Membership Exchange with John Ball Zoo

tiger at zoo 

Membership Exchange with John Ball Zoo

April 1, 2019 – April 30, 2019, All Day Event

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This April, John Ball Zoo and GRAM Members enjoy reciprocal benefits the entire month! Starting April 1st, enjoy free general admission to the Zoo just for being a GRAM member.

GRAM Members will enjoy free general admission to John Ball Zoo.

John Ball Zoo Members will enjoy free admission for two adults and the children of the household at GRAM, plus a 10% discount in The Museum Store.

Visit jbzoo.org to learn about what’s happening this month at John Ball Zoo.

SOLD OUT: Artist Talk: Maya Lin on Art and Environment

A portrait of artist Maya Lin standing in front of her artwork and smiling.Maya Lin. Photograph by Jesse Frohman

SOLD OUT: Artist Talk: Maya Lin on Art and Environment

May 17, 2019, 6:00 PM-7:00 PM

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This event is sold out, but will be streamed live on GRAM’s Facebook page beginning at 6 pm.

Join us for a conversation with renowned artist and designer Maya Lin. Lin will discuss her current GRAM exhibition Flow, her commitment to environmentalism, and the crucial role of water, both to our region, and to global survival. Lin interprets the natural world through science, history, politics, and culture, creating a remarkable and highly acclaimed body of work in art and architecture. Lin has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions at museums and galleries worldwide, with works in the permanent collections of the National Gallery of Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, The Smithsonian Institution, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, The Nevada Museum of Art, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, and the California Academy of Sciences.

Registered guests, doors open at 5:30 pm. Please arrive early as the event promptly begins at 6 pm in Cook Auditorium, where seating is general admission.

Gala 2019: Beyond the Frame

Gala 2019: Beyond the Frame

May 4, 2019, 6:00 PM-10:00 PM

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Drop In Studio: Sculpture Challenge

Hands assemble a small sculpture from random objects. 

Drop In Studio: Sculpture Challenge

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

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Recycle, re-use, and re-purpose materials to create a work of art. Pick up a mystery bag of materials and assemble a unique sculpture only using what you find inside.

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.

Sponsored by Amway.

Creativity Uncorked: Painted Portraits

Painting of a figure with yellow hat drinking from a mug. Palette and paints are nearby. 

Creativity Uncorked: Painted Portraits

June 14, 2019, 6:45 PM-9:00 PM

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Find inspiration during a tour of Self, Symbol, Surrogate: Artist Portraits from GRAM’s Collection and discuss the historical and modern methods of creating portraits. Develop a deeper understanding of materials and processes while painting an expressive portrait of yourself or a friend.

No experience is necessary–just an open mind and a willingness to try something new. In GRAM Studio, we focus on the process, not the product, and encourage guests to explore their creativity. All supplies are provided. For more information, please contact Kimberly Mills at 616.831.2927 or gramstudio@artmuseumgr.org.

Two drinks are included with each ticket. Due to the “intoxicating” nature of the fun, participants must be 21+. Registration is required. Space is limited to 30 participants, so reserve your spot today.

Creativity Uncorked: Art in the Air

A colorful kite being painted with brush and palette on the table. 

Creativity Uncorked: Art in the Air

July 12, 2019, 6:45 PM-9:00 PM

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This summer, enjoy flying a kite personally designed by you. Tour the galleries and draw inspiration from the works on view, then head to the Studio to design and build an artistic kite to take your art to the skies.

No experience is necessary–just an open mind and a willingness to try something new. In GRAM Studio, we focus on the process, not the product, and encourage guests to explore their creativity. All supplies are provided. For more information, please contact Kimberly Mills at 616.831.2927 or gramstudio@artmuseumgr.org.

Two drinks are included with each ticket. Due to the “intoxicating” nature of the fun, participants must be 21+. Registration is required. Space is limited to 30 participants, so reserve your spot today.

Creativity Uncorked: Mixed Media Symbolism

Hands cutting an image out of paper with photo copies and drawing supplies on a table. 

Creativity Uncorked: Mixed Media Symbolism

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

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Can objects represent a person, place, or experience? Can mark making express a particular emotion? Artists have been using symbols for centuries to represent various subjects that carry significant meaning and represent our personal experiences. Join us for a private tour exploring symbolism in art before creating a mixed media drawing that captures your emotion and experience.

No experience is necessary–just an open mind and a willingness to try something new. In GRAM Studio, we focus on the process, not the product, and encourage guests to explore their creativity. All supplies are provided. For more information, please contact Kimberly Mills at 616.831.2927 or gramstudio@artmuseumgr.org.

Two drinks are included with each ticket. Due to the “intoxicating” nature of the fun, participants must be 21+. Registration is required. Space is limited to 30 participants, so reserve your spot today.

Creativity Uncorked: Mixed Media Symbolism

Creativity Uncorked: Exquisite Corpse Drawings

Two people working side by side. One person drawing a body, and the other person cutting out legs. 

Creativity Uncorked: Exquisite Corpse Drawings

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

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Collaborate with friends in this workshop and create mysterious figures by drawing a head, torso, and legs and combining them with other participant’s drawings. Exquisite Corpse is the perfect artistic group activity involving elements of unpredictability, chance, and unknown factors. Enjoy an after-hours tour of Michigan Artist Series: Billy Mayer featuring humorous mash-ups to form unlikely juxtapositions and unique figures together.

No experience is necessary–just an open mind and a willingness to try something new. In GRAM Studio, we focus on the process, not the product, and encourage guests to explore their creativity. All supplies are provided. For more information, please contact Kimberly Mills at 616.831.2927 or gramstudio@artmuseumgr.org.

Two drinks are included with each ticket. Due to the “intoxicating” nature of the fun, participants must be 21+. Registration is required. Space is limited to 30 participants, so reserve your spot today.

Drop-in Studio: Calder’s Moves

A photo of a person's arm extended into the frame. The hand is holding out a craft made in the studio, a colorful mobile inspired by the artwork of Alexander Calder. 

Drop-in Studio: Calder’s Moves

June 20, 2019, 5:30 PM-8:30 PM

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Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Alexander Calder’s La Grande Vitesse in GRAM Studio. Get inspired by Calder’s mobiles, then find the right balance in constructing a hanging sculpture that is activated with the slightest movement.

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.

Sponsored by Amway.

Drop-in Studio: Mini Sculpture Parks

Two hands shown from above working on a craft in the GRAM studio. The supplies are cut up pieces of paper, wire, scissors and green floral foam. 

Drop-in Studio: Mini Sculpture Parks

Every Saturday in July, 1:00 PM-5:00 PM

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Gain inspiration from artist Maya Lin’s landscape-based sculptures and architecture, then create your own sculpture park in GRAM Studio. Using simple materials, find a link between landscape, sculpture, and architecture.

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.

Sponsored by Amway.

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