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      Art in Grand Rapids 

      Grand Rapids has long been a mecca for creators and admirers of art. In the 19th century, we were known as "Furniture City" for the artistry of our fine wood furniture.

      In the 20th century, we made art an integral element of the city's identity, starting with the very first public project funded by the National Endowment for the Arts.

      And in this century, we've revolutionized the global art scene with ArtPrize, the world's richest, most radically open art competition.

      Grand Rapids is also home to one of the world's 100 most visited art museums, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, one of the Top 30 Must-See Museums on the planet.

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      Explore the Arts

      Art Around the Corner

      This walking tour will show you art around virtually every corner in...

      ArtPrize 11 | Sep 16-Oct 4, 2020

      Art from around the world pops up in every inch of downtown, and it’s all...

      Art Museums

      Grand Rapids is home to three top-notch art institutions.

      Visual Arts

      Outdoor art is inspired with sculptures, murals and architecture throughout...

      Grand Rapids Murals

      Outdoor walls of art, former ArtPrize entries, commissioned work - all make...

      Art Galleries

      Local artists ply their trade and sell their work in distinct creative hubs...

      Live Music

      Concerts, musicals, symphony, opera and festivals.

      Performing Arts

      Grand Rapids’ passion for creative expression extends to the stage.

      Art Festivals

      Grand Rapids also hosts a number of annual festivals beyond ArtPrize, showcasing all manner of art:

      The Business of Art

      Grand Rapids is the center of the office furniture industry, which marries design and commerce. Local companies including Steelcase, Haworth and Herman Miller shape the future of the global workplace.

      Art Instruction

      Downtown's Kendall College of Art & Design is a nationally prominent school offering a broad range of creative degrees, including furniture design, metals & jewelry design, digital media and fashion studies. Stop by to see student art, displayed throughout Kendall's public spaces. Non-professional artists can learn tips and techniques at Grand Rapids Art Museum, Brush Studio and Wine & Canvas