Juror’s Choice, 3-D Finalists

We are honored that three of the artists from our Highly Recommended: Emerging Sculptors ArtPrize exhibition have been chosen as finalists in the three-dimensional work category by juror Shamim Momin, director of Los Angeles Nomadic Division.

If you have already viewed our ArtPrize exhibition, you might already be familiar with these works. Please consider a second visit to enjoy a closer look at the 16 works that make up Highly Recommended: Emerging Sculptors. If you haven’t yet been, we invite you to come check out this unique collection of artists. ArtPrize ends on October 12, but Highly Recommended: Emerging Sculptors will be on display through January 4, 2015.

Alisha Wessler’s From Afar It Is an Island is located in the Snell Gallery.  Composed of more than 100 individual objects, Wessler’s work explores the avenue of possibilities of sculpture through installation. Rather than creating a singular, large-scale piece as the focus of the viewer’s experience, she offers the opportunity to explore dozens of objects as one might encounter them in a museum environment filled with display cases. Each of Wessler’s objects merit consideration in its own right but the sum total of the entire installation creates a profound experience as if encountering remnants of another culture or historical event.

Wessler adds “From Afar It Is an Island pays tribute to designer Bruno Munari’s book of the same title, which explores perception of and possibilities with small objects. ‘Stones are like small worlds,’ reads a caption accompanying a crisp black and white photograph of a stone resembling a speckled planet, ‘If you look at them well, you discover many things: images, stories, strange markings.'”

Wessler 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, California; MeetFactory, Prague, Czech Republic; Claire Morris Gallery, Ireland; Blütenweiss, Berlin, Germany; G2, Chicago; Gowanus Studio Space, Brooklyn; and the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, Ann Arbor. She lives and works in New York City.

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

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

Loris Cecchini’s Wallwave vibration (anatomy of a diagram) is installed in the Balk Gallery. Although work in relief has been a significant to the history of sculpture since the beginning of time, it is infrequently encountered today. Because of its relationship to a wall or façade, relief sculpture is in dialogue with architecture. Here, the artist has created a “tattoo in relief” which appears as a part of the very fabric, or skin, of the wall. Architecture relies on the logic of geometry—primarily linear and planar elements—yet here the artist utilizes the geometry of the sphere in a roughly circular composition. As a result, the sculpture seems to pulsate or vibrate from behind the surface of the wall.

Cecchini states: “In my most recent sculptures, the Wallwave Vibrations series, one loses the element of the object proper. The concern for alteration is concerned more particularly with the physical manifestation of the vibrations, expressed each time with different frequencies and intensities, wherein the visual pattern becomes “echo” of a phenomenon like a succession of waves on a liquid surface. In this direction it is as if the architecture, or a portion of it, is modified by the relationship between the sculpture and the wall.”

Born in Milan, the artist lives and works in Berlin. He has a vast repertoire that, in addition to sculpture, includes photography, drawing and installation work. Regardless of medium, the artist’s overarching concern is for transformation. Cecchini has exhibited internationally including at the Palais de Tokyo and the Museé de Art Moderne, Paris, and MOMA’s PS1 in Brooklyn.

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

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

Osman Khan’s House engages the entire Michigan National Gallery. This work is composed of tubular fluorescent lights that form the framework of a house as a way to discuss the brightness but also the fragility of the American dream.

Osman Khan 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 and performative installations and site-specific interventions. House is a full-scale gallery installation that references a traditional home but in decidedly minimalist terms. Experiencing the work calls the viewer’s attention to the ideas of the house as an object and form, but more profoundly to a myriad of concepts—from the personal to the communal, the social to the psychological—we each carry about a  house, and by extension, home.

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 served as Creative Director for Elliance, a Web development company, until 2002. He completed his MFA at UCLA’s Department of Design, Media Arts, in 2004. He joined the faculty of the School of Art & Design at the University of Michigan as an Assistant Professor in the fall of 2009, where his teaching focuses on sculpture and installation, computational mediums and social practices. He was previously a Visiting Assistant Professor in the School of Art at Carnegie Mellon University.

His work has been shown at Shanghai Biennale, Shanghai, China; ZeroOne Festival, San Jose, California; Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit; L.A. Louver, Los Angeles; Witte de With, Centre for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, Netherlands; Ars Electronica Center, Linz, Austria; O.K Center for Contemporary Art, Linz, Austria; Socrates Sculpture Park, New York City; SIGGRAPH, San Diego, California; Bank, Los Angeles; telic, Los Angeles. He is a recipient of an Art Matters grant, Ars Electronica’s Prix Ars Award of Distinction and The Arctic Circle 2009 Residency. Articles about his work have appeared in Artforum, Artweek, Art Review, I.D., LA Times, The Wall Street Journal and Artnet.

