Focusing on art, design, and creativity, GRAM will provide diverse platforms for experiences, ideas, and dialogue that enrich the human spirit and build practical learning skills. Through dynamic exhibitions, collections, learning initiatives, and community collaborations, GRAM will increasingly serve as a cultural beacon and civic anchor. The Museum is the first 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.
The Harris building located at 111 S. Division in the Heartside district is a 3 story historical building with a lower level. The building has been brought back to a raw state and currently areas of the building are being remodeled for unique style space for retail, food service, meeting and office use. The Harris building is proud to be hosting for 2014. Our second year as a venue. During Art Prize pop up events will be scheduled along with pop up amenities, such as food, drinks, toilets, and relaxing areas. Visit theharrisbuilding.com web site for more building information.
Located in the heart of Downtown Grand Rapids within the entertainment district, the Downtown Courtyard by Marriott is nearby DeVos Place Convention Center, Van Andel Arena and dozens of cultural attractions, restaurants and night clubs. We showcase a variety of art in a comfortable and friendly environment.
Rockwell Republic is a multilevel restaurant-lounge providing two distinct dining atmospheres, three bar areas and elevated outdoor seating. Our menu features homemade, locally sourced cuisine, specialty martinis, an extensive selection of craft beers and a large wine list. The ambiance is relaxed, smart and cool!
DANGER. INTRIGUE. DOUGHNUTS. Propaganda Doughnuts provides the masses with an incredible array of gourmet treats, all composed by the skilled pastry chef that runs the Ministry of Propaganda. We use local, seasonal ingredients and change our flavors regularly-- visit often. We prove our mastery with the basics, and then raise the bar with everything from Lavender cakes filled with freshly made wild blueberry jam to Date-Pecan stickies with Crispy Prosciutto and Gorgonzola. Least of all, our piece de resistance, The Capricorn: a dark chocolate and absinthe confection that will surely influence your decisions. Visit us in the morning, visit us after dinner, visit us late-night. We're open. We're always watching. Join the ranks with Propaganda Doughnuts. Our dough will ever rise. We are now your dessert.
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.
The Dog Pit is a signature hot dog restaurant with over 20 toppings to choose from. In addition we serve soup, nachos, chips and bottled and fountain soda pop. Seating capacity is 54 persons so many people enjoy their meal at our outdoor seating or across the street at Rosa Parks Circle. We request that school groups call ahead for the best times and service.
HIGHLY VISIBLE FROM US131 NORTHBOUND WITH EASY ACCESS FROM PEARL ST OR LEONARD ST EXIT RAMPS.
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 2013.
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.
Grand Rapids favorite Pub! Featuring craft beer, outrageously topped, gourmet burgers and the friendliest staff in town!
Welcome to Bridgewater Place!!!
This year we will be featuring the artistic creations of Hannah Johnson from Ohio.
As the oldest family owned Italian restaurant in the West Side of Grand Rapids, Salvatore's has served its patrons for over 38 years. Located on the corner of Alpine and Stocking, our restaurant has been a popular destination for many people and a routine stop for many people on the way to and from downtown Grand Rapids' events. Featuring 2 dining rooms and an outdoor terrazzo patio Salvatore's seats over 200 people. Our authentic award winning cuisine, full bar and friendly staff will ensure a memorable occasion for you and your guests. During Artprize we are encouraging artists particularly those with larger outdoor pieces to consider our restaurant as their venue.
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!
Located in the Boardwalk Condo building, historic site of the world renowned Berkey & Gay Furniture Factory, JD Reardon's is a friendly hideaway for beer and food lovers alike. Offering 24 taps of only the best craft beers from celebrated breweries all over Michigan and the U.S., there is always something to satisfy even the most discriminate beer lover. Our food menu offers pub-style food crafted by hand and elevated to something that surpasses "pub grub" while holding to our pub food roots. JD Reardon's interior is a warm, inviting, relaxing alternative to many downtown bars and the perfect spot to meet with friends or family. We also boast one of the largest outdoor patios in the city with a view of the Boardwalk Condo landscaped courtyard, pool and fountain. Surrounded by five floors of condos, the open air patio takes on an almost resort-like feel.
We are a Coffee Shop/Art Gallery located in Downtown Grand Rapids, MI. (Heartside District). We offer delicious coffee and espresso drinks like lattes and cappuccinos, plus smoothies, hot and iced teas, sweet pastries. And a wide variety of paintings and photographs by local artists.
Georgios features walls of various textures for artists to display their work. One wall being aged brick, one an eye popping green. The traffic on a daily basis will give artists the exposure they are looking for.
Centrally located in the heart of ArtPrize, visitors can walk across the street to both the Grand Rapids Art Museum and Rosa Parks Circle. The location is surrounded by some of the city's best restaurants and is a short walk to the B.O.B., which features numerous ArtPrize exhibits each year. 99 MONROE also has easy access to the neighboring parking structure.
Good Coffee - A Place To Gather Need a place to re-charge and rest your feet? Discover what locals already know: Lantern is a place of warm welcome, delicious drinks, and fresh local treats. (Vegans welcome). Looking for a place to discover new art, reconnect with friends, or catch up with email? You'll find the perfect spot relaxed in comfortable chairs, focused at a study carrel, seated at our window bar, or gathered at a variety of tables. Sit outside with an iced beverage and watch the world pass by. Our baristas are happy to make a recommendation from our ever-changing menu of coffee including drip, pour-over, aeropress, and espresso drinks. Offerings also include lattes, teas, hot chocolate, natural sodas, and juice. Committed to being waste-free, Lantern is grateful to be an intentional part of the Heartside neighborhood.
Three large store front windows. Art is viewed from the exterior of the building.
We are located on one of the busier main streets leading to downtown grand rapids. Your art will receive much exposure as it is displayed on a spacious lawn easily seen from the road .
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.
We have been a strong supporter of ArtPrize since the beginning. We love downtown Grand Rapids and have been a business owner at this facility since 2000. We are one block East of the Historical Sixth Street Bridge. This is an outside venue so can be viewed anytime of the day or evening.
The Calder Plaza Building is a wonderful venue located at 250 Monroe Avenue, just across the street from De Vos Performance Hall and Convention Center. Our venue features engaging, outdoor sculpture for five years running. We are proud to be an Artprize Venue!
The Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce is an ally connecting you to people and resources that get things done. An advocate creating an environment for business to grow. A change agent shaping a community where people and businesses thrive. No excuses. Just good business. We have 2,700 members, and more than 80% of our members are small businesses with less than 50 employees.
