Highly Recommended: Emerging Sculptors – Meet The Artists, Part 2

Fall means ArtPrize, and with that comes a new sculpture exhibition opening at Meijer Gardens. This year’s exhibition, Highly Recommended: Emerging Sculptors, features 16 artists and also serves as our fall exhibition, running from September 19, 2014 through January 4, 2015.

Meijer Gardens maintains a close relationship with artists in our permanent collection and relied on their recommendations of new and upcoming sculptors to form this group exhibition.

Meet the rest of our participating artists below, and see our Meet The Artists Part 1 blog post to read up on the other artists that are participating in Highly Recommended: Emerging Sculptors.

Osman Khan

Osman Khan was born in Pakistan and grew up in New York City. He received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Columbia University in New York in 1995.  He is an artist interested in constructing artifacts and experiences for social criticism and aesthetic expression. His work plays and subverts the materiality behind themes of identity, communication, economics and public space through participatory & performative installations and site-specific interventions.

Osman Khan

House by Osman Khan. Vote Code: 56655

Sean Paul Lorentz

Born in Petaluma, California, Sean Paul Lorentz lives and works in the San Francisco Bay area and is the West Coast Studio Manager for sculptor Mark di Suvero. He graduated in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts at Studio Art University of California. His work is the product of an instinctive process involving personal experience and the perpetual development of skills within the mediums of life and steel.


Bogie by Sean Paul Lorentz. Vote Code: 57577

Bogie by Sean Paul Lorentz. Vote Code: 57577

Alyson Shotz

A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and the University of Washington, Seattle, Alyson Shotz has upcoming solo exhibitions at Millesgarden Museum, Stockholm, Sweden, and the Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum and Hamilton College, Clinton, NY. Her work is included in the permanent collections of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, NY, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art among others.

Spiral Helix by Alyson Shotz. Vote Code: 56209

Spiral Helix by Alyson Shotz. Vote Code: 56209


















Tom Price

Tom Price (b. London, UK, 1981) studied at Chelsea College of Art (2001-2004) and received a MA at the Royal College of Art, Sculpture School (2004-2006). In 2009 he was featured alongside Grayson Perry, Michael Landy, Sir Anthony Caro and Cornelia Parker on the BBC 4 television documentary, Where is Modern Art Now?, presented by Gus Casely-Hayford. In 2010 he featured on BBC 4’s, How to Get a Head in Sculpture, also featuring Marc Quinn and Sir Anthony Caro.

Network by Tom Price. Vote Code 57469

Network by Tom Price. Vote Code 57469

Daniel Silver






Born in London in 1972, Daniel Silver was raised in Jerusalem and moved back to London in 1994. He has exhibited extensively across the UK and internationally. He holds a BA of Fine Art from Slade School of Art and an MA of Fine Art Sculpture from the Royal College of Art.



Untitled by Daniel Silver. Vote Code: 56854

Untitled by Daniel Silver. Vote Code: 56854

Alisha Wessler



Alisha Wessler lives and works in New York City. She holds a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a MFA from the University of Michigan Stamps School of Art & Design. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, including Johansson Projects (Oakland), MeetFactory (Prague), Claire Morris Gallery (Ireland), Blütenweiss (Berlin), G2 (Chicago), Gowanus Studio Space (Brooklyn) and the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology (Ann Arbor).

From Afar It Is an Island by Alisha Wessler. Vote Code 56457

From Afar It Is an Island by Alisha Wessler. Vote Code 56457

Christopher Yockey

Christopher Yockey was raised in Royal Oak, Michigan. He has a MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art, and in addition to his own work, works with sculptor Mark di Suvero. He is also an avid hockey player, living in New York City with his wife and daughter.

You Have Options by Christopher Yockey. Vote Code 56621

You Have Options by Christopher Yockey. Vote Code 56621

Antonella Zazzera



Antonella Zazzera lives and works in Todi, Italy. She completed her studies with a degree in painting at the Pietro Vannucci Academy in Perugia in 1999. Over the years, she has deepened her knowledge of Italian Art and the recovery of its values: Sign, Light and Space. Always faithful to her first intuition, her current work of sculpture is the result of a process which springs from photographic researches leading her to focus the importance of Light in the definition of both Space and Form.

Armonico CLXVII by Antonella Zazzera. Vote Code 56891

Armonico CLXVII by Antonella Zazzera. Vote Code 56891

Highly Recommended: Emerging Sculptors – Meet The Artists, Part 1

It’s almost time for ArtPrize, and that means a new sculpture exhibition is opening at Meijer Gardens. This year’s exhibition, Highly Recommended: Emerging Sculptors, features 16 artists and also serves as our fall exhibition, running from September 19, 2014 through January 4, 2015.

Meijer Gardens maintains a close relationship with artists in our permanent collection and relied on their recommendations of new and upcoming sculptors to form this group exhibition.

Meet some of the participating artists below:

Katrin Albrecht

Katrin Albrecht is an artist from Germany. She began her career as a tailor, and then studied fashion design in Berlin before finding her field in Fine Arts and studying sculpture at Weissensse School of Art in Berlin, Städelschule Frankfurt, and Ecole Des Beaux-Arts, Paris. She also received an MA from Goldsmiths College in London. Her work has been exhibited widely and she has received several awards such as the Chelsea Arts Club Award with Berta Koch Collective in 2013.

Katrin Albrecht: Die Hutte Brennt / The Shed is on Fire. Vote Code: 57284

Katrin Albrecht: Die Hutte Brennt / The Shed is on Fire. Vote Code: 57284

Armen Agop

Armen Agop was born in Cairo, graduated from Helwan University, and first came to Italy in 2000 after winning the Prix de Rome. In 2008 he was awarded “The Sculpture Grant” given once a year to a prominent international sculptor by the Swedish organization KKV-B. In 2010, he received the international Umberto Mastroianni award in Piemonte, Italy.

Armen Agop: Untitled. Vote Code: 56385

Loris Cecchini

Loris Cecchini was born in Milan in 1969 and lives and works between Berlin and Tuscany. He has shown his work all over the world with solo exhibitions in prestigious museums such as the Palais de Tokyo in Paris. Loris Cecchini has also taken part in international exhibitions and numerous collective shows including the 49th and 13th Quadrennial of Rome.

Loris Cecchini: Wallwave vibration (anatomy of a diagram). Vote Code: 57136

Loris Cecchini: Wallwave vibration (anatomy of a diagram). Vote Code: 57136

Mat Chivers

The work of British visual artist Mat Chivers looks at how the fundamental phenomena that exist below the surface of things inform the way we experience the world around us. The process of making draws on combinations of analogue and digital technologies in works that embody a hybridisation of old-world subjects and techniques with contemporary envisioning processes. His practice focuses at the location between data capture and its consequent interpretation in order to explore the ambiguous nature of perception.

Mat Chivers

Mat Chivers: Chain of Events. Vote Code: 56263

Michele Ciribifera

Michele Ciribifera, born in Perugia in 1969, graduated in sculpture with Edgardo Abbozzo, at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Perugia in 1991. In 1993 he won the first prize at the sculpture symposium in S. Elena (CA), and in 1997 he exhibited on the first solo show in Sansepolcro (AR), a series of sculptures in which are present the structural tensions of elements directly drawn from natural context. In the match between reality and illusion, the sculptures of Michele Ciribifera define the mysterious interaction between energy and matter.

Michele Ciribifera: Double ondAnoma. Vote Code: 56946

Michele Ciribifera: Double ondAnoma. Vote Code: 56946

Chiara Dynys

Chiara Dynys was born in Mantua. Her works have become more site specific and, one might say, are developed in the perception of users that, coming across them, find themselves “different” and altered, rediscovering the feeling of their presence. “I often use the word passage to talk about my work. In fact, what is common to all my work is the sense of the crossing.”

Chiara Dynys: Love Hate. Vote Code: 56956

Chiara Dynys: Love Hate. Vote Code: 56956

Lucy Glendinning

Lucy Glendinning lives and works in Somerset, England. On graduating, she worked for the sculptor Elizabeth Frink. She has been awarded the Landscape Inst Award twice, Civic Trust and Red Rose award, for commissions. Her work is made in series, developed around ideas which start poems. These thoughts are usually derived by medical information, psychological studies, and a fascination with future society.

Lucy Glendinning: Feather Child 1. Vote Code: 56788

Lucy Glendinning: Feather Child 1. Vote Code: 56788

David Henderson

Born in 1956, David Henderson studied art with William Tucker, George Sugarman, and Vito Acconci. He received his M.F.A. from Columbia University in 1981 and his B.A. from Bard College in 1978. He lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. He has pioneered the use of fiberglass and carbon fiber as structural materials in sculpture, exploiting the extraordinary tensile strength of these materials in ways usually associated with ultralight aircraft and sailboats, in order to achieve truly unique and astonishing results.

David Henderson: Corby 3. Vote Code: 57205

David Henderson: Corby 3. Vote Code: 57205

Four Ways to Prepare for the Online Members-Only Presale

It’s here. The 2014 Fifth Third Bank Summer Concerts at Meijer Gardens lineup has been released! There is a mix of performers, from reggae and folk to funk and jazz, to enjoy this June through September in the outdoor Amphitheater.

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As the members-only presale on Saturday, April 26 at 9 am draws closer, we want to make sure members are prepared for the online sale*. For the best selection, we recommend purchasing tickets online at StarTickets.com. We worked with Star Tickets to make this process more efficient and easier than in years past since concerts continue to sell quickly online.

We want you to be best equipped to get the tickets you want, so here are four ways to prepare for the online member presale:

  1.     Renew Your Membership or Become a Member

Along with experiencing the beauty of Meijer Gardens year-round, two of the many membership perks includes discounted concert tickets and first dibs during the member presale. If you’re not already a member, we suggest becoming one ASAP prior to the presale. This also applies to membership renewal.

Learn more about the different membership choices or renew online by clicking on renew in your membership category.

  1.     Find and Write Down Your Member ID Number

After becoming a member or renewing, you’ll be emailed a member ID number. Jot down the number or keep your card on hand for the day of the presale. Below is where your ID number is located if you have a card.


This number is very important! It will need to be entered during the ticket buying process on StarTickets.com in order to receive access the presale and the price discount per ticket.

If you’re a member and have lost your ID card or don’t know your number, please email membership@meijergardens.org in advance of the presale or log into your member account to find it. Due to the volume of questions received the day of the presale, it’s best to plan ahead and know your ID number.

  1.     Create a Star Tickets account

Another important step to prepare is creating an account on the Star Tickets website. This is different than your Meijer Gardens login. Your Star Tickets login information is only used on Startickets.com as your concert-buying account. If you already have an account, you do not need to create a new one. BUT be sure you know your password and have updated credit card and account information before the sale.

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Creating a Star Tickets login before the member presale will cut down on time the morning of the sale.

  1.     Know Your Concerts Beforehand

The entire concert schedule has been released. Make a list of your favorites and prepare to jump when we open the sale at 9 am on StarTickets.com.

If you wish to purchase tickets to multiple shows, at the end of each concert selection, pick “Add Another Event” at the bottom of the page and repeat the process. When you’re done purchasing all of your tickets, only then select Continue to check out.

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Currently, we allow our members to purchase tickets to multiple shows without a set limit, but please note, we do monitor for signs of resale if large quantities of tickets are purchased per show. This has not been an issue in the past and we continue to take note of your concerns about this issue each year.

We hope this helps in the ticket buying process during both the members-only presale and public sales.

Still looking for more info? We’ve created an Insider’s Guide to buying concert tickets and concert FAQs. Check it out! Please comment below if you have any concert ticket or membership questions.

