Billy Mayer: The Shape of Things Opening Reception

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Billy Mayer: The Shape of Things Opening Reception

August 29, 2019, 6:00 PM-9:00 PM

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Cook Auditorium and East Court
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Join GRAM for a reception celebrating one of Michigan’s most distinctive and unique sculptors, the late Billy Mayer (1953-2017) and his GRAM exhibition The Shape of Things. In addition to his art and design work, Mayer had a long and distinguished teaching career at Hope College in Holland, Michigan. Mayer joined the Hope faculty in 1978, and chaired the Department of Art and Art History from 1987 to 2004. Mayer challenged and inspired his students at Hope to think and create ambitiously, and his influence is still important to many of them. Mayer’s legacy as a teacher is the focus of a panel discussion, chaired by Curator of Exhibition’s Ron Platt, that features former students and colleagues who will share their personal experience of his impact on their lives and studio practice.

Immediately following a panel discussion, guests will enjoy a cash bar and mingling with fellow art enthusiasts and colleagues.

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Visionnaire Series – at Lunch: Anne Mondro on Art and Memory Loss

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Visionnaire Series – at Lunch: Anne Mondro on Art and Memory Loss

October 15, 2019, 12:00 PM-1:00 PM

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Cook Auditorium
Free

Join Anne Mondro, artist and Associate Professor in the University of Michigan Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design, as she discusses her research on designing and facilitating creative arts programming for people living with memory loss and their primary caregiver, with the intention of increasing social interaction, supporting learning and discovery, and building relationships.

Mondro has presented at conferences on creative aging and dementia care including the British Society of Gerontology (2018), 9th Annual International Arts and Health Conference (2017), Culture, Health & Wellbeing International Conference (2017), and the National Center for Creative Aging (2016). Her artwork has been shown nationally and internationally including exhibitions at Ceres Gallery in NYC, Cranbrook Art Museum, the Powerhouse Museum of Science and Design in Sydney, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

Visionnaire Series – at Lunch takes place monthly on select Tuesdays in GRAM’s Cook Auditorium. Topics vary by month and relate to the exhibitions on view and our creative community. Guests enjoy complimentary snacks and coffee. Learn more about the series online.

This event is organized by the Visionnaire Executive Committee. The Visionnaire Executive Committee is a group of creative young adults, ages 21-40, committed to introducing new audiences to GRAM and encouraging lifelong engagement. Learn more about the Visionnaires.

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Yoga at GRAM

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Yoga at GRAM

February 20, 2020, 5:45 PM-6:45 PM

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The Grand Rapids Art Museum and AM Yoga present Yoga at GRAM, with support by Priority Health. Join us on select Thursday evenings for exceptional Vinyasa-style yoga classes with instructors Ashley Yost and Mali Jane.

Thanks to the generous support of Priority Health, classes are donation-based and proceeds go directly to support AM Yoga. All classes are held in GRAM’s Cook Auditorium and start at 5:45pm, unless noted otherwise.

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Visionnaire Series – at Lunch: Artist Tony Whlgn

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Visionnaire Series – at Lunch: Artist Tony Whlgn

August 20, 2019, 12:00 PM-1:00 PM

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Cook Auditorium
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Join Detroit-based artist and designer Tony Whlgn (Hoo-li-gen) as he discusses his work and creative coalition, The Whlgn, a collective made of successful artists, photographers, and entrepreneurs. Focusing primarily in graphic design, Tony’s artistic practice ranges from design, painting, and photography, and he has worked for brands and musicians like Ecko Unltd, Joey Badass, Dej Loaf, BIG K.R.I.T. and more.

Visionnaire Series – at Lunch takes place monthly on select Tuesdays in GRAM’s Cook Auditorium. Topics vary by month and relate to the exhibitions on view and our creative community. Guests enjoy complimentary snacks and coffee. Learn more about the series online.

This event is organized by the Visionnaire Executive Committee. The Visionnaire Executive Committee is a group of creative young adults, ages 21-40, committed to introducing new audiences to GRAM and encouraging lifelong engagement. Learn more about the Visionnaires.

Coffee is generously provided by:

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Community Conversation: Land. Water. Parks. People.

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Community Conversation: Land. Water. Parks. People.

August 21, 2019, 4:00 PM-6:00 PM

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4 – 4:30 pm: Free exhibition viewing of the Maya Lin: Flow exhibition (Level 2)
4:30 – 6 pm: Community Conversation (Auditorium)

Maya Lin’s vision for Ecliptic was inspired by native cultures and the importance of the Grand River in their lives, and of the many subsequent generations who have made their home here. Located in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids, Lin’s public park embracing the three states of water draws individuals together today. This conversation will explore how artists and landscape designers have used water to bring communities closer, as well as the important ideas shaping the restoration along the Grand River today. Learn about some of the most exciting recent park projects that teach about nature and environmental sustainability, make our cities more livable, and future opportunities that lie ahead in Grand Rapids parks and Grand River.

Participants:
Welcome by Erin Gravelyn, Grand Rapids Art Museum Trustee

Moderator: David Marquardt, Director, Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation
Stephanie Adams, Executive Director, Friends of Grand Rapids Parks
Steve Heacock, President, Grand Rapids Whitewater
Jeff Shoemaker, Executive Director, The Greenway Foundation
Lynée Wells, Founder and CEO, Aligned Planning
William Wenk, President, Wenk Associates

RSVP via the link above or by calling GRAM Visitor Services at 616.831.1000.

Creativity Uncorked: Color Sensitivity Workshop

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Creativity Uncorked: Color Sensitivity Workshop

December 6, 2019, 6:45 PM-9:00 PM

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After the Museum closes its doors, grab a friend and enjoy a glass of wine and artmaking in GRAM Studio. Each program is designed from the exhibitions on view or the Museum’s Collection. Programs begin at 6:45 pm. Arrive early at 6:15 pm to enjoy two complimentary drinks, music, and mingling with fellow art lovers. Ages 21+ only.

On December 6, Explore the science behind color and learn about artist and educator Josef Albers’ color theory methods. Improve your sensitivity to color as you learn the various properties of color and light, gaining a better understanding of why color is the most complex element of art.

All supplies are provided. For more information, please contact Kimberly Mills at 616.831.2927 or gramstudio@artmuseumgr.org.

Creativity Uncorked: Hand-building with Paperclay

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Creativity Uncorked: Hand-building with Paperclay

January 10, 2020, 6:45 PM-9:00 PM

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After the Museum closes its doors, grab a friend and enjoy a glass of wine and artmaking in GRAM Studio. Each program is designed from the exhibitions on view or the Museum’s Collection. Programs begin at 6:45 pm. Arrive early at 6:15 pm to enjoy two complimentary drinks, music, and mingling with fellow art lovers. Ages 21+ only.

On January 10, view the works in GRAM’s Michigan Artist Series, Billy Mayer: The Shape of Things and explore form through the versatile nature of paperclay. Learn various hand-building techniques and play with decorative motifs while creating a one-of-a-kind object.

All supplies are provided. For more information, please contact Kimberly Mills at 616.831.2927 or gramstudio@artmuseumgr.org.

Adult Workshop: Introduction to Basket Weaving

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Adult Workshop: Introduction to Basket Weaving

January 26, 2020, 12:30 PM-3:30 PM

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Attend GRAM’s Adult Workshops and discover an afternoon of art-making and gallery activities. Tour the collection galleries while discussing the history and context of a different process, then experience an in-depth demonstration of tools and techniques before creating your own unique project. Leave with a printed record of what was taught along with a list of resources for continuing at home. All materials provided. Open to ages 16+.

On January 26, explore the techniques of weaving used in furniture since ancient times in this hands-on workshop. Join us in the GRAM Studio as you learn the basics of basket weaving that celebrate both beauty and function.

For more information, please contact Kimberly Mills at 616.831.2927 or gramstudio@artmuseumgr.org.

Drop In Studio: 2D to 3D

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Drop In Studio: 2D to 3D

Saturdays in October, 1:00 PM-4:00 PM

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Mix and mold modeling clay as you bring the surreal illustrations of David Wiesner to life. Gain inspiration from David Wiesner & The Art of Wordless Storytelling in the galleries, then head to GRAM Studio to turn 2D into a 3D clay sculpture.

Drop-in Studio is your chance to escape the everyday and step into a world of creativity and new ideas. Drop in with friends or family to explore everything the studio has to offer, including hands-on art-making activities and interactive learning spaces. The studio is open each Saturday from 1-4 pm and the third Thursday of each month from 5:30 – 8:30 pm. Free with admission. Open to all ages.

Drop In Studio: Wordless Storyboards

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Drop In Studio: Wordless Storyboards

Saturdays in November, 1:00 PM-4:00 PM

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Using blank storyboards as a guide, explore graphite and watercolor to create your own wordless illustrations inspired by David Wiesner & The Art of Wordless Storytelling.

Drop-in Studio is your chance to escape the everyday and step into a world of creativity and new ideas. Drop in with friends or family to explore everything the studio has to offer, including hands-on art-making activities and interactive learning spaces. The studio is open each Saturday from 1-4 pm and the third Thursday of each month from 5:30 – 8:30 pm. Free with admission. Open to all ages.