Grand Rapids Public Museum Showcases Sixteen Artists for ArtPrize Eight

The Grand Rapids Public Museum (GRPM) will feature 16 artists showcasing their work on the grounds of the Museum at the upcoming ArtPrize festival from September 21st through October 9th.

The GRPM will once again host an outdoor exhibition in which the artwork will visually lend itself to the setting of the Museum grounds. One artist’s work will be inside, but visible from the outside of the facility. Each year the GRPM curates a rewarding experience with approachable art that is intriguing, distinctive and engages the viewer’s capacity for awe and curiosity. Located in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids along the busy river walkway, the GRPM is able to offer a not-to-be-missed immersive, 24-hour experience.

During ArtPrize Eight the GRPM will be open with regular Museum hours and half off general admission fees. In addition to the outdoor art installation, the Museum will offer a limited time exhibit, Inspired Style, created in partnership with students of Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University (KCAD) Pamella Rolland DeVos School of Fashion. Nine students were given the opportunity to chose a garment from the Museum’s Collections and create their own original work using it as inspiration. The student’s work is showcased next to the original in this exhibit.

The GRPM will be open from 9am to 5pm. on Mondays and Wednesdays through Saturdays, from 9am to 8pm on Tuesdays and from 12pm to 5pm on Sundays of ArtPrize. For more information about artists, exhibitions, special programming and tickets visit

ArtPrize Educational Programming:

The Museum once again will host a special Chair Camp offered by ArtPrize for over 1,500 school-aged children. In this hands-on activity, Carla Hartman (granddaughter of Charles and Ray Eames) leads children in creating miniature chairs that are displayed around the Museum. Chair Camp will take place September 28th, 29th and 30th.

On Saturday, October 1st the Museum will host a Chair Camp family day from 10am to 2pm open to the public.

The GRPM will also be offering ArtPrize Education Days from September 22nd until October 4 from 9:30am to 2:30pm for early childhood development and K-12th grade students. These programs will include a walking tour of outside exhibits and hands-on presentation by ArtPrize artist Ann Gildner.

During ArtPrize Eight, the GRPM will host a Sensory Friendly Museum Night dedicated to families who are affected by autism and other sensory-processing challenges on Tuesday, October 4th from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. Visitors will receive free general admission to enjoy a sensory friendly museum environment, special ArtPrize themed activities and a free planetarium show. The Museum will adapt sounds, lighting and activities within the current exhibits to create a low-sensory experience for all. The Chaffee Planetarium will adapt lighting and sounds for an enjoyable,low sensory show.

The Artists:

Hailey Lamb – #betweenourhomes

#betweenourhomes is a visual exploration of text messaging as a platform for sharing comfort and encouragement. Messages are sourced from the artist’s original, unscripted text messages and made into vinyl stickers in their likeness. This piece will be the main installation with a number of smaller pieces throughout the Grand Rapids area.

Tamara Draper – Homage To The Spillman Carousel 

The artist publicly expresses honor to this unique piece of history. It brings back memories of a more innocent and calm time in life, where kids weren’t trying to grow up so fast. This piece of art started when the artist came across an antique headboard that resembled a carousel, inspiring her to create a stained glass mosaic based on the Museum’s 1928 Spillman Carousel.

Paul Nilsson – MILAGROS

MILAGROS is a stoneware clay high fire sculpture that is about the healing process within us. Its symbolically refers to the powers of faith, touch and persistence.

Mark Chatterley – Birdzels

The Birdzels are made from high fired clay, crater glaze and reach up to 7 feet tall. ArtPrize visitors will see 15-20 of them in a grouping.

Joshua Welker – Astrobleme  

These sculptures are a lineage of objects that were produced over the course of several years. These works grow from a protocol of construction with specific dimensional restraints. Each sculpture enacts new combinations of form and color to be perceived by the viewer. The intense thinness of the objects act as optical disparity which counteracts both the color and form of the faces of the sculptures.

Patrick Schmidt – How I Make a Mark: Responding to a Carousel 

By manipulating the planes of time and space, this installation symbolizes the fragmentation of identity in a digitized age. The artist analyzes image patterns from a variety of sources by reducing them via technology to simple line drawings. Overlaying select outlines to create visually complex networks that represent the multiple cultural, social and personal identities integrated into ourselves on a moment-by-moment basis.

Jason Graham – METROPOLES

This sculpture is part of the Walker series of work that depicts the remains of a group of anthropocentric beings from this display of a failed beings legacy. The artist is using his art to create conversation around an attempt to learn how to better survive our own technological and cultural developments.

Valerie Jean Schafer – Three Muses

This bronze sculpture grouping Three Muses: Memory, Song and Contemplation represent the three original muses of Greek mythology and the preconditions for poetic or any art form.

Jeffrey Breslow – Bolder & Boulder 

Extraordinary boulders and stones shapes inspire the steel structures of this work, kindling a conversation between human creativity and the natural world. Time and natural elements tame and color the steel with beautiful and unpredictable patinas —a sustained interaction that imparts a sense of life to the materials. The piece is intended to inspire smiles and invite thoughts on the boundaries of art and the relationship between surface and density.

Jason Quigno – Infinity Cube 

Infinity cube is an 11,000 lb piece of black granite with a spiral carved on each surface to connect the inside and outside of the cube.

Ann Gildner – Urn – E 

Urn – E is a classic example of necessity becoming virtue. Urn – E is the example what can happen when a necessary craft is applied to a classical design, inspired by “self-made” entrepreneurs who worked with their hands, mind and heart with a simple love for working and creating.

Herb Williams – Color Collaborative 

In this piece thousands of crayons are stacked together in the negative spaces of branches and boughs without the use of glue or adhesives.

Bird Clarkson – THE Wizard of OZomeness  

The Pursuit of Ahhwesomeness presents an impactful street dance perspective on the Wizard of Oz. The artist will perform live an outdoor Emerald City adventure for all to gather around and share the love of dance. The Pursuit of Ahhwesomeness is about the journey of interacting with others to accomplish or pursue something grand.

Harminder Boparai – My Nephew 

This installation is based on the artist’s nephew, always on his cell phone so much that he can’t focus on anything else. Represented by an animal, because like animals he isn’t aware of what’s going on around him and he is focused in on his phone. Through this installation, the artist is depicting some of the negative effects of social media causing a disruption in to our lives every day.

William Walther – Towards a Newer Buddha

Buddha sits floating in satori. One of Buddhism’s central tenets is emptiness; an idea is embodied in this piece.

STRUXTURS – That’ll Cut It

A structure that creates an illusion of “shear” power, stainless steel is constructed into the largest pair of scissors imaginable. An everyday object that creates a significant degree of aesthetic interest at such a large scale. It captures the eye from any angle.

Grand Rapids Public Museum

The Grand Rapids Public Museum is an invaluable, publicly-owned institution that is home to more than 250,000 unique artifacts that tell the history of Kent County and beyond, houses the only planetarium in the region, and is responsible for protecting the Norton Indian Mounds, a national historic landmark. The Grand Rapids Public Museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, with its main location in downtown Grand Rapids, MI at 272 Pearl Street, NW. For additional information including hours of operation, admission fees and exhibit/event listings, please visit