The Grand Rapids Public Museum Celebrates ArtPrize With Extensive Outdoor Exhibit


The time for the much awaited and celebrated ArtPrize festival is coming soon and the Grand Rapids Public Museum is getting onboard by featuring 17 artists and their creations. The display will be running from Sept. 17 through October 7. Find out more about what you can expect when you visit.

The artwork will be featured outdoors on the Museum grounds. Those who wish to stop by to view these distinctive pieces of art can do so at any time of day while the exhibit is running. During this ArtPrize, the museum will be open for its regular hours of operation and visitors can enjoy half off general admission fees.

The museum will also be participating in the public celebration of ArtPrize on October 6 at Rosa Parks Circle from 10 AM to 2 PM. Those who attend will have the opportunity to create miniature chairs as their own contribution to this creative event. Be sure join their staff for this great hands-on activity and be sure to come by the museum Sept. 17-Oct. 7 to view displays by this group of talented local artists:

The Artists:


Broken Wings – Pamela Alderman

Broken Wings is an artistic response to the hostile environment created by bullying and tragedies such as Columbine, Parkland, and Santa Fe. These beautiful butterflies painted on interactive panels are a call to action. Let us start a butterfly effect to end the suffering, chaos, and brokenness and uplift our children to a peaceful future.

 All photos courtesy of ArtPrize 

Sonder – Megan Altieri

The term “sonder” is the realization that every person passing by is living a life just as deep and complex as your own. In this piece the artist illustrates this phenomenon with garments on a clothesline, all hand stamped with snippets of conversation she overheard from passing strangers who wore similar garments. Sonder challenges the viewer to forego the all too common feeling of self-important for the truth that we are all dots among a sea of equally valuable dots.


Mandala Light Field – Miya Ando

In this free-standing art installation, four banners create an open room with Bodhi leaf mandala work on each wall. As viewers move about the room the mandalas’ color changes as a result of layered painting. The banners are a semi-translucent fabric painted with phosphorescence so that they glow at night.  


Peace Totem – Scott Brazeau

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much” – Helen Keller. Inspired by this quote the artist has created the piece, Peace Totem, to represent the good people can do when they set aside their differences. The metal sculpture contains multicultural elements that come together to make a totem for all.


Spirit Brothers 2 The Angry Cougar – Alan Brown

This 32-inch-tall, Colorado Marble, sculpture depicts a cougar and a man back to back in an ornate Native American style.  


Geode – Carlson Garcia

Geode is a combination of sculpture, soundscape, and visual projection. These series of crystal-like shapes use video-mapping technology to form glowing geode sculptures. Real-time sound synthesis also changes the light patterns on the fabric walls creating an immersive experience.

The Entomologist – Anna Donahue

This 15-foot paper mâché sculpture puts viewers in the world of an insect as the hands of the entomologist reaches down to collect a specimen. Viewers are encouraged to step into the cupped hands and become the specimen.


Moonhead Man – Jeff Glode Wise

Moonhead Man is a masterpiece of figurative work and architecturally based design. As the viewer walks around the sculpture changing perspectives reveal a wide range of shapes, forms, emotions, and imagery. The figure and its pentisatal seem to shimmer and come to life as negative and positive space shifts, cast bronze, concrete, and steel patterns move in and out of view.


Growing Community! – Mary Steenwyk

The children and staff at Jenison Christian School, Evergreen Ministries, and the children in Aware, Ethiopia have been exchanging artwork and building a relationship for the past three years. In this art piece, the handprints of the children come together in a display of the community created by open hands. This eight-foot sculpture made from wood, fabric, yarn, wire, beads, acrylic paint, and sand is a testament to the work hands do by promoting justice, peace, and growth in communities


Living Landscape – Judy A. Steiner

Inspired by Monet’s seaside landscapes, “Living Landscape” is a painting created entirely out of living succulent plants. As the viewer approaches from afar, the image of a cottage can be clearly seen. As the viewer draws closer the beautiful succulents appear. Over 3,000 individual plants were used to from the 3.5′ x 4.5′ planted image.


Ode To A not Too Distant Past – Eleanor Swan

‘Ode To A Not Too Distant Past’ is a political and social comment on the consequences of the recession, centered around the construction industry. Many years have passed, but we are still struggling to recover. The sculpture consists of two glazed stoneware ceramic torsos sitting back to back amid 500 houses. After the exhibition, 450 houses will be sold through the Grand Rapids Public Museum and the funds given to Kids’ Food Basket in Grand Rapids.


Alnilam – Nathan Swan

This elegant sculpture was handmade from glass.


Enchanted Moments – Taro Takizawa
As viewers step into this space the walls become more than just the backdrop of our day to day lives. With flowing and dynamic, yet relaxing lines and shapes these walls become a part of the activity of the day. This new energy benefits the minds and moods of the visitors.


Copper Tritscheller

This bronze statue, created in 2015, shows a bat in a reclining position.


Quantum Meditation – Julian Voss-Andreae

This vanishing figure was inspired by the artist’s background in quantum physics. Made up of evenly spaced, parallel slabs of polished stainless steel, when the figure is viewed directly from the front it disappears as the viewer looks through the panels rather than at them.


Beez Kneez Pleez – Hope Wallace

Beez Knees Pleez is a ten-foot ceramic sculpture that takes a lighthearted approach to the serious issue of bee endangerment. The stacked honeycomb, flowers, bees, and other creatures is a nod to the role bees play in the delicate balance of our ecosystem. The concept came about after the artist participated in a group, called “The Bee Swarm,” in the Marche du Nain Rouge parade in Detroit. After noticing the severity of the decline in local bee populations and acquiring a love for their artistic form; the artist created this structure to call us all to save the bees we so vitally need.


Stilts (one dozen) – Liscano, Valimaki, Yu

Stilts’ is a steel and aluminum sculpture. At 25 inches wide by 4-6 feet deep this piece depicts one dozen men on high stilts.