• Quick grants for emergent contemporary art
in (and around) Grand Rapids, MI.
- Three rounds: September 15, November 1, December 6, 2019.
- ~$500 awarded for a selected project (each round)
- Art production, art presentation, curatorial, organizational, or project-based works
- Individuals or collaborative groups
- Five local panelists contribute money to fund the grants, and review, discuss, and select the projects to be funded in each round.
- Preference will be given to projects that engage thoughtfully with contemporary culture, compensate artists for their labor, or create opportunities for other artists.
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Round 3 Details
- $500 will be granted to a selected artist or project.
- Round 3 Panelists: Steffanie Rosalez, George Wietor, Julie Christianson Stivers, Hugo Claudín, and Danielle C. Wyckoff
- Steffanie Rosalez is an artist, musician, and community leader living in Grand Rapids. She is the Director of the Cook Arts Center where she works to create equitable spaces and access to opportunities through the arts for youth and families on Grand Rapids’ Southwest side. Rosalez is a founding member of the Cultura Collective, an informal collective of artists that exhibits work about personal narratives, politics, and histories of the artists and communities of colors. The Cultura Collective was selected as the winner for the juried Installation Award during ArtPrize 2016 and also shared the curatorial award for Best Venue that year. She continues to make music and art of her own as part of the synth-pop duo, How To Live Together.
- George Wietor is an artist, curator, publisher and organizer who has worked to shape the cultural landscape of Grand Rapids in myriad meaningful ways. Wietor has garnered international attention for his work with Issue Press and the use of Risograph printers to produce art books and zines. Wietor was a keynote speaker at the 1st RISO biennale at the Jan van Eyck Academie in the Netherlands and gave a three-day workshop at Duplica 2017 in São Paulo, Brazil. Issue Press is included in major art book fairs from NYC to Bergen, Norway, and Wietor is one of the organizers of NARC, the North American Riso Conference, held concurrently with the Chicago Art Book Fair.
Wietor is also co-founder of the Division Avenue Arts Collective (DAAC), a DIY music and visual art venue, and is currently on staff at Community Media Center. At CMC, he was part of the core team that developed The Rapidian - an online, hyperlocal news source - with funds from the Knight Foundation, and in partnership with the Grand Rapids Community Foundation.
- Julie Christianson Stivers grew up in the U.P. and is a graduate of Thomas Jefferson College at Grand Valley State. She has worked for many cultural organizations in Grand Rapids, including the Public Museum, the Symphony, and PBS. She was co-founder of On The Town magazine and its editor for 10 years. She served on the Board of Directors of UICA for nine years, was its President for five years, and co-chair of the campaign to move the organization from Race Street to 41 Sheldon SE. Among other boards she has served are Site:Lab, Chamber Music Society of Grand Rapids, Community Media Center, and ArtWorks. She is author of a history of the Public Museum and of Grand Valley State University, and has done extensive research and writing on 19th century Grand Rapids botanist Emma Cole.
- Hugo Claudín is a Mexican-American painter of contemporary figuration. He was born in Guadalajara Mexico in 1966. As a teenager, he migrated to the United States where he studied art at Kendall College of Art & Design. In addition to being a painter, he is a drummer/percussionist and co-founder of the Latin band Cabildo. He collaborates extensively with local artists and musicians. Included are works from this current series of paintings titled Mexicains Sans Frontieres which is also the name of his studio at 120 South Division or Avenue of the Arts. Mexicains Sans Frontieres (Mexicanos sin Fronteras or Mexicans without Borders) "deals with my binational status and the secret lives of undocumented immigrants from Mexico. and the difficulty of crossing borders, -cultural and geopolitical, as well as language barriers. Hugo uses the Mexican wrestler mask as a metaphor for the unseen communities of undocumented people living in the US that go uncounted and misrepresented in the media. He gives them dignity and cultural richness that is often overlooked. He uses bright colors he experienced on sabbatical in the artist community of Todos Santos in Baja California Sur that he visited in 2004. Claudin is recipient of the National Equity Project Fellowship 2019.
- Originally from the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia, Danielle C. Wyckoff currently lives and works in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She is an artist and an educator, who is dedicated to research. Her work investigates how loving or losing love allows us to empathize with each other. In order to address this broad topic of loving, she creates works on paper, installations, videos, sculptures, and performative actions. Danielle holds a BA in art and English and an MA in English (both form Georgia College) and an MFA from Ohio University.
Round 2 Details
- On November 9th 2019 $400 was granted to Chelsea Thompto for her project TransAction. TransAction is an artist book series dedicated to exploring the trans experience through art and writing. The goal of this project is to design and publish a short-run artist book series containing the work of contemporary trans artists, scholars, and activists. This project is a response to finding it difficult to connect with other trans artists and scholars when we are so spread out around the country and the world. It is also a response to the many art venues and academic journals having a “trans” issue or “trans” show wherein trans people are featured but not always centered in the decision making process..
- Round 2 Panelists: Jeffrey Augustine Songco, Michele Bosak, Celine Browning, Brett Colley
- Jeffrey Augustine Songco (b. 1983) is a multidisciplinary artist. Born and raised in New Jersey to Filipino immigrants, his artistic identity developed at a young age with training in classical ballet, voice, and musical theater. He holds a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University and an MFA from San Francisco Art Institute. He is featured in the publication "Queering Contemporary Asian American Art" and is the recipient of the Installation Category Juried Award at ArtPrize Nine.
- Michele Bosak (Chicago, IL) is a curator currently based in Grand Rapids, MI. She holds an MFA from Northern Illinois University in Drawing and Museum Studies, where she was the recipient of the Medici Award and a Distinguished University Fellowship. Since 2013 she's fulfilled the role as Curator of Exhibitions for Kendall College of Art & Design. Working for a non-collecting institution, she curates original exhibitions and programming designed to engage both academics and the local community.
- Celine Browning is an artist and educator born and raised in Chicago to a family of new media artists and activists whose work addresses a range of topics connected with social justice. Open engagement with social and political issues is a consistent part of her approach to creating meaningful works of art, and her studio work is specifically engaged in exploring power dynamics in American culture. In 2011, Browning earned an MFA in Metals, and since then, her artwork has been exhibited frequently, most recently through a three-year traveling group exhibition organized by the Norman Rockwell Museum and a solo show at Northwestern University, as well as at the Pinakothek Der Moderne in Munich. Browning is currently an Affiliate Professor of Art at Grand Valley State University in Michigan.
- Brett Colley completed his undergraduate work (BFA Studio Art) at Grand Valley State University in the early 90s, and earned his graduate degree (MFA Printmaking) from the University of Iowa in 1994. After doing museum preparation in Arizona and non-profit administration in New Hampshire, Colley returned to Grand Rapids to assume a professorial position at GVSU (Fall 1999), where he now teaches a variety of courses including Drawing, Printmaking, and Senior Seminar.
Colley's recent creative practice has focused on systems of oppression and organized resistance, around the world and here in West Michigan. From 2004-2012 Colley was active as a curator, serving on the Curatorial Board of the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts.