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.
The Meijer-Royce Center for Dance is available as an outdoor ArtPrize venue only.
341 Ellsworth Avenue SW, 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
Sweet Yo's Premium Frozen Yogurt is proud to be locally owned and operated. We offer 40+ flavors and 70+ toppings. Our natural 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! 2014 Sweet Yo's venue and artist proudly made the top family friendly art prize destinations.
134 Monroe Center NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
White cube backpack is a mobile exhibition space for displaying works of art and other cultural objects. The wearable display case offers an alternative to conventional forms of displaying works of art, such as museums and galleries.
169 Monroe Ave. NW up on the 3rd floor, 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 Blue Dog Tavern offers a unique experience for its patrons. With its many craft beers and signature dogs and tots it has become a west side favorite. The Dogs retro look and vibe provide a relaxing and comfortable place to hang out and enjoy some great food and drinks. Spend an afternoon chatting with friends or pop in at night and enjoy some music and great cocktails, either way the Blue Dog Tavern is a must stop spot for this years art prize.
638 Stocking Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
We are a family company with a heritage that dates back to 1924. Our team has been perfecting the taste of Ferris coffees and nuts for nearly a century. We strive to provide the highest-quality plant-grown food products available and are proud to call our company the Official Coffee Sponsor for ArtPrize 9! We are honored to have our second Grand Rapids location downtown in the historical Michigan Trust Building as an ArtPrize venue for the second year now. Once touting the title “tallest building in Michigan”, this downtown landmark has been a cornerstone of classic design and rich history. As a sponsor for ArtPrize, we will be heavily involved in events and bring a lot of foot traffic to our downtown location.
40 Pearl St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Ah-Nab-Awen Park is not available as a venue during the connections process. 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.
303 Pearl Street NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Forty Pearl is a fresh concept for a true Michigan fine wine and food experience in a hot and healthy downtown Grand Rapids. Way more than a tasting room, Forty Pearl is a sensory Pure Michigan experience in the heart of the city. Our mission is to provide a unique taste of the best wine and food in Michigan. Forty Pearl displays award winning wines and distilled spirits from Brengman brothers, Bonobo and Bel Lago wineries and Grand traverse Distillery paired with Noto's cuisine.
40 Pearl St. Ne, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Welcome to the most unique dining and entertainment venue in Grand Rapids. San Chez Bistro offers a blend of authentic European and Mediterranean cuisine in a fun, laid-back, and artful atmosphere. San Chez is Celebrating our 25th year as West Michigan’s only authentic tapas bistro, featuring the food and fun of Spain. Located at 38 W Fulton in the heart of downtown! Serving breakfast, lunch and Spanish style tapas 7 days a week! visit web site for more information www.sanchezbistro.com 616-774-8272
38 West Fulton, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
SOS (Safety Orange Swimmers) is located in front of Ah-Nab-Awen Park. Oil+Water is located off the Pearl St. Bridge. The Grand River is the river running through the heart of downtown Grand Rapids, among the most visible public venue locations in all of ArtPrize. Since ArtPrize's inception, the Grand River venue has been host to some of the event's most challenging and memorable installations.
Grand River near Gillett Bridge, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
GRAM is one of the premiere ArtPrize venues in downtown Grand Rapids. Centrally located in the heart of the city, GRAM is known for hosting some of the strongest work in this international art competition; Public Vote Grand Prize winners in 2010, 2012, and 2014, Juried Grand Prize winner in 2014, Two-Dimension Juried winner in 2015, and Time-Based Public Vote winner in 2016. Connecting people through art, creativity, and design. Established in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids, the Art Museum is internationally known for its distinguished design and LEED® Gold certified status. Established in 1910 as the Grand Rapids Art Association, GRAM has grown to include more than 5,000 works of art, including American and European 19th and 20th century painting and sculpture and more than 3,000 works on paper. Embracing the city’s legacy as a leading center of design and manufacturing, GRAM has a growing collection in the area of design and modern craft.
101 Monroe Center, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
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 selected art that we host. We typically have an opening reception, an open-mic artist night, a kids' art day, and can host special receptions for a small fee. We typically host many K-12 school class trips at our venue, and our exhibits are typically appropriate for children. We are Barrier-Free, have a drinking fountain, restrooms, a mom's nursing space available, and offer packaged snacks for donation. In 2017, MCC was one of the 5 finalists for Outstanding Venue, and hosted one of the jury finalists in the 3-D category, "Bloodline".
