Visitors to the Harris Building during ArtPrize will be invited to reflect on the human condition via an exhibit featuring work by 12 artists.
Little Space Studio (LSS), a co-working space inside the Harris Building, at 111 S. Division Ave. in downtown Grand Rapids, curated an exhibition titled “Our Reflections” for ArtPrize 2021, which kicked off Sept. 16 and runs through Oct. 3.
“Our Reflections” features works by 12 artists from across the nation and invites viewers to contemplate the breadth of the human condition, from fear and loneliness to curiosity and wonder. Mediums include immersive audiovisual, paintings, 3D sculpture, ceramics and more.
Located on the first and third floors of the Harris Building, LSS is a co-working space that works to nurture the connection between community, access, professional development and the arts.
LSS Venue Manager Joshua Yuhas spoke of selecting and arranging pieces designed to provide an absorbing experience for ArtPrize visitors.
“’Our Reflections’ intentionally features pieces that tell a story,” Yuhas said. “When you leave, you will have learned something. You will have grown and experienced a narrative.”
The 12 artists featured in the exhibit are:
- Bailey Maier
- Christa Barnell
- Clara Titus
- Keith Pakkala
- Lily Roche
- Maddison Chaffer
- Marcus Christensen
- Paige Shaw
- Sebastian Sandu
- Stafford Smith
- Tiffany Manning
The Harris Building has long been an ArtPrize venue and is a main feature of the South Division skyline. Constructed in 1892, the building has seen the ebb and flow of growth in Grand Rapids. Initially the site of the original Grand Rapids Brewing Co., it was home to the Harris Furniture Company and lodge for Knight of Pythias. After new ownership took over in 2017, the building underwent redevelopment, much of which was facilitated by LSS CEO Alysha Lach-White.
“We are so thrilled to call the Harris Building our home,” Lach-White said. “It’s been a favorite in this neighborhood for generations. It feels like we are finally able to show off its new life and direction properly.”
LSS hosted a ribbon cutting in the building this past June to debut its newly renovated first and third floor spaces after a yearlong delay due to COVID-19.
More than 100 freelancers and entrepreneurs have joined LSS since 2018.
For Lach-White, a lifelong artist and long-time community advocate, facilitating “Our Reflections” is part of her mission to elevate working artists while enriching the community with exposure to the arts.
“The ability to carry on the excitement people get from viewing public art during this event, and in this building in particular, is an absolute honor,” she said, “The business of artmaking must be a community effort, and we’ve seen through this installation what happens when artists are truly supported in their work.”
“Our Reflections” is on display through Oct. 3 at The Harris Building.