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Now that ArtPrize is in full-swing, you may be asking yourself (or others) “What am I missing?” We’re here to help you answer that question. Here’s our list of this year’s hidden gems, in no particular order.

Oliver Healthcare Packaging

Location: 445 Sixth St NW (corner of Sixth St and Seward Ave)

What to expect: Pictured above is a portion of the mural by Bradley Goff, which he painted on a 140 foot long by 26 foot tall cinder block outdoor wall. Photos can't do it justice!


Location: 727 Leonard St NW

What to expect: A modernized gallery on the north side of Grand Rapids, this spot is a must-see for a unique and carefully curated display of 25 pieces. Definitely worth the walk or drive!

Watercolors Aquarium Gallery

Location: 453 Division Ave S

What to expect: Hanging above the venue’s tanks filled with freshwater and saltwater fish, you’ll find an assortment of detailed and brilliant paintings and pictures.

Monroe Community Church

Location: 1020 Monroe NW 

What to expect: The work of 22 artists can be found here, with multiple large-scale entries (like this one made up of 365 individual plates, or this one made with 785,000 glass beads)

Gerald R. Ford Federal Building 

**Event this Wednesday, September 22** Artist Monte de Gallo is welcoming visitors to paint one of his ArtPrize sculptures. Click here for more details.

Location: 110 Michigan Street NW (entries are outdoor only, located in the grassy courtyard on the west side of the building)

What to expect: If you like life-like and larger-than-life sculptures, then this spot surely will not disappoint. Featuring various safari animals and a giant rope swing, you’ll enjoy every part of this isolated courtyard.

Harris Building

Location: 111 Division Ave S

What to expect: Head to the back of the building to see the beautiful work of Maddison Chaffer and one of their murals being painted throughout the course of ArtPrize.

Grand Rapids Center for Community Transformation

Location: 1530 Madison Ave SE

What to expect: As one of the satellite venues for ArtPrize 2021, this space boasts a beautiful facility chock-full of entries. Not only that, but they are hosting a series of events throughout ArtPrize.

234 Market Apartments

Location: 234 Market Ave SW

What to expect: A cool space filled with cool art? Who can resist! Stop by after you’ve picked up your ArtPrize Official Beer at Founders.


Written by Kati Molhoek, Communications Assistant

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