Fountain Street Church is a beautiful, historical, downtown landmark. In partnership with the American Civil Liberties Union we are hosting an ArtPrize exhibit titled, "Art to Change the World: Inspiring Social Justice”. The exhibit honors the role art plays as a change agent for social and economic justice. Our exhibit draws over 20,000 visitors and we have been recognized by ArtPrize jurors and the media as one of the most compelling exhibits in the city. Architectural and historical aspects of the building will also be available for viewing.
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 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.
Right in the heart of Downtown Grand Rapids, 89 Monroe Center, is a historic building that houses office space for local businesses. Just steps away from local restaurants and other Art Prize venues, 89 Monroe Center is just another stop along the route of unique and creative art. This venue provides a window shopping experience for residents and tourists alike.
Van Andel Arena is home to the 2013 Calder Cup Champion Grand Rapids Griffins! We are located in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids.
Parliament the Boutique is the studio home and showroom of Littlewings Designs. We also curate the work of handcrafted american artisans of product, fashion, and design with similar independent values to Littlewings Designs.
This year we will be featuring the artistic creations of Hannah Johnson from Ohio.
The Calder Plaza Building is a wonderful venue located at 250 Monroe Avenue, just across the street from De Vos Performance Hall and Convention Center. Our venue features engaging, outdoor sculpture for five years running. We are proud to be an Artprize Venue!
Lifestyle Kitchen Studio has moved into the historic Lyon Cottage at 222 Fulton E. Located in central Grand Rapids, our building is the fourth oldest in the city- made with river-rock from the Grand River! Our historic home has been the home of design firms, dance a dance studio, and specialty doctor's office. We are excited to include ArtPrize in our next chapter. About Lifestyle Kitchen Studio: ·Designing Kitchens & Baths for over 30 Years· ·Family Owned since 2002· ·Accredited, Award-Winning Design Team· After being in East Grand Rapids for over 25 years, Lifestyle Kitchen Studio is back downtown. Lifestyle Kitchen Studio is an accredited kitchen and bath design firm, located in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan. We are a specialty design boutique with exclusive product lines and custom cabinetry.
HopCat was envisioned, designed, stocked, and staffed with one mission in mind: To bring you great beer. What is great beer? It's a beer made with care and pride. It might be a local beer or one from across the globe. It could be your usual pint, or a beer that you had no idea existed. Every once in a while, it's a beer you never would have ordered but for the fact that your server or bartender suggested it. Since January 2008, we've journeyed on an unending quest to ensure that our beer selection is the best in the world. We’re listed as one of the Top 50 bars in the US by Draft Magazine. But that’s just the start: Beer Advocate Magazine has ranked us as the #3 Beer Bar in the world, CraftBeer.com has rated us the #2 beer bar in the U.S., and in 2012 RateBeer.com ranked us as the #1 Brewpub in the United States. We’re humbled by the response that craft beer lovers all over the world have shown to our philosophy, and are truly grateful for the simple fact.
Just two blocks north of Calder Plaza, this eye-catching outdoor mural is visible from the Ottawa Avenue exit from WB I-196 and easily accessible via the wide, handicap-accessible sidewalk.
LE&A has a long tradition of bringing art together with the public. The agency led the public relations and marketing outreach for the all-new Grand Rapids Art Museum, exhibitions at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park and it leads the What’s Your Art campaign on behalf of the Arts Council of Greater Grand Rapids. Members of the LE&A team have represented some of the leading public art projects in the Midwest, including the internationally renowned Millennium Park: Chicago and Tom Otterness in Grand Rapids. In 2006, LE&A hosted the first Kendall College Scholarship Commission, which gave scholarships to two students and placed their original pieces of artwork into the agency’s permanent collection. At its headquarters, one block away from Grand Rapids’ Avenue for the Arts District, LE&A hosted Salt & Earth by Young Kim, the 2009 ArtPrize Curators Choice award winner and 2010 top 10 finalist.
Kendall College of Art and Design (KCAD) has always been indelibly woven into the fabric of Grand Rapids. Born out of the bold, visionary spirit of those who built the city’s furniture industry, KCAD has continued its leadership in art and design education into the 21st century, and remains deeply committed to the facilitation of sustainable, innovative growth in West Michigan and beyond. Our exhibition space is located in the Woodbridge N. Ferris Building, 17 Pearl St NW.
The HERO[series] pairs 5 wounded U.S. military veterans & active servicemen/women with established artists/designers. Together the two parties collaborate to share that Hero's story through the medium of art & graphic design. The result of their work produced onto a Made in American t-shirt, ultimately to become a wearable work of art that carries a significant story. This [Fashion Has Heart] project also includes each of the 5 Heroes working with designers from Bates Footwear to custom-design their own military-inspired boot that aids to further tell their story through the medium of fashion. This project fills the void between the military world and the creative community. By bringing the two parties together to utilize the talents of the Artist in order to share the powerful story of the Hero, it serves as a celebration of our freedoms by the those who sacrificed for them & by those who benefit from them. Without their sacrifice, there is no freedom of fashion or art.
Whether you’re looking for a casual bite or a more serious dining experience, McFadden's is sure to please. Still in your suit? Just take off your hard hat? Spend the day at a golf outing? It doesn’t matter, McFadden's makes everyone feel comfortable. The bartender will treat you like a regular, you'll hear the music you love, and everyone will be looking for fun. As the after-work hours roll into the evening hours, McFadden's gradually transforms into a world class party bar. No party is complete without music. The best party music of all time, from all decades, electrifies the night at McFadden's. We pride ourselves on providing a lively, safe, and fun late night atmosphere that attracts the town's best-looking crowd. Every night at McFadden's is a night you don't want to miss.
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.
Located on the banks of the Grand River, Grand Rapids Public Museum is located in the most highly visible corridor for the ArtPrize viewer/voter.
Check out our windows! All of the entries at our venue are viewed from our sidewalks. Our historical building has very large picture windows displaying 2d pieces in various media.
Georgios features walls of various textures for artists to display their work. One wall being aged brick, one an eye popping green. The traffic on a daily basis will give artists the exposure they are looking for.
Craft House will feature the project Love is Cliche by Grand Rapids artist Alaina Clarke for ArtPrize 2014. The gallery is located at 40 South Division, in the Heartside neighborhood of downtown Grand Rapids on the Avenue for the Arts. It is a dynamic space of approximately 300 square feet and 50 linear feet of wall space including two moveable walls and large storefront-style windows. The gallery is available to rent for extended exhibitions and one night events.
With nearly 600 attorneys and other legal professionals, Barnes & Thornburg LLP is one of the largest law firms in the country. We rely on dedicated administrative and support staff to assist our legal personnel in providing professional services to our more than 12,000 clients worldwide. We offer employees competitive salaries and benefits, and provide them with an environment conducive to a productive workplace.
Arnie's is a full service family restaurant open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Arnie's is located on Leonard Street the northern boundary of ArtPrize. Arnie's gets a lot of traffic as it has been and continues to be a Grand Rapids favorite. It is an excellent place to find Grand Rapidians who regularly come to Arnie's as well as out of town visitors who come to experience the best of the city during ArtPrize. Plenty of free parking available.
HIGHLY VISIBLE FROM US131 NORTHBOUND WITH EASY ACCESS FROM PEARL ST OR LEONARD ST EXIT RAMPS.
DANGER. INTRIGUE. DOUGHNUTS. Propaganda Doughnuts provides the masses with an incredible array of gourmet treats, all composed by the skilled pastry chef that runs the Ministry of Propaganda. We use local, seasonal ingredients and change our flavors regularly-- visit often. We prove our mastery with the basics, and then raise the bar with everything from Lavender cakes filled with freshly made wild blueberry jam to Date-Pecan stickies with Crispy Prosciutto and Gorgonzola. Least of all, our piece de resistance, The Capricorn: a dark chocolate and absinthe confection that will surely influence your decisions. Visit us in the morning, visit us after dinner, visit us late-night. We're open. We're always watching. Join the ranks with Propaganda Doughnuts. Our dough will ever rise. We are now your dessert.
Old World Olive Co offers an old world experience with free daily tastings of ultra premium extra virgin olive oils from around the globe, and premium balsamic vinegars from Modena Italy. Stop in and sample from nearly 50 varieties! Let the highly trained staff help you discover new flavor profiles, share recipes ideas and everyday tips to enhance your cooking experience. Discover your palate at Old World Olive Co.!