*Please be aware fees are associated with purchasing tickets online as compared to in-person at Meijer Gardens.


Fifth Third Bank Summer Concerts at Meijer Gardens 2014 Lineup

It’s here! The 2014 Fifth Third Bank Summer Concerts at Meijer Gardens full lineup is finally here.

We are excited to announce another year of great summer tunes that include 90s vibes from the Barenaked Ladies, CAKE and Counting Crows; new stars like John Legend, Tegan and Sara and Ray LaMontagne; and revered acts like Santana, The Moody Blues and The Beach Boys.

Check out the full lineup below and mark your calendar with your favorite concerts! As you’re browsing, listen to this Spotify playlist of the top hits from all our summer artists.


Sunday, June 1
$150 Presale | $153 Member | $155 Public
For more than 40 years, Santana has brought Latin-infused music to the forefront. The band, based around lead guitarist Carlos Santana, has won ten Grammy Awards and three Latin Grammy Awards to date. Their hit songs include: “Smooth (feat. Rob Thomas),” “Black Magic Woman,” “Oye Como Va,” and “Evil Ways.”

Jason_BLOGJason Isbell with James McMurtry
Wednesday, June 11
$29 Presale | $32 Member | $34 Public
Jason Isbell pursued a solo career in 2007 after spending six years with Southern rock band Drive-By Truckers. With four studio albums and one live recording, this newest record, Southeastern, brings Isbell’s southern outlook and careful songwriting to the forefront.

Thursday, June 12
$47 Presale | $50 Member | $52 Public
Hailing from Sacramento, California, CAKE has produced six studio albums over their reign as an alternative rock band with deadpan lead vocals and sarcastic lyrics. Formed in 1994, their most successful songs appearing on modern rock charts include, “Never There,” “Short Skirt, Long Jacket,” and “Love You Madly.” 


John Legend
Wednesday, June 18
$75 Presale | $78 Member | $80 Public
With the hit single “All of Me” and a fourth solo album, Love in the Future, R&B/soul pianist John Legend continues to make a lasting impression on the music industry. His song “All of Me” has peaked at #1 on the iTunes charts and #4 on Billboard already this year and was performed during the 2013 Grammy Awards.

Tedeschi_BLOGTedeschi Trucks Band
Thursday, June 19
$54 Presale | $57 Member | $59 Public
In just three years, Tedeschi Trucks Band—the 11-member collective led by husband-wife duo Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi—has taken its musical mix to audiences across the globe. Driven by Trucks’ signature slide-guitar sound and Tedeschi’s voice, Tedeschi Trucks Band delivers a blend of blues, soul, jazz, and rock.


Saturday, June 21
$35 Presale | $38 Member | $40 Public
Alternative rock band, NeedToBreathe is composed of brothers, Bear Rinehart and Bo Rinehart with Seth Bolt. From South Carolina, the band has released four studio albums, with hits like, “Washed by the Water,” “Something Beautiful,” and “Keep your eyes open.” Rivers in the Wasteland will be released on April 15, 2014.


O.A.R. & Phillip Phillips
Monday, June 23
$65 Presale | $68 Member | $70 Public
Short for “Of A Revolution,” news of their songs, “That Was A Crazy Game of Poker,” “City on Down” and “Night Shift” spread by word of mouth. One of last year’s biggest singles, “Home,” catapulted Phillip Phillips, winner of American Idol season 11, into the spotlight once again.


Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite
Thursday, June 26
$62 Presale | $65 Member | $67 Public
Ben Harper plays a mix of worldbeat, folk, soul, blues and rock and is known for this guitar-playing skills and performances. Mississippi born Charlie Musselwhite is one of the most revered blues musicians in the world. Harper and Musselwhite teamed up for the 2013 release of Get Up! 

