This past week, I had the chance to experience ArtPrize in Grand Rapids. Wind blowing in our faces, my roommate and I, along with two other friends, navigated downtown Grand Rapids. There was a light drizzle, but it did not hinder us from exploring the city.
We first visited the Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts (UICA), which contained stunning artworks by different artists that were created through various media, expressing the artists’ purposes. Dinner was next on our schedule, and we each picked up a sandwich.
While we wandered around the city, we witnessed firsthand the city’s life through an assortment of street performances. Our general direction was headed towards the Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM), and a quarter of an hour later, we were there. The GRAM was much bigger spatially than the UICA, so it included more artwork. These artworks included not only paintings but videos, sculptures, carpets and more, each with the individual flair of its maker.
Once we were out of the museum, we bought hot French fries to munch on as we watched people swing dance at the Rosa Parks circle. Crossing the colorful blue bridge, we then made one last sweep of the streets, eyeing each artwork. The walk back to the car was a long journey, but it was worth it because of the sights seen.
I thoroughly enjoyed the experience of ArtPrize, and I was glad I had the opportunity to gawk at so much talent in one day. I will definitely continue to go to ArtPrize in the following years!
Before I forget, here is today’s song
And here are some pictures from ArtPrize: