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.
The VandenBerg Plaza, commonly referred to as the Calder Plaza because of the presence of Alexander Calder's La Grande Vitesse, a stabile created for the people of Grand Rapids. The plaza is a large open area that serves as the campus for city, county, and federal government buildings.
SpeakEZ Lounge opened its doors to the public in February, 2012. With subtle hints of the prohibition-era "speakeasy" pubs, SpeakEZ Lounge boasts classic cocktails, some tasty infusions, and plenty of fine craft beers. But SEZ doesn't stop there. For the "foodies" out there, you'll be delighted to find eclectic, fresh and price-point friendly foods. While here, enjoy the highlighted Artists with a cocktail and peruse our eclectic and fresh food menu. Experience one of our featured sandwiches, pastas, or signature sauces. We're sure you'll find a dish or two to rave about. Join us and celebrate like it's 1933 again.
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.
300 Ottawa is located just North of the heart of downtown, directly across the street from the world famous La Grande Vitesse, on Calder Plaza. Located within walking distance to all other ArtPrize venues, downtown restaurants and attractions. The plaza was updated in 2007 with added seating making for a great area to display artwork.
Southwest corner of Weston and Ionia, south of HopCat. This is an outdoor space only.
Flanagan's Irish Pub Located in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids, Flanagan's is a popular nightspot and a great restaurant offering original pub-style menu for lunch and dinner. We feature classic Irish favorites such as our own Shepard’s Pie and Corned Beef along with a full service menu with items ranging from salads and soups to burgers and seafood. Come in and enjoy live entertainment on Wednesday night, Friday and Saturday and you’ll see why we’ve been one of Grand Rapids favorites places to have a good time since 1981. Cheers!
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.
THEME: Traditional Tattoo Flash // TAKE HOLD CHURCH: a non-denominational, Bible believing, Spirit lead urban church // FOUNDING SCRIPTURE: "Fight the good fight of the faith. Take Hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses. And I charge you before God, who gives life to all, and before Christ Jesus, who gave a good testimony before Pontius Pilate, that you obey this command without wavering. Then no one can find fault with you from now until our Lord Jesus Christ comes again." -1 Timothy 6:12-14 // ADDRESS: 222 S Division Ave. Grand Rapids, MI 49503 (next to the Goodwill at Cherry/Division) // WORSHIP SERVICE: Sundays at 5:30 pm (for the summer) // PARKING: On the weekends street parking is free otherwise the Goodwill parking lot can be used after 6:00 pm. // PLEASE join us for our weekly worship gathering or check out our website www.takeholdchurch.org
The YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids is one of the building blocks that makes the foundation of our community. We support healthy living, youth development, and social responsiblity. Thousands of people come through our doors every week. We are conviently 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.
Take just one step inside the Select 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.
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.
ArtPrize is a clear demonstration of investment in not only West Michigan, but also in art and innovation. Previously the title sponsor of the ArtPrize venue at West Michigan Center of Art Technology, we wanted to bring our appreciation of art and innovation home and right outside our door. We are seeking to concentrate our ArtPrize Venue with one artist. We will promote the artist in all media outlets including social media, web, and print.
Serving 400-500 individuals daily, Dégagé Ministries offers help and hope to homeless and disadvantaged individuals in our community. Responsive programming is designed to address immediate and long-term needs such as overnight respite for women in crisis, food, referral services and hygiene facilities. While many of our services may seem "simple," those who receive our services take nothing for granted. Often, it is the simplest of gestures that brings the most powerful results. What sets Dégagé apart from other organizations is the attention given to each individual and each success.
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 Fifth Third Bank Plaza is located at 111 Lyon Street in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids, conveniently nestled between Ottawa Street and Monroe Avenue, two key traffic arteries that lead visitors in and out of the city. Our location also allows very easy access to I-196 and US131. In addition, our location in City Center is conveniently located close by other popular venues including the DeVos Center, the Waters Building, Amway Grand Plaza Hotel and the Calder Plaza. We will host artists in both our indoor and outdoor spaces.
We are located on the corner of Division and Monroe Center, next to the Police Department. Our exciting window display can be viewed everyday 24/7 from the Monroe Center sidewalk. A local Artist, CHARLOTTE AMBROSE, has invited talented artists from the corrections process to display their creative works with her. Don't miss their unique and expressive messages.
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.
Northwest corner of Ottawa and Lyon, in the center of downtown near prominent financial institutions and notable historic buildings. .
Grand Rapids Civic Theatre & School of Theatre Arts, founded in 1925 has grown into one of the largest community theatres in the country. The Theatre is in the process of a major capital and endowment growth project. In 2006, a major renovation of the facility led and managed by Grand Action invested over 10 million dollars in the Theatre’s four historic buildings. In the Fall of 2006, Civic Theatre’s artistic home, was renamed the Meijer Majestic Theatre in honor of Fred and Lena Meijer’s lead gift to this project. Civic Theatre completed the project with a 2.3 million dollar endowment and theatrical equipment campaign. Each year, Civic Theatre creates over a dozen productions and over 15000 hours of educational instruction. These programs are made possible by over 700 volunteers under the leadership of 9 professional staff and over 30 guest artists. Grand Rapids Civic Theatre & School of Theatre Arts is located in downtown Grand Rapids in an 80,000 square foot facility comprised
Art will be visible on the east facing windows of the Van Andel Arena, located off the service drive that runs behind the businesses on the west side of Ionia St.
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.
Cozy pub located one block west of Artprize Headquarters and one block south of UICA. The Pub is very active in the Avenue of the Arts neighborhood and have ongoing art exhibits throughout the year. LGBT friendly, popular with neighborhood artists - friendly staff and fun place to hangout with friends.
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.
Butterworth Hospital is one of four facilities that make up the Spectrum Health Medical Center in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan. Our rich history dates back to 1873. Over the last century, we have grown into a regional leader in care, diagnostics, treatment, prevention and education. And our community continues to grow as well—the Family Birthplace at Butterworth Hospitals delivers more than 8,000 babies a year.
One of the city’s oldest buildings, the stately Ledyard Building stretches from Monroe Center to the intersection of Ottawa and Pearl. The entrance is located directly across from the Grand Rapids Art Museum, and next to Tre Cugini restaurant. Walking distance to restaurants, Van Andel Arena, and other ArtPrize hotspots. The lobby area is capable of hosting multiple types of artwork.
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 by downloading the free mobile application for the iPhone, “Art at GVSU.” Development of applications for Android and other mobile devices are underway.
Treadstone Funding is a residential mortgage lender located inside of the historic Corl-Knott building in the Heartside district of downtown Grand Rapids. As a local mortgage lender Treadstone takes a "more than mortgages" approach to each new client. Treadstone is licensed and skilled in all major home loan types and over the past year they have earned a reputation as the place to go in Michigan for the 203k home repair loan and even escrow repair.
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.
Situated in a renovated 100 year old bank at the original Western border of the city, the bitter end coffehouse is located 3 blocks west of the downtown GVSU campus and is open 24 hours/7days a week. The coffeehouse maintains the original century-old architecture and a European ambiance: tile floors, oak woodwork, leaded glass windows and a 12 foot tin ceiling. Walls are decorated with unique, interesting, and unusual artwork. The bitter end features a large variety of organic, Fair Trade espresso beverages, organic, Fair Trade varietals, organic loose leaf teas and a wide selection of smoothies as well as fresh bagels, baked goods and pastries. Music: Jazz/Blues/Folk. Free wireless internet is available and ample free parking is available in the City Lot across the street. Check us out at www.thebitterendcoffeehouse.com
Three large store front windows. Art is viewed from the exterior of the building.
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.
Located at the the corner of Monroe Center and Division, we have created a multi-purpose space that is residential in feel compared to the traditional Haworth and Interphase office scene. This has been an opportunity for Haworth and Interphase members to work, collaborate, and engage in the downtown Grand Rapids landscape. Join us during ArtPrize as we showcase art in our renovated historic windows.
open loft inside the 106 division/martineau art live/work spaces
Grand Rapids Pizza and Delivery is located in the Historic Heritage hill district, and was the first established pizzeria in that area. Large glass windows allow for a bright, inviting and intimate setting for a quick bite, or a group meal. A multiple winner of the On the Town readers poll for best pizza, the restaurant offers dine-in, take out, delivery and catering, as well as off site meal services. All food is prepared using fresh local ingredients or sourced from the region, creating a fresh, taste in the Pasta, Sandwiches, pizzas, wings which are sure to be a crowd pleaser during your ArtPrize stay. Conveniently located next to Foster Park and within walking distance to downtown, on the historic brick streets leading in and out of Heritage Hill. Handicap accessible and WiFi equipped. For groups of 12 or more dining in please contact the restaurant. We are open daily at 11am and noon on weekends, and close most days by 11 pm or 12:30 on the weekend. Welcome to Grand Rapids
The Cottage Bar is the oldest Pub in Downtown Grand Rapids, home to many regulars, those involved in the theatre, area church choirs and a group of writers and artists. It's charming pub like atmosphere is like a comfy old slipper that many come "home" to. Cottage Bar has won the peoples choice "Best Burger" in both "Grand Rapids" and "On the Town" Magazines for over 10 years. The walls share the memorabilia aquired over the years.
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
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.
MVP Metro is the premier downtown health club located in the heart of Grand Rapids. We are proud to be opening our doors to the public and participating in this years ArtPrize. Please stop by and see our wonderful building which will be filled with very talented artists this year.