800 Monroe NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Welcome to your Best Hair Day, Every Day. The Parlour Blow Dry Bar + Full Service Salon is located in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids and within walking distance to many of the cities destinations! Visit The Parlour@CityFlatsHotel and you will immediately feel the stress of the day disappear. Enjoy a glass of wine, craft beer, or a coffee as you relax and our expertly trained stylists take over. Each of our stylists are specially trained for a multitude of services including Cut, Color, Balayage, Waxing, Make-up, Extensions, and our famous Blow-Outs. You will find a beautiful selection of professional hair and makeup products such as IGK, Kerastase, EVO, and GLO to take home with you. Whether you’re in need of a refresh or looking for a transformation, you’re in great hands at The Parlour! Walk-ins welcome, or schedule an appointment by calling 616.608.1731 to reserve your desired time.
77 Monroe Center St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
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.
25 Michigan Street NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Marking over 100 years of service to the Grand Rapids metropolitan community, WMU is deeply committed to the Fine Arts. The Fine Arts are a culturally important area for higher education and the communities we serve. The University’s art collection (conservatively valued above $3.5 million), includes drawings, paintings, prints, textiles, sculptures and ceramics that engender awareness and appreciation of the visual arts while enriching our lives in many subtle and under-appreciated ways. The Frostic School of Art, Department of Dance, School of Music, and the Department of Theatre together form the College of Fine Arts at WMU – a center dedicated to future-oriented creative excellence. WMU provides interdisciplinary opportunities to visual and performing artists in innovative spaces that foster the creation, exhibition, and study of art. Ample parking adjacent to building in the Cherry Commerce parking ramp. View 2013 venue art at: http://youtu.be/0jIU3Gyk5iU
200 Ionia Avenue SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
We are centrally located downtown on Fulton, just east of Division, next to Veteran's Park and St. Cecilia's. We are a large and beautiful historic church! You may enter the church through our glass vestibule (the cube) right off our parking lot (sorry - no public parking). Art is displayed in our lobby, gathering area, and adjacent hallway. NOTE: We do not have public parking or offer tours of our building. Thank you!
10 E Park Place NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Family-friendly, southwestern flare breakfast, lunch, and dinner restaurant located in the heart of Grand Rapids. Known for our awesome breakfast, homemade BLT Bloody Mary, and Pomegranate Mimosa.
151 Ottawa Avenue NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Adventure Credit Union is a credit union that takes a “craft banking” approach. We have a passion for improving your banking experience, keeping it local, personal, and tailored while bringing good value for you. We offer personalized financial and banking solutions for any of life’s adventures, whether it’s your first home, a new or used car, college funding, or everyday living. Wherever you go in life, we’re here to guide you. Michigan Craft Banking is about doing things the right way. It’s banking that enhances your individual adventures. Michigan Craft Banking brings together the latest technologies with a personal touch, to carefully craft financial and banking solutions that fit you. With Michigan Craft Banking, we focus on real people and their unique lifestyles. Local products…local decision making…local servicing. This is our home. This is who we are.
45 Ottawa SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
'UICA Outside' draws together diverse artists and Grand Rapids stakeholders to create permanent artworks that are energizing and accessible to all. 'UICA Outside' expands UICA’s impact city-wide and connects visitors to the vibrant neighborhoods that surround downtown Grand Rapids. Each neighborhood will feature one or more large-scale work created by artists who reside and engage within their respective community, or who have designed artworks with neighborhood input and a focus on representation and expression after meetings with neighborhood associations and business owners, as well as community members and local artists.
1038 Bemis St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506, Grand Rapids, MI 49506
Welcome! We are thrilled to be an ArtPrize venue for the first time! ArtPrize is the largest art competition in the world, and we are proud that it is right in our backyard here in Grand Rapids. Our venue sees 7-8,000 visitors a day just in passenger traffic, and we hope to see familiar faces stopping, but also the daily flow of people in and out of GRR who may be here on business or visiting loved ones. Our venue is hosting seven artists who are from as close as Ada, to as far away as Mexico and New Zealand! Art is located in three locations: outdoors under our "Welcome Wall" canopy, in the east end of our terminal building near the Valet Parking ticket counter, and upstairs in our Observation Area. This is also a great spot for aviation enthusiasts since you can view art, look down on our security checkpoint, and get a view of our airfield operations. Stop by and see us, and don't forget to vote for your favorite artists!!
5500 44th St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512
The venue is in the historic Sweet House which is transformed for ArtPrize. While the main floor retains its 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 the corner of Fulton and Lafayette. 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.
