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Grand Rapids Art Museum Welcomes Spring with Biannual Celebration of Art and Floral Design

Innovative floral designs on view during one-weekend-only event

GRAND RAPIDS, MI, March 10, 2021 — The Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM) announced today the return of its biannual celebration and competition, Art in Bloom (March 19 – 21). For one-weekend-only, visitors are invited to explore the galleries and view floral designs inspired by artwork from the Museum’s permanent collection.

Art in Bloom highlights the creativity of West Michigan’s most talented floral designers. The arrangements will be on view alongside the artwork in GRAM’s Level 3 galleries, where guests can cast their vote for their favorite floral arrangement to be selected as the Public Vote Winner.

The Grand Rapids Art Museum is thrilled to kick off the spring season with Art in Bloom,” commented GRAM Communications Manager Elizabeth Payne. We look forward to safely welcoming guests to GRAM’s galleries and encourage everyone to participate in a weekend of floral-inspired fun through our virtual and in-person experiences.”

The 2021 Art in Bloom line-up features 15 floral designers and their interpretation of 15 works from the Museum’s collection — with artwork spanning a wide range of painting, sculpture, mixed-media, and design.

Art in Bloom entries will be eligible for two awards: The Public Vote Award and Juried Award. A panel comprised of floral and art experts from the Grand Rapids community will select the Juried Award Winner, which will be announced on Friday, March 22 at 2 pm. The three-day exhibition and competition include a floral-focused schedule of in-person and virtual offerings.

Weekend Schedule:

Friday, March 19
Public Hours: 12 – 6 pm, Level 3 Galleries
Juried Winner Announcements: 2 pm, Virtual via Facebook Live

Saturday, March 20
Member Hours: 10 am – 12 pm, Level 3 
Public Hours: 12 – 6 pm, Level 3 
Floral-themed Gallery Chats: 1– 3 pm, Level 2 
Drop-in Studio: Flower Making: 12 – 6 pm, Cook Auditorium
Floral Design Demonstration with Fleurology Designs: 4:30 – 5 pm, Virtual via Facebook Live

Sunday, March 21
Member Hours: 10 am – 12 pm, Level 3 
Public Hours: 12– 6 pm, Level 3 
Public Voting Closes: 1:30 pm
Public Vote Winner Announcement: 2 pm, Virtual via Facebook Live

Participating Floral Designers:
Douglas Bates, Designs by Vogt’s; Renae Buning, Alice Hatch Floral; Heather Delong, Allegan Floral + Gifts; Monique Garcia, Mitten Floral; Maggie Hartman, Maggie’s Flowers; Amy Hill, Afloral Concept; Geniene Hourigan Culp, New Design Floral; Hayley Hungerford, Hyssop Floral; Nikki Ludema, Veritas Event Design; Skeeter Parkhouse, Wasserman’s Flowers + Gifts; Marisa Rakowski, Eastern Floral; Amanda Smith, Ball Park Floral & Gifts; Brennan Smith, Overgrowth Floral; Melissa Snoeyer, Dahlia Acres Farms; Esme M. Zabawa, Daylily Floral

Visitors are encouraged to reserve timed tickets to Art in Bloom in advance and view the Museum’s health and safety guidelines before visiting. GRAM’s guidelines include face mask requirements, reduced capacity, social distancing measures, regular cleaning and sanitization efforts, and more.

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. Established 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 GRAM’s hours and admission fees, call 616.831.1000 or visit