GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - We're still about two weeks away from ArtPrize Eight, but you can get a prelude to this year's art festival.
ArtPrize goers will be able to get an early sneak peak at some of the exhibits displayed at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts. They're among a few of the larger venues giving ArtPrize visitors an early look at some amazing works of art as part of the first ever ArtPrize Preview Week.
With last year's attendance at around 400,000 people, it might be nice to get a jump start on things.
"It's the first year that there's been an official ArtPrize Preview Week, so I'm excited to see how that shifts and changes the number of people that we get in, or maybe like what time people are coming in and how they know about it," said Heather Duffy, UICA exhibitions curator.
"It'll be really exciting to start talking about the works with people and figure out how people are responding to individual pieces or the whole show a little bit early."
ArtPrize Preview Week participating venues include:
- Adventure Credit Union
- Arnies Restaurant
- Biggby Coffee -- Wealthy Street
- Brothers Leather Supply Company
- Brush Studio
- Buffalo Wild Wings
- Calvin College - (106) Gallery
- Central Reformed Church
- CITY FLUX: Art, Architecture & Grand Rapids
- Coit Creative Arts Academy
- Courtyard Marriott Downtown
- Department of Corrections
- Dime & Regal
- Divani and Gallery Divani
- Grand Rapids Art Museum
- Grand Rapids Downtown Market
- Grand Rapids Police Department
- Holiday Inn Grand Rapids Downtown
- Horseshoe Smokehouse
- J.Gardella’s Tavern
- The Fed Galleries @ KCAD, Kendall College of Art and Design
- Kilwins Chocolates & Ice-Cream @ McKay Tower-Rosa Parks
- Lantern Coffee Bar and Lounge
- Panera Bread
- Smokin Js
- Sweet Yo’s Premium Frozen Yogurt
- The B.O.B.
- Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA)
- UICA Exit Space at Grand Rapids Ballet Co.
- West Grand Neighborhood Organization
- Woosah Printshop x Outfitters
- Z’s Bar & Restaurant
ArtPrize Eight opens Sept. 21, 2016.
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