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Spoonlickers

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SPOONLICKERS is a Grand Rapids treasure which has built a large loyal following for its creamy and healthy handcrafted frozen yogurt treats containing locally-produced ingredients and complimented with made-from-scratch toppings. With a commitment to quality, everything at Spoonlickers is prepared daily from the finest ingredients. With four locations in Grand Rapids, a Spoonlickers café is the perfect spot to relax, unwind, chat with your neighbor, and enjoy a superb frozen dessert loaded with delicious fresh fruits and toppings to your individual liking. It is an adventure in coolness!

616 Fulton West, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

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Chemical Bank at Oakes Street Park

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Beautifully landscaped outdoor space downtown. Benches offer a nice place to take a rest while enjoying the bustle of downtown Grand Rapids.

51 Ionia Avenue SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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SpeakEZ Lounge

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SpeakEZ Lounge opened its doors in 2012. A casual and comfortable gastro-pub style restaurant and bar offering artisan cocktails and house infusions along with 12 craft beers on tap and intriguing wines by the glass and bottle. The kitchen offers a creative and unique menu featuring grilled sandwiches, made-to-order soups and fresh salads and specialty entrees with options for vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free diets. Catering to a number of unique and fun niche clientele, SpeakEZ is proud to support and sponsor a number of local theatre and arts organizations as well as hosting free live jazz shows weekly and is the premier destination in West Michigan for viewing European and World football (soccer). Come as you are, no secret password needed!

600 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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Grand Valley Artists, Inc. at the Water Treatment Building

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Grand Valley Artists have been West Michigan's premier artist's group since 1957 when it was started by several area artists such as Carl Forslund, Reynold Weidenaar, and Armand Merizon to name a few. GVA has always striven to create an environment for artists to learn, create, prosper, and to ultimately share their talents with the greater Grand Rapids area. This year is no exception. We have successfully sponsored the 53rd Reeds Lake Art Festival, a much loved art festival in West Michigan that includes artists from across the nation. GVA is, for the second year in a row, an ArtPrize venue, and is now located in the Water Treatment Building on 1101 N. Monroe NW, just south of Leonard Street. We have over 5,000 square feet of display space. We also plan to have our members inside and outside, painting, drawing, photographing and sketching during ArtPrize. This will show the public what we do as an art group and why Grand Rapids is quickly becoming one of the the Midwest's largest art communities. This year we also have one of the oldest participants in ArtPrize, Stuart Knickerbocker, a World War II veteran and local artist. We are proud to have him and 48 local and national artists displaying their work with us, most of whom will be on hand to answer questions and interact at various times with the public during ArtPrize.

1101 N. Monroe NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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Divani and Gallery Divani

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Our chef driven menus feature globally inspired dishes full of unique & bold flavors. Executive Chef Jeff Baird & Sous Chef Tim Rafferty together passionately create and serve seasonally changing menus which highlight the amazing local produce Michigan has to offer. Our innovative cocktails are well balanced and full of freshly squeezed juices, herbs & secret tinctures to intrigue your taste buds. Our award winning wine list is carefully selected to please every palate. Our liquor selection is the second largest in Grand Rapids. Located in the heart of Beer City USA, we proudly pour the awesome creations from our local craft breweries, European finds, as well as the good ole’ boy standards to appease every palate. If you have a special request please don’t hesitate to ask, it will be our pleasure! We look forward to seeing you... Sincerely, Molly Kopen

15 Ionia SW Suite 130 and Suite 150, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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Bistro Bella Vita

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At Bistro Bella Vita, we’re driven by passion, servant leadership and most importantly—exceptional dining experiences. We believe that good enough simply isn’t good enough. It’s time to discover something special and taste commitment and creativity. Choose passion and purpose. Live the good life. It’s time to accept nothing short of exceptional at Bistro Bella Vita. Our specialty is Modern French & Italian Cuisine made from scratch with as many sustainably-sourced ingredients as possible.

44 Grandville SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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Sears Architects

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Welcome to Art Prize! We are a proud sponsor of this annual event. As a registered venue, our office supports and allows talented artists to display their work. Our 3 spacious windows allow engaging 2D photography and/or paintings to be showcased inside beautifully. Outside viewing only is available for visitors.

16 Ionia Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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111 Lyon Street (The Fifth Third Center)

Venue for Pitch Night Detroit

111 Lyon Street NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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Homewood Suites by Hilton Grand Rapids Downtown / Waters Center

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Enjoy all the comforts of home when you stay at Homewood Suites by Hilton Grand Rapids Downtown. Discover shopping, dining and entertainment within walking distance, and enjoy easy access to attractions like the Gerald R. Ford Museum, the Public Museum, the Van Andel Arena and the Civic Theater. We are just four blocks from Grand Rapids convention center, DeVos Place, and 15 minutes from Gerald R. Ford Airport. Sip cocktails at Waters View, the only rooftop bar in Grand Rapids – the perfect spot to enjoy amazing views of downtown. There is an additional bar, Lew’s on Two, located on the second floor. Homewood Suites by Hilton Grand Rapids Downtown is situated in the historic Waters Building, which has retained original features like exposed brickwork, hardwood floors and large windows. Built in 1898, the building was originally used as a furniture showcase and is now housing this all-suite hotel.

161 Ottawa Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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Leonard Brann's Steakhouse and Grille

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At Brann's, 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.

401 Leonard NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

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Heart of West Michigan United Way

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Heart of West Michigan United Way supports, promotes and advocates for Kent County by working to achieve shared community goals in education, income and health. As a philanthropic leader and partner with strong West Michigan connections, we collaborate with businesses, other nonprofits and individuals to leverage gifts of time and money that benefit our community. Our goal is to work toward long-lasting impact that truly makes difference in Kent County. So while we support those who have fallen on hard times, we also work to identify the root causes of problems. Our work impacting the education, income and health of Kent County advances the common good – that is, it directs change and creates opportunities for a good life for all who live here. hwmuw.org

118 Commerce Avenue SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum

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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. There is no charge to view ArtPrize.

303 Pearl St. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

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Degage Ministries

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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

144 Division S, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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Western Michigan University - Grand Rapids

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Marking over 100 years of service to the Grand Rapids metropolitan community, WMU is deeply committed to the Fine Arts. The Fine Arts are a culturally important area for higher education and the communities we serve. The University’s art collection (conservatively valued above $3.5 million), includes drawings, paintings, prints, textiles, sculptures and ceramics that engender awareness and appreciation of the visual arts while enriching our lives in many subtle and under-appreciated ways. The Frostic School of Art, Department of Dance, School of Music, and the Department of Theatre together form the College of Fine Arts at WMU – a center dedicated to future-oriented creative excellence. WMU provides interdisciplinary opportunities to visual and performing artists in innovative spaces that foster the creation, exhibition, and study of art. Ample parking adjacent to building in the Cherry Commerce parking ramp. View 2013 venue art at: http://youtu.be/0jIU3Gyk5iU

200 Ionia Avenue SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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[HAS HEART] at Veterans Memorial Park

[HAS HEART] is proud to present the 2018 HERO[series] exhibit at the Veterans Memorial Park in downtown Grand Rapids, marking the organization's 7th annual ArtPrize exhibit.

22 Sheldon NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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David D. Hunting YMCA

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The David D. Hunting YMCA outdoor space on Grand Rapids’ West Side – located close to the Grand River and within blocks of dozens of other ArtPrize Venues and local businesses – is a must-see venue for the whole family.

475 Lake Michigan Drive NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

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DeVos Place Convention Center

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In 2018 DeVos Place will celebrate 10 years of participating in ArtPrize. DeVos Place has long served as a catalyst, and a vital space to convene, think, witness, ponder, and/or inspire you to be engaged in art. We are excited to be part of this ten-year daring adventure that offers the perfect gathering spot for artists. It is our desire that your ArtPrize 10 experience at DeVos Place will be full of fun, creativity, a little tension, honest conversation and a modicum of humor.

303 Monroe Avenue NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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Fountain Street Church

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Fountain Street Church is a beautiful, historic, downtown landmark. The Fountain Street Church Art Committee manages seven exhibitions each year, one of which is dedicated to ArtPrize. The Church has been an ArtPrize venue since the first event in 2009. In addition to works by ArtPrize artists, the stunning art and architecture of the Church sanctuary attracts many visitors. Once again, Fountain Street Church and the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan are collaborating to present an important ArtPrize* venue exploring issues of social justice. Social justice demands that basic human needs be met, diversity respected, and freedom of expression and action fostered. Works shown in past exhibitions have focused attention on war and the politics of poverty, race, religion, gender, ethnicity, education, and environmental stewardship.

24 Fountain Street NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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the Parlour at City Flats Hotel

Welcome to your Best Hair Day, Every Day. The Parlour Blow Dry Bar + Full Service Salon is located in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids and within walking distance to many of the cities destinations! Visit The Parlour@CityFlatsHotel and you will immediately feel the stress of the day disappear. Enjoy a glass of wine, craft beer, or a coffee as you relax and our expertly trained stylists take over. Each of our stylists are specially trained for a multitude of services including Cut, Color, Balayage, Waxing, Make-up, Extensions, and our famous Blow-Outs. You will find a beautiful selection of professional hair and makeup products such as IGK, Kerastase, EVO, and GLO to take home with you. Whether you’re in need of a refresh or looking for a transformation, you’re in great hands at The Parlour! Walk-ins welcome, or schedule an appointment by calling 616.608.1731 to reserve your desired time.

77 Monroe Center St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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Brick and Porter

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47 Monroe Center Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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Blue Bridge

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The Blue Bridge is not available as a venue during the connections process. The Blue Bridge is a pedestrian bridge that goes across the Grand River.

Blue Footbridge, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

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MeXo

Prehispanic-influenced modern Mexican cuisine featuring Chef's authentic regional cuisine, craft margaritas, and extensive tequila and mezcal selections.

118 Fulton E, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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the bitter end coffeehouse

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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

752 West Fulton St., Grand Rapids, MI 49504

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TowerPinkster - Architects | Engineers

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4 East Fulton, also locally known as the JA Building, sits in the heart of Grand Rapids at the city’s busiest intersection at the corner of Fulton and Division (otherwise known as the “Avenue of the Arts”). Its location directly across from the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA), an ArtPrize Hub and home to multiple winners, makes the building a prime location for artists. TowerPinkster Architects | Engineers recently restored 4 East Fulton to its original, art deco style.

4 E. Fulton Street, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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