Every January, Calvin College invites the community to attend its free January Series. For 15-days, speakers from across the country visit Calvin and provide thought-provoking lectures on some of the most pertinent topics being discussed right now.
No, scratch that, I need more beauty. Don’t you? Politics is ugly, family relationships are strained, we’re putting extra weight on our finances this holiday season, and life is hectic and messy.
Fred Meijer envisioned bringing a sculpture park to Grand Rapids and now nearly 25 years since Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park opened, the park is honoring its benefactor with a special exhibition, “A National Treasure: Fred Meijer, His Collection and Legacy.”
In the popular imagination, Hanukkah is the Jewish equivalent of Christmas: a central religious holiday held during the winter. Like Christmas, it’s grown bigger and more commercialized over the years, and comes complete with its own presents, decorations and songs (“so drink your gin and tonic-ah,” as Adam Sandler sings).
The new biennial event, Project 1 by ArtPrize, which was announced earlier this year, has a date.
If you are looking to get into the holiday spirit, take a trip to Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park for its annual “Christmas and Holiday Traditions Around the World” exhibition, or visit the Muskegon Museum of Art for its annual Festival of Trees.
One professor’s love for Haiti has blossomed into community engagement and service learning opportunities for students, a quest for Haitian art, and an exhibit that features all three and more.
The first thing you notice about Dylan Miner’s new exhibition is the smell. The gallery at the Grand Rapids Art Museum has a sharp, almost sawdust-like aroma — the first taste of a gallery that explores the relationship between the rocks, trees and water of Michigan and its native peoples.
On the second floor of the Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM), there is a photo of the 1966 NBA finals. The Boston Celtics’ Bill Russell is guarding the Los Angeles Lakers’ Elgin Baylor. The two are suspended in midair; floating toward the rim, the stadium lights illuminating their teammates and the countless, pinpoint faces of the crowd.
When a difficult childhood and troubling high school experiences left 24-year-old Madison Nicole May with a hefty emotional burden to bear, the Grand Rapids native decided to make the most of it, channeling her pain into art to overcome the past.