Vote for House by using the Vote Code 56655.

Osman Khan - House. Vote Code: 56655

Osman Khan – House. Vote Code: 56655

Joseph Becherer’s ArtPrize Venue Reviews

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Our very own Chief Curator and Vice President for Collections and Exhibitions Joseph Becherer is once again writing about ArtPrize and reviewing nine of the major ArtPrize venues for The Grand Rapids Press.

Below are links to those articles and reviews. Visit MLive’s coverage of ArtPrize to see their complete coverage of ArtPrize 2014.

ArtPrize jurors show their respect for Grand Rapids with Shortlist

ArtPrize 2014 may be just what the doctor (and patients) ordered.

Dana Lynn Harper works on her ArtPrize entry "Bloom Bloom" outside the Grand Rapids Downtown Market Monday, Sept. 22, 2014. (Cory Morse | MLive.com)

Dana Lynn Harper works on her ArtPrize entry “Bloom Bloom” outside the Grand Rapids Downtown Market Monday, Sept. 22, 2014. (Cory Morse | MLive.com)

 

Meijer Gardens invites sculptors to select emerging works in ‘Highly Recommended’

Loris Cecchini's 'Wallwave Vibration' is one of the sixteen works featured in Meijer Gardens' ArtPrize exhibition, 'Highly Recommended: Emerging Sculptors.' Carrie Westra of the Meijer Gardens staff applies paint Tuesday, September 16, 2014. (Chris Clark | MLive.com)

Loris Cecchini’s ‘Wallwave Vibration’ is one of the sixteen works featured in Meijer Gardens’ ArtPrize exhibition, ‘Highly Recommended: Emerging Sculptors.’ Carrie Westra of the Meijer Gardens staff applies paint Tuesday, September 16, 2014. (Chris Clark | MLive.com)

 

Grand Rapids Art Museum enters ‘[Dis]Comfort Zones’

Anila Quayyum Agha's "Intersections" as part of an ArtPrize 2014 media preview at the Grand Rapids Art Museum Monday, Sept. 15, 2014. The GRAM will be showcasing 19 ArtPrize artists. (Cory Morse | MLive.com)

Anila Quayyum Agha’s “Intersections” as part of an ArtPrize 2014 media preview at the Grand Rapids Art Museum Monday, Sept. 15, 2014. The GRAM will be showcasing 19 ArtPrize artists. (Cory Morse | MLive.com)

 

UICA’s ‘Collaboration’ is diverse, engaging

"Bio Interloper" created by Crystal Wagner is a large-scale site-specific installation made using everyday materials like birthday party table cloth, cut paper, and chicken wire in combination with layered screen prints. The piece explores ideas related to human beings and the increasingly severe divide between themselves and the natural world by growing, as if it were a life form, through the gallery. The ArtPrize piece is on display at UICA in Grand Rapids, Mich., September 15, 2014. (Joel Bissell | MLive.com)

“Bio Interloper” created by Crystal Wagner is a large-scale site-specific installation made using everyday materials like birthday party table cloth, cut paper, and chicken wire in combination with layered screen prints. The piece explores ideas related to human beings and the increasingly severe divide between themselves and the natural world by growing, as if it were a life form, through the gallery. The ArtPrize piece is on display at UICA in Grand Rapids, Mich., September 15, 2014. (Joel Bissell | MLive.com)

 

Ford Museum presents technically impressive works

ArtPrize entry 'kNights Watch' by artist Justin La Doux can be seen at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum. (Emily Rose Bennett | MLive.com)

ArtPrize entry ‘kNights Watch’ by artist Justin La Doux can be seen at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum. (Emily Rose Bennett | MLive.com)

 

Women’s City Club collection is intimate, thoughtful

ArtPrize entry by Grand Rapids resident David Dodde is a portrait of his father who passed in 2013. The artist used silver and his father's ashes to create the image that was screen printed by hand. The piece can be seen displayed at the Women's City Club. (Emily Rose Bennett | MLive.com)

ArtPrize entry by Grand Rapids resident David Dodde is a portrait of his father who passed in 2013. The artist used silver and his father’s ashes to create the image that was screen printed by hand. The piece can be seen displayed at the Women’s City Club. (Emily Rose Bennett | MLive.com)

 

Cathedral Square hosts calm, peaceful experience

"Urban Tumbleweed" created by Nathan Lareau is one of the ArtPrize entries hosted at Cathedral Square (360 Division Ave. S.), Grand Rapids, Mich., September 23, 2014. (Joel Bissell | MLive.com)

“Urban Tumbleweed” created by Nathan Lareau is one of the ArtPrize entries hosted at Cathedral Square (360 Division Ave. S.), Grand Rapids, Mich., September 23, 2014. (Joel Bissell | MLive.com)

 

Site:Lab @ Morton is passport to global art world

Ryan Roa, second from left, talks about his ArtPrize installation "Space Drawings" at the SiTE:LAB @ The Morton exhibition will feature live performance. Photo taken in downtown Grand Rapids, Mich. Tuesday, September 23, 2014. (Chris Clark | MLive.com)

Ryan Roa, second from left, talks about his ArtPrize installation “Space Drawings” at the SiTE:LAB @ The Morton exhibition will feature live performance. Photo taken in downtown Grand Rapids, Mich. Tuesday, September 23, 2014. (Chris Clark | MLive.com)

 

Kendall College exhibit explores money and art

Annie Krempa and Patrick Bradley look at Steve Lambert's ArtPrize entry "Capitalism Works For Me" at Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014. "I like that it's interactive," said Krempa about the entry. Krempa and Bradley are from Traverse City. (Cory Morse | MLive.com)

Annie Krempa and Patrick Bradley look at Steve Lambert’s ArtPrize entry “Capitalism Works For Me” at Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014. “I like that it’s interactive,” said Krempa about the entry. Krempa and Bradley are from Traverse City. (Cory Morse | MLive.com)

 

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.

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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.

 

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

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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.

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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.

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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
June–August

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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.

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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?

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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.

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“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!

A Look Back at 2013 [Part II]

We’re looking back again on the past year and all the fun that was had.

April and May were busy months. Why? Because we had more than 150,000 visitors see the Butterflies Are Blooming exhibition! Our staff and volunteers were kept busy making it an enjoyable (and educational) experience for all ages – from class groups to bridal ceremonies in the Tropical Conservatory. Along with Butterflies Are Blooming, these two months were filled with special announcements.

Part 2
April-May

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18th Birthday
We’re finally an adult! We celebrated our 18th birthday with comments and well-wishes from our Facebook fans.

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What a doozie. We announced the biggest lineup EVER, with 29 concerts planned to hit the stage from June to September. Performers on the list included B.B. King. Sheryl Crow, Owl City, Harry Connick Jr., Smokey Robinson and Old Crow Medicine Show! What concerts were you excited to see?

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New Acquisition of Richard Serra piece
In May, we were excited to announce the acquisition of Equal Intervals, Equal Elevations by American minimalist sculptor, Richard Serra. Equal Intervals, Equal Elevations is a site-specific work, composed of four large, forged-steel blocks placed at equal intervals in the hillside. Have you seen it yet?

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Looking East, Facing West: The World of Zhang Huan Opens
Chinese artist Zhang Huan’s work in Looking East, Facing West: The World of Zhang Huan was our sculpture exhibition this summer. As a sculptor, painter, photographer and performance artist, his themes of physical endurance and spiritual tranquility, Chinese history, and Buddhism were expressed in his sculptures. Did you have a favorite piece? 

Meadow Burn
Every 3 years, a controlled meadow burn takes place in our Wildflower Meadow, which is home to Scarlatti by Marc Di Suevero. This year happened to be time for another meadow burn. We captured the event in a time lapse video, which ended up being shared on WZZM’s newcast. Look at all that smoke.

Stay tuned for more recaps of the exhibitions, announcements and excitement that surrounded 2013.

A Look Back on 2013 [Part I]

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2013 is winding down. Let’s take a walk down memory lane and look back on the past 12 months of horticulture displays, sculpture exhibitions, summer concerts, year-round learning and exciting announcements at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park.

Part I
January-March

06_Orchid30The Orchid Show
A fan-favorite, the Orchid Show brought hundreds of exquisite orchids and displays to Meijer Gardens. Orchid vendors from across the Midwest were there and members of the Grand Valley Orchid Society were eager to answer questions. There were too many favorites to choose from, do you remember yours?

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From February through April, our winter exhibition,
Connected and Disconnected: The Sculpture of Hanneke Beaumont featured the Dutch sculptor’s impressive fluency with materials, as well as her command of the human figure. Celebrated for her figurative work, each piece was carefully rendered with textured surfaces, often encouraging thoughtfulness and introspection. Many of our members and volunteers said it was one of their favorite exhibitions!

Indoor Garden Ideas
During the winter months, our horticulture staff provided fun tutorials to do indoors, like forcing branches, creating dried floral arrangements and making terrariums. Did you end up trying any? 

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Butterflies are Blooming
Butterflies took flight on March 1! Thousands of tropical butterflies made their home in the Lena Meijer Tropical Conservatory. New this year was the Butterfly Ballet, an interactive butterfly story performed by the Grand Rapids Ballet Junior Company. Our horticulture staff also answered FAQs about butterflies in a 3-part video series and we gave a glimpse at how the Butterfly Bungalow was set up.

SMB_2012_groupshotSneak Peek Concert Announcement
Members and guests were buzzing