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.
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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!!
Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital is a nationally recognized rehabilitation complex that has served the Grand Rapids community for 120 years. We are devoted to providing comprehensive inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services for adults and children affected by life-changing events. In the front of our hospital is an outdoor Therapath Garden that is beautifully landscaped with handicap-accessible walking paths and outdoor seating. It also includes a range of challenging exercises for those participating in rehab care. At Mary Free Bed, we believe that art can compliment science to better treat patients. The hospital's grounds and buildings display art created by former MFB patients and other community members, creating a unique atmosphere of beauty and inspiration. Visitors will enjoy the art as well as the stories that go along with the pieces in MFB's Therapath Garden.
Southwest corner of Weston and Ionia, south of HopCat. This is an outdoor space only.
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.
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.
The Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce is excited to a returning venue for the fourth year of ArtPrize. Our artists displays are featured in our two large main windows outside of our office. These unique spaces allow the artists to create projects that wouldn't fit just anywhere.
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.
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.
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
Built in the 1890's, the historic Trade Center building is located in the heart of Grand Rapids. Two blocks away from the Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts. Walking distance to downtown restaurants, museums, and other attractions. This venue is looking for the perfect mural for its South elevation.
The Grand Woods Lounge features a lodge feel with a large patio and cabin like interior.
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.
Blue collar cool pub in north downtown GR . Upper and lower outside decks.
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.
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 2012
Kiln U is part performance, part interactive and part exibition.
Think of the look and feel of a downtown loft, that is our vision for this reinvented locale. To take something that was once old, add polish, and make it new again. That is the nature of this Bridge Street location. Historic character, industrial details, but yet timeless attributes and repurposed furnishings. A comfortable place with a spice of style. Kick back with one of our signature hand-crafted cocktails, or delectable specialty beers, and enjoy some excellent music and entertainment. The spot to re-claim Bridge Street, a distinctive urban hangout, The Establishment.
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.
God’s Kitchen is supportive of the Heartside Art District and is excited to be a part of Artprize again this year!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
Open. Bright. Modern. Transparent. Feels right. These are few of the words Mayor George Heartwell used to describe the creative, contemporary space downtown on Monroe Avenue that houses MLive Media Group, an equally innovative, state-of-the-art media company covering news and information important to Grand Rapids and beyond, by all means. News and information gathering and distribution is evolving and MLive Media Group is providing unprecedented local news coverage while engaging with all our audiences locally and across Michigan at their doorsteps, online and via mobile platforms. We invite guests to experience our digitally focused, collaborative environment and explore our open floor plan during ArtPrize and after. Visitors are encouraged to share their ideas with us as we foster community engagement and create shared successes.
PDI is Praxair Distribution Inc., nearly 4,500 employees who form the North American distribution arm of Praxair, Inc. PDI is a Praxair subsidiary with its own management team and its own business strategy. Through its more than 470 stores, cylinder-filling plants, warehouses and its many independent distributor channels, PDI is Praxair's direct channel for delivering welding, cutting, specialty and medical gases in cylinders, small cryogenic containers and mini-bulk, beverage carbonation services and dry ice, technical expertise and hardgoods to more than 430,000 customers in the U.S. and Canada. The PDI Value Proposition means we help our customers achieve their objectives faster, better and at lower cost. We deliver value by bundling our products, wrapping them in services, strengthening them with alliances and being very easy to do business with. The result is a dynamic package of products, technical expertise, services, alliances and flawless execution that provides the best total
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.
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.
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.
Friends, here at Park Church, no matter who you are or where you are on life's journey, you're welcome here!
The Inn with the In Crowd! Tavern On the Square is a revolution in casual dining and drinking.
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.
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