Future Exhibitions


ArtPrize Seven at GRAM: Nature/Nurture
September 17 through October 11, 2015

ArtPrize Seven at GRAM will bring another thematic exhibition of work by artists from across the globe to West Michigan. This exhibition will address this theme in its broadest sense, serving as a framework for exhibiting and interpreting a wide range of different works of art. Nature/Nurture will explore the circumstances of every-day life and the complex character of identity. Are we a product of our DNA or of our environment? The classic construct of nature versus nurture as debated by philosophers and scientists will be only one dimension of this multi-faceted exhibition. Nature/Nurture will also investigate the numerous ways in which artists address the themes of nature and nurture separate from one another.

Support for this exhibition is generously provided by:
James and Mary Nelson
Dirk Hoffius
Greg and Meg Willit
Applause Catering + Events
Bank of America
Merrill Lynch

In Kind Donation
Steelcase Inc.
Schuil Coffee Co.


Reynold Weidenaar: A Retrospective
October 25, 2015 through January 17, 2016
Reynold H. Weidenaar is a one of West Michigan’s most acclaimed and talented artists. He is celebrated in the region as a cultural icon, and this retrospective is the most comprehensive exhibition of his work in over three decades. Coinciding with the centennial anniversary of his birth, GRAM will showcase 120 of Weidenaar’s prints, drawings, and paintings celebrating his timeless work that is rooted in the energy of the 20th century American experience.

Support for this exhibition is generously provided by:
The Meijer Foundation
Wege Foundation
Richard and Helen DeVos Foundation
Cate and Sid Jansma, Jr.
Sam and Janene Cummings

Additional funding is provided by the GRAM Annual Exhibition Fund supporters:

Jim and Mary Nelson


Dawn the Awakening City. Reynold H. Weidenaar (American, 1915-1985). Dawn the Awakening City, 1951. Etching on paper. 2 ½ x 3 in. Collection of Weidenaar Portfolio, Inc.

Shared Sensibilities: Weidenaar among his Contemporaries and Predecessors
October 25, 2015 – January 17, 2016

Organized to complement Reynold Weidenaar: A Retrospective, this exhibition of works from GRAM’s collection presents the art of Reynold Weidenaar within the context of both modern and traditional American and European printmaking, showing where he drew inspiration in developing his skill and distinctive style. Shared Sensibilities places Weidenaar’s prints alongside those of his predecessors and contemporaries, from seventeenth-century French and Dutch artists to his teacher and fellow Regionalist, Thomas Hart Benton.


Departure for the Fields. Claude Lorrain (French, 1604-1682). Departure for the Fields, 1638-1641. etching on paper. Gift of Mabel H. Perkins, 1964.2.6

Michigan Artist Series
Norwood Viviano: Global Cities

November 19, 2015 – February 7, 2015

Since the 19th century, artists have made the city and urban life a frequent subject. A visual artist and educator with a deep interest in the social sciences, Norwood Viviano creates mixed media installations of sculpture, text and graphic elements. Global Cities comprises a group of hand-blown glass sculptures, suspended from the ceiling, each of which represents an international city, like Grand Rapids, Rome, or Beijing. The size and shape of these glass objects is determined by the city’s age and population growth, and text and graphic information throughout the installation bring in other cultural, social and economic factors that have shaped the history and life of these urban centers. Norwood explores the complex patterns that shape and determine urban life today.

Norwood Viviano will give a lecture entitled Global Cities: Departures and Deviations on Saturday, November 21 at 2 pm in GRAM’s auditorium.

Support for this exhibition is generously provided by:
Steelcase Inc.
Porter Foundation
The Jury Foundation


Detail, Cities: Departure and Deviation. Norwood Viviano (American b.1972) Detail, Cities: Departure and Deviation, 2011. Variable dimensions. Blown glass and vinyl cut drawings. Photo: Cathy Carver

GRAM Selects ArtPrize Seven: Encore
November 27, 2015 – August 14, 2016

Once again, GRAM Selects ArtPrize Seven: Encore will showcase some of the strongest works exhibited across the city during the 2015 ArtPrize competition. GRAM curators will be selecting works originally shown in various ArtPrize venues to be a part of an exclusive extension of the ArtPrize experience at GRAM. Chosen for their artistic strength and resonance with the museum’s collection, works from ArtPrize Seven will be carefully exhibited among works in the collection from all periods, on all three floors of the Museum. Displaying contemporary works of art in and among the museum’s permanent collection will encourage guests to explore the unique and surprising connections between them. Chosen works will be announced at the conclusion of ArtPrize Seven and be on view by Thanksgiving weekend.


Women, Art, and Social Change: The Newcomb Pottery Enterprise
January 31 through April 17, 2016

The story of the Newcomb Pottery began just after the Civil War – a time when the American South struggled to reinvent itself and American women were beginning the long road toward suffrage and self-determination. In the decades that followed, the Newcomb Pottery enterprise emerged as a quietly radical experiment, offering Southern women the unprecedented opportunity to train as artists and support themselves financially. Working as a collective, the women of Newcomb Pottery produced a rich body of work inspired by the flora and fauna of the Gulf South. Featuring world-renowned pottery, metalwork, textiles, bookbinding, jewelry, and other handicrafts, this exhibition offers insight into the lives of these extraordinary women who made a lasting impression on American art and industry.

Exhibition created by Newcomb Art Gallery, Tulane University, organized for travel by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES), and made possible in part through the generous support of Henry Luce Foundation and an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, Artworks.


Platter, c. 1942-1948. Gulf Stream. Sarah A. E. “Sadie” Irvine with Kenneth Smith or Francis Ford. Newcomb Art Collection, Tulane University.

Maurice Sendak
April 9 – May 22, 2016

Maurice Sendak is widely considered the most important children’s book artist of the 20th century and is most famously known for his universally beloved book, Where the Wild Things Are. This celebration of Sendak’s work includes original illustrations, prints, and drawings as well as accompanying photos and comments by celebrities, authors and noted personalities who have been influenced by Sendak’s creative spirit.


Maurice Sendak (American, 1928–2012) Wild Thing and Max, c. early 1970’s. 15.5×14 inches. Ink, watercolor, and colored pencil on paper. Private collection of Edward T. Long. © Maurice Sendak: All Rights Reserved

Sponsorship Listing As of Print Date

Additional funding is provided by the GRAM Annual Exhibition Fund supporters
Jim and Mary Nelson