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.
Northwest corner of Ottawa and Lyon, in the center of downtown near prominent financial institutions and notable historic buildings. .
Come in and view the creations of 32 artists, spread out between 3 floors. Live music & painting on the second floor. Free onsite parking for visitors and public restrooms available.
Founded in 1977, the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts is Michigan’s largest contemporary arts center offering a brand new facility with one-of-a-kind gallery spaces and a state-of-the-art film theatre. UICA actively challenges both artists and audiences to new levels of dialogue, creative pursuit, reflection, and illumination through: groundbreaking visual arts exhibitions, thought-provoking performances and presentations, studio programs for local artists, cutting edge films as well as educational and expressive arts programs for youth and adults.
Schuler Books Downtown is a local, independent, urban bookstore right in the heart of Center City. The fireplace and cozy reading nooks throughout the store provide a much needed respite for the Grand Rapids literary crowd and is a great way to end the workday with a beer or glass of wine at our Chapbook Cafe. The full-service gourmet cafe (Chapbook Cafe) serves a variety of home made soups, sandwiches and local, seasonal fare as well as a coffee bar and local beer and wine selection. A menu can be found at: http://www.schulerbooks.com/chapbook-cafe Schuler Books Downtown also offers a variety of popular monthly events including poetry readings, author talks and live music on the Steketee Stage. In fall of 2012, Schuler Books will be celebrating 30 years in business. Look for a variety of events, book/cafe specials in-store and online to coincide with our anniversary celebration! www.schulerbooks.com for more details.
Originally built as the Drueke Game Building in 1900, OST & the Israel's family worked with local designers & architects to renovate the building in 2009-2010 to create one of the most unique office spaces in downtown Grand Rapids. Signature features include 15,000 total sq ft of office space, a 1,500 sq ft custom kitchen, 2,000 sq ft rooftop deck with breathtaking 360 degree view of the city, 23 ft shuffle board table, hardwood floors, and a charm that will keep you coming back for more. Stop by and say hello...we'd love to give you a tour!
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!!
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
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.
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.
C.O.D.A. is committed to exhibiting contemporary artwork with challenging ideas. C.O.D.A. is a teaching gallery allowing students from Kendall College of Art and Design to learn the operations of a private gallery. Work is curated by the professional practices class and assistant professor Susan Mulder. C.O.D.A. has the look of a Chelsea gallery in NYC, it has large white walls and an open floor plan. Directors and owners of the gallery Professor Jay Constantine, painting fine arts and Associate Professor Patricia Constantine, fine art drawing and printmaking at Kendall College of Art and Design are very committed to the local community of artists in Grand Rapids and are members of Avenue for the Arts.
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.
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 both indoor and outdoor exhibit space is available. The square's gardens are an urban oasis featuring beautifully landscaped green space and meandering, pedestrian-friendly walkways. Floor-to-ceiling windows in the indoor space allow for a wealth of natural light. Cathedral Square includes the cathedral, Bishop Baraga Walkway and the Piazza Secchia. Reminiscent of a European square where people gather for religious and community celebrations, the Piazza Secchia is modeled after Michelangelo's Piazza del Campidoglio in Rome. If you are interested in volunteering at our venue this year, please contact us with your information by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. We would love to have you join our team!
Who we are: Neighborhood Pub + Music Venue in the Heartside Neighborhood. A place for the artists, musicians and localists of Grand Rapids. Hours: Front Bar: open 7 days a week 4pm-2am NEVER A COVER! Venue: Please check show schedule for venue hours Specials: Weekly Specials (4pm-midnight): Sunday: $3/$4 short/tall Jamesons Monday: $3 Long Island Drinks Tuesday: Half off everything! Wednesday: 1/2 off Short’s Pints Happy Hour (Daily 4p-8p) $1 off ALL Michigan Products. This includes nearly every draft, Scrumpy’s Cider, Grand Traverse Vodka and MORE!
The Heart in the HeartSide district of GR". The style is Modern Mexican Taqueria and Cafe. We will offer Mexican/Spanish/and traditional lunch options expanded from our popular catering menus. We also specialize in Corporate catering such as breakfast, lunch, dinner, appetizers, and boxed lunches for those busy days at the office or meetings when you want to order to impress. Check out our menus in the picture section for some of our options.
Founded in 1861, 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. Westminster Presbyterian Church is a community of Christians committed to the common purpose of praising God, learning from God's Word, and offering a service and witness to our community and the world.
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.
This is the hotel's fourth year participating in ArtPrize and are excited to see what this year will bring. The hotel is a full service hotel located on Pearl Street adjacent to several parks, museums, and public parking lots. The hotel is interested in hosting a minimum of 6 outdoor exhibits and a minimum of 4 indoor exhibits.The Holiday Inn Grand Rapids Downtown is a full service hotel with 175 guest rooms, meeting space, and full service restaurant and lounge.Our entire staff is excited and involved in our ArtPrize participation and look forward to hosting many talented artists this year.
