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 Women’s City Club is a private club which resides in the historic Sweet House and offers individual and business memberships. The WCC transforms their space for ArtPrize. While the main floor retains it's historic look, but with the installation of AP art, the Auditorium is converted to a modern gallery with the addition of contemporary walls and lighting. In 2006, the Sweet House Foundation, a (501 c 3) non-profit, was established to preserve the history and architecture of the house. Martin Sweet, the original owner of the house, was a young entrepreneur when he came to Grand Rapids in 1846. He dreamed of a distinguished and spacious home for his family and in the early 1860’s built this home on East Fulton. This Heritage Hill two-story Italianate Villa home survives as one of the remaining examples of this style of architecture in the latter part of the 19th century. For information on the house or the WCC, please call (616) 459-3321.
Blue collar cool pub in north downtown GR . Upper and lower outside decks.
We are a Coffee Shop/Art Gallery located in Downtown Grand Rapids, MI. (Heartside District). We offer delicious coffee and espresso drinks like lattes and cappuccinos, plus smoothies, hot and iced teas, sweet pastries. And a wide variety of paintings and photographs by local artists.
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.
The Gillett Bridge will host the winner of Pitch Night Minneapolis again in 2014. Gillett Bridge is a pedestrian walkway that spans the Grand River in Downtown Grand Rapids. The bridge connects the two landmarks, the Gerald R. Ford Museum and DeVos Place. It is heavily travelled during ArtPrize and offers wonderful views of the river and city.
The Pyramid Scheme Bar is a neighborhood pub, music venue, and pinball arcade in the Heartside District. Our front bar is always open to the public with no cover charge! We have 24 A-list pinball machines, 10 Short's beers on tap, and plenty of local and regional art. We have participated as an ArtPrize venue since we opened in 2011. Happy Hour 4-8pm daily: $1 off all Michigan products.
The Grand Rapids Children's Museum celebrates childhood and the joy of learning by providing an interactive hands-on environment that inspires learning and encourages self-directed exploration.
Long standing neighborhood bar/restaurant in the heart of westside downtown Grand Rapids.
Leo's is a causal fine dining restaurant located in the heart of Downtown Grand Rapids. Our Art Prize entries are displayed in our spacious front lobby, with lots of natural light from the large windows.
HNI Risk Services is proud to host muralist Michael J Mayosky. "The Allegory of the Muse" will depict the local flair and history of Michigan and the people who made it. The inspiration comes from the energy the artist discovered in GR during previous ArtPrize entries.
This venue includes 3 large picture windows at street level.
Downtown Dental Office that has a large glass waiting room to the west side sidewalk across from Rosa Parks Circle. We share an entrance with PNC Bank and are at the sidewalk level with clear views to the inside.
Come experience "Old Town" Grand Rapids. Formerly a warehouse, this turn of the century old building is sure to charm with embossed metal ceilings, red brick walls, and gorgeous hand carved moldings.
Free Cell-Phone, Tablet and Camera Charging are always available at the heli™/Koinonia offices during ArtPrize hours. Located directly across Ottawa from the GRAM, on the first floor of Aldrich Place, are the U.S. headquarters for heli™, the most powerful and longest-lasting portable charger and lantern of its kind, and the Koinonia Foundation, which supports programs both locally and globally, most recently donating over 10,000 solar-powered light and battery chargers to the UNHCR Tyhpoon Haiyan relief effort in the Philippines. We are pleased to offer exhibition space for up to 8 artists.
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.
For ArtPrize 2014, SiTE:LAB, two-time winner of the outstanding venue juried award, will take over The Morton, a vacant 90-year-old hotel in downtown Grand Rapids. A grand entry lobby, abandoned restaurants and commercial spaces, and a 1,500 square foot bank vault will provide the context for an exhibition of site-specific installations curated by Paul Amenta. The Morton has generously been made available to SiTE:LAB by Rockford Construction Company.
Vertigo Music is the nicest and largest record store in West Michigan. We buy and sell new and used CDs and LPs. We are fun and we like you!
Craft-Revival Jewelers is located at 16 Ionia SW in downtown Grand Rapids. We are in a street level retail space in the Heartside District a block from Van Andel Arena and located near Hopcat, Buffalo Wild Wings, Bar Divani and Gardellas. Craft-Revival's specialty is handmade jewelry that is exclusive to our store. We look forward to seeing you all!
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.
Juiceblendz Cafe offers delicious and nutritious all natural smoothies, juices, eats and frozen yogurt served in a bright, cheerful, family friendly atmosphere. We use only natural ingredients in our smoothies; no sugary mixes or frozen purees. We offer the finest frozen yogurt made with live and active cultures. The frozen fun experience culminates with the endless toppings combinations available, from fresh fruits to candy, and everything in between. Come into our colorful Juiceblendz Cafe and enjoy the perfect blend of taste and health!
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.
A downtown grocery, deli and beverage store, located on Monroe Center.
Rockford Construction is excited to be an ArtPrize venue for our second year! With a brand new office building that is focused on sustainability, Rockford Construction offers a truly unique and beautiful location for artists. Outside in our courtyard (an extension of The ROC), we are looking for several sculptures to enhance the views from inside our office. Rockford Construction has plenty of free parking and is just a short couple blocks from the YMCA, making us a truly spectacular venue. Come visit us!!