TeganSara_BLOGTegan and Sara
Saturday, June 28
$38 Presale | $41 Member | $43 Public
Tegan and Sara released their 7th studio album, Heartthrob, in 2012, which debuted at number three on the Billboard 200 chart, securing the band’s highest US chart position to date. They are known for their songs “Walking With A Ghost” (covered by The White Stripes), “Closer,” and recently, “Everything is AWESOME” from the LEGO Movie. 


Ziggy_BLOGZiggy Marley & The Melody Makers
Wednesday, July 2
$38 Presale | $41 Member | $43 Public
A six-time Grammy winner, Ziggy Marley has released twelve albums to critical acclaim.The group has forged a sound that incorporates contemporary musical forms with a mix of reggae sensibility and created hits such as, “Tomorrow People,” “Tumblin’ Down” and “Everyone Wants to Be.

Yonder,RRE_BLOGYonder Mountain String Band & Railroad Earth
Sunday, July 6
$38 Presale | $41 Member | $43 Public
The Colorado-based foursome, Yonder Mountain String Band has crisscrossed the country over the past 11 years playing festivals, rock clubs and Red Rocks Amphitheater. Uncommon for the bluegrass genre, Railroad Earth uses drums and amplifiers to create a sound of their own.

NickelCreek_BLOGNickel Creek
Wednesday, July 9
$48 Presale | $51 Member | $53 Public
The band has been on hiatus since 2007 and this year begins their next chapter of touring with a new album, A Dotted Line, out in April. Violinist Sara Watkins, mandolinist/banjo/bouzouki player Chris Thile, and guitarist Sean Watkins boast musical elements of classical, jazz, rock and alternative with progressive bluegrass influences.

Jackson_BLOGJackson Browne
Sunday, July 13
$65 Presale | $68 Member | $70 Public
Jackson Browne has released 13 studio albums and three collections of live performances; his most recent, Love Is Strange, features David Lindley. His hit songs include “Running on Empty,” “Somebody’s Baby” and “Doctor My Eyes.”


DeGraw_Nathanson_BLOGGavin DeGraw & Matt Nathanson
Monday, July 14
$65 Presale | $68 Member | $70 Public
Gavin DeGraw is known for hits like: “Chariot, “In Love With A Girl, “Not Over You,” and “I Don’t Want To Be.” Along with his music, he’s performed on American Idol and was a contestant on season 14 of Dancing with the Stars. Matt Nathanson is known for his blend of rock and folk music, as shown in the platinum-selling song, “Come on Get Higher,” and also hits like, “Car Crash,” and “All We Are.”

JenniferNettles_BLOGJennifer Nettles
Saturday, July 19
$87 Presale | $90 Member | $92 Public
Best known as half of the successful country pop duo Sugarland, Jennifer Nettles recently launched her solo career and has a new album under her belt, That Girl, which debuted in January. In 2003, she co-founded Sugarland with Kristian Bush and has since received multiple Grammy nominations and awards.

CountingCrows_BLOGCounting Crows with Toad the Wet Sprocket
Monday, July 21
$80 Presale | $83 Member | $85 Public
The Counting Crows made their mark on mainstream rock music in the early 90s with their debut album, August and Everything After, which featured the hit single, “Mr. Jones.” Their songs, “A Long December,” “Hanginaround,” and “Colorblind” are still on heavy rotation on the radio.

LaMontagne_BLOGRay LaMontagne with Jenny Lewis
Wednesday, July 23
$55 Presale | $58 Member | $60 Public
Ray LaMontagne is known for his earthy voice and folk songs similar to that of Otis Redding, Van Morrison and Nick Drake. His hit singles include “You Are the Best Thing” and “Trouble” and is fifth studio album, Supernova, will be released this May.

KCSunshine_BLOGKC and the Sunshine Band
Thursday, July 24
$55 Presale | $58 Member | $60 Public
KC and The Sunshine have been the voice of the disco and funk genre since the band formed in 1973. Their award-winning hits include: “That’s the Way (I Like It), “(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty,” “Get Down Tonight,” and “Give It Up.”



