The 49507 Project: 'Reclamation and Liberation'

Written by Michaela Stock | Monday, 11 April 2022 12:42 |

Art for the people, by the people – that’s what The 49507 Project is all about. Lead by Black, Brown and queer artists and youth, this public art initiative seeks to shift power dynamics in under-resourced areas, specifically in Southeast Grand Rapid’s 49507 zip code.

In Dialogue at the GRAM

Written by John Kissane | Monday, 31 January 2022 11:50 |

David Edward Smikle was born in 1953 in Queens, some three thousand miles from Portland, OR, where, that same year, Carrie Mae Weems came into the world. Both had an artistic bent: Smikle gravitated toward music; Weems to street theater and dance. The two wouldn’t meet until 1977, by which point Smikle had changed his name to Dawoud Bey. 

Warm Hearts

Written by Michaela Stock | Sunday, 03 October 2021 19:41 |

Storytelling has the power to bring people from opposite ends of the earth into a space of empathy. Saugatuck Center for the Art newest exhibit, HAS HEART | 50 States, does just that. 

Reimagining Nature

Written by Josh Veal | Sunday, 03 October 2021 19:37 |

Art has the ability to recontextualize our reality — reframing, recreating and reimagining.

Children’s Healing Center Provides Normalcy and Community

Written by John Kissane | Monday, 30 August 2021 12:00 |

When Amanda Barbour was looking for a table, she wanted it to come from someone local. She wasn’t buying it for herself; Barbour, the founder and executive director of Children’s Healing Center, was buying it for the center.

Artist Profile: Maddison Chaffer

Written by Josh Veal | Monday, 30 August 2021 11:41 |

Maddison Chaffer is an illustrator — but not only.

Artist Profile: Lara Jean Doodles

Written by Michaela Stock | Monday, 30 August 2021 11:37 |

You may have heard of her as Lara Jean Doodles, but Lara Farley’s illustrations are nothing like what most of us scribbled in the margins of our middle school notebooks. 

Artist Profile: Kristin Zuller

Written by Allison Kay Bannister | Monday, 30 August 2021 11:35 |

Bold use of color, divine feminine representation, and elements of nature are just some of the stylistic choices that define the works of Kristin Zuller, multidisciplinary visual artist and Grand Rapids native. 

Artist Profile: Edgar Hernandez

Written by Michaela Stock | Monday, 30 August 2021 11:32 |

Creative director and freelance designer Edgar Hernandez is never without multiple projects at a time. Under his brand, The Oddest, Hernandez owned and operated a clothing store for three years in the Grand Rapids Downtown Market. 

Artist Profile: Devin Hendrick

Written by Josh Veal | Monday, 30 August 2021 11:16 |

When it comes to photography, Devin Hendrick does it all.

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