Built in 1910 by Henry J. Heystek, the historic United Way Center was Grand Rapid’s first Coliseum and Convention Center and has been home to Heart of West Michigan United Way since 1998. At United Way, we're committed to connecting resources to important community outcomes in the areas of education, income and health. These are the building blocks to a good life: a quality education that leads to a stable job, enough income to support a family, and good health. Join us. Help create opportunties for a good life for all in West Michigan.
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 three years running. We are proud to be an Artprize Venue!
ICONsign is a full service sign, graphics and large format print facility. We pride ourselves on our helpful service, quality, attention to detail and quick turnaround. We are located on the corner of Leonard and Taylor, one street west of Plainfield. We have high visibility near a busy intersection with plenty of off street parking. Come check us out!
Located in the former Michigan National Bank building, Louis Benton offers a diverse menu ranging from Social Plates (sharable appetizers) to classic steaks, entree salads, fresh seafood and more. The dining room offers a softer and more casual setting inviting both the modern socialite and the corporate professional. From blue jeans to valet parking, Louis Benton has redefined Fine Dining. Our 2012 Artprize contribution is centered around custom-designed bikes and we welcome you to enjoy one of our signature "Hoptails" as you take in these amazing works of art! For lunch/dinner reservations or information on our Private Dining Rooms and Special Events, please call 616.454.7455 or visit our website /Facebook fan page for more details.
Parkland Properties (Boardwalk) aims to excel at urban real estate while transforming properties, distinguishable by their unique function, value, and style – stimulating an improved quality of life and economic vitality in the surrounding community. We specialize in promoting urban redevelopment. Restoring. Reusing.
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 Fred and Lena Meijer Heart Center has provided high-quality heart services to the West Michigan community since 2004. We are a leader in heart and vascular care in the region, state and nation. And, we are the only hospital in the Grand Rapids area that provides open heart surgery and transplants. Meijer Heart Center has state-of-the-art medical and information technology. In addition, our teams are experts in caring for all aspects of the heart.
The mural located at the corner of South Division and Weston is sponsored by The Avenue for the Arts and Dwelling Place. 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 mural located at the parking lot between 106 and 120 South Division is sponsored by The Avenue for the Arts and Dwelling Place. 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
CityFlats Hotel Grand Rapids is a boutique Hotel with 28 individually designed guestrooms. On the first floor of the Hotel you will find CityBru Coffee serving Intelligentsia Coffee 24 hours a day. CitySen Lounge is also located on the first floor of the Hotel. This is a great spot for a drink with friends after work or to enjoy some small plates before heading to an event.
Located at the corner of Fulton and Sheldon Streets, one of the busiest intersections in downtown, the Grand Rapids Children's Museum regularly attracts visitors from around the world. We believe that the arts enhance the lives of people of all ages, and we love ArtPrize! Because we serve young children and their families, art displayed at this venue must be child-friendly. We prefer outside installations.
This is our first year as a venue but have been a strong supporter of ArtPrize since the beginning. We love downtown Grand Rapids and have been a business owner at this facility since 2000. We are one block East of the Historical Sixth Street Bridge. This is an outside venue so can be viewed anytime of the day or evening.
Located in the heart of Downtown Grand Rapids, the Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Grand Rapids is a perfect hotel destination for artists and visitors to explore ArtPrize. Directly adjacent from the BOB and conveniently across the river from Museum Row, the Courtyard Downtown is walking distance to most of the ArtPrize Venues. The hotel is also attached to the City Skywalk system in case of inclement weather. Come experience a truly wondrous event at one of the cities best hotels. The Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Grand Rapids can be your ArtPrize starting point, helping you enjoy everything ArtPrize has to offer. And yes, we are also a venue!
The Waters Building is a downtown Grand Rapids landmark that occupys the entire length of the block between Pearl and Lyon Streets on Ottawa Avenue. It is home to Bite/Ottawa Tavern, The Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce, Rhoades McKee, Huntington Bank, Northern Trust Bank, West Michigan Community Bank and numerous other prestegious firms. It overlooks Rosa Parks Circle and the Grand Rapids Art Museum. It was constucted in 1898 as a furniture exposition building when Grand Rapids served as the nation's center for residential furniturre manufacturing. In the 1950's thru the 1970's is was gradually converted to an office building. It's large lobby and central location make it a hub for downtown activity.
54 Jefferson, home to the Grand Rapids Public Museum from 1940 to 1994, is being repurposed as an ArtPrize venue by SiTE:LAB, winner of last year’s juried award for outstanding venue. Vacant since the museum moved to the Van Andel Museum Center, 54 Jefferson was left largely intact. Extant dioramas, showcases and exhibits will provide a unique environment for an exhibition of largely site-specific and installation-based work selected by SiTE:LAB curator Paul Amenta. SiTE:LAB is a Grand Rapids-based non-profit that organizes art exhibits in temporary locations. In 2011, SiTE:LAB partnered with the University of Michigan School of Art & Design on an ArtPrize venue in the old Junior Achievement Building at Division and Fulton. 54 Jefferson is being made available to SiTE:LAB through the generosity of the Grand Rapids Public Museum and the City of Grand Rapids.
Sundance Bar and Grill is centrally located to everything downtown. 2-3 blocks east of the hotels in the beautiful historic Trust Building, (we still have 2 big safes in the walls). We are proud of our popular Artisan Cocktails, like our B.L.T Bloody Marys, Pama Mimosas (we actually squeeze our oranges daily), and other creative Drink Features. Sundance serves Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner; Daily Features, as well as Banquet room that seats 40 and a very active Catering Program. 5-8 Artists will be featured, maybe more...We will see you at ArtPrize!
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.
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 Corporal Hoffman Series pairs 5 wounded U.S. military veterans & active servicemen/women with an established artist/designer. Together the two parties collaborate to share that hero's story through the medium of art & graphic design. The result of their work is silkscreened onto a Threadless t-shirt 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.
The charming blend of historic and modern buildings, gardens, brick-lined walkway and the above pedway that encompass the Louis Campau Promenade will showcase a variety of art forms such as sculpture, hanging works and performance art. _____________________________________________________________________________________________ Venue Curator: Andrea Melvin was born and raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada and moved to Grand Rapids in 2009. A newcomer to Grand Rapids, she arrived the first year ArtPrize began. The event created a sense of energy and excitement downtown and she continues to be impressed at how the event has evolved and the talented artists it attracts.
The (106) Gallery and Studio is operated by the Calvin College Department of Art and Art History. Nearly 10,000 square feet of space house faculty studios and a gallery space, looking out on Division Avenue in the Heartside District of downtown Grand Rapids. Throughout the year exhibitions embrace faculty, student and community artwork. During ArtPrize, the gallery strives to curate a cohesive exhibition that presents multiple artists with compelling and complementary artwork. In 2011, the gallery featured nine artists, including the ArtPrize "Sustainability Award" winner, Laura Milkins. All types of indoor media will be considered.
Display space available inside the 4 large front glass windows on both sides of the main entry glass doors on Monroe CN, dimensions for the windows are roughly 5' by 8' each
We are a wonderfully placed venue right in the center of all the ArtPrize action. Our location on Monroe Center has a great amount of foot traffic and very close to other major venues such as the UICA, DeVos Place and kiddy corner from the GRAM.
Winner of the 2011 Neighborhood Business Association award for Best Interior Renovation, Tip Top Deluxe Bar & Grill celebrates Mid-Century American Culture. Tip Top offers a wide selection of Beer, Wine & Spirits and serves traditional American Bar fare. Hosting weekly concerts featuring both local and National acts, including Grammy winners Pete Anderson and Dave Alvin, Tip Top Deluxe Bar & Grill is a top destination in Grand Rapids for fans of American Roots music.
The Kendall Galleries at Kendall College of Art and Design include spaces in both the Historic Federal Building and the Kendall Building. We feature contemporary work by nationally and internationally-recognized artists as well as work by Kendall faculty, alumni, and students. For ArtPrize 2012 we are focusing on high-quality work in a variety of media.
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.
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.
Kilwins Chocolates & Ice Cream is located in the historic McKay Towers building with frontage facing Monroe Center and directly across from Rosa Park Circle. This is a unique, one-of-a-kind location that is the focal point of downtown Grand Rapids--within walking distance of the Amway Grand Hotel, DeVos Convention Center and the B.O.B Entertainment Complex. The Kilwins- McKay Towers location is also situated on one of the most traveled pedestrian routes in downtown Grand Rapids, with a wide sidewalk and outdoor seating.We are within walking distance of the Amway Grand Hotel, DeVos Convention Center and the B.O.B Entertainment complex.
