfast, lunch,dinner or dessert or just stop by to check us out.
We have a great spot to park and see areas by getting on the shuttle. Stop and have a hot dog and pop for our 25 year anniversary. Register to win a free ArtPrize limo extravaganza tour in our site. Visit our website at www.dadds.com or bring your car in for repair and get $25 off www.grrepair.com while visiting venues. Stay at one of our vacation rentals 4 story 8 bedroom or our penthouse in downtown see our site at www.4rentmi.com or rent the 2 .5 hour art prize limo special for $250 our 25 year anniversary special.
The Grand Rapids Community College Paul Collins Art Gallery is dedicated to providing diverse, high-quality exhibitions for the education and inspiration of the college and the community. Exhibits by visiting artists, faculty, and students offer diverse talents from local, regional, national, and international domains. In addition to the exhibitions, selected lectures by artists or curators are offered at the gallery. All of the gallery exhibits and events are free and open to the public.
The Shoppes at Monroe and Division (MoDiv) opened in Fall 2011 with many interesting tenants. 6.25 Paper Studio, Wolverine Company Store, Blue, Chai Boutique, Jagger Madison, Rita Girls Bakery, Dear Prudence, Humanity Boutique and Haworth are new retail options for downtown Grand Rapids. The retail incubator offers flexible lease space at an affordable price in order to bring new retailers to Monroe Center.
We are located in the historic Oldtown River Front Building on the east bank of the Grand River next to the JW Marriott. We would like to apply as an outdoor venue and display the artist's work in our landscaped area in front of our building. We have access to the river walkway on the side of our building, and during last year's Artprize event there was plenty of foot traffic around the building. The Western Michigan Group is one of the (if not the) oldest businesses in Grand Rapids.
Location: Riverview Center is situated on the banks of the Grand River overlooking the magnificent downtown Grand Rapids skyline, and is adjacent to the historic Sixth Street Bridge, Fish Ladder Park, Grand River Walk and has easy freeway access, as well as, FREE PARKING & fantastic visibility with views by almost 200,000 vehicles per day. Amenities Include: Convenient, FREE on-site parking On-site restaurant - Café Stella Large landscaped atrium with water feature Nearby to Fish Ladder Park & Grand River Walkway
601 First Street is the new, environmentally-friendly headquarters for Rockford Construction. The building was finished in the summer of 2013 and is LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified.
Marking 100 years of service to the Grand Rapids metropolitan community in 2009, WMU is deeply committed to the Fine Arts, considering this a culturally important area for higher education and the communities we serve. The University’s art collection (valued conservatively at above $3.5 million), includes drawings, paintings, prints, textiles, sculptures and ceramics that engender awareness and appreciation of the visual arts while enriching our lives in many subtle and under-appreciated ways. The Frostic School of Art, Department of Dance, School of Music, and the Department of Theatre together form the College of Fine Arts at WMU – a center dedicated to future-oriented creative excellence. WMU provides interdisciplinary opportunities to visual and performing artists in innovative spaces that foster the creation, exhibition, and study of art. View Western Michigan University’s outdoor sculptures on campus at: http://www.cf.wmich.edu/planning/WebSites/PermanentArtCollection/index.htm
Boutique selling women's clothing, jewelry, accessories, and gifts. Located in the heart of downtown on the corner of Fulton and Ionia.
Mic Carlson Gallery located in the Waters building, 161 Ottawa Downtown Grand Rapids
Located in the Boardwalk Condo building, historic site of the world renowned Berkey & Gay Furniture Factory, JD Reardon's is a friendly hideaway for beer and food lovers alike. Offering 24 taps of only the best craft beers from celebrated breweries all over Michigan and the U.S., there is always something to satisfy even the most discriminate beer lover. Our food menu offers pub-style food crafted by hand and elevated to something that surpasses "pub grub" while holding to our pub food roots. JD Reardon's interior is a warm, inviting, relaxing alternative to many downtown bars and the perfect spot to meet with friends or family. We also boast one of the largest outdoor patios in the city with a view of the Boardwalk Condo landscaped courtyard, pool and fountain. Surrounded by five floors of condos, the open air patio takes on an almost resort-like feel.
Gina’s is a contemporary clothing and accessories boutique specializing in bringing trendy and unique fashions to Grand Rapids. Gina's is a place to find the latest styles at an affordable price in a comfortable and personal setting.
HIGHLY VISIBLE FROM US131 NORTHBOUND WITH EASY ACCESS FROM PEARL ST OR LEONARD ST EXIT RAMPS.