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.
South West Americana Cuisine, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner made from scratch, BLT Bloody Marys, Mimosas with freshly squeezed OJ, Cinnamon rolls as big as your head!
As a new trendy salon in Grand Rapids, Sin Republic is a space of open minds and great hair. We like to have fun and keep everyone informed about the latest trends and events in Grand Rapids.
Ramen Shop, Public House, Purveyor of Fine Teas, and Respite for the Adventurer.
The Plante & Moran Building is one of leading Grand Rapids LEED certified buildings located on the Grand River adjacent to the Grand Rapids Fish Ladder. The unique architecture of the building allows for artists to have a choice of partially sheltered or exposed outdoor venue locations along the riverfront.
Flanagan’s Irish Pub is a great place to visit for lunch, dinner, or a taste of the Grand Rapids nightlife! Our courteous staff is dedicated to providing you with exceptional service in a laidback and welcoming environment. Enjoy our famous Rueben sandwich and a cold beer by day, or stop in with friends for dinner and live entertainment at night. Take advantage of happy hour 4-7PM Monday through Friday and experience live entertainment Wednesday through Saturday. Come see why we’ve been one of Grand Rapids’ favorite places to have a good time since 1981. Cheers!
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.
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 or performance art.
The Grand Rapids Community College Paul Collins Art Gallery is dedicated to providing diverse, high-quality exhibitions for the education and inspiration of the college and the community. Exhibits by visiting artists, faculty, and students offer diverse talents from local, regional, national, and international domains. In addition to the exhibitions, selected lectures by artists or curators are offered at the gallery. All of the gallery exhibits and events are free and open to the public.
LE&A has a long tradition of bringing art together with the public. The agency led the public relations and marketing outreach for the all-new Grand Rapids Art Museum, exhibitions at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park and it leads the What’s Your Art campaign on behalf of the Arts Council of Greater Grand Rapids. Members of the LE&A team have represented some of the leading public art projects in the Midwest, including the internationally renowned Millennium Park: Chicago and Tom Otterness in Grand Rapids. In 2006, LE&A hosted the first Kendall College Scholarship Commission, which gave scholarships to two students and placed their original pieces of artwork into the agency’s permanent collection. At its headquarters, one block away from Grand Rapids’ Avenue for the Arts District, LE&A hosted Salt & Earth by Young Kim, the 2009 ArtPrize Curators Choice award winner and 2010 top 10 finalist.
The JW Marriott is located in the epicenter of all activities during ArtPrize. Dine at six.one.six restaurant for the creative farm-to-table cuisine, or meet up with friends at Mixology Lounge, enjoying the hotel's exhibition as well as nearby Grand Rapids Art Museum, DeVos Place, Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, and Downtown Courtyard by Marriott.
Grand Rapids Community College's Spectrum Theater is the home of several local groups including GRCC Players, Actors' Theatre, and Jewish Theater Grand Rapids.
Check out our windows! All of the entries at our venue are viewed from our sidewalks. Our historical building has very large picture windows displaying 2d pieces in various media.
Zoup! is located in the Medical Mile Food Court. 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. Additional food selections at The Medical Mile Food Court include; Starbucks, Smashburger, and Qdoba.
Leo's is a causal fine dining restaurant located in the heart of Downtown Grand Rapids. Our Art Prize entries are displayed in our spacious front lobby, with lots of natural light from the large windows.
Grand Rapids is the headquarters of the Michigan State University, The venue for Michigan State University ArtPrize 2014 is located at the corner of Michigan Street and Monroe Street (diagonally across the street from DeVos Place Convention Center. There are a number of wide open outdoor exhibit spaces along Michigan Street and Monroe Street. The street address is 155 Michigan Street NW. This is the site of the former Grand Rapids Press building.
GrandLAN has the best all around gaming experience in the Grand Rapids area. We carry board games, card games, role-playing books, and we deliver lag-free, real-time, ultra-fast gaming via PC, Xbox 360, and Xbox One systems. GrandLAN is also host to a wide variety of events and tournaments. Come play, come shop, and game-on!
Display space available inside the 4 large front glass windows on both sides of the main entry glass doors on Monroe CN, dimensions for the windows are roughly 5' by 8' each
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!
Beautifully landscaped outdoor space downtown.
Lifestyle Kitchen Studio has moved into the historic Lyon Cottage at 222 Fulton E. Located in central Grand Rapids, our building is the fourth oldest in the city- made with river-rock from the Grand River! Our historic home has been the home of design firms, dance a dance studio, and specialty doctor's office. We are excited to include ArtPrize in our next chapter. About Lifestyle Kitchen Studio: ·Designing Kitchens & Baths for over 30 Years· ·Family Owned since 2002· ·Accredited, Award-Winning Design Team· After being in East Grand Rapids for over 25 years, Lifestyle Kitchen Studio is back downtown. Lifestyle Kitchen Studio is an accredited kitchen and bath design firm, located in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan. We are a specialty design boutique with exclusive product lines and custom cabinetry.
If you′re looking for hotels in Grand Rapids, MI, one of the nation's most eco-conscious cities, then why not stay at CityFlatsHotel, Grand Rapids' most eco-friendly hotel? Nestled in the heart of Grand Rapids, at 83 Monroe Center, CityFlatsHotel inhabits what was once the legendary Fox Jewelers Building. The five-story hotel, designed to achieve LEED Gold Certification, features 28 conceptually unique guest rooms. The hotel's street level lounge, CitySēn, offers a full bar with local brews, wine, and creative cocktails, as well as an intriguing array of small plates. For coffee lovers, the hotel's CityBrü fuel stop serves fair trade coffee 24 hours a day. CityFlatsHotel Grand Rapids is your destination for absolute guilt-free travel. Satisfy your eco-consciousness and your wanderlust simultaneously by visiting one of the most vibrant 'green' cities in America. According to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Civic Leadership Center and Siemens Corp., Grand Rapids was 2010's most sustainab
Glitter = Gaudy. Milk= Nectar of Life. Glitter Milk Gallery exhibits the best emerging contemporary artists alongside seasoned professionals. We showcase local and global artists with a wide range of styles. Illustration, graphic design, pop surrealism, lowbrow, and sculpture all meld into exciting shows. Glitter Milk aims to combine the high and low art world, making art accessible for all who would like to enjoy it. All things garish, loud, and extravagant pique our interest!
