GRCC hosts two ArtPrize venues



Leah Nixon

Director of Communications


Sept. 17, 2013 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Visitors to Grand Rapids Community College’s two ArtPrize venues will experience art in traditional forms such as painting and ceramics as well as newer innovations in photography and video.

GRCC’s Spectrum Theater, 160 Fountain St. NE, will host 15 ArtPrize entries. It’s open from 5-8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, noon to 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays.

“At Spectrum Theater we’re thrilled to again be hosting some of our GRCC alumni artists and community members,” said theater manager Michelle Urbane. "This year, we’re also excited to be hosting some artists from outside the Grand Rapids area. We have an eclectic mix of installations – thought-provoking pieces that promote dialogue, embrace diversity, and celebrate the beauty in all of us.

“To see the artists as they come into the Spectrum Theater lobby is so exciting. Their faces light up as they see — some for the first time — where their artwork will be displayed. No matter how busy I get this time of year, it’s such a joy to be a part of this ArtPrize collaboration between venue, artist and our community’s college!”

The pieces:

GRCC’s Collins Art Gallery, on the fourth floor of the Main Building at 143 Bostwick Ave. NE, will display seven entries. Its hours are 1-8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, noon to 8 p.m Fridays and Saturdays, and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays.

“The works in our exhibition represent several genres and provide the viewer thoughtful connections to our world and the issues that concern us," said Nick Antonakis, head of GRCC’s Visual Arts Department. "In curating this exhibition, I was most excited about the consideration each artist gave to themes that have universal significance and the way these will provide possibilities for conversations at multiple levels.

“The artworks are not only interesting conceptually but they are also successful on a visual and technical level. Whether the artists are working with paint, wood, clay, or video/sound they are able to exhibit excellent command of their chosen medium and have successfully integrated the technical and conceptual elements of their craft.”

The pieces:

All participants are welcome. Those in need of special accommodations should contact GRCC Disability Support Services at (616) 234-4140.

Grand Rapids Community College, established in 1914, offers opportunities for more than 30,000 students annually in degree courses, certification and training programs, workshops and personal enrichment classes. GRCC holds classes on the downtown Grand Rapids campus as well as several locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties.