SOS (Safety Orange Swimmers) is located in front of Ah-Nab-Awen Park. Oil+Water is located off the Pearl St. Bridge. The Grand River is the river running through the heart of downtown Grand Rapids, among the most visible public venue locations in all of ArtPrize. Since ArtPrize's inception, the Grand River venue has been host to some of the event's most challenging and memorable installations.
The Acton Building, home to The Acton Institute (www.acton.org) and West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology (www.wmcat.org) is a historic building that has recently been renovated and restored to emulate its original exterior design. Originally built in 1929 and known as the Watson Building, the brand new Acton building features a beautifully restored exterior, and the interior showcases restored hardwood floors, original wood beams and posts, with exposed wooden rafters and support beams. This building at the corner of Sheldon and Fulton is one of Grand Rapids most visible and beautiful historic buildings. Attention to detail, and an architectural faithfulness to the original design were paramount in this new remodeling.
98 East Fulton St., Grand Rapids, MI 49503
140 Monroe Center, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Small Post Office Boxes will make up this official venue located inside the United States Postal Service - Ledyard Station, 120 Monroe Center NW. PO (Art)Box is specializing in small artwork since scale is often a majority factor in ArtPrize entries. Curator Sierra Cole says, "We all know that ArtPrize is about having a conversation about art, we just feel that most of the time that conversation revolves around large scale works of art. We want to flip that conversation and talk about how small works of art are just as viable as large scale works. They are just as challenging, time consuming, and complex as their large counterparts." PO (Art)Box will be viewable during business hours inside the Post Office lobby. After hours, the artwork can be viewed from a custom made outdoor mailbox bank that will be located just outside the Ledyard Post Office. PO (Art)Box is curated by Sierra Cole, Todd Ramquist and is part of the Safety Harbor Art and Music Center Collective.
PO Box 230031, 120 Monroe Center St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49523
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.
110 Michigan Street NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
New Hotel Mertens opened in early 1914 serving travelers and Grand Rapidians. This incarnation of New Hotel Mertens has been designed as a modern dining experience while maintaining many connections to Grand Rapids' and Merten's history Our brasserie serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner 7 days a week.
35 Oakes ST SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Long standing neighborhood bar/restaurant in the heart of westside downtown Grand Rapids.
801 5th St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Commercial space below Morton apartments
55 Ionia Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Join Light Gallery + Studio for their second ArtPrize show! Four artists' work will be on display participating in ArtPrize, as well as 60 other local artists showcased alongside them in their artisans' shop. Light Gallery will be open every day from 11-8pm! Stop by to check out the new work on the walls, and keep an eye on our Facebook and Instagram pages to keep updated with all of the events happening here during ArtPrize. ArtPrize 10 Artists: Sayer Murphy, "Pebble Tossed" Diane Schroeder, "Weather Data" Jordan Smith, "Windows of Grand Rapids" Jennifer Thoem, "Beyond the Obvious" Light Gallery + Studio is an art gallery in the heart of Downtown Grand Rapids, MI - full of local contemporary artwork, unique handmade gifts, mid-century modern furniture, exotic house plants, collections of home goods to make your living space one of a kind. The shop has over 60 local artists displayed in the shop, as well as a large workshop area for art classes for any level of experience.
317 Division Ave S, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Grand Valley State University has a long tradition of supporting the arts. The university’s permanent collection now numbers over 17,000 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 "Art at GVSU" is available in the iTunes App store and in the Google Play Store with a gaming element added to the Art at GVSU mobile application.
301 Fulton Street W, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Strategically placed at the gateway to Grand Rapids’ historic Westside, The Knickerbocker is a taste of many world traditions that have been rediscovered and presented with a fresh perspective. Enjoy a full drink menu including craft beer, artisan spirits, handcrafted cocktails, wine and cider. The Knickerbocker presents a rustic, seasonal menu showcasing local and regional agriculture, old world techniques with a fresh perspective; including nose to tail butchery, heirloom produce and scratch cooking over fire.
417 Bridge St., Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Grand Rapids Beer Trolley is an ArtPrize first being a mobile venue! The Trolley will be hosting artist work "The Last Rhinos" by Dan Kopas. Beer Trolley (TheRhinoTrolley) will be running BYOB ArPrize Tours throughout the 3-weeks of ArtPrize! Hop On and let us take you out of the city center into Grand Rapids neighborhoods, drink in hand! VOTE # 68000
435 Ionia Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Vito's Pizza on Fulton Street has been in business for 39 years. We are having a mural painted on our lobby wall of the same blocks we are located from back in the 1950s. Enjoy a part of history with us!
658 Fulton, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Venue Tower Apartments in downtown Grand Rapids is where art, music, dining and more can be at your door. Grand Rapids' newest entertainment adjacent living experience is Venue Tower Apartments offering brand new studio, 1 bedroom and 2 bedroom apartments near the B.O.B., Van Andel Arena and much more! Now leasing!
15 Ottawa Avenue NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
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. It stood vacant for decades before The Gilmore Collection began its transformation, saving it from demolition. 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.
20 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Heartside Gallery and Studio offers the Heartside community and its neighbors a supportive and safe environment in which to create, exhibit and sell artwork. Artists in our studio come from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences. Some are impacted by the disadvantages of homelessness. Others face various emotional, physical, or mental disabilites. Many are people who simply wish to share their talents and expertise with their neighbors. Heartside Gallery and Studio is dedicated to providing a space for showing artists’ unique responses to the experiences of their lives, as well as offering guidance and opportunity. **In 2014, our Venue held a Top 5 2-D Juror's Shortlist Entry**
54 s division st., Grand Rapids, MI 49503
The Apartment has a rich history in Grand Rapids, having been around for over four decades. Began by Ed Ladner and Milton Lenox, they passed the baton to new owner Bob Johnson. The Apartment has become more than just a bar. Although known for catering to the LGBTQ community, EVERYONE is welcome! Our location is next to the regionally renowned Civic Theater makes it a favorite before or after stop for theater goers. Also, we're just a few blocks from the Van Andel Arena. Through the years the Apartment's fund raising efforts for charities and non-profits had made it a very respected venue in the downtown area. Stop in and say "Hi!" and you'll soon discover why the "APT" is the Place Where Friends Meet.
33 Sheldon Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
The Wheelhouse features a contemporary twist on classic American bistro fare with seasonal recipes inspired by our Chef’s ongoing partnership with local suppliers. The distinctive menu is complemented by a list of artisan cocktails, select wines and Michigan craft brews. Situated in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids, the restaurant is as lively as its setting in the Arena Place district. The multi-faceted concept is your neighborhood “go-to” for leisure or business. The large bar and porch hosts over 85 seats, making it the perfect place to unwind after work or enjoy a pre-concert cocktail. Additionally, the versatility of the dining room provides a relaxing space for an intimate dinner, featuring a menu that appeals to the foodie in all of us.
67 Ottawa Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
SiTE:LAB is a nomadic all-volunteer artist-led initiative that has organized over 20 projects primarily in underutilized sites in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Project sites have included: An entire city block, an abandoned natural history museum, a nature preserve, vacant commercial buildings, and a once-grand downtown hotel. Our current site is an abandoned 70,000 Sq Ft high school. “I think that SiTE:LAB is a world class...Installation group or whatever they call themselves...You could bring this to Documenta in Germany and it would be respected.” Jerry Saltz, Senior art Critic New York Magazine. instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sitelab/
415 Franklin St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49507
Bend Gallery is an artist run collective & contemporary art gallery located in Grand Rapids, MI. Bend offers community activities in addition to exhibitions such as Books at Bend, a monthly book club, BIG SCREEN at Bend, a movie night event co-hosted by KCAD's Graduate run Alluvium gallery, and Unpolished, an informal critique series. Bend is also the home to Good Manufacturing Artist Collective, a group composed of eight artists who intend to create connections between their works which all utilize a variety of mediums. Through group critiques, exhibitions, workshops, and networking opportunities, the Good Manufacturing Artist Collective pulls together a handful of artists living and working in Grand Rapids, Michigan to offer a support system for each other and their personal and collective endeavors. Follow Bend on instagram at https://www.instagram.com/bendgallery/.
40 South Division Avenue, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Family-friendly, southwestern flare breakfast, lunch, and dinner restaurant located in the heart of Grand Rapids. Known for our awesome breakfast, homemade BLT Bloody Mary, and Pomegranate Mimosa.
151 Ottawa Avenue NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
We are a Christian ministry in Downtown Grand Rapids that will be hosting a gospel centered mural on the outside of our building.
229 Division Ave S, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Welcome to the most unique dining and entertainment venue in Grand Rapids. San Chez Bistro offers a blend of authentic European and Mediterranean cuisine in a fun, laid-back, and artful atmosphere. San Chez is Celebrating our 25th year as West Michigan’s only authentic tapas bistro, featuring the food and fun of Spain. Located at 38 W Fulton in the heart of downtown! Serving breakfast, lunch and Spanish style tapas 7 days a week! visit web site for more information www.sanchezbistro.com 616-774-8272
38 West Fulton, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Overlooking the brewing facilities, our taproom allows customers a look into where the beer magic happens. It’s a great testing ground for us, and on any particular day you will find numerous products on draft available only at Founders. The unique offering of specialty beers, the laid back atmosphere, and twice-weekly live music has helped to make our taproom a staple in the Grand Rapids community and a destination for travelers. Stop by whenever you can and experience it for yourself.
235 Grandville Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503