GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – CWD Real Estate Investment has signed on as the Official Real Estate Provider of ArtPrize for the second year in a row.
CWD will donate space at four downtown locations during the 19-day international art competition, from Sept. 23 – Oct. 11. The buildings will be home to four ArtPrize hospitality spaces and two highly anticipated large-scale interactive art installations.
50 Monroe NW will house the Access Art Lounge (lobby level) and ArtPrize Volunteer Lounge (7th floor). Access Art, designed in partnership with Disability Advocates of Kent County, is equipped with information and resources to help visitors with specialized mobility needs make the most of ArtPrize Seven—including tips on venue accessibility, wheelchair accessible parking, free wheelchair rental, a quiet room to provide relief from the crowds, and light refreshments.
- “Constructing Deconstructing” by Carolina Borja and Amy Toscani invites visitors to break a series of piñatas, releasing the contents and creating a second installation.
- “Whisper” by Emily Kennerk, a 70-foot voice-activated table, forces visitors to whisper in order to make a big statement.
The CWD Building, 50 Louis NW (entrance at 9 Ionia NW) will be home to the ArtPrize Clubhouse for ArtClub and ArtFan members, sponsors, artists, and media, and the historic and newly restored Michigan Trust Building, 40 Pearl NW (entrance at 130 Ottawa NW) will house the ArtPrize Hospitality Center.
Cummings will also introduce four speakers at the Unapologetically Midwest: Artist-Run Art Spaces discussion at The HUB on Sept. 29. The second in the six-session ArtPrize Critical Discourse series, Unapologetically Midwest will feature four artists who will discuss how they fulfilled their need for institutional support by building new art spaces and exhibition programs within their Midwestern communities of Detroit, Minneapolis, Grand Rapids and Milwaukee.