The Medical Mile Food Court is located in the middle of the Medical Mile facilities, across the street from Spectrum Butterworth, the Children's Hospital & Van Andel Institute, in between the Lemmon Holton Cancer Center & the MSU College of Human Medicine. Food selections at The Medical Mile Food Court include; Qdoba, Smashburger, Starbucks, and Zoup!. Other businesses part of the Food Court include Huntington Bank (with an ATM) and Johnston Optical.
The General Services Administration has had a long history of incorporating art into Federal Buildings. GSA commissions American artists to create publicly scaled and permanently installed artworks for Federal Buildings nationwide. The incorporation of contemporary art within the nation's important civic spaces celebrates the best of American culture and exemplifies how democratic societies benefit immeasurably from the unique, creative talents of individual citizens. Federal Buildings are public buildings, meant to be enjoyed and utilized by the people of this nation. ArtPrize presents a unique opportunity to encourage people to visit the Federal Building and stroll the grounds to view the artwork. On permanent display on the west lawn is the large sculpture Motu Viget by Mark DiSuvero.
The early Christian church was one of the greatest patrons of the arts, so we believe that it is natural that today both artists and observers find the church as home to the arts and a place to hear God’s voice through artistic expression. For 39 years, First United Methodist Church has housed Celebration of the Arts, one of the largest juried spiritual art shows in the U.S. Works have included artists from the Jewish, Buddhist, Islamic and Christian faiths.
San Chez Bistro & Cafe was opened in November of 1992 and was set out to be not only great as a restaurant but also famous for our food and service. We serve an eclectic range of Spanish tapas in the Bistro and a unique Spanish brunch in the Cafe. All the artwork will be in plain view with our tall ceilings, huge street side windows, and wide dining area. Our cozy Cafe has wonderful viewing area where you will be sitting right with the artwork. The creativity in San Chez resounds through not only the architecture but in the high energy of the people coming into our restaurant!
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.
High Five seeks to provide both artists and ArtPrize attendees with a highly integrated art experience. A central location, unique views, floor specific visitor parking, special events and a professionally curated collection of art are all a part of our vision. With our site specific, Center City parking, there's no reason High Five shouldn't be your first & last stop with each ArtPrize visit. Come get a high five; they're better than hand shakes.
Born out of the passion of two friends love of food and wine, Bar Divani has been Grand Rapids premier wine bar and restaurant since 2002. Globally inspired cuisine made from scratch using all fresh, and whenever possible, local and sustainable products is complemented by over 40 wines by the glass and more than 300 bottle choices. To add to the diversity the restaurant also offers the most extensive liquor list in town and a vast array of beers from around the world. This downtown gem provides the ultimate in tasting experience in a plush atmosphere unique to West Michigan. Most importantly all of this comes with one of the most knowledgeable service staff in Grand Rapids. Whether your passion lies in food, wine, beer or just exploring the extensive list of martinis, cocktails and liquors, the staff at Bar Divani is happy to recommend something for you. Whatever the occasion, as the name Divani implies, you will find something here to “fall crazy in love” with.
Peaches B&B, a fabulous Georgian mansion nearly 100 years old, will open its doors & gardens to the public for another spectacular ArtPrize show. Peaches is a "major venue", hosting 24 artists in a relaxed atmosphere, showcasing both indoor & outdoor art, in a setting where one can envision it in one's own home. Peaches is the only ArtPrize venue hosting live demonstrations by our artists on both days of the first 2 weekends. Come, linger, enjoy. We have free parking, great art & fabulous BBQ & free goodies.
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 Grand Rapids Art Museum will offer over 11,000 square feet of indoor exhibition space located on the first and second floors of the Art Museum for ArtPrize artists. In addition, outdoor spaces are available on the various Art Museum terraces and plazas. The mission of the Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM) is: • to inspire all to discover, enjoy, and learn about art, • to serve as a welcoming and inclusive cultural resource, • to collect, conserve and interpret authentic works of art of the finest quality. The Art Museum’s commitment to current and future generations includes opening its doors as the first newly-constructed, LEED Gold certified art museum in the world. The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high-performance green buildings.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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 41st 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).
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
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.
St. Cecilia Music Center is the oldest arts organization in the region so while you enjoy ArtPrize exhibits you can also tour our historical landmark home. St. Cecilia Music Center is the music hub during ArtPrize. In addition to our Terryberry Gallery that features visual art, we have listening stations featuring musical ArtPrize entries. The first ten days of ArtPrize you can enjoy live performances featuring ArtPrize musicians on a rotating basis, as well as headliner bands the first two Saturdays of ArtPrize. St. Cecilia will be awarding five cash prizes to different musical genres based on your votes!
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.
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