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    Art Outdoor Project

    What is the Art Outdoor Project?

    Experience Grand Rapids has used Cool City. Hot Art. in their marketing messages to promote Grand Rapids as a great destination for art enthusiasts. This project correlates with the Cool City. Hot Art. marketing campaign by using local artists work. Experience Grand Rapids invites local artists to enter a "My Grand Rapids" design for its second annual Art Outdoor Project with a new partnership with the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts.

    What artist were selected for the 2016 Art Outdoor Project?

    The five selected artists are:

    • Ryan Crawley
    • Bud Kibby
    • Samantha Luotonen
    • Karin Nelson
    • John VanHouten

    Selection Committee

    • Reb Roberts – Gallery Owner, Sanctuary Folk Art Gallery
    • Steffanie Rosalez – Program Director at Cook Arts Center, Grandville Avenue Arts & Humanities
    • Trudy Ngo-Brown – Director of Teen Programs, West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology
    • Miranda Krajniak - Executive Director, UICA
    • George Bayard– Co-Owner, Bayard Art Consulting & Frameshop
    • Richard App- Gallery Owner, Richard App Gallery

    What artist were selected for the 2015 Art Outdoor Project?

    The five selected artists were:

    • Maggie Bandstra
    • Emily Chilvers
    • Alynn Guerra
    • Nick Nortier
    • Alex Gilford

    From the Artists:

    Maggie Bandstra (2015 Winner):

    Working with The Experience Grand Rapids team on the Art Outdoor Project 2015 was awesome.  Being one of the artists selected was a highlight of my year.  I felt honored, I felt my work was valued and my participation was appreciated.  The personal attention to detail and professionalism of the team made being one of the artists selected a pure joy. I loved the mini billboards, tee-shirts, and nametags they gave us.  Participating in the Art Outdoor Project led to some other really great experiences for my work and I.  I had my first Solo show and participated in and won the Honda Design and Drive contests during ArtPrize.

    Nick Nortier (2015 Winner):

    Being part of Experience GR's Art Outdoor Campaign was incredibly important in pushing myself forward.  2015 was the first year that I did art full time to make my living and I must say, it was incredibly tough.  The billboard came at just the right time and was further encouragement to keep pushing myself forward and to believe in myself as an artist.  I was honored that I was chosen as one of the five artists to represent Grand Rapids in this manner and the fact that they wanted to use my artwork to advertise our city was really amazing and very exciting.  I am very happy to have been involved with this and hope that in continues in the future.