Barenaked Ladies
Sunday, July 27
$55 Presale | $58 Member | $60 Public
Canadian rock band comprised is known for their light-hearted performance style and improvisational banter between songs. Their hit singles include, “One Week,” “If I Had $1,000,000,” “Brian Wilson, “The Old Apartment,” Pinch Me,” and wrote the theme song for The Big Bang Theory.

MethenyHornsby_BLOGPat Metheny Unity Group & Bruce Hornsby
Wednesday, July 30
$52 Presale | $55 Member | $57 Public
Over the years, Pat Metheny has reinvented the traditional “jazz guitar” sound and continues to redefine the genre. Bruce Hornsby is known for the spontaneity of his live performances as a singer and keyboardist, as he uses a mix of musical influences like classical, jazz, Motown and blues.

Oberst_BLOGConor Oberst with Dawes
Thursday, July 31
$37 Presale | $40 Member | $42 Public
Conor Oberst is most known for his band Bright Eyes. Oberst’s newest album, Upside Down Mountain, will be released on May 20, 2014. Dawes brings the sound of Crosby, Stills, and Nash and Neil Young to the forefront and their latest album, Stories Don’t End, was released in 2013.


JBT_BLOGJohn Butler Trio
Friday, August 1
$35 Presale | $38 Member | $40 Public
John Butler, Byron Luiters and Nicky Bomba compose the Australian jam band, John Butler Trio. Their albums have all topped Australia’s charts, but April Uprising released in 2010, was deemed the most popular with two hits, “One Way Road” and “Close to You,” appearing in the top 40.


Lyle Lovett and his Large Band
Wednesday, August 6
$62 Presale | $65 Member | $67 Public
Lyle Lovett’s Grammy award‐winning music is beyond country and his diverse collection of songs mixes gospel, blues, rock, swing and Americana to weave stories with a rare literary talent. Lovett’s well known songs over the decades include: “If I Had A Boat,” “God Will,” “If I Were the Man You Wanted,” “Family Reserve” and “Her First Mistake.”


Five For Fighting with Twilight Symphony Orchestra
Thursday, August 7
$45 Presale | $48 Member | $50 Public
Singer John Ondrasik has spent the past decade writing songs that make an emotional connection, which can be heard on the past four albums by Five For Fighting, the band name under which he performs. His breakthrough came in the 2001 Grammy-nominated song, “Superman” and 2003 release, “100 years.” 

Rodrigo_WEBRodrigo y Gabriela
Wednesday, August 13
$47 Presale | $50 Member | $52 Public
For more than 15 years, internationally acclaimed Mexican acoustic rock guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela have brought a unique instrumental blend of metal, jazz and world music.They recently released their most ambitious album to date, 2012’s Area 52, with a thirteen-piece Cuban orchestra.

LoveMo_BLOGG. Love and Special Sauce & Keb’ Mo’ Band
Wednesday, August 20
$48 Presale | $51 Member | $53 Public
The G. Love & Special Sauce trio features alternative hip-hop music and is best known for their unique “laid back” blues sound that encompasses classic R&B. Three-time Grammy winner, Keb’ Mo’ embarks on a new chapter in his career with the April 22, 2014 release of BLUESAmericana on Kind of Blue Music.

TheMoodyBlues_BLOGThe Moody Blues
Thursday, August 21
$75 Presale | $78 Member | $80 Public
For nearly five decades, classic rock band The Moody Blues have been mainstay with over 70 million albums sold, 18 platinum records and a place in rock history. Their first studio album featured, “Tuesday Afternoon” and the hits kept coming with “Your Wildest Dreams,” “I’m Just A Singer (In A Rock And Roll Band),” and “Nights in White Satin.”

LSD_BLOGLake Street Dive
Thursday, August 28
$22 Presale | $25 Member | $27 Public
Lake Street Dive is an indie jazz and soul band that have been performing for nearly a decade. Their new album, Bad Self Portraits,shows Lake Street Dive’s evolution of the band from an alt-country jazz group to a band that reflects British Invasion rock, horn-driven, R& B, Motown soul and gospel blues.



