Virtual Talk: Art in the Age of the New Normal

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Virtual Talk: Art in the Age of the New Normal

June 18, 2020, 6:30 PM-7:30 PM

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Join Belinda Tate, KIA Executive Director for an evening conversation with Dana Friis-Hansen, Grand Rapids Art Museum Executive Director and Salvador Salort-Pons, Director, President, and CEO of the Detroit Institute of Arts. These museum leaders will discuss measures they are taking to keep their museums connected and relevant while building new bridges of access and support to their communities. Learn about their challenges and successes in this free virtual program.

Virtual Artist Talk: Salvador Jiménez-Flores

Artist Salvador Jimenez-Flores 

Virtual Artist Talk: Salvador Jiménez-Flores

June 4, 2020, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM

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Join us for a virtual conversation with interdisciplinary artist, Salvador Jiménez-Flores. Jiménez-Flores addresses issues of colonization, migration, cultural appropriation, identity, and futurism by producing a mixture of socially conscious installation, public, and studio-based art. As an artist Jiménez-Flores feels he has a responsibility to address the issues that affect his community, to create awareness, and propose actions through his art. He has presented his work at the National Museum of Mexican Art, Grand Rapids Art Museum, Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts, and the Museum of Arts and Design, among many others.

Salvador Jiménez-Flores was born and raised in Jalisco, México. Jiménez-Flores received a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Graphic Design at Chicago’s Robert Morris University and a Master of Fine Arts from Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids. He is Assistant Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

To register, visit https://bit.ly/2TliZI1. Space is limited to the first 100 registrants. Upon registration, Members will receive an email with instructions on how to join this virtual artist talk on Zoom. Contact the Membership Office at 616.831.2912 or membership@artmuseumgr.org for more information.

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Gala 2020 Attire Inspiration

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Gala 2020 Attire Inspiration

May 2, 2020, 6:00 PM-12:00 AM

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Gain inspiration from original looks by local retailers

Adult Workshop Weekend: Painting En Plein Air

Adult Workshop Weekend: Painting En Plein Air

Special two-part Adult Workshop Weekend, 12:30 PM-3:30 PM

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Attend GRAM’s Adult Workshops and discover a weekend of art-making. Experience an in-depth demonstration of tools and techniques before creating your own unique project. Leave with a painted record of what was taught along with a list of resources for continuing at home. All materials provided. Open to ages 16+. $60, members receive 20% off ($48)

On August 8 & 9 from 12:30-3:30pm, take GRAM Studio outdoors for this special two-part en plein air workshop. Day one will feature perspective drawing while capturing the landscape of downtown Grand Rapids. On day two, participants will study like the impressionists while painting their drawn urban landscape through oil pastel on canvas.

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Drop-In Studio: Miniature Artist Zine

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Drop-In Studio: Miniature Artist Zine

Third Thursday of August from 5:30-8:30pm, Every Saturday in August, 1:00 PM-4:00 PM

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Short for magazine, a zine is a self-published creation. How will you express your ideas? Join us in GRAM Studio during the month of August to design, cut, and paste your own miniature artist zine.

Drop-In Studio: Reclaimed Weaving

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Drop-In Studio: Reclaimed Weaving

Third Thursday of September from 5:30-8:30pm, Every Saturday in September, 1:00 PM-4:00 PM

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Discover the works in the Michigan Artist Series Kelly Church and Cherish Parrish and learn how to weave for yourself. During the month of September, create unexpected and unique textures with a variety of weaving techniques and materials.

Saturday Studio Session: Weaving with Handmade Looms

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Saturday Studio Session: Weaving with Handmade Looms

September 5, 2020, 10:30 AM-1:30 PM

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Join us once a month for unique and creative artmaking sessions influenced by a range of art practices. During the session, you’ll be guided through concept and material exploration. Through hands-on projects and gallery tours, participants will develop a deeper understanding of art and personal expression.

On September 5, try your hand at weaving with fiber. From the seasoned weaver, to absolute beginner, this workshop is for everyone. On individual looms, participants will learn the basics of hand weaving through colorful fibers to create unique patterns and texture.

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Adult Workshop Series: Woven Sculptures

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Adult Workshop Series: Woven Sculptures

September 13, 2020, 12:30 PM-3:30 PM

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Attend GRAM’s Adult Workshops and discover an afternoon of artmaking 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+. $35, members receive 20% off ($28)

On September 13, discover the beauty of traditional basket weaving techniques and explore contemporary approaches to woven forms. Participants will design and weave unique forms working with various natural reed and weaving techniques.

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Saturday Studio Session: Natural Pigments and Paints

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Saturday Studio Session: Natural Pigments and Paints

August 22, 2020, 10:30 AM-12:30 PM

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Join us once a month for unique art-making session influenced by a range of art practices. During the session, you’ll be guided through concept and material exploration. Through hands-on projects and gallery tours, participants will develop a deeper understanding of art and personal expression.

On August 22, discover the splendor of nature and learn how to make vibrant pigments and paint from natural resources. Explore how to prepare and mix materials from different spices, minerals, and plant-based ingredients.

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Adult Workshop Series: Layered Landscape Dioramas Encore

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Adult Workshop Series: Layered Landscape Dioramas Encore

February 23, 2020, 12:30 PM-3:30 PM

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Attend GRAM’s Adult Workshops and discover an afternoon of artmaking 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 February 23, discover the works within  A New State of Matter: Contemporary Glass and explore Jeff Zimmer’s intricate landscape dioramas. Then,  create your own diorama exploring the mysterious effects of opacity and light found within glass while creating a multi-layered scene.

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