Welcome artists, volunteers and visitors! Cathedral Square provides a unique, inviting and thoughtful viewing environment. Located just a few blocks from the city center in the Heartside Neighborhood of Grand Rapids and anchored by the 125-year old Cathedral of Saint Andrew, Cathedral Square is an 11.5 acre area in which exhibit space is available both indoors (main gallery) and out. The indoor space, located in the Wege Conference Center on the second floor of Cathedral Square Center is easily transformed from meeting space to art gallery. Floor-to-ceiling windows allow for an infusion of natural light and the open floor plan gives visitors the opportunity to view art at their own pace. Outside, the square's gardens are an urban oasis featuring beautifully landscaped green space and meandering, pedestrian-friendly walkways that stretch from Wealthy Street (at the southernmost point) to the Cathedral of Saint Andrew.
Situated at the corner of Monroe Ave. and Pearl St.--one of Grand Rapids most vibrant intersections--the PNC Bank Building is in the center of all the ArtPrize action. Some of our neighbors include deluxe hotels such as the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel & JW Marriott, fine dining restaurants like Ruth's Chris Steak House & the Chop House, and favorite ArtPrize venues like the Grand Rapids Art Museum and Rosa Parks Circle. Please come, sit a spell and enjoy the outdoor art and activity.
This is a Christian community, and precisely because it is a Christian community absolutely everyone is welcome. We hope to “honor all people.” We neither presume nor assume you to be Christian; we only hope to be Christian toward you. We hope to welcome you as we have been welcomed by Jesus Christ into the heart of God. And in inviting you, as artists, into this community of faith, we celebrate the continuing revelatory power of God in art, the gift of welcome and inclusion, and seek to “serve the city” of which we seek to be a continuingly redeeming part. Grace and peace to you!
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.
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.
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.
The Mitten Brewing Company is a vintage baseball-themed microbrewery and pizzeria located in historic Engine House No. 9, a Victorian-era firehouse and Grand Rapids landmark. Since opening in October 2012, they've become known for their classic style beers with a twist and gourmet pizzas made with the finest ingredients available. The cement floors still show signs of 19th century horse stalls and the original exterior lanterns hint at the antique décor within. The lobby and dining room house vintage baseball memorabilia and you can even sit in the original Tiger Stadium seats while you wait for a table. Thee Mitten is also vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free friendly, and all menu items can be changed to meet your dietary requests. So stop on by, have a beer, and enjoy our unique atmosphere featuring many wonderful ArtPrize artists!
GRBC is located just 6 blocks from its original location at Ionia and Michigan, at the busiest corner of the vibrant Heartside entertainment district. Since opening HopCat, the craft beer focus of the GR bar scene has seen a virtual explosion, and it made us want to 'rescue' this great name in Grand Rapids history from the suburban indignity of being located in a mall parking lot. GRBC is proud to be the Midwest's first USDA-certified organic brewery. In keeping with the organic and local theme of GRBC, much of our interior space was created using reclaimed materials. Our tables were are made from the old floor joists pulled up as we began rehabbing the space. The barstools were made right here in GR, the art was done by local artist David Dodde, our host stand an old foreman's station from the Chris-Craft factory, we even gave the old fire door a coat of paint and hung it over the bar in the back room.
Van Andel Arena® — the Must Play Destination of Michigan's second largest and fastest-growing market — has thrust Grand Rapids into the forefront of the entertainment industry. The 12,000 plus capacity Van Andel Arena is managed by SMG, the leading private management company for public assembly facilities worldwide. The Arena was named in recognition of the largest benefactor, Jay and Betty Van Andel. Van Andel Arena and Grand Rapids offer the perfect combination of cosmopolitan flair and midwestern hospitality to make any event a success. Since marking its Grand Entrance on October 8, 1996, Van Andel Arena has attracted the biggest names in family shows, concerts and sporting events. Proud to be an outdoor Venue for ArtPrize 2013.
The Blue Bridge is an iconic pedestrian bridge in the the heart of downtown. Located between Fulton and Pearl, the bridge connects the city center on the East bank to the Grand Rapids Public Museum and Grand Valley State University facilities on the West. The Blue Bridge is a pedestrian bridge with a convenient connection between the Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus of Grand Valley as well as the Grand Rapids Public Museum and other attractions and the east side of the river. It is a popular site for taking photographs of wedding parties, prom groups and graduates and is very visible with it's "Laker Blue" color.
If you′re looking for hotels in Grand Rapids, MI, one of the nation's most eco-conscious cities, then why not stay at CityFlatsHotel, Grand Rapids' most eco-friendly hotel? Nestled in the heart of Grand Rapids, at 83 Monroe Center, CityFlatsHotel inhabits what was once the legendary Fox Jewelers Building. The five-story hotel, designed to achieve LEED Gold Certification, features 28 conceptually unique guest rooms. The hotel's street level lounge, CitySēn, offers a full bar with local brews, wine, and creative cocktails, as well as an intriguing array of small plates. For coffee lovers, the hotel's CityBrü fuel stop serves fair trade coffee 24 hours a day. CityFlatsHotel Grand Rapids is your destination for absolute guilt-free travel. Satisfy your eco-consciousness and your wanderlust simultaneously by visiting one of the most vibrant 'green' cities in America. According to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Civic Leadership Center and Siemens Corp., Grand Rapids was 2010's most sustainab
Coit Creative Arts Academy is the elementary art school for the Grand Rapids Public Schools. The original building was built in 1880 and it is the oldest working school in Michigan. In 2002 it became an arts school. As a result, families have moved into the neighborhood specifically to send their children to Coit Creative Arts Academy. Because of this, the neighborhood is more art savvy than most others. It is conveniently located just a few blocks from the Medical Mile and within walking distance to downtown. With school budgets as they exist, being an exhibitor at Coit Creative Arts Academy is a wonderful nod to the dedication artists feel toward arts education for our children.
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 activities. 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.