Global art competition fills downtown with 1,500+ works of art.
Grand Rapids has long been a mecca for creators and admirers of art. In the 19th century, we were known as "Furniture City" for the artistry of our fine wood furniture.
In the 20th century, we made art an integral element of the city's identity, starting with the very first public project funded by the National Endowment for the Arts.
And in this century, we've revolutionized the global art scene with ArtPrize, the world's richest, most radically open art competition.
Grand Rapids is also home to one of the world's 100 most visited art museums, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, one of the Top 30 Must-See Museums on the planet.
Global art competition fills downtown with 1,500+ works of art.
Grand Rapids is home to three top-notch art institutions.
Outdoor art is inspired with sculptures, murals and architecture throughout...
Outdoor walls of art, former ArtPrize entries, commissioned work - all make...
Local artists ply their trade and sell their work in distinct creative hubs...
Concerts, musicals, symphony, opera and festivals.
Grand Rapids’ passion for creative expression extends to the stage.
Grand Rapids also hosts a number of annual festivals beyond ArtPrize, showcasing all manner of art:
Grand Rapids is the center of the office furniture industry, which marries design and commerce. Local companies including Steelcase, Haworth and Herman Miller shape the future of the global workplace.
Downtown's Kendall College of Art & Design is a nationally prominent school offering a broad range of creative degrees, including furniture design, metals & jewelry design, digital media and fashion studies. Stop by to see student art, displayed throughout Kendall's public spaces. Non-professional artists can learn tips and techniques at Grand Rapids Art Museum, Brush Studio and Wine & Canvas.
The weather isn’t the only thing to heat up during the summer. As the temperatures begin to increase, Grand Rapids’ art scene also heats up with a surge in art opportunities for locals and visitors
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ArtPrize ® Eight, the “radically open international art competition” returns to Grand Rapids September 21 – October 9, and continues to make art accessible to all. This year, Experience Grand Rapids
Some say art is bigger than life and the five selected artists of the Experience Grand Rapids Art Outdoor Project might agree. The recently selected artists will have their work displayed on
Opera, fashion, and beer-it’s a thing! At least in the upcoming Opera Grand Rapids production The Student Prince, with costume designs created by Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State
Grand Rapids is rich in both art and natural beauty, and nowhere is that more evident than at Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park. Watch our new video series to find out more about the new
Just because the temperatures are dropping, doesn’t mean the people of Grand Rapids are hunkering down and staying home. We like to be involved and Grand Rapids gives us plenty of options, regardless of the weather. Over the next few weeks, we’ll bring you news on what’s happening around town during the holiday season,…
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If you enjoy art, craftsmanship and creativity, then American Quilters Society QuiltWeek® at DeVos Place Convention Center in August 12-15 is for you! The show brings creativity, passion and for some
This summer, you’ll see billboards throughout Michigan featuring the artwork of five artists whose work was selected by a juried committee as part of Experience Grand Rapids' “Art Outdoor” campaign .
The five pieces of art selected by a juried committee for the Grand Rapids "Art Outdoor" Campaign are now on billboards throughout the state. You can see art along several highways through September,
Maggie Bandstra is one of five artists whose work was recently selected by a juried panel to be featured on a Michigan billboard this summer. Twenty-seven artists submitted work in response to
Earlier this month, Experience Grand Rapids announced the names of 5 artists whose works will be featured on billboards around the state this summer. A juried panel selected their artwork from over 25
Grand Rapids is undeniably an art destination. Residents and visitors experience art when we tour Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park , the Grand Rapids Art Museum , and ArtPrize , but there's more
Get ready for three days of fun in downtown Grand Rapids: the 46 th annual Festival of the Arts starts at noon on Friday, June 5 and runs through Sunday, June 7. Streets downtown will be shut down so
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On April 24 th at 8:00 pm an event is taking place at the Van Andel Arena that you absolutely don't want to miss. That night you can immerse yourself in an experience called LiveArts , an event unlike
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$560,000 in prize money. 1,524 works of art. Artists from 45 U.S. states and 47 countries. 169 venues. 19 days. More than 300,000 visitors. Its time for ArtPrize ! Earlier this year, Time Magazine
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