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Western Michigan University

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.

200 Ionia SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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Bridge Street Market

Indoor Outdoor

Bridge Street Market is a neighborhood grocery store on the West Side of downtown Grand Rapids, carrying over 4,000 Michigan-made products and grocery staples at every day low prices.

405 Seward Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

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Chase Bank Plaza

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Welcome to the Chase Bank Plaza! The Plaza is located in the center of the ArtPrize District on high-traffic Ottawa Avenue. The entire Plaza is available to display your ArtPrize entry (must leave the front entry door accessible).

200 Ottawa Avenue NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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PO (Art)Box

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Small Post Office Boxes will make up this official venue located at the United States Postal Service - Ledyard Station, 120 Monroe Center NW. PO (Art)Box is specializing in small artwork since scale is often a majority factor in ArtPrize entries. Curator Sierra Cole says, "We all know that ArtPrize is about having a conversation about art, we just feel that most of the time that conversation revolves around large scale works of art. We want to flip that conversation and talk about how small works of art are just as viable as large scale works. They are just as challenging, time consuming, and complex as their large counterparts." PO (Art)Box will be viewable from a custom made outdoor mailbox bank that will be located just outside the Ledyard Post Office.

PO Box 230031, 120 Monroe Center St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49523

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Ferris Coffee - Downtown

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We are honored to have our second Grand Rapids location in the historical Michigan Trust Building. Once touting the title “tallest building in Michigan," this downtown landmark has been a cornerstone of classic design and rich history. We’ve preserved the historical nature of the building while transforming it into a relevant and functional space. Featuring maple and dark walnut wood tones, quartz countertops and modern light fixtures, the space provides a convenient and cozy workspace within the city. Steps away from museums, shopping, and local venues, we have settled into the hustle and bustle of the city. Whether you’re grabbing a quick cup of coffee on your way to work or holding a meeting later in the day, we look forward to serving you here.

40 Pearl St. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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Sparks BBQ of Grand Rapids

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We are Michigan’s PREMIER restaurant specializing in authentic BBQ. We proudly serve handcrafted BBQ powered by our 100% wood powered smokers. We have no stove, no oven, no flat-tops, no deep friers, its either cooked in our smoker or its served cold. Founded in 2015 by Pitmaster Dean Sparks, Sparks BBQ has quickly become the leader in authentic BBQ in all of Michigan and likely further. Sparks is a self taught pitmaster learning in his backyard and through years of practice and dedication he has perfected the craft of BBQ. In 2015 he decided to take it on the road, literally, with a mobile pit style bbq food trailer in downtown Traverse City. After just one season of operations with its overwhelming support from the community he then moved operations inside at 439 E. Front Street, Traverse City in early 2016. As demand increased Sparks BBQ quickly outgrew their first location and moved to a much larger location in downtown Traverse City at 201 E. Front Street in June 2018.

15 Ionia St, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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Calder Plaza

VandenBerg Plaza is not available as a venue during the connections process. 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.

300 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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the Parlour at City Flats Hotel

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

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Art Caribbean Fusion Cuisine

Indoor Outdoor

First Dominican Restaurant, sharing cultural, food and art in the heart of Downtown

55 Monroe center, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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35 Ottawa Alley

35 Ottawa Alley is reserved for ArtPrize 2021 grant programs

35 Ottawa Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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Gillett Bridge

Gillett Bridge is a pedestrian bridge spanning the Grand River, connecting the east and west banks near DeVos Place and Ah-Nab-Awen Park.

41 Sheldon Blvd SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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Barnes & Thornburg LLP

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Barnes & Thornburg is Michigan's National Law Firm. With 19 offices across the country and more than 700 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.

171 Monroe Ave N.W., Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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MSU Grand Rapids Research Center

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The Grand Rapids Research Center was established to advance Michigan State University’s efforts in improving human health. The first phase of the Grand Rapids Innovation Park was construction of a six-story, 162,800-square-foot facility that opened in the fall of 2017 and houses basic and translational science research teams recruited from around the nation and the world by Michigan State University. The areas of emphasis align with the biggest challenges to the health of our state and our nation including Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, autism, women’s health and cancer.

400 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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Downtown Dog Park

A fun and pet friendly outdoor venue

41 Sheldon Blvd SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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VanAndel Alleyway

This venue is part of ArtPrize 2021 grant programs

41 Sheldon Blvd SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum

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The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum is located along the banks of the Grand River in downtown Grand Rapids. NEW for 2021 - We will only be accepting OUTDOOR ART. Outdoor spaces include: Museum Plaza Landscaping surrounding DeVos Learning Center

303 Pearl St. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

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Sundance Bar & Grill

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Sundance Bar & Grill brings the American Southwest to the heart of downtown Grand Rapids. Known for our Giant Cinnamon Rolls and Mimosa Flights, our restaurant has something for the whole family! We are proud to support local artists and are excited to be a part of this year's Art Prize.

151 Ottawa Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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The ArtRanger - Mobile Art Experience

Indoor Outdoor

The ArtRanger is a mobile art gallery and public art experience.

555 Monroe NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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Grand Rapids Garage Bar & Grill

Indoor Outdoor

Garage runs a good party! Located just north of downtown on Ottawa Ave, Garage features indoor and outdoor seating. Fresh ingredients, cheap drinks, and good company. Come play a game of cornhole or bring your pup!

819 ottawa ave nw, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

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UICA

UICA presents innovative art, events, and educational programs that represent our world today. Our programs foster belonging by sharing perspectives that grow an equitable, thriving culture and community. UICA exhibits contemporary artwork from regional, national and international artists throughout the year. UICA hosts a range of events including docent-led tours, performance art, artist receptions, and gallery talks. UICA is an auxiliary enterprise within Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University.

17 Pearl St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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234 Market Apartments

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Welcome to the beautiful lobby at 234 Market, where you are instantly greeted by an inspiring collection of warm comforting tones. The array of retro and modern lighting compliments the impressive 25 foot tall ceilings and the whole space is held together by the floor to ceiling vintage map of Downtown Grand Rapids. It’s the perfect venue to showcase your ArtPrize submission and the ownership and management looks forward to working with you!

234 Market Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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Heartside Ministry

Heartside Ministry is a faith based drop in center that serves the homeless community. One of our services is an Art Studio which is a safe place to be creative and interact with other artists. We celebrate that all of humankind is created in God's image.

54 Division Ave S, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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Canopy by Hilton

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Canopy by Hilton is a hotel located in Studio Park. This stunning hotel offers a mid-century modern design that pays homage to the history of Grand Rapids. Beautiful 8 story building with plenty of natural light. First 2 floors open to the public for easy visibility and access.

131 Ionia Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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Sweet Yo's Premium Frozen Yogurt

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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 sorbets burst with flavor. We offer so many options its easy 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 destination.

134 Monroe Center NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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