West Coast Coffee has been a staple downtown since 2005, known for great service, phenomenal coffee, and a relaxing atmosphere. Supporting local artists since day one, we have an open and bright space to enjoy the all the special nuances of downtown Grand Rapids.
Grapids is housed in the historic Grand Trunk Railroad Station that was built in the 1930's in the Art Deco styling. The building has original terrazzo floors, marble walls, granite ledges and high ceilings in the showroom. Many of the doors are original with the woodwork intact. Our rear entrance is directly across from Belknap Park. Make the time to swing by, or use our location to park and catch the bus. Our building is now used for office and retail space for our irrigation and hot tub company. We truly feel our new home is one of the "lost gems" of Grand Rapids. Our Family has serviced Irrigation in W. Michigan since 1957. We are the largest sprinkling service company on this side of Michigan. We have a lot of free parking and easy access to bus lines.
Tavern On the Square is located on Ionia and Oaks St. A heated front patio area and large windows around the bar makes Tavern the perfect place to take in the city. Great food at exceptional prices and a full bar with 20 taps. Tavern On The Square caters to large groups and small groups alike. A great place to unwind!!
When Douglas Weaver started cutting hair in the mid-1960s, his vision for a salon was based on three simple principles: providing unbeatable services to guests, creating career opportunities for aspiring professionals in the salon industry, and giving back to the communities that supported his vision. More than 45 years later, Douglas J Institutes and Salons have become staples in communities throughout southern Michigan, Illinois and Tennessee. Douglas J has been in the West Michigan area for over 5 years. Opening it's doors in 2007, the Douglas J Aveda Institute has provided hundreds of students a high end cosmetology education while at the same time servicing our guests at prices that won't break the bank. The Douglas J team thrives on giving back to the Grand Rapids community and is excited to once again be apart of ArtPrize.
The Chase Bank Building 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 Chase Bank Building was completely renovated in 2012, including new plaza surfaces, lighting, and landscaping.
The Women’s City Club is a private club which resides in the historic Sweet House and offers individual and business memberships. The WCC transforms their space for ArtPrize. While the main floor retains it's historic look, but with the installation of AP art, the Auditorium is converted to a modern gallery with the addition of contemporary walls and lighting. In 2006, the Sweet House Foundation, a (501 c 3) non-profit, was established to preserve the history and architecture of the house. Martin Sweet, the original owner of the house, was a young entrepreneur when he came to Grand Rapids in 1846. He dreamed of a distinguished and spacious home for his family and in the early 1860’s built this home on East Fulton. This Heritage Hill two-story Italianate Villa home survives as one of the remaining examples of this style of architecture in the latter part of the 19th century. For information on the house or the WCC, please call (616) 459-3321.
The Pyramid Scheme Bar is a neighborhood pub, music venue, and pinball arcade in the Heartside District. Our front bar is always open to the public with no cover charge! We have 24 A-list pinball machines, 10 Short's beers on tap, and plenty of local and regional art. We have participated as an ArtPrize venue since we opened in 2011. Happy Hour 4-8pm daily: $1 off all Michigan products.
Juiceblendz Cafe offers delicious and nutritious all natural smoothies, juices, eats and frozen yogurt served in a bright, cheerful, family friendly atmosphere. We use only natural ingredients in our smoothies; no sugary mixes or frozen purees. We offer the finest frozen yogurt made with live and active cultures. The frozen fun experience culminates with the endless toppings combinations available, from fresh fruits to candy, and everything in between. Come into our colorful Juiceblendz Cafe and enjoy the perfect blend of taste and health!
This 6,000 SQ space of a warehouse walking distance form the main Artprize location will host many Artprize related functions.
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. Updated in 2007, the plaza offers bench seating from which to better view the art. Outside venue only.
Historic building on the corner of Weston and Ionia across from VanAndel Arena. This historic spot is being transformed into a Saladworks "America's Best Salad" store--where you can eat healthy, feel healthy and be healthy! Check us out!
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.
BANG Blowdry Bar is the first Blowdry and style bar in the Midwest! BANG Blowdry Bar is located in the heart of the fastest, and most up and coming areas in Grand Rapids. Bang Blowdry Bar is a innovative style bar that has people coming back over and over! Just like the days when grandma would go into the beauty shop once a week to get her hair set! Enjoy a tasty beverage while relaxing to a scalp message and a blowout- just before joining your friends for happy hour. We are located next to the top music venue, multi million dollar indoor market, and some of the greatest art studios in Grand Rapids. Stop by before work, a big night out or any special event and we will make you beautiful!
The Grand Woods Lounge offers a comfortable urban setting in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids! The Woods is adjacent to Van Andel Arena, and walking distance to other major city attractions, with plenty of close parking. The restaurant's interior exudes a warm, casual ambiance reminiscent of the great eateries of the Pacific North-West, which makes the Woods a great place to unwind and relax. The outdoor Porch features not one but two outdoor bars, two cozy fireplaces and breath-taking views of downtown Grand Rapids! The lounge area offers several enormous televisions for sports fans. The restaurant even has a private dining room for special events.
We are a new consignment store for men's and women's clothing, home decor and local artisan goods, with a focus on sustainability, re-purposing and re-using, and on creating community connections. We are located on Bridge Street, just a block west of Ah Nab Awen Park (easy walking distance!), right next door to Anchor Bar, across from Monte's and O'Tooles. The revitalization of this area of the city is really accelerating right now, and we couldn't be more excited to be part of it!
Serving Breakfast & Lunch 7 days a week @ the Cafe Serving Spanish style Tapas 7 days a week @ Bistro visit web site for more information www.sanchezbistro.com 616-774-8272
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. 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. Art-goers are welcome to view artwork in the windows of our space, in the center of it all, downtown Grand Rapids.
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
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Come experience "Old Town" Grand Rapids. Formerly a warehouse, this turn of the century old building is sure to charm with embossed metal ceilings, red brick walls, and gorgeous hand carved moldings.
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.
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!
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. In 2010, during ArtPrize the Cottage Burger was named "Best Burger in Michigan" by USA TODAY. The walls share the memorabilia aquired over the years and the rich history.
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 "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.
Exciting events will transpire at the Kilwins Chocolates & Ice-Cream store located in McKay Tower directly across from Rosa Parks Circle! This is a visitors dream! Come see our great assortment of sweet treats and tantalizing desserts and marvel at our outstanding artprize entries!
Front Avenue under US-131 in GVSU's downtown campus. This is just west of LV Eberhard Center and the Blue Footbridge over the Grand River.
Fountain Street Church is a beautiful, historical, downtown landmark. In partnership with the American Civil Liberties Union we are hosting an ArtPrize exhibit titled, "Art to Change the World: Inspiring Social Justice”. The exhibit honors the role art plays as a change agent for social and economic justice. Our exhibit draws over 20,000 visitors and we have been recognized by ArtPrize jurors and the media as one of the most compelling exhibits in the city. Architectural and historical aspects of the building will also be available for viewing.
We are centrally located on Fulton St., just east of Division. We are a large and beautiful historic church. The entrance to the parking lot is off Ransom Street, next to St. Cecilia's.
Marking 100 years of service to the Grand Rapids metropolitan community in 2009, WMU is deeply committed to the Fine Arts, which is 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. View 2013 venue art at: http://youtu.be/0jIU3Gyk5iU
Old World Olive Co offers an old world experience with free daily tastings of ultra premium extra virgin olive oils from around the globe, and premium balsamic vinegars from Modena Italy. Stop in and sample from nearly 50 varieties! Let the highly trained staff help you discover new flavor profiles, share recipes ideas and everyday tips to enhance your cooking experience. Discover your palate at Old World Olive Co.!
Established in 1935 under the original name of Grand Rapids Municipal Employees Credit Union,the original field of membership was employees of the City of Grand Rapids and their immediate families . In 2005, our charter was expanded to include employer groups, retirees and associations living or located within a 25-mile radius of the credit union. The name was changed in 2006 to Grand Rapids Family Credit Union to reflect the diversification of membership and emphasis of family and friends. Grand Rapids Family Credit Union is non-profit, member owned and operated. This relationship makes our members very special to us. We will always give you the respect, high quality service, low loan rates and competitive returns that you and your money deserves. Once you join the Credit Union, you are a member for life. Even if you move, retire or undergo other major life changes, you can maintain your membership at the Credit Union and continue to enjoy the many benefits that go with it.
Downtown Dental Office that has a large glass waiting room to the west side sidewalk across from Rosa Parks Circle. We share an entrance with PNC Bank and are at the sidewalk level with clear views to the inside.
LB’s Steakhouse & Lounge is a Classic American Steakhouse with a heavy Chicago influence. Come enjoy an exciting and comfortable atmosphere, where big steaks are served, and bold wines are poured. Feel free to loosen your tie, and be yourself while enjoying a world class experience delivered by our warm and friendly service professionals. As one of the only Blues venues in Grand Rapids, we offer a relaxing setting to come and let loose. Reminiscent of the great clubs of the Windy City, we are proud to feature some of Michigan’s top blues artists. Inspired by blues guitar legends, our ambiance will take you back to when the simpler things were appreciated. When life gets hectic, it’s nice to know there’s a place you can come to just breathe, relax, and enjoy life. That’s what we do at LB’s Steakhouse & Lounge.
Park spans east bank from I-196 N to Newberry Street. Park elements include new boat launch, river overlook, seating steps, fish cleaning station, landscaping, lighting, and a park shelter.
In the heart of downtown Grand Rapids, at 86 Monroe Center, BCBSM is offering a highly visible ArtPrize location. The space is located in the entrance of the Steketee’s Building foyer, behind a clear glass wall.
Parliament the Boutique is the studio home and showroom of Littlewings Designs. We also curate the work of handcrafted american artisans of product, fashion, and design with similar independent values to Littlewings Designs.
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.
The Apartment Lounge, located at 33 Sheldon NE, is an intimate neighborhood pub located in beautiful downtown Grand Rapids. Walking through the door, you are surrounded by a rich marble and polished brass bar with elegant wall sconces above the comfortable booths along one wall. A beautiful mirrored bar with colored lighting highlights the liquor selection. Brand new state of the art audio visual system completes your experience at The Apartment Lounge…where friends meet and new ones are made.
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 42nd 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).
6.25 Paper Studio is a Stationery, Gift & Custom Invitation shop in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids. You will find a bevy of unique products in our new space (right between Gina's Boutique and the Shops at MoDiv) Through years of being in the stationery industry, we have worked diligently to find the most high-quality, small business, eco/worldly-friendly items for our shop. Most products are made in the US (many in Michigan), and those that are not are free-trade products, helping other countries grow and sustain. As a custom invitation and stationery business, we also have a line of greetings, calendars, folders, etc.. available for wholesale. This compliments our more extensive line of Wedding Stationery available as an album for retailers or for couples working directly with us. Specialties stationery, invitations, birth announcements, thank you's, programs, menus, placecards, table signs, favor tags/stickers, calling cards, packaging items, custom gift wrapping, and many oth
We are specialty pasta company with an Italian food shop inside
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.
Located on the corner of Pearl & Monroe St. in Downtown GR. All window space avail.
Arnie's is a full service family restaurant open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Arnie's is located on Leonard Street the northern boundary of ArtPrize. Arnie's gets a lot of traffic as it has been and continues to be a Grand Rapids favorite. It is an excellent place to find Grand Rapidians who regularly come to Arnie's as well as out of town visitors who come to experience the best of the city during ArtPrize. Plenty of free parking available.
With nearly 600 attorneys and other legal professionals, Barnes & Thornburg LLP is one of the largest law firms in the country. We rely on dedicated administrative and support staff to assist our legal personnel in providing professional services to our more than 12,000 clients worldwide. We offer employees competitive salaries and benefits, and provide them with an environment conducive to a productive workplace.
Two Beards Deli is a restaurant located near the heart of downtown Grand Rapids within walking distance of many larger ArtPrize venues such as the Urban Institute for Contemporary Art and the Grand Rapids Art Museum. With over 100 sandwiches and salads named after famous beards, it is the perfect place to grab a bite to eat while you take in all that ArtPrize has to offer.
Canal Street Park is a riverside park that includes a walk/bike path for visitors traveling in the North Monroe Distict. The large area park stretches along the riverside from Newberry Street (site of the historic 6th Street Bridge) to Coldbrook Avenue.
Buffalo Wild Wings is the perfect place to catch all the game day action! We have two floors, and four bars with plenty of TVs so you and your group don't miss a second of the action. We have a full menu featuring our 16 sauces and 4 seasonings. We look forward to seeing you during Art Prize.
