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.
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
200 Ionia Avenue SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Woosah Printshop X Outfitters will be showcasing woodcut prints by Erica Lang as well as some collaborative works with local artists. There will be live printing and live music in the shop!
131 S Division Suite 200, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Lobby area available to ArtPrize artists. More information to be posted soon.
19 LaGrave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
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.
130 West Fulton, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Smokin Js is the best alternative pipe & tobacco store in Grand Rapids with 2,000 square feet of alternative culture awesomeness. With over 2,000 products Smokin Js has something for every member of the family and unique products not found in traditional retail locations. From hand blown glass pipes to rope sandals, Smokin Js has what you are looking for.
133 Division Ave S, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
A unique deli offering over 80 sandwiches, a handful of filling salads, and soups that change daily. We have meaty, vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options. Everyone is welcome!
38 Commerce Ave, Grand Rapids, MI 49506
Rockwell Republic is a multilevel restaurant-lounge providing two distinct dining atmospheres, three bar areas and elevated outdoor seating. Our menu features housemade, locally sourced cuisine, craft cocktails and craft beer. The ambiance is relaxed, smart and cool!
45 S. Division, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
This venue includes 3 large picture windows at street level.
16 ionia SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Through compelling exhibitions, events, 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. This year, UICA will showcase 5 site-responsive projects, in 5 distinct locations in UICA’s exhibition space. Sense looks to engage that which is at the root of all experience, the things that make us who we are, that allow us to experience and learn from the world around us: sight, smell, hearing, taste, and touch. Open Hours for Artprize 2015: Monday: 5pm - 8pm Tuesday - Saturday: 12pm - 9pm Sunday: 12pm - 6pm
2 Fulton St. W, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Front windows of the studio will be used as our venue, both windows used as one entry.
48 S. Division Ave., Grand Rapids, MI 49503
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
Van Andel Arena is home to the Grand Rapids Griffins, primary affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings and 2013 Calder Cup Champions!
130 W. Fulton, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
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.
44 Grandville SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
117 S. Division, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
We believe in coffee. We believe in art. We believe these are simple tools that empower people, a community. As you step into our cozy space, you'll be greeted with art all around and the soothing aroma of freshly brewed coffee. Our friendly and knowledgeable baristas pull together our vision of a neighborhood coffee shop with a creative and artsy atmosphere, but always approachable and down-to-earth. Whether you come here for your morning coffee, a leisurely lunch, or to decompress after a long day, we want you to treat PaLatte Coffee & Art as your home away from home. We're committed to ensuring the highest quality and taste possible is brought to you, and we'll try our darndest to serve you!
150 Fulton St. E, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
STOP IN FOR LUNCH OR DINNER! WE HAVE SALADS BUT ALSO SANDWICHES, SOUPS AND ASSORTED DRINKS--INCLUDING FOUNTAIN AND BOTTLED BEVERAGES! Historic building on the corner of Weston and Ionia across from VanAndel Arena. This historic spot has been transformed into a Saladworks "America's Best Salad" store--where you can eat healthy, feel healthy and be healthy! Check us out!
44 Ionia SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
This 4 acre park built in 2002, is located between Oakes and Ionia streets, south of Fulton, and a water playground, picnic shelter, basketball courts, and a restroom facility. Photo by John Eisenschenk
301 Ionia Avenue SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
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!
16 Ionia Ave SW Suite 2, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
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.
8 Ionia, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
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 2014, the exhibition "REFLEXION" featured nine ArtPrize artists whose artwork faithfully explored ways in which their art and process relate to reflexion – a bending back. All types of indoor media will be considered for ArtPrize 2015.
106 South Division Avenue, 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
The Avenue for the Arts has hosted a 1100sqft Pop Up Gallery in the newly remodeled Herkimer Hotel featuring The Eros and Agape Project. 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
307 South Division, 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 20th year as West Michigan’s only authentic tapas bistro, featuring the food and fun of Spain. Located at 38W Fulton in the heart of downtown! 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
38 West Fulton, Grand Rapids, MI 49503