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5 Art Exhibits to Visit at the Grand Rapids Art Museum This Fall

While it came as no surprise that ArtPrize 2020 had been cancelled, it still saddened the citizens of West Michigan who looked forward to attending the immense event. Since 2009, ArtPrize has presented itself throughout the streets and buildings of Grand Rapids. It has welcomed people of all ages and has become a learning experience and conversation piece for every visitor who admires the hundreds of works being presented. With a plethora of exhibits and pieces each year, ArtPrize has taught the Grand Rapids area how art can speak to and influence its audience, and this year, our streets have gone silent.

Although our streets and buildings won’t be filled with art this year, the Grand Rapids Art Museum has opened their doors to the public with permanent, present and upcoming exhibits. Among GRAM’s permanent exhibits, a cycle of new exhibits grace the museum floors regularly to reel in new audiences. Currently, they are presenting three unique exhibits that span across different subjects and mediums to let everyone experience and learn something new from the artist’s pieces. However, half of these exhibits will disappear in the upcoming months so make sure to visit the GRAM to view these magnificent works of art before they are replaced!

Current exhibits:

Beauty, Drama and Nature: Ukiyo-e Prints from GRAM’s collection

(Jan 28, 2020 - Dec 05, 2020)

Useful Beauty: Design Highlights from the Permanent Collection

(Feb 29, 2020 - Oct 31, 2020)

In Their Own Words

(Aug 20, 2020 - Nov 14, 2020)

Two new exhibits will be brought to the GRAM in the next few months and they are worth taking a visit for. On October 24th, Mathias J. Alten: An Enduring Legacy will be available to the public. This exhibit will celebrate his 150th birthday in 1871 and will display rare pieces by Alten that have seldom been seen and pieces from the Grand Valley State University Art Gallery. He was a Grand Rapids based impressionist painter, who is known for his land- and seascapes. At GRAM, visitors can view his paintings, murals, stained glass and sketchbooks.

The next exhibit that is coming to the GRAM is, An Interwoven Legacy: The Black Ash Basketry of Kelly Church and Cherish Parrish, on December 5th. This exhibit highlights basket weaving that’s made from black ash trees. Church and Parrish made it a goal to bring awareness to the Native American art form that is being hindered by an invasive insect, the Emerald Ash Borer. As a result of the devastation the insects have brought to the North American Black Ash forests, Church and Parrish began using new materials to make baskets alongside the healthy black ash that is still available.

Stop by the Grand Rapids Art Museum to take a look at these unique exhibits while they are here in Grand Rapids and remember the GRAM always has its pristine permanent collection year round.

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