Navigating Art.Downtown.

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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!


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Full list of participating venues, descriptions and featured artists. 

Grand Rapids Art Museum- 101 Monroe Center

  • Legacy: The Emily Fisher Landau Collection:This exhibition traces significant styles and ideas that have shaped art since the 1960s—abstraction, conceptualism, postmodernism, new approaches to photography, and explorations of personal identity and narrative.
  • Michigan Artist Series – Susan Goethel Campbell: Resisting Certainty:Interpreting the contemporary landscape as an emergent system where nature, culture, and the engineered environment are indistinguishable from one another.
  • GRAM Selects ArtPrize 2013: Encore:Revisit the highlights of ArtPrize 2013, without the crowds! Now in its second year, this annual exhibition showcases selected works of art from the most recent ArtPrize event, year-round.

DeVos Convention Center– 303 Monroe – Skywalk

  • huh…:Featuring a series of drawings pertaining to a personal line of inquiry this show features the work of A Kendall College of Art and Design Drawing 2 class.
  • New School:Showcasing select student work from Ellington Academy of Arts and Technology and local artists. Pairing practicing artists along side students to promote dialogue and model professional practices. The students will create a work of art on site, allowing visitors to collaborate and interact with the creative process.
  • Art With a PurposeWest Michigan Center for Arts + Technology student teams partnered with organizations throughout Grand Rapids to tackle issues in their community. Twelve student teams totaling 144 Grand Rapids Public School teens combined their artistic abilities with desire to make positive change in their city.

Grand Rapids Community College Ransom, Upper Parking Lot  Grand Rapids Community College Art StudentsGrand 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 CraftExplore 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 ShowersShed 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 AbstractionA 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 MayErica LangJon McAfee, Jenna ParaWhitney Ruhlman

Craft House 40 S. Division Co=efficientA 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 GreenfieldBrandon AlmanSara Scott, Katie Moore, Erica LangSam BrowerLindsay FisherRachel MarsSamantha StutzmanAbbey BlodgettTony Wright, Leslie Greenhoe, EJ Smiff

Live/Work 42– 42 S. Division Relation by ProximityCeramic ware + geometric exoskeletal sculptures. Featured Artists: Hyun Yoo

Spiral Gallery 44 S. Division Paint SnobThe 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 

Heartside Gallery 48 S. Division Small Works! Heartside presents new works under 5″x7″ by over 30 of your favorite Heartside artists.

Pub 43– 43 S. Division Integrated ObservationExamining 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 LowthianRyan WyrickDustin Coon, Evelyn Mix, Katelyn Kronshage, Ric AnderssonRachel Mars

Republic– 45 S. Division Natural SelectionFeaturing 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 tenebrisA 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 –

  • The L-Loft, Second Floor #215 Made Man:The Art of Agency
  • (106) Gallery, Street Level Putting It All TogetherRooted in anthropological curiosity, this exhibit will interrogate our strained, often absurd relationship to other animals through an array of cultural artifacts and oddities. Objects on view will range from the cute to the grotesque, extracted from our everyday experience with art, advertising, and design. Prepare to laugh and to cry, and above all to make connections between various, visual outputs of prevailing ideological apparatuses.
  •  (106) Gallery, Window
  • (106) Gallery, Lower Level AmoldarThe spanish word amoldar means disintegration as well as growth: it connotes molding in some contexts and fashioning or construction in others. It is in this paradox that our work is rooted: between temporality and a desire to anchor an experience or idea.
  • Parking Lot Dead WeightTwo 20 foot U-Haul trucks become one night gallery spaces featuring the work of the KCAD Drawing/mixed media collective, D. Composition. 20 pieces of physical work as well as video projections on the exterior of the trucks.Featured Artists: Eana Agopian, Graham Allingham, Anthony Cairo, Casey Huizenga

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 VisualMusic-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 & lettershow 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 HOMESWhere 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 LumosDrawing 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 ConfabulationA 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 FunctionNew 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

  • …MERCURIAL SILENCE…:Artist and metalsmith Caroline Gore investigates how grief and loss manifest in society. Research into historical jewelry, Roman myth, materials, and objects inform this exploration with their relationship to the commonalities across human experience.
  • MEGA Graduate Exhibition:The Michigan Emerging Graduate Artist Exhibition showcases regional artists who have recently completed graduate programs throughout the state. Twenty-one artists will display work in mediums that include drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture and mixed media. Featured Artists: Kate Garman

Tower Pinkster– 4 E. Fulton Systems of SeeingKCAD drawing student work exploring mark making Featured Artists:  Taylor G.

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