There are a few easy ways to navigate Art.Downtown. We suggest throwing caution to the wind and starting with your favorite location (see the list below) and grabbing a print map from one of our 75 volunteers. Or you can download the PDF here: Map. We also have this handy digital map that can be navigated by smart phone!
View Art Downtown 2014 (Classic) in a larger map
Full list of participating venues, descriptions and featured artists.
Grand Rapids Community College– Ransom, Upper Parking Lot Grand Rapids Community College Art Students: Grand Rapids Community College is presenting student art works in drawing, ceramics, painting, mix media, photography, jewelry, and sculpture.
Kendall College of Art & Design– 17 Pearl Humor in Craft: Explore the personal nature of humor. Our social backgrounds, personal experiences and values, knowledge of popular culture, and education all factor into our opinions about what’s funny and what isn’t, and using craft art to start a dialogue about humanity and humor is what Humor in Craft is all about.
Kendall College of Art & Design– 17 Fountain
Black Eagle Trading Post– 2 Jefferson Spring Flowers & Beer Showers: Shed those tattered winter layers and kick off this long awaited spring with some new gear and cold beer.
(vacant)– 8 Jefferson Rooted:In a world where we are so comfortable communicating through a collection of websites, apps, text messages and E-mails, we still have no choice but to live in and interact with our natural world. Rooted takes a look at how humans coexist with organic life and social technological demands.
Cottage Bar- 18 Lagrave SiTE:Lab: BLACKTOP takes over the street with a multidiciplinary installation.
Palatte Coffee & Art– 150 E. Fulton Driven to Abstraction: A group show of five contemporary abstract artists who represent a wide range of entry points into abstraction. Featured Artists: Maria Farias
Verne Barry Place Courtyard– 8 Weston C = a + b ( Y – T ): Kendall College of Art and Design’s Relief Printmaking class utilizes this alley space for site specific large scale woodcuts and (pr)installation work. Featured Artists: Madison May, Erica Lang, Jon McAfee, Jenna Para, Whitney Ruhlman
Craft House– 40 S. Division Co=efficient: A showcase of artist groups and collectives whose work benefits from the collaborative environment. The exhibition highlights the importance of collaboration and community rather than individual accomplishments. Each collective produces work through different means, using different techniques, and processes making each group environment unique. Featured Artists: Hannah Kennedy, Taylor Greenfield, Brandon Alman, Sara Scott, Katie Moore, Erica Lang, Sam Brower, Lindsay Fisher, Rachel Mars, Samantha Stutzman, Abbey Blodgett, Tony Wright, Leslie Greenhoe, EJ Smiff
Live/Work 42– 42 S. Division Relation by Proximity: Ceramic ware + geometric exoskeletal sculptures. Featured Artists: Hyun Yoo
Spiral Gallery– 44 S. Division Paint Snob: The KCAD Painting Alumni Scholarship Committee presents this juried exhibition and fundraiser to create opportunity for prospective and current undergraduate Painting Majors in an effort to pursue and develop talent, build creative capital within our community, and to help students generate compelling work. Featured Artists: Hallie LeBlanc, Sarah Knill & Steven Vinson
Pub 43– 43 S. Division Integrated Observation: Examining the complexity within an established framework, whether it be time, space, or the physical nature of reality by unpacking the intricate qualities that comprise an identity, we are able to extract the simple truths inherent in our world. Featured Artists: Sara Lowthian, Ryan Wyrick, Dustin Coon, Evelyn Mix, Katelyn Kronshage, Ric Andersson, Rachel Mars
Republic– 45 S. Division Natural Selection: Featuring Grand Rapids artists who are exploring ideas of nature and connection through an abstract lens. The variety of medium and materials used represents the wide range of possibilities and sharing a common interest in challenging their viewers as well as making beautiful work. Featured Artists: Dustin Coon, Jessica Page,Nicole Granger, Sally Jenks, Megan Gurisko
87 Orange Photography– 105 S. Division lux ex tenebris: A two person exhibition investigating ideas of contrast; form vs. content, sculpture vs. print, and darkness vs. light. Featured Artists: Paul Warfield, Callin Cherry, Brandon Alman
Martineau Apartments– 106 S. Division –
Harris Building– 111 S. Division
Propaganda Donuts– 117 S. Division Avenue Doughnut Delight:Grab a tastey treat and support the Avenue for the Arts! For one night only 20% of sales from “the Avenue for the Arts Doughnut” will be “Dough-nated” to support activities along the Avenue!
Martineau Apartments– 120 S. Division
Window Gallery– 121 S. Division Petite Galerie de Femmes: A seletion of pensive females drawn impressionist-style in smoky charcoal, and a steely-eyed glamour girl with ribbons of violet hair painted on canvas.
Vertigo Music– 129 S. Division Audio Visual: Music-related artwork of various media in a record store setting. Includes exciting new pieces by thirteen artists.Featured Artists: Sarah Jean Anderson, Matthew Hansen, Hannah Kennedy, Michael Taylor, Danielle Walsh, Mark Andrus
Have Company– 136 S. Division yours truly : an evening of greetings & letters: how do you interact with the card? do you make your own? give them away? a letter? a note…how do you share? join letter writers & card makers or an evening of making, swapping, and selling the art of greeting Featured Artists: Emilie Tromp, John Hansen & Marlee Grace
Sanctuary Folk Art– 140 S. Division HOMES: Where we live helps to define us but we hold the power to change our homes and thus, change our lives. One’s home is an extension and reflection of ourselves and how we treat our home reflects upon us. Featured Artists: Marie Couretas, Nick Nortier
Take Hold Church– 222 S. Division Lumos: Drawing upon the use of light in the presentation and construction of artworks, lumos explores the relationship between light, space, material, and the nature of human perception. Featured Artists: Richelle Nuney, Aaron VanWyk, NJ Phillips
Kelsey Apartments– 235 S. Division
Bethlehem Lutheran Church– 250 Commerce MAJIC Concert series:Visual Art opening for photographer Steven Huyser-Honig is held at 6:30 p.m. Concerts for Jenny Walvoord and Andrew Leon will begin at 7:30 p.m. and usually consist of two 45-minute sets. A concert reception will follow the concert, hosted by members of the BethlehemChurch community. Admission is donation only.
Cathedral Square– 360 S. Division Aquinas College Presents: A Selection from the 2014 Student Exhibition:A show at Cathedral Square featuring drawings, prints, paintings, ceramics, sculpture, and photography from students at AquinasCollege.
Two Beards Deli– 38 Commerce Confabulation: A look at false memories and waking dream-state through a variety of mediums, this group of artists will express how dreams and fabricated memories can shape the way we see others, our lives, and ourselves. Featured Artists: Allison Madsen, Richelle Witbrodt
Pyramid Scheme– 68 Commerce Form over Function: New Paintings
Lantern Coffee Bar and Lounge– 100 Commerce Resilient Women, presented by Resilient Women Arts Collective:A multi-media show featuring women/genderqueer artists from a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences which have called them to utilize their resilience, resourcefulness, and tenacity in order to create their work and connect to their community. Several pieces touch on the theme of survival from sexual violence. Featured Artists: Aaminah Shakur, Anisa Williams, Ariana Ortega, Chloe Viening-Butler
Bang Blow Dry Bar– 3 Oakes New Works by Carmela Loftis
UICA– 2 W. Fulton
Tower Pinkster– 4 E. Fulton Systems of Seeing: KCAD drawing student work exploring mark making Featured Artists: Taylor G.