Voted one of the top Venues in 2013, this award winning historic 400,000 square foot converted furniture factory hosts loft condominiums, a restaurant, fitness center, deli/coffee shop and professional offices. Stroll through our spacious halls and intervene with the artists in a relaxed atmosphere. With easy accessibility to the Monroe North District utilizing the Rapid Transit system and the bike/walking path along the Grand River, you will want to make this one of your must see destination for Artprize 2014.
The Downtown Market is a hub of local food innovation, healthy-living education, and opportunities for entrepreneurs.
Marking 100 years of service to the Grand Rapids metropolitan community in 2009, WMU is deeply committed to the Fine Arts, which is a culturally important area for higher education and the communities we serve. The University’s art collection (conservatively valued 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. Ample parking adjacent to building. View 2013 venue art at: http://youtu.be/0jIU3Gyk5iU
Ramen Shop, Public House, Purveyor of Fine Teas, and Respite for the Adventurer.
Artist entries are prominently displayed in the lobby at 25 Michigan Street NE. Due to our open spaces, these works of art are set on easels purchased specifically for ArtPrize. This building has a built-in audience being central to a food court connecting the 25 and 35 Michigan buildings. We do not offer outdoor space at this time.
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 134-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 1750-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.
Heartside Gallery and Studio is pleased to have our front windows as a venue for Artprize 2014. We will be showcasing art made by Heartside Neighbors, so stay tuned...
As the oldest family owned Italian restaurant in the West Side of Grand Rapids, Salvatore's has served its patrons for over 38 years. Located on the corner of Alpine and Stocking, our restaurant has been a popular destination for many people and a routine stop for many people on the way to and from downtown Grand Rapids' events. Featuring 2 dining rooms and an outdoor terrazzo patio Salvatore's seats over 200 people. Our authentic award winning cuisine, full bar and friendly staff will ensure a memorable occasion for you and your guests. During Artprize we are encouraging artists particularly those with larger outdoor pieces to consider our restaurant as their venue.
Beautifully landscaped outdoor space downtown.
Bistro Bella Vita, Restaurant of the Year, is located kitty-corner to the Van Andel Arena on the southwest side. This Essence Restaurant Group establishment is a popular downtown destination that delivers the ultimate dining experience with top-notch, personable service. Guests enjoy the unique downtown atmosphere and creative cuisine made from fresh, natural, local ingredients. Bistro's culinary team creates authentic, housemade recipes that blend the delicious flavors of the Mediterranean countryside with a perfectly paired beverage offering served by a devoted staff whose passion is to ensure your complete satisfaction.
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.
Bethlehem Church is a worshiping and witnessing community, centered in God’s grace, growing together in faith, putting that faith into action. In 2007, Bethlehem Church relocated from our former site and invested in a re-purposed former parking garage in the Heartside neighborhood. Our ministry includes Hill Child Development Center, now in its 42nd year. Bethlehem's Objectives: Activate the Faithful (Personal Spiritual Growth), Express Ourselves as a Grace-centered Community (Discipleship), Strengthen and Develop Spiritual and Physical Outreach Partnerships with the Community (Evangelism), Conduct a Comprehensive Review of Our Location and Physical plant in terms of Our Ministry (Stewardship), Optimize Worship Centered Identity – Broaden and Enrich Our Worship-Centered Community (Worship).
The Avenue for the Arts is a neighborhood title for the South Division commercial corridor. We are residential, commercial and nonprofit groups working together in a creative community. We are residents in Heartside, and active participants in shaping change in our neighborhood. In 2005, we choose the Avenue for the Arts as a title to represent our commercial corridor and the projects and events that we create. The Avenue for the Arts has been recognized as a center for arts and culture in Grand Rapids. • 2004 Cool Cities Designation by the State of Michigan • 2006 Historic Preservation Outstanding Preservation Project • 2007 Michigan Historic Preservation Network Tax Credit Award • 2007 Governor’s Award for Exemplary Business supporting the Arts Award • 2009 Neighborhood Business Alliance Award for Best Neighborhood Promotion
The Shoppes at Monroe and Division (MoDiv) opened in Fall 2011 with many interesting tenants. Wolverine Company Store, Blue, Rita Girls Bakery, Humanity Boutique, Scoops, 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.