Amid the stately and pristinely preserved homes of Grand Rapids' Heritage Hill sits a mass of brick, steel, cinder block and corrugated metal. Constructed in the 1950s, the building that houses WOODTV8 stands in sharp contrast to its neighbors – abodes of elegance built a full century before. In the midst of a community renowned for its historically significant architecture, WOOD TV8 consistently leads the way in innovation, adopting the most advanced technology and harnessing its power to deliver the market’s #1 news product even faster, with more substance and via ever-expanding platforms. WOOD TV8 is offering its rectangular front lawn as a venue site. While most of it is sloping green grass, there are two flat areas. It is approximately 23' x 211' t
Located at the bustling corner of Fulton & Ottawa. Attached to the city Skywalk. Two level restaurant and events facility with large multi level open atrium and patio. Long open hallways, exposed brick walls and ceilings.
Located in a turn of the century building, J. Gardellas Tavern retains the charm of an earlier age with a grand antique bar, tin ceiling, exposed brick walls, hardwood floors, and gorgeous hand-carved moldings. The 3 distinguished floors to this beautiful establishment are all very unique and draw a wide spectrum of individuals to its great and highly sought after location. Artists may display art work or sculptures on the main floor near the two front grandiose windows adjacent to Ionia Avenue or paint a mural on the lower level brick wall.
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.
We are a well known landmark on the Northwest side of Grand Rapids with a vibrant relationship with our community. We are known by our community through weekly services and children's programs, Vacation Bible Schools, community carnivals, and hotdog roasts. We have also partnered with both Stocking Elementary school for an after school Youth Education for Tomorrow tutoring program funded by the Heart of West Michigan United Way, and the West Grand Neighborhood Organization for Senior Seminars, Neighborhood Dumpster Days and a weekly Farmer's Market. We offer a 48'X 72'back lot on Eleventh Street which is visible to traffic from Alpine Avenue. We also have several large wall spaces (12'hX30'w, 10'hX4'w, 5'hX4'w, 5'hX4'w, 4'x4') in our sanctuary that are accented by beautiful century old woodwork and stained glass windows.
Former Milner Hotel, the 40,000 sq. ft. building is the first Class “A” downtown office space built since 1995. The innovative building features a glass sculpture on the front and when illuminated at night, landmarks the arena district. The building was among the first to seek U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED certification for both core and shell, and commercial interiors. Grand Rapids Innovation and Design, AKA GRID 70, opened a new type of office environment to local businesses, based off a successful global concept. Offices will be occupied by creative professionals from various companies and have the opportunity to thrive on each other’s unique ideas and outside perspectives. Currently, Steelcase, Meijer, Amway and Wolverine World Wide are part of the office mix. The complete vision is to bring more professionals to work in downtown GR, leverage local creative resources, and overall, increase business to the city of Grand Rapids.
The Women’s City Club is a private club and offers individual and business memberships. The Sweet House Foundation(501 c 3) was established in 2006. Its purpose is to preserve and memorialize the history and architecture of the house where the Women's City Club resides. 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 he built his 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.
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. Due to 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.
Minty Keen is a locally-owned boutique, featuring arts and crafts by local artists, handmade-in-MI gifts, vintage decor, cash & carry fresh flowers and souvenirs.
The building at 19 LaGrave houses four companies. Design Design Inc., M. Middleton, Cool Cups and Verdant Graphics all strive to satisfy the consumer demand and corporate responsibility for sustainable practices. This venue is open to company employees. There will be a variety of different mediums on display to celebrate the diversity of the employees' individual styles.
The Fred and Lena Meijer Heart Center opened in 2004. It has become a leader in heart care in the region, state and nation and remains the only hospital in Grand Rapids that provides open heart surgery.
Leo's is a fine dining seafood restaurant in the heart of Grand Rapids. Voted Grand Rapids Magazine "Restaurant of the Year" for 2006, 2007, 2009 & 2010.
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 Picasso, Degas, di Suvero, Borofsky and Calder. During ArtPrize limited shuttle service to downtown will be provided.
Westminster Presbyterian Church is a beautiful historic church located in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids. Our convenient location, is surrounded by other art prize venues and the newly announced home for ArtPrize . Westminster is a metropolitan church in every sense of the word. From our location in the heart of Grand Rapids, we attract a diverse congregation from all parts of the city. We believe that this diversity is one of our greatest strengths.
