For Immediate Release

Art in Bloom Returns to the Grand Rapids Art Museum

The one-weekend-only exhibition showcases the combined beauty of art and floral design

Grand Rapids, MI, March 3, 2023 – The Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM) will present Art in Bloom from March 24 – 26, a biennial exhibition and competition celebrating the art of floral design. During the one-weekend-only event, visitors will be invited to explore the galleries and view floral designs inspired by artwork from the Museum’s permanent collection. 

We’re thrilled to welcome guests to the tenth year of Art in Bloom at the Grand Rapids Art Museum, commented GRAM Director of Communications Elizabeth Payne. See the first signs of spring in GRAM’s galleries and enjoy the creativity of 13 of our region’s most talented floral designers.” 

The artwork presented in Art in Bloom will include 13 works from the Museum’s collection. The selection includes recent acquisitions and works spanning a broad range of media, from painting and sculpture to mixed media and design.

Art in Bloom entries will be eligible for the Public Vote Award and the Juried Award. On view in GRAM’s Level 3 Galleries during open hours the entire weekend, visitors can peruse the extravagant arrangements and vote to select a Public Vote Winner, who will be announced at 2 pm in the Museum’s Lobby on Sunday, March 26. A panel comprised of floral and art experts and members of the Grand Rapids creative community will also select a Juried Winner, to be announced at 2 pm on Friday, March 24. 

Admission to the three-day exhibition is accompanied by floral-themed programming for all ages, including gallery chats, drop-in paper flower artmaking workshops, a wine and jazz lounge, and a classical concert. 

On Friday, March 24 from 6 – 10 pm, GRAM and GRNoir Wine & Jazz will cohost the inaugural GRAM Goes Late event. Guests will enjoy a wine and jazz lounge at the Museum, complete with live musical and spoken word performances, complimentary bites, and a cash bar featuring GRNoir Collection wines. 

All programming and events are included with Art in Bloom general admission and free for GRAM Members.

Art in Bloom Admission:

GRAM Members: Free, Adults: $15, Seniors 62+/Students: $10, Youth (6 – 17): $10, Children (5 and under): Free 

Weekend Schedule:

Friday, March 24 

Saturday, March 25

Sunday, March 26

  • Art in Bloom on view and Public Voting continues 
  • 10 am – 4 pm, Level 3 Galleries

  • Gallery Chats: Art in Bloom
  • 10 am – 4 pm, Level 3 Galleries

  • Public Voting closes 
  • 12:30 pm

  • Public Vote Award Winners Announced 
  • 1 pm, Lobby

  • Classical Concert
  • 1 pm, Auditorium

Support for Art in Bloom is generously provided by Karl & Patricia Betz, Gregory & Rajene Betz, Janet Gatherer Boyles & John Boyles, Deidre Interiors, Janet & Mark Nisbett, Holland Litho Printing, and Ann & Don Kelly. Additional funding provided by GRAM Exhibition Society. 

About the Grand Rapids Art Museum 
Connecting people through art, creativity, and design. Established in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids, the art museum is internationally known for its distinguished design and LEED® Gold certified status. Founded in 1910 as the Grand Rapids Art Association, GRAM has grown to include more than 6,000 works of art, including American and European 19th and 20th-century painting and sculpture and more than 3,000 works on paper. Embracing the city’s legacy as a leading center of design and manufacturing, GRAM has a growing collection in the area of design and modern craft. 
For museum hours and admission fees, call 616.831.1000 or visit