Menna's Joint is a chain of fun, classic food joints steeped in youthful irreverence that are run by students and the young at heart, presenting a groovy, cool new spin on fast casual food. Our specialty is the dub, a massive and freshly grilled "American burrito." You will find many different sandwich options, chock full of meat, vegetables, cheese, potatoes (sometimes), and sauces wrapped up in a grilled flour tortilla. We also offer delicious, home style type fries on the side. Open daily from 10:30 am to 3:00 am. *Open until 4:00 am Thursday - Saturday
Welcome artists, volunteers and visitors! 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 exhibit space is available both indoors (main gallery) and out. The indoor space, located in the Wege Conference Center on the second floor of Cathedral Square Center is easily transformed from meeting space to art gallery. Floor-to-ceiling windows allow for an infusion of natural light and the open floor plan gives visitors the opportunity to view art at their own pace. Outside, the square's gardens are an urban oasis featuring beautifully landscaped green space and meandering, pedestrian-friendly walkways that stretch from Wealthy Street (at the southernmost point) to the Cathedral of Saint Andrew.
This venue includes 3 large picture windows at street level.
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.
Free Cell-Phone, Tablet and Camera Charging are always available at the heli™/Koinonia offices during ArtPrize hours. Located directly across Ottawa from the GRAM, on the first floor of Aldrich Place, are the U.S. headquarters for heli™, the most powerful and longest-lasting portable charger and lantern of its kind, and the Koinonia Foundation, which supports programs both locally and globally, most recently donating over 10,000 solar-powered light and battery chargers to the UNHCR Tyhpoon Haiyan relief effort in the Philippines. We are pleased to offer exhibition space for up to 8 artists.
Out door venue with a brick wall.
We have two windows to display your artwork, approximately 4' x 3.5'. The windows face Monroe Center and look out into Rosa Parks Circle. The art will be located at the window and public can look at without entering the business.
Welcome to the Amway Grand Plaza, where every visit is marked by a memorable moment. Whether it's a stroll through the Pantlind Lobby, the great view from one of our Glass Tower rooms, the classical architecture, or your first bite of one of our signature entrees, the Amway Grand Plaza is much more than a hotel. It's a true destination.
Prepare to be pampered... Savor exceptional cuts of USDA Prime beef that are the perfect combination of flavor and tenderness. Delight in the finest and freshest top-catch fish and premium seafood. Experience our extraordinary service and our extensive premium wine selection. Relax in La Dolce Vita and enjoy premium hand rolled cigars and specialty Scotch, Bourbon, and Cognac.
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 Borofsky, Plensa, Calder, and Jim Dine.
The Fish Ladder Park is the location of the Dennis Kinnebrew sculpture that also functions as a ladder for fish migrating to their spawning areas. Visitors may view the river and the migrating fish from the creatively designed structure. The site is also popular for fishing enthusiasts.
Established by Jay and Betty Van Andel in 1996, Van Andel Institute (VAI) is an independent research and educational organization based in Grand Rapids, Mich., dedicated to preserving, enhancing and expanding the frontiers of biomedical science, and to achieving excellence in education by probing fundamental issues of education and the learning process. Van Andel Research Institute (VARI), VAI’s research arm, is dedicated to studying the genetic, cellular and molecular origins of cancer, Parkinson’s and other diseases and working to translate those findings into effective therapies. This is accomplished through the work of more than 200 researchers in on-site laboratories and in collaborative partnerships that span the globe.
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. Because of 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 for our children.
Located in the North Monroe Free Parking Clean Bar & Restaurant Great Food
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.
St. Mark’s is proud of its long and meaningful history in downtown Grand Rapids. We celebrate in a gorgeous 19th century Gothic Revival sanctuary, lined with stained glass windows. Our tradition of music is strong and we are excited about our new pipe organ. But we are much more than our past. Today we are a vibrant, growing church -- a community growing in faith together. We celebrate the diversity of our congregation. Together we seek to grow as Christians and to reach out to those in need.
Winner of the 2011 Neighborhood Business Association award for Best Interior Renovation, Tip Top Deluxe Bar & Grill celebrates Mid-Century American Culture. Tip Top offers a wide selection of Beer, Wine & Spirits and serves traditional American Bar fare. Hosting weekly concerts featuring both local and National acts, including Grammy winners Pete Anderson and Dave Alvin, Tip Top Deluxe Bar & Grill is a top destination in Grand Rapids for fans of American Roots music.
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
Classy neighborhood pub one block down the street from historic St. Adelberts. Our outdoor beer garden area is a hit in the summer as well as our dedication to fresh food featuring our own Panini's and gourmet dogs. Monarchs has 21 taps featuring at least 15 from Michigan craft brewers and over 100 beers total from around the world.
Have Company is a general store & artist residency space specializing in local handmade goods, small publications, & working together. We carry a carefully curated selection of functional handmade home goods, clothes, gifts, & publications. We also host a rotating domestic residency program, where artists come to live, work, & teach in the space. The shop is owned & curated by Marlee Grace with the help & careful eye of her partner John Hanson, super friend Kate Vlaming, & many more helping hands.
MVP's mission is to enhance the lives of individuals and families in Grand Rapids through exercise, sports and recreation, by providing world-class service, facilities and programs all within an environment of active fun! Our Metro Club location features a downtown atmosphere, full of local professionals that are heavily involved in Grand Rapids.
Restored from decay last year by 616 Development, the Kendall Building sits in the historical heart of Grand Rapids both literally and figuratively. Now home to a farm-to-table Italian restaurant, an office and residential apartments, 16 Monroe Center is a tribute to the pioneering, entrepreneurial spirit of Grand Rapidians past and present. Come and experience history colliding with the new story Grand Rapids is writing. Join us.
The Blue Bridge is an iconic pedestrian bridge in the the heart of downtown. Located between Fulton and Pearl, the bridge connects the city center on the East bank to the Grand Rapids Public Museum and Grand Valley State University facilities on the West. The Blue Bridge is a pedestrian bridge with a convenient connection between the Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus of Grand Valley as well as the Grand Rapids Public Museum and other attractions and the east side of the river. It is a popular site for taking photographs of wedding parties, prom groups and graduates and is very visible with it's "Laker Blue" color.
The Shoppes at Monroe and Division (MoDiv) opened in Fall 2011 with many interesting tenants. Wolverine Company Store, Blue, Rita Girls Bakery, Humanity Boutique, Scoops, and Haworth are new retail options for downtown Grand Rapids. The retail incubator offers flexible lease space at an affordable price in order to bring new retailers to Monroe Center.
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
Yoga HEAT is a vibrant community of yogis. We believe in supporting the arts and are very excited to be a part of ArtPrize for the second year!
