Michigan Artist Series

Michigan Artist Series

Throughout its 100-year history, the Grand Rapids Art Museum has featured the work of Michigan artists in its exhibition program. This tradition is now formalized into the Michigan Artist Series, to be presented in galleries throughout the Museum, which highlights the work of living artists or designers working in diverse media who reside in the state.

Featured Exhibition

Michigan Artist Series Norwood Viviano: Global Cities
November 19, 2015 – February 7, 2016

Global Cities comprises a group of hand-blown glass sculptures, suspended from the ceiling, each of which represents an international city, such as Grand Rapids, Rome, or Beijing.

Michigan Artist Series Sally England: New Knots
January 31, 2016 – April 17, 2016

Sally England is a fiber artist based in Grand Rapids, Michigan and Ojai, California. She has gained national acclaim for her work in macramé, an ancient form of textile making using decorative knots. The art of macramé dates to the thirteenth century, when Arabian weavers knotted the extra thread at the edges of loomed fabric into decorative fringe. The European history of macramé can be traced to sailors of the early fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, who spread the art form across the globe. Macramé was revived in the Victorian era and again in the 1970s. Today, the craft is appreciated for its uniqueness and tactility in an age when we are surrounded by mass manufactured objects and digital imagery.

Exhibition Proposals

If you are an artist or designer living in Michigan and would like to exhibit your work at the Grand Rapids Art Museum, we invite you to participate in our new proposal process.

GRAM welcomes submissions from artists for review. Prior to submitting your work we ask that you consider our current and past programming in order to determine whether your submission is appropriate to our museum.

The Museum reserves the right to make final selections of the artist’s work at its own discretion and holds the responsibility for installation. An initial meeting and/or conversation with the artist will establish guidelines for selection and the artist’s preferences. Typically each exhibition is on view for ten weeks.

GRAM curators will review artists’ submissions on a quarterly basis. Please note that we do not accept original works of art, nor will we be responsible for any original materials that are sent to us as part of the submission packet. Submissions must be in the form of digital or printed materials, and include the artist’s resume, artist’s statement, and images of representative artwork. Should the curatorial staff determine that the submission is appropriate to our program you will be contacted.

Please be sure to include the following materials, or the digital equivalent:

  1. CD
    Please number the digital files to correspond with your slide list. Include representative images of the work you would be interested in exhibiting. Please focus on work over the past few years. There are no formatting requirements; however, it is best to format your images as jpeg files that are approximately 4” x 6” at 72 dpi. We will request higher resolution images if necessary.
  2. Slide List
 (Word or PDF)
    A numbered list that corresponds with the images contained on the CD and provides title, date, medium, and dimensions for all works.
  3. Artist’s Statement
 (Word or PDF)
    A statement discussing your art practice in general or specifically addressing the project that you are submitting for review.
  4. Artist’s Resume/CV

 (Word or PDF)
    Please include education, exhibition history, exhibition reviews, collections, and gallery representation.
  5. Self-addressed stamped envelope (if you would like your materials returned).

Mail to:
Cindy Buckner
Associate Curator
Grand Rapids Art Museum
101 Monroe Center NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Please include “Michigan Artist Series submission” in the subject line of your email.

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