254 Fulton Street E, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
The ArtRanger is a mobile art gallery and virtual reality art experience. A rolling art happening that sets up throughout the ArtPrize District, combining traditional art media (painting, sculpture, printmaking, etc) with cutting edge film, live music and virtual reality experiences. Covered in a one-of-a-kind mural, The ArtRanger will open your mind to all kinds of creative expression. Step into a virtual reality world with VR headsets. You'll experience the newest way artists are expanding their vision. Or get your hands dirty and make some art with our venue artists. Ongoing pop up workshops will give you the opportunity to flex your creative muscles! Earn merit badges when you participate and you too can become an official ArtRanger!
555 Monroe NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Prehispanic-influenced modern Mexican cuisine featuring Chef's authentic regional cuisine, craft margaritas, and extensive tequila and mezcal selections.
118 Fulton E, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
At Brann's, we've combined our legendary food with an unparalleled sports atmosphere – a combination you simply can’t find anywhere else. Our menu boasts a huge selection of unique flavors while staying true to our roots and the item that made us famous, the 8oz. Sizzling Sirloin Steak. Our sports bar AND our dining rooms house more HDTVs and projection screen than any restaurant or even sports bar can compete with. At Brann’s, we’ve reinvented ourselves as a casual dining restaurant in a sports bar disguise.
401 Leonard NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
The WestSide Project is a venue that encompasses the StockBridge neighborhood on the WestSide in conjunction with Rockford Construction and will feature primarily outdoor works as well as a few indoor pieces. The space will be curated by Richard App.
600 1st Street, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Since opening in 2008, Spectrum Health’s Lemmen-Holton Cancer Pavilion has been the cancer center of choice for cancer screening, diagnosis and treatment in West Michigan. While select cancer services such as mammography, chemotherapy and radiation are offered at other Spectrum Health cancer care locations in the region, Lemmen-Holton Cancer Pavilion serves as the comprehensive center of care for the more than 3,000 new cancer patients diagnosed and treated each year at Spectrum Health. The six-story, state-of-the-art building is home to the region's widest, most advanced array of outpatient cancer services.
145 Michigan NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Butterworth Hospital is one of four facilities that make up Spectrum Health Medical Center. 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. Today, Butterworth Hospital is a clinical leader in cardiovascular, obstetrics and gynecology, orthopedics, neurosciences, and trauma and emergency care services, among many others.
100 Michigan NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Bend Gallery is an artist run collective & contemporary art gallery located in Grand Rapids, MI. Bend offers community activities in addition to exhibitions such as Books at Bend, a monthly book club, BIG SCREEN at Bend, a movie night event co-hosted by KCAD's Graduate run Alluvium gallery, and Unpolished, an informal critique series. Bend is also the home to Good Manufacturing Artist Collective, a group composed of eight artists who intend to create connections between their works which all utilize a variety of mediums. Through group critiques, exhibitions, workshops, and networking opportunities, the Good Manufacturing Artist Collective pulls together a handful of artists living and working in Grand Rapids, Michigan to offer a support system for each other and their personal and collective endeavors. Follow Bend on instagram at https://www.instagram.com/bendgallery/.
40 South Division Avenue, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Venue Tower Apartments in downtown Grand Rapids is where art, music, dining and more can be at your door. Grand Rapids' newest entertainment adjacent living experience is Venue Tower Apartments offering brand new studio, 1 bedroom and 2 bedroom apartments near the B.O.B., Van Andel Arena and much more! Now leasing!
15 Ottawa Avenue NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Serving 400-500 individuals daily, Dégagé Ministries offers help and hope to homeless and disadvantaged individuals in our community. Responsive programming is designed to address immediate and long-term needs such as overnight respite for women in crisis, food, referral services and hygiene facilities. While many of our services may seem "simple," those who receive our services take nothing for granted. Often, it is the simplest of gestures that brings the most powerful results. What sets Dégagé apart from other organizations is the attention given to each individual and each success
144 Division S, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Family owned Thai restaurant. Come in and grab a bite to eat. We're sure to have something for everyone here!
15 Jefferson Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Heartside Gallery and Studio offers the Heartside community and its neighbors a supportive and safe environment in which to create, exhibit and sell artwork. Artists in our studio come from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences. Some are impacted by the disadvantages of homelessness. Others face various emotional, physical, or mental disabilites. Many are people who simply wish to share their talents and expertise with their neighbors. Heartside Gallery and Studio is dedicated to providing a space for showing artists’ unique responses to the experiences of their lives, as well as offering guidance and opportunity. **In 2014, our Venue held a Top 5 2-D Juror's Shortlist Entry**
54 s division st., Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Slate is a men's contemporary clothing, accessories and home goods store. We offer big city brands with small city service.