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 41 years, First United Methodist Church has presented its annual "Celebration of the Arts", one of the largest juried spiritual art shows in the U.S. Works have included artists from many faith and spiritual traditions.
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. We open each day at 9:00 AM. There is no charge to view ArtPrize.
For ArtPrize 2014, SiTE:LAB, two-time winner of the outstanding venue juried award, will take over The Morton, a vacant 90-year-old hotel in downtown Grand Rapids. A grand entry lobby, abandoned restaurants and commercial spaces, and a 1,500 square foot bank vault will provide the context for an exhibition of site-specific installations curated by Paul Amenta. The Morton has generously been made available to SiTE:LAB by Rockford Construction Company.
Situated at the corner of Monroe Ave. and Pearl St.--one of Grand Rapids most vibrant intersections--the PNC Bank Building is in the center of all the ArtPrize action. Some of our neighbors include deluxe hotels such as the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel & JW Marriott, fine dining restaurants like Ruth's Chris Steak House & the Chop House, and favorite ArtPrize venues like the Grand Rapids Art Museum and Rosa Parks Circle. Please come, sit a spell and enjoy the outdoor art and activity.
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.
bokay by Eastern Floral is an urban, sophisticated, floral boutique conveniently located inside the MoDiv retail incubator in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids.
Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. (Downtown Inc.) is the singular management entity for the combined energies and operations of the Downtown Development Authority, the Downtown Alliance, the Downtown Improvement District, the City of Grand Rapids Office of Special Events, and the Monroe North Tax Increment Finance Authority. Working as a singular, cohesive organization, Downtown Inc. works with the community to develop the Downtown vision, enable collective impacts that return improved outcomes, and ensure that Downtown has a clear voice for leadership and advocacy. Our Mission is to make Grand Rapids the most admired, emulated, attractive, and well-run city of its size in the nation- with an unsurpassed reputation as a forward-thinking, bright spot to watch for how to do 'Downtown'.
Fifty Monroe is at the center of the ArtPrize trail, within easy walking distance of parking, restaurants, lodging, and shopping. Fifty Monroe provides an exclusive opportunity to enjoy art in a beautifully remodeled lobby space located directly across from two of ArtPrize's busiest venues: the Grand Rapids Art Museum and The B.O.B.
Born out of the 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.
HopCat was envisioned, designed, stocked, and staffed with one mission in mind: To bring you great beer. What is great beer? It's a beer made with care and pride. It might be a local beer or one from across the globe. It could be your usual pint, or a beer that you had no idea existed. Every once in a while, it's a beer you never would have ordered but for the fact that your server or bartender suggested it. Since January 2008, we've journeyed on an unending quest to ensure that our beer selection is the best in the world. We’re listed as one of the Top 50 bars in the US by Draft Magazine. But that’s just the start: Beer Advocate Magazine has ranked us as the #3 Beer Bar in the world, CraftBeer.com has rated us the #2 beer bar in the U.S., and in 2012 RateBeer.com ranked us as the #1 Brewpub in the United States. We’re humbled by the response that craft beer lovers all over the world have shown to our philosophy, and are truly grateful for the simple fact.
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 2013, the exhibition "DELINEATION" featured ten artists whose artwork explored mark making, layering and story telling. All types of indoor media will be considered.
GRBC is located just 6 blocks from its original location at Ionia and Michigan, at the busiest corner of the vibrant Heartside entertainment district. Since opening HopCat, the craft beer focus of the GR bar scene has seen a virtual explosion, and it made us want to 'rescue' this great name in Grand Rapids history from the suburban indignity of being located in a mall parking lot. GRBC is proud to be the Midwest's first USDA-certified organic brewery. In keeping with the organic and local theme of GRBC, much of our interior space was created using reclaimed materials. Our tables were are made from the old floor joists pulled up as we began rehabbing the space. The barstools were made right here in GR, the art was done by local artist David Dodde, our host stand an old foreman's station from the Chris-Craft factory, we even gave the old fire door a coat of paint and hung it over the bar in the back room.
Long standing neighborhood bar/restaurant in the heart of westside downtown Grand Rapids.
MCC is an emerging Christian faith community whose mission is “Connecting our downtown community with our life-changing God.” As image-bearers of the Creator, we seek to honor God through celebrating the creative talents of our members, friends, and the community. We embrace and encourage the arts through various community events and activities. Each year for ArtPrize, we conduct a 4-week series of worship services based upon themes generated by some of the art that we host. We typically have an opening reception, an open-mic artist night, and can host special receptions for a small fee. We typically host many K-12 school class trips at our venue. This year we expect to offer several opportunities for hands-on art experiences led by artists and other experts in their fields. We have been involved in ArtPrize every year, and artists often tell us that they feel that they become part of our community, and leave as friends. A $50 venue fee covers promotions and insurance.
The Gillett Bridge is a pedestrian walkway that spans the Grand River in Downtown Grand Rapids. The bridge connects the two landmarks, the Gerald R. Ford Museum and DeVos Place. It is heavily travelled during ArtPrize and offers wonderful views of the river and city.
Large Exterior Window Space Available facing Fulton St. in the center of downtown. Corner of Fulton & Ionia Street in Downtown GR.
Kendall College of Art and Design (KCAD) has always been indelibly woven into the fabric of Grand Rapids. Born out of the bold, visionary spirit of those who built the city’s furniture industry, KCAD has continued its leadership in art and design education into the 21st century, and remains deeply committed to the facilitation of sustainable, innovative growth in West Michigan and beyond. Our exhibition space is located in the Woodbridge N. Ferris Building, 17 Pearl St NW.
Just two blocks north of Calder Plaza, this eye-catching outdoor mural is visible from the Ottawa Avenue exit from WB I-196 and easily accessible via the wide, handicap-accessible sidewalk.
Van Andel Arena is home to the 2013 Calder Cup Champion Grand Rapids Griffins!
Heartside Gallery and Studio is pleased to have our front windows as a venue for Artprize 2014. We will be showcasing art made by Heartside Neighbors, so stay tuned...
Vault of Midnight, an internationally recognized and award winning comic shop, has proudly carried Earth's finest Comics, Games, and Stuff since 1996. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff is ready to help you, whether you are seasoned veteran or a curious greenhorn. Stop by our beautiful new Grand Rapids location today to see what all of the fuss is about.