6.25 Paper Studio is located in the newest retail space downtown called MoDiv. The MoDiv space opened in September of 2011 and houses eight different local businesses. The space is easily accessible, right in the heart of downtown, and provides great, unique shopping for local Michiganders and visitors alike. 6.25 Paper Studio provides everyday greeting cards, small gifts and a unique collection of custom products like wedding, shower and party invitations, personal & business stationery, baby announcements, business cards, etc. We are proud to fill our shelves with many local artists and small businesses, please stop in to get a taste of Michigan-made awesomeness!
The B.O.B. (an acronym for Big Old Building) is located in downtown Grand Rapids. The 70,000-square-foot, four- story, red brick building was constructed in 1903 as Judson's grocery warehouse. Its casual appeal, large size and historic charm have given The B.O.B. landmark / destination status in downtown Grand Rapids. Ambitious, expansive, and versatile, The B.O.B. offers a uniquely personal experience for every guest who walks through the door.
Federal Square - The Spot, sponsored by the law firm of Kane & Co., PLC. and Martin Property Management, is an open floor plan of nearly 3000 ft offering expansive 12 foot high walls provides ample unobstructed views for two and three-dimensional works of art. The SPOT is a purely volunteer run venue. The large open-interior space is dedicated soley to Art Prize Exhibition. The Spot is located in the heart of the City Center at 29 Pearl Street, between Ottawa and Ionia Streets, and adjacent the new Kendall College of Art and Design venue and voter registration center. If your time is limited, you must stop by The Spot.
It is with immense pride that we can tell you that the Beer Advocate folks have rated us the 3rd best beer bar in the world. We truly strive every day to live up to (or surpass) this rating HopCat was envisioned, designed, stocked and staffed with one mission in mind: to bring you great beer. What's a great beer? It's a beer made with care and pride. Maybe it's a local beer - or one from across the globe. It's your usual, as comfy as sliding into your favorite pair of jeans. It's a beer you didn't even know existed. Maybe it's even a beer you hate, but your buddy loves - and the two of you debate over it for an hour. Hopefully, once in a while, it's a beer you never would have ordered but for the fact that your server suggested it. It's your next beer. We specialize in Michigan brews, but also offer a wide range of regional craft brew, global beer, and a large Belgian selection If you're not in the mood for a beer, you can get a glass of wine or cocktail from our full bar.
Z's Bar & Restaurant one of longest standing Restaurants in Downtown Grand Rapids. Located in the center of three hotels, there parking ramps, Rosa Parks Circle. Known for out Ribs and our Second place in the country for our BBQ Sauce, but also serving burgers, burritos, pizza all till 2am in the morning. Z's is decorated with a many original sign sports memorabilia. An impressive display of liquor and fifteen tap handles gives a person plenty of choices. Looking for art work such as a mural to go on the out side of our building, nothing on the inside.
Dining 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. No one throws a party like we do 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.
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.
One Trick Pony Grill & Taproom is housed in the oldest Commercial Building in Grand Rapids. It is the venue of choice for local musicians who play there every Thursday night, and some Saturdays. Located in the theatre district, this venue also dedicates 2 walls in the east room to displaying works of art from the Grand Valley Artists Association, so it is ready to hang works of art. A favorite dining place for families, couples, business meetings and large groups delivering something to suit anyone's tastes! Their "one trick"....is hospitality!
Southwest corner of Weston and Ionia, south of HopCat. This is an outdoor space only.
The Bagel Beanery is a independently locally owned and operated gourmet coffee and sandwich shop. Our bagels are made fresh from scratch daily and our coffee is roasted 24 hours prior to delivery. We feature a wide variety of bagels, cream cheeses, signature bagel sandwiches, breakfast sandwiches, soups and baked goods. Our award winning bagels are made right here in our own kitchen! We also serve fresh coffees, espressos, smoothies, and signature espresso drinks using the finest coffee beans available. Proudly serving and back on popular demand Art Prize Blend coffee!!
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.