Western Michigan University - Grand Rapids

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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

Visitor Amenities
  • Free public bathrooms: No
  • Free public parking: No
  • Handicap accessible: Yes

Artist & Connection Information

An integral part of the Grand Rapids landscape, Western Michigan University’s downtown location is situated in the business and entertainment area just south of VanAndel Arena. The renovated 5-story historic building is located on the well-trafficked SW corner of Cherry and Ionia in the energetic urban Heartside District. The exposed brick and beam construction offers a unique setting to showcase works of art in a number of different display formats. Interior display areas (some raw space), as well as exterior of building (flat – facing N, S, or W) are available. WMU’s downtown location is accessed by more than 1,500 graduate students, as well as visitors, faculty, staff, alumni, and conference and event attendees participating in sessions during ArtPrize. Ample parking is adjacent to the building, which is within easy walking distance to several of the city’s newest and most exciting dining spots as well as hotels, museums, shops, and galleries.