Current Exhibitions



Edward Burtynsky: Water
February 1, 2015 – April 26 , 2015

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Edward Burtynsky, Canadian, b. 1955. Cerro Prieto Geothermal Power Station, Baja, Mexico 2012. Digital Chromogenic Print. Courtesy Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto / Howard Greenberg Gallery & Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery, New York.
Through enormous color aerial photographs by world-renowned photographer Edward Burtynsky, this exhibition explores humanity’s increasingly stressed relationship with the world’s most vital natural resource—water.

Over the past five years, Burtynsky traveled across the globe, weaving together an ambitious representation of water’s increasingly fragmented life cycle and the roles that it plays in modern life: as a source of healthy ecosystems and energy, as a key element in cultural and religious rituals, and as a rapidly depleting resource.

These images—sometimes elegant and sometimes haunting, many bordering on the edge of complete abstraction—hover between the worlds of painting and photography, forming a compelling global portrait of water that functions as an open-ended question about humanity’s past, present, and future relationship with the natural world.

Presenting Sponsor Wege Foundation Contributing Sponsors The Louis and Helen Padnos Foundation, Shelley Padnos and Carol Sarosik, Rothbury Farms, Glen Johnson and Tom Merchant, Miller Johnson, Mitchell and Karen Padnos, Bill and Kate Scarbrough Media Sponsor Michigan Radio 104.1 FM


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Michigan Artist Series: David Greenwood: Stop Motion
February 12 – May 17, 2015

GRAM presents sculptures by Grand Rapids artist David Greenwood that demonstrate his use of symbols and allegory in reflecting on the human condition. The exhibition includes an array of Greenwood’s inventive, realist works—with pieces created from 1985 to today—that demonstrate his confident handling of wood and other mixed materials. He continues to straddle the boundary between the conscious and unconscious mind, “searching for those images that are both unique and universal.” Greenwood was recently honored with the title of Professor Emeritus upon his retirement from Kendall College of Art and Design, where taught Sculpture and Functional Art for over 30 years.

Exhibition Opening
Thursday, February 12, 2015, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Free for members, free with general admission
Cash bar opens at 6:00 pm, lecture begins at 7:00 pm in Cook Auditorium.

Exhibition Sponsors
Porter Foundation
The Jury Foundation

ABOVE: David Greenwood
Mamba Mambo. Wood, stain, paint.
24 x 60 x 12 inches.
Courtesy of the artist


Art of the Lived Experiment
April 10 – July 31, 2015

GRAM is one of three venues in Grand Rapids—along with Kendall College of Art and Design and the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA)— to present Art of the Lived Experiment, a thematic group exhibition of contemporary art that addresses change, adjustment, and social perceptions in the lives of disabled people. The exhibition will explore technological advancements, social stigmatization, and the day-to-day experiences of people living with disabilities.

Art of the Lived Experiment is the centerpiece of the DisArt Festival, which includes a series of talks, performances, and presentations at various venues around Grand Rapids that aim to inform the public and inspire conversations about the human experience of disability as it relates to the production of art.


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GRAM Selects ArtPrize 2014: Encore!
November 28, 2014 – Oct 11, 2015

In a 2012 pilot project and again in 2013, GRAM curators selected works originally shown in various ArtPrize venues, from designers, filmmakers, draftsmen, sculptors, installation artists, and painters, to be part of an exclusive extension of the ArtPrize experience at GRAM. Chosen for their artistic strength and resonances with the Museum Collection, with upcoming exhibitions, and with the unique architectural setting, the works from ArtPrize were carefully placed among works in the collection from all periods, on all three floors of the Museum, from shortly after the close of one ArtPrize through the end of the next.

GRAM Selects ArtPrize 2014: Encore! will again showcase some of the strongest works across ArtPrize 2014. GRAM curators will select 10–15 works to be announced at the conclusion of ArtPrize, and installed within the Museum in October and November, to be available for viewing by Thanksgiving weekend.


Also on view:

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Adonna Khare (, b. 1980)
Elephant Whirlpool, 2014
Carbon pencil on paper
Museum Purchase, with funds from Bill and Marilyn Crawford and the Artist, 2014.10