Beach_BLOGThe Beach Boys
Thursday, September 4
$62 Presale | $65 Member | $67 Public
Debuting more than 50 years ago, The Beach Boys are one of the most iconic American rock ‘n roll bands of all time with hits like, “Surfin’,” “Good Vibrations” and “Kokomo.” Their accolades range from being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988.

SSheryl_BLOGheryl Crow
Sunday, September 7
$77 Presale | $80 Member | $82 Public
Superstar singer and songwriter, Sheryl Crow is a nine‐time Grammy winning performer. She’s best known for her hits: “If It Makes You Happy,” “A Change Would Do You Good,” “Soak Up the Sun” and “Picture” with Kid Rock. Besides performing duets with artists such as Michael Jackson, Willie Nelson, Tony Bennett and Sting, Crow’s resume includes appearances as an actress on NBC’s 30 Rock and ABC’s Cougar Town.

The members-only presale is on Saturday, April 26 at 9 am. Tickets go on sale to the public on Saturday, May 10 at 9 am. For more ticket information, head to our Concert Page and click the ticket tab. Look for an upcoming post on ways to prep for the members-only presale.

What concert(s) are you looking forward to most?


2014 Summer Concert Series Sneak Peek

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Jennifer Nettles, of country duo Sugarland, is just one of the many artists taking the stage this summer during the 2014 Fifth Third Bank Summer Concerts at Meijer Gardens! Here’s an exclusive sneak peek at two other acts from the series, which include alternative rock and disco funk:

Saturday, June 21

Alternative rock band, NEEDTOBREATHE, is composed of brothers, Bear Rinehart (lead vocals, guitar, piano) and Bo Rinehart (guitar), with Seth Bolt (bass). From South Carolina, the band has released four studio albums, with hits such as “Washed by the Water,” “Something Beautiful,” and “Keep your eyes open.” Their new album, Rivers in the Wasteland, was released on April 15, 2014

Jennifer Nettles
Saturday, July 19

Best known as half of the successful country pop duo Sugarland, singer and songwriter Jennifer Nettles recently launched her solo career and has a new album under her belt. Nettle’s duet with Bon Jovi on the country version of the band’s 2006 single “Who Says You Can’t Go Home” reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles Chart. Audiences all over American may remember her as a judge and mentor on ABC’s Duets in 2012. The Grammy Award winner’s solo album, That Girl, debuted in January 2014.

KC and the Sunshine Band
Thursday, July 24

KC and the Sunshine have been the voice of the disco and funk genre since the band formed in 1973. Their songs have been featured on more than 200 motion picture film soundtracks, every major sporting event and holiday parade over the years. Their numerous award-winning hits include, “That’s the Way (I Like It), “(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty,” “Get Down Tonight,” and “Give It Up.” The band has been entertaining audiences for more than 37 years and counting.

Prices will be announced with the full lineup in mid-April. Tickets go on sale to members April 26 and to the public May 10.

FifthThird Thank You

A Look Back on 2013 [Part IV]

We’ve reached the end of our 2013 recap! To see what else went on this year at Meijer Gardens, view Part I, II, and III of the series. The last few months have been busy ones as we planted thousands of chrysanthemums, set up our holiday displays and brought together 24 artists from around the world for our fall sculpture exhibition.  

Part 4
September–December 2013


Chrysanthemums and More!
You know fall is here when Chrysanthemums and More! opens in September. Expansive mum displays, unconventional floral arrangements and the “mum wall” filled every inch of Meijer Gardens. Events like Mum Day, Giant Pumpkins and Hallowee-ones made the transition into fall fun for the whole family.


Shattered: Contemporary Sculpture in Glass
 Shattered: Contemporary Sculpture in Glass was a group exhibition which showcased 24 works of glass by 25 artists from around the world and coincided with ArtPrize. The exhibition explored the creative, conceptual and formal aspects of contemporary glass sculpture and is still on display until January 5, 2014. One of the pieces, Watching by Daniel Arsham, made it on the ArtPrize Juried Short List! Stop by and see these pieces before they leave in January.

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America’s Garden of Art Book Released
After more than 2 years of work, we released a coffee table book titled, America’s Garden of Art. It features more than 230 new color photos, with essays by our president, chief curator and historian, and offers a complete description and depiction of Meijer Gardens throughout the seasons. Pick up a copy from the Gift Shop as a perfect collector’s item.


David Nash & Alexandra Fuller for The Master Lecture Series
As part of The Master Lecture Series, we welcomed lectures from award-winning author Alexandra Fuller and internationally renowned sculptor David Nash this October. Fuller spoke on being raised for most of her life in Africa, and how it influenced many of her books, such as Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood. Nash talked about his 40-year career and how he’s used trees as the resource for nearly all his sculptural pursuits. His lecture was in conjunction with his visit to create a site-specific tree sculptures for the Japanese Garden.

FMG-Holiday2011_0427Christmas and Holiday Traditions Around the World
This year marked the 19th annual Christmas and Holiday Traditions Around the World exhibition! This exhibition focuses on the beauty of nature during the holiday season. Everyone young and young-at-heart can enjoy the Railway Garden, a unique horticultural display featuring 30 West Michigan landmarks recreated in natural materials, model trains and railways. There’s also more than 42 holiday displays to see and carolers, santa visits, family art activities and horse-drawn carriage rides to enjoy! It’s going on until January 5, 2014, so stop by if you haven’t already.

What a whirlwind of a year! Thank you for your continued support art, horticulture and education by being a member or guest of Meijer Gardens.

What was your favorite experience at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in 2013?

A Look Back at 2013 [Part III]

The summer kept us on our toes with 29 concerts, major Japanese Garden construction and dozens of weddings to coordinate. Here’s a recap of earlier this year in Part I, II and let’s take a glance at the hot (but fun) summer months.

Part 3


Outdoor Summer Concert Series
It’s when you know it’s summer in West Michigan! This year proved to be the biggest lineup in our 11 year history of outdoor concerts. With 29 bands performing from June to September, it was quite the fun and busy summer for everyone! From returning acts like the Steve Miller Band and Lyle Lovett, to big names like Sheryl Crow, Harry Connick Jr. and Owl City, there was a concert for every music lover. It was a summer to remember.


Japanese Garden Construction
The Main Gate is the first sight you see upon entering the Japanese Garden. Hoichi Karusu’s team of more than 30 Japanese carpenters worked their magic this summer starting construction on the main gate, waterfalls, Japanese Tea House, zig zag bridges and other main structures. Did you sneak a peek through the trees?

Riversedge Photography

Riversedge Photography

Hundreds of weddings
“I do.” Couples took their vows and/or danced the night away in one of our beautiful event spaces during the 139 weddings this year! We are honored to have been such an important part of these Big Days and hope to see many more happy couples in the years to come. Check out previous Meijer Gardens weddings by visiting our wedding Facebook page or Pinterest.


“Thai Beauty” Bamboo Installed
Removed from the Tropical Conservatory this summer was the yellow groove bamboo or Bambusa vulgaris “vittata,” which made way for another bamboo species, Bambusa multiplex or “Thai Beauty.” Native to Thailand, this bamboo’s leaves are small, giving a more graceful and airy appearance. Read about why we installed new bamboo in a previous post. 

Meet the Staff & What’s Blooming
Do you always see our horticulture staff out and about? Want to know more about what they do? We interviewed a few outdoor staff from our horticulture team, asking what areas they tend, their favorite part of the job and how long they’ve been at Meijer Gardens (a long time for some!). Look out for more staff videos in the near future. We also filmed bite-sized segements of “What’s Blooming” around Meijer Gardens. Watch both Meet the Staff and What’s Blooming.

Stay tuned for the last recap of 2013!