44 Ionia Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Craft beer isn’t a section of the store for us . . . it’s what we are all about! We are a craft beer bottle shop with over 500 beers and a beer bar with 20 drafts, plus wine and spirits. We welcome our guests to build their own six packs, have a taste of something new on tap or a bit of both. We have a very small kitchen and serve up some great soft pretzels and hot dogs. We also have fun bar snacks: popcorn, chips, even ice cream bars! But if you're hungry for more, we have a collection of menus to choose from the Downtown Market. We are not snobs, we are beer geeks! We are students of our trade and take great pride in learning everything we can about beer; how it's made, what the ingredients are, what we should drink it from, what food a beer pairs well or can be made with. We are good beer, good people, and good times!
404 Ionia Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
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.
99 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
St. Mark’s has a rich history dating back to October 6, 1836, when it was incorporated as an Episcopal parish in Grand Rapids, Michigan. At that time, Grand Rapids had only 500 inhabitants. In the spring of 1840, measures were taken to construct a suitable building. A parcel of land was donated at the corner now known as Division and Pearl streets. The present building was occupied in October 1848 and was consecrated on September 9, 1849. It is the oldest public building still standing in the city. Its features include walls made with stone quarried from the Grand River and the original, hand carved woodwork that is found throughout the interior.
134 Division Avenue North, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
The B.O.B. (an acronym for Big Old Building) is located in downtown Grand Rapids. The 70,000-square-foot, four- story, red brick building was constructed in 1903 as Judson's grocery warehouse. It stood vacant for decades before The Gilmore Collection began its transformation, saving it from demolition. Its casual appeal, large size and historic charm have given The B.O.B. landmark / destination status in downtown Grand Rapids. Ambitious, expansive, and versatile, The B.O.B. offers a uniquely personal experience for every guest who walks through the door.
20 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
We're not just a fish store, we're an aquarium gallery. Our display tanks have been carefully designed and aquascaped. Even our sales tanks are more than just boxes to put fish in, but living pieces of art. We do sell fish, plants, corals, etc. We're also responsible for maintaining many of the aquariums you may have seen in the area. Education is one of the most important things we do. We're very kid friendly and open to questions. So stop by, check out our Art Prize installation, take a look at our displays, and ask us plenty of questions!
11 Jefferson Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Welcome to Art Prize! We are a proud sponsor of this annual event. As a registered venue, our office supports and allows talented artists to display their work. Our 3 spacious windows allow engaging 2D photography and/or paintings to be showcased inside beautifully. Outside viewing only is available for visitors.
16 Ionia Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Mary Free Bed is a not-for-profit, nationally accredited, rehabilitation hospital in Grand Rapids, Mich. Since 1891, Mary Free Bed has restored hope and freedom through rehabilitation for children and adults who have experienced brain injuries, strokes, spinal cord injuries, multiple traumas, amputations, cancer and other diagnoses. The combination of more than 110 specialized medical and sports rehabilitation programs and an exclusive focus on rehabilitation enables our specialty physicians and staff to help patients achieve outstanding clinical results. For additional information, visit maryfreebed.com.
235 Wealthy Street, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Vito's Pizza on Fulton Street has been in business for 39 years. We are having a mural painted on our lobby wall of the same blocks we are located from back in the 1950s. Enjoy a part of history with us!
658 Fulton, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
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 43 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.
227 E. 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 & 2017 Calder Cup Champions!
130 W. Fulton, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
ArtPrize on Screen
41 Sheldon Blvd SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
The Garage is a comforting and relaxing bar a mile north of Downtown GR. We do know how to switch gears and throw a good party though. In our summer months we throw up the garage door, put out corn hole, and pack our patio with people! Our food is fresh and our drinks are amazing, leaving people craving to come back.
819 Ottawa Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Two young brothers bring to you a traditional Bedouin Mediterranean cuisine that includes fresh made traditional pita bread, known as, SAJ Bread. Chicken and steak are carefully cut and marinated over night, salads and sauces are prepared in house daily as well as fresh made hummus and baba ganoush. Our Falafel is prepared from the freshest ingredients in the old traditional way. Ready for your order! Stop by to Git-A-Pita at Gita Pita.
2 Jefferson Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503