Freshii offers a menu of salads, burritos, wraps, rice bowls, yogurts, breakfast and soups made with high-quality, fresh ingredients. . It has all the elements of fast casual (high- quality food, that's quick and convenient) with the added focus on health and wellness. Eat. Energize. That's our motto. We aim to provide fresh and nutritious meal choices that energize people on the go. We want to emphasize the foods you should eat more of and less on those you should avoid.We also live by our Mission Green. We're taking a stand and want to be good to the earth by eliminating traditional industry staples: excess packaging, heavy energy consumption, and greasy processed meals. We do all this in an upbeat environment with modern and sophisticated design that elevates dining for even the busiest of people. With stores in 35 cities and 8 countries around the world - take the Freshii Challenge: Eat. Energize. Stop by and taste us for yourself.
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.
This venue is located in the West Leonard Downtown Business District just west of the US 131 expressway. Easy accessibility and free on-street parking make this an enviable location. It has 12 large windows which are lighted from dusk to dawn making this Art Prize submission available for viewing 24/7. The building also features 4 "alcoves" which can be curtained behind and lighted/platformed to display sculptures or larger pieces, making it an ideal destination for a walk-by Art Prize viewing. Added to all that, this venue is located across the street from one of the areas newest craft breweries, the newly expanded "Mitten Brewing Company", making this a go-to location for many visitors to the area.
The Holiday Inn Grand Rapids Downtown has been participating in ArtPrize from the very beginning 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.
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.
Panera Bread is now open in Downtown Grand Rapids. With its identity rooted in handcrafted, freshly-baked, artisan bread, Panera Bread is committed to providing great tasting, quality food that people can trust. Make Panera Bread your ArtPrize option for breakfast, lunch, dinner or just a break from checking out the art. Be sure to also check out the mural inside the bakery cafe by local artist, Anna Donahue that features iconic West Michigan images.
We have a great spot to park and see areas by getting on the shuttle. Stop and have a hot dog and pop. Register to win a free ArtPrize limo extravaganza tour in our site. Visit our website at www.dadds.com or bring your car in for repair and get $25 off www.grrepair.com while visiting venues. Stay at one of our vacation rentals 4 story 8 bedroom or our penthouse in downtown see our site at www.4rentmi.com or rent the 2 .5 hour art prize limo special for $250 our 25 year anniversary special.
Right in the heart of Downtown Grand Rapids, 89 Monroe Center, is a historic building that houses office space for local businesses. Just steps away from local restaurants and other Art Prize venues, 89 Monroe Center is just another stop along the route of unique and creative art. This venue provides a window shopping experience for residents and tourists alike.
Blue collar cool pub in north downtown GR . Upper and lower outside decks.
The outside East facing wall of our building is the perfect spot to view a mural. We are across the street from the Grand Rapids Art Museum and Rosa Parks Circle. Ideal location right at the heart of it all! Close to several restaurants, coffee shops and 2 choices for an ice cream or frozen yogurt on those hot days.
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.
Mission The UICA builds creative community by fostering new forms of expression, promoting collaboration, and providing genuine experiences with contemporary art. Guiding Principles Through compelling presentations, studio programs, community programs, and youth development, we actively challenge both artists and audiences to new levels of dialogue, creative pursuit, reflection, and illumination. UICA initiates conversation in response to visual art, music, film, literature, dance, and performance art featuring regional, national, and international artists.
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, throughout the year, with the exception of ArtPrize. A favorite dining place for families, couples, business meetings and large groups delivering something to suit anyone's tastes! Their "one trick"....is hospitality!
Downtown location with high visibility and high foot traffic across the street from the Van Andel Arena; in the heart of the entertainment district. Renovated historical building; with 20' foot ceilings Nice comfortable casual atmosphere Soft lighting Good wall space available and ledge to two large bay windows overlooking the street and sidewalk
The Grand River is a river that runs through the heart of downtown Grand Rapids.
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.
Stroll inside from Monroe Center to Pearl St. while viewing amazing art. One of the city’s oldest buildings and most recently remodeled, the stately Ledyard Building stretches the entire block from Monroe Center to the intersection of Ottawa and Pearl. Look for the entrance next to the Post Office, directly across Monroe Center from the Grand Rapids Art Museum.
Fat Johnnys, Is an authentic Cheesesteak company In Grand Rapids, Mi. We get our rolls special order from South Philadelphia ( the home of the cheesesteak!) We over a 50 item salad bar along with fresh homemade soups. Fat Johnny's has over 20 sandwiches with the out east flair!
The ICON Sign / Zoomer Display Venue offers Grand Rapids West Side something new to experience! We are new to this side of town but are looking forward to ArtPrize 2014 and all the participants. If you are near Bridge and Stocking you won't miss us, stop by and see what we have to offer!
A downtown grocery, deli and beverage store, located on Monroe Center.
Take just one step inside the First Community 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.
Rockford Construction is excited to be an ArtPrize venue for our second year! With a brand new office building that is focused on sustainability, Rockford Construction offers a truly unique and beautiful location for artists. Outside in our courtyard (an extension of The ROC), we are looking for several sculptures to enhance the views from inside our office. Rockford Construction has plenty of free parking and is just a short couple blocks from the YMCA, making us a truly spectacular venue. Come visit us!!
This local and independently owned coffee shop is about culture, the understanding of our youth in Grand Rapids MI. Open 24 hours for our future young professionals to have a place safe to go without time limitations for them to accomplish their goals. Our warm and welcoming environment provides space for work or leisure no matter the age. Our friendly baristas are inviting and full of help to produce an unforgettable experience, coupled with premium quality ingredients for the best of your senses.
The gallery is located at 40 South Division, in the Heartside neighborhood of downtown Grand Rapids on the Avenue for the Arts. It is a dynamic space of approximately 300 square feet and 50 linear feet of wall space including two moveable walls and large storefront-style windows. The gallery is available to rent for extended exhibitions and one night events.
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.
The Grand Rapids Children's Museum celebrates childhood and the joy of learning by providing an interactive hands-on environment that inspires learning and encourages self-directed exploration.
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. 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 in the Avenue of the Arts neighborhood, and located one block from Artprize headquarters. Centrally located right downtown! The Pub is known for its support of local artists with monthly exhibits - gallery lighting is already in place. Laid back vibe and friendly staff. GLBT friendly.
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 Mitten Brewing Company is a vintage baseball-themed microbrewery and pizzeria located in historic Engine House No. 9, a Victorian-era firehouse and Grand Rapids landmark. Since opening in October 2012, they've become known for their classic style beers with a twist and gourmet pizzas made with the finest ingredients available. The cement floors still show signs of 19th century horse stalls and the original exterior lanterns hint at the antique décor within. The lobby and dining room house vintage baseball memorabilia and you can even sit in the original Tiger Stadium seats while you wait for a table. Thee Mitten is also vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free friendly, and all menu items can be changed to meet your dietary requests. So stop on by, have a beer, and enjoy our unique atmosphere featuring many wonderful ArtPrize artists!
One 20th Century theologian said that the goal of Christian ethics is to make and to keep human life human. Here at Westminster, we also have a theological conviction that the “truly human” and the “truly divine” intersect, and it is in the intersection of the truly human and truly divine where keeping human life human occurs. And one of the times that the human intersects the divine is when we are graced to be genuinely creative.
The Downtown Market is a hub of local food innovation, healthy-living education, and opportunities for entrepreneurs.
First National Bank of Michigan is located on Ionia Avenue NW, between Pearl St. and Lyon. Our location is directly across the street from the recently renovated Kendall School of Art and Design. We are a local Community Bank that actively supports Grand Rapids and the West Michigan Community. We are excited to be a part of ArtPrize and support such a great event.
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!!
Northwest corner of Ottawa and Lyon, in the center of downtown near prominent financial institutions and notable historic buildings. • Artist will be required to submit preliminary design sketches for review by the curator assigned to work with the County and other public venues to select artworks for the Courthouse. • Exhibits areas will be limited to the plaza and clock tower cemented areas. • No drilling of concrete is allowed. • Items are not to be suspended from the structural steel.
Vertigo Music is the nicest and largest record store in West Michigan. We buy and sell new and used CDs and LPs. We are fun and we like you!
Cornerstone Church is thrilled to have the opportunity to participate in Artprize - one of the most fun, over-stimulating and inspiring events in one of the coolest, big-hearted cities in the world! We are a new ministry in an old building. Cornerstone Church launched our first service at our Heritage Hill Campus in October of 2013. We are located at the corner of Lafayette and Washington. Our historic building was built in 1904 as a Christian Science church and remains, architecturally-speaking, incredibly original. We are on the edge of Heritage Hill and downtown Grand Rapids. One block South of Fulton, off Lafayette, this is a great location for a walk by both historic homes and near all the energy of downtown. Stroll by and visit!
At Echo Salon we have a passion for all things artistic and have really enjoyed supporting Art Prize in the past years. With several options for displays, we are looking forward to teaming up with unique artists to bring the Grand Rapids community together to focus on the appreciation of art. Easily accessible, room to invite guests into the space to walk around and enjoy the displays from different angles and conveniently located one block from the Art Prize Hub, UICA and WMCAT.
Voted one of the top Venues in 2013, this award winning historic 400,000 square foot converted furniture factory hosts loft condominiums, a restaurant, fitness center, deli/coffee shop and professional offices. Stroll through our spacious halls and intervene with the artists in a relaxed atmosphere. With easy accessibility to the Monroe North District utilizing the Rapid Transit system and the bike/walking path along the Grand River, you will want to make this one of your must see destination for Artprize 2014.
Built in 1844, it's one of the oldest houses still standing in the city and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Greek Revival building was built as a home for Abram W. Pike, a local merchant. The home's distinctive white columns, originally of the Ottawa House Hotel, were hauled to the site by oxen at the direction of Pike, after the Ottawa House was abandoned by its developers, who had hoped Port Sheldon would become a thriving seaport. Right next door to the Women's City Club and across the street from the Masonic Temple the Pike House served as the Grand Rapids Art Museum for over 50 years.
Peppino's Downtown atmosphere is casual and fun for the family, sleek and sophisticated for the on-the-towner with plenty of spirit for the sports fans! Peppino's is close to everything downtown with a little bit for everyone! It's the perfect spot if you'd like to dine with the family after a Van Andel event, catch the big game on one of our 57 HD flat screen's, shoot some pool, play some shuffleboard or just cozy up with some drinks in our comfy lounge area next to the fire, Peppino's Downtown Grille and Pizzeria is the place for you! Offering convenient parking with plenty of surfacespots and a 5 story parking garage next door. Peppino's Downtown also offer free pull up parking for to-go pickup.
Showcasing the "Best" of our Wolverine Worldwide brands, Wolverine Company Store brings fashion and art together with a focus on our consumer and the community. Our model is simple, provide amazing experiences for our guests, showcase our brands with the best and newest products available and extend our roots further into the community. Located in the heart of Grand Rapids, we are surrounded by incredible restaurants, theaters, museums, and shops; proving to be a sure destination for visitors.
BLDI Environmental Engineering has been located at 150 Fountain St. since 1991. We are a short walk up the tree lined hill from the public library, situated next to the Spectrum Theater and across from GRCC's Heritage Restaurant. Bordering on the south side of Heritage Hill, there is ample public parking nearby. We are excited to be part of this wonderful autumn event!
Gina’s is a contemporary clothing and accessories boutique specializing in bringing trendy and unique fashions to Grand Rapids. Gina's is a place to find the latest styles at an affordable price in a comfortable and personal setting.
The private entrance of Plaza Towers is located at the corner of Fulton and Monroe. The towers is the only highrise located in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids. This modern building is handicapped accesible. The lobby area as well as the Monroe room is tranformed into a high end exhibit space for ArtPrize 2013.
The HERO[series] pairs 5 wounded U.S. military veterans & active servicemen/women with established artists/designers. Together the two parties collaborate to share that Hero's story through the medium of art & graphic design. The result of their work produced onto a Made in American t-shirt, ultimately to become a wearable work of art that carries a significant story. This [Fashion Has Heart] project also includes each of the 5 Heroes working with designers from Bates Footwear to custom-design their own military-inspired boot that aids to further tell their story through the medium of fashion. This project fills the void between the military world and the creative community. By bringing the two parties together to utilize the talents of the Artist in order to share the powerful story of the Hero, it serves as a celebration of our freedoms by the those who sacrificed for them & by those who benefit from them. Without their sacrifice, there is no freedom of fashion or art.
Sweet Yo's Premium Frozen Yogurt is proud to be locally owned and operated. We offer 40+ flavors and 70+ toppings. Our yogurts and sorbettos are 100% gluten-free. We also offer no sugar added and vegan options to satisfy any sweet tooth! Located right across from Rosa Parks Circle in Downtown Grand Rapids, Sweet Yo's is the ideal dessert destination!
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
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