400 Artists, 38 Destinations, 3 Trolleys, 1 Night
Launching into its fifth year, this gallery, studio and shop hop will feature several hundred artists, showing in galleries, businesses and studio spaces in downtown Grand Rapids. Visitors from all over west Michigan will ride trolleys, view art and explore culture together. Come experience the work of over 300 local artists in more than 30 downtown locations for Art.Downtown. This one night event is the perfect opportunity to visit the art galleries, restaurants and shops that make downtown Grand Rapids so exceptional. Whether its family night or a casual hang out with friends, Art.Downtown. has something for everyone! As always, Art.Downtown. is a free event, so save the date and spread the news!
The night of the event Grand Rapids Trolley is providing free trolleys to transport you throughout the Heartside district. Maps and volunteers will be available to help guide you to the various shops, studios, galleries, restaurants and parking locations, and visitors to Art.Downtown. will be able to meet and speak with local artists about their work. Come join in the excitement and see what our Downtown Grand Rapids art community has to offer! Connect with us on Facebook or on Twitter and Instagram #avenueforthearts #artdowntown
What do visitors like about Art.Downtown.?
“ The trolley. The Art. The people. Downtown alive!”
“The local artist focus and the synergy of multiple institutions, galleries and artists showing at the same time.”
“The participation of several facilities. It was nice to view not
just different artist’s work, but to also get a completely different feel in the environment and space that it was shown. The energy was very good with all the people out and about, it successfully got people outside and doing something new and different.”
Avenue for the Arts would like to share our BIG thank you to
Kendall College of Art and Design, Ferris State University (KCAD)
and recognize additional support from Dwelling Place, UICA, Rapid Growth Media and The Heartside Business Association
for continued sponsorship for Art.Downtown.
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
Get On Board with a Trolley Tour…
GRAM will be open for Art.Downtown. from 6:00 pm-10:00 pm. Admission price for guests participating in Art.Downtown. is $1. Our general admission price that evening will be $5 and admission is free for members.
Park and Ride
Easy and convenient parking is available at sites along the trolley route.
Find a Site
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.
Who participates in Art.Downtown.?
Artist: A person who makes art or performance or things resembling art or performance.
Curator: A person who acts as facilitator for the install, display and take down of artwork at the venue.
**Assistant Curator**: A person who shadows the Curator to gain exposure to the curatorial process of selecting artwork/artists and preparing the exhibit. **NEW Role for 2014**
Update Avenue for the Arts membership form to include Art.Downtown. before March 1 (How to Apply)
Have a meeting with Curator to determine role in communicating with Artists, Documenters and Site etc.
Assist Curator during week of April 7-11 for gallery installation and de-installation (as decided per curator)
Documenter: A person who records the event or activates the space to connect audience members to artists and curators and/or creates a digital archive of the event.
Site: location for the display of artwork within an 8 block radius of the 100 Block of South Division.
Volunteer: helps to plan event, shares promotion material, hands out maps or acts as a trolley guide.
Staff: NEW Learning Lab Team: Kate Garman, Leah Burke, Lauren Cummings, and Elizabeth Hertl*
Art.Downtown. is organized by a team of volunteers whose expertise include, event and volunteer management, graphic design, promotions and administration. Administrative responsibilities will be overseen by Dwelling Place’s Neighborhood Revitalization Department staff. Dwelling Place is excited to continue supporting the Avenue for the Arts and Art. Downtown. through a provision of technical support as the Avenue continues its dedication to creating accessible community events that feature the vibrancy of the businesses, art, and culture in Grand Rapids.
We host 8 open planning meetings to plan the event and make connections. Find our complete planning schedule here.
*Learn about our Learning Lab team by reading their bios below.
Hi! I’m Kate Garman. I’m fresh out of Grand Valley’s Visual Studies BFA program. I’m currently dividing my time between interning with the Avenue as the Volunteer and Education Events Manager, as well as working at Grand Rapids Public Library as a book slave, or as they ‘technically’ call the position, a page. In the near future I’m curating a textiles show at GVSU, called Beyond Materials. I’m really interested in exploring textiles more in depth in the upcoming months.
Hello, I’m Leah Burke. I graduated from Grand Valley State University last year with a BFA in Visual Studies. My recent artwork uses installation and photography to examine how products are perceived by both laborers and consumers. I’m currently interning as the Promotions Coordinator for Avenue for the Arts while working as curator for the West Michigan Photography Collective LLC. I also work for the Dominican Sisters of Grand Rapids at Marywood.
Hello there, I’m Lauren Cummings! I am finishing up my final semester at Grand Valley State University and will be graduating in April with a B.F. A. in Art and Design with an Emphasis in Printmaking. I am filling my time by working on my senior show, interning as the Membership Coordinator for Art Downtown, participating in Change U through Grand Valley, and working away at Java City coffee shop. I am so excited about all of these experiences, opportunities and great people I will be working with over the next few months!!
I’m Elizabeth Hertl! I moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan in 2005 to attend Aquinas College. After graduating with a BFA in painting in 2010, I started working with the exhibition center Cathedral Square for ArtPrize 2010 as assistant curator. I also worked at the Grand Rapids Art Museum in the Guest Services department. I have continued to work with Cathedral Square for ArtPrize 2010-2013, expanding my title to Co-curator in 2012 and then Curator and Communications Coordinator in 2013. I’m currently employed as the Assistant Events Coordinator for Downtown Grand Rapids Inc (DGRI). I’m looking forward to this new experience with Dwelling Place and Avenue for the Arts.
REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED!
To participate you must become a member; follow these 3 easy steps to complete your profile and become eligible.
For new Avenue for the Arts members:
For current Avenue for the Arts members:
2. To add a photo album of your artwork, scroll to top of the page and select Member photo albums. Click create album to upload your images.
3. To find an artist, curator, or documenter to fit your needs, click on the Who We Are tab at the top of the page, choose Advanced search and select categories as needed.
Visit our calendar for planning meetings dates and details.
* To participate as an artist, curator or documenter in Art.Downtown. you must become an Avenue for the Arts member. We also highly recommend sites become members.