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.
This venue is accepting connections with 3D and sculpture artists ONLY. We are not able to host 2D pieces or paintings at this location. Thank you for considering the Downtown Courtyard by Marriott as a potential venue and we wish you the best of luck during the ArtPrize competition.
Ah-Nab-Awen Park is a long, narrow green space that runs along the west side of the Grand River. This park is adjacent to the Gerald R. Ford Museum and visible from the DeVos Convention Center (across the river). It is accessible by a pedestrian bridge that runs across the river as well as on-site parking. Another area of the park (not available for use for Artprize) houses three large, grassy mounds which were built in 1976 to symbolize Hopewell Indian burial mounds, which are native to the area. The park offers ample green space and a fantastic view of the Grand Rapids skyline.
O'Tooles is a restaurant and bar fashioned after an Irish Pub. It has a very casual comfortable atmosphere where people flock for outstanding burgers and beer.
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. We open each day at 9:00 AM. There is no charge to view ArtPrize.
Founders has built its brewery on the exploration of recipe development and brewing techniques. The philosophy is simple. We are not the standard micro-brewery, rather we have traveled a path that breaks from the “standard” craft-brewer. Carving a niche out of the craft industry, Founders Brewing Company has built its reputation on producing very unique beer. Our focus is to offer a product that stands alone on the shelf and offers a true drinking experience to our friends, you.
Steepletown Center used to be a Convent for the Basilica of St. Adalbert.
Located on the banks of the Grand River, the Grand Rapids Public Museum is located in the most highly visible corridor for the ArtPrize viewer/voter. With over 11,000 square foot of exhibition space dedicated to entries, it will be one of the largest Exhibition Centers in the city. We are able to offer interior and exterior gallery space, professional Museum lighting and installation, climate controlled interior spaces, a freight elevator, electricity and compressed air in select locations.
Since we are an operating business we have certain hours that our building has to be open to the public beyond the Artprize hours. Due to this any artwork on display here has the potential to be viewed above and beyond the minimum set hours. This came in handy for a lot of our Artprize guests last year that didn't want to fight the crowds or had to work in the evening. We had many guests stop in in the morning or early afternoon to view the work as well as some classes that took field trips here. We welcome and encourage this.
38 West Fulton, owned by Lee Shore Properties, is located in the heart of Downtown Grand Rapids' entertainment district. Nestled between San Chez restaurant and cafe, this space is walking distance from all of Downtown's hot spots. The high ceilings and neutral walls make for an flexible space to showcase 2D or small 3D pieces.
Bar Divani, is a chic wine bar/restaurant serving globally inspired cuisine and using local and sustainable products whenever possible. Along with over 40 wines by the glass, Bar Divani offers an extensive reserve list, specialty martinis and a vast selection of premium beers and spirits from around the world. Small plates perfect for sharing are offered along with full size entrees, flat-breads and salads. Our chef offers a made-from-scratch approach to food using the finest local ingredients. Indulge your passion for food and drink within this romantic, hip-interior setting.
Stella's Lounge is a downtown GR dive bar. Cheap beer, stiff drinks, vintage arcade games, vegan/vegetarian menu, stuffed hamburgers, local art and punk rock music. Stella's also has a back room that is has a different vibe with handmade cocktails, unique wines and beers & 30's pop music but offering the same menu and attitude.
Independent Bank's Monroe Center branch, located in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids, will be hosting 12-15 artists for ArtPrize. There are six large wall spaces best-suited for 2D artwork as well as five indoor floor spaces best-suited for 3D artwork. It is also important to note that in addition to the required ArtPrize hours the bank is also open Monday - Friday from 9:30 - 5:15pm. If you’re interested in displaying your artwork at Independent Bank please contact Sam Layle(contact information below)or click on the "Connect with Venue" button below.
Lia Rose boasts the best in classic clothing and accessories with a flair. You will find brands such as, Not Your Daughter’s Jeans, Melie Bianco handbags and Brighton Jewelry along with many other fabulous fashions. The store shares a door with neighboring Gina’s Boutique in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids on Monroe Center. With its fun and modern atmosphere; Lia Rose is a charming place to shop!
Two Story block building painted. Property includes three lots on corner of Stocking/Third Street/McReynolds that is green space. Inside of building includes a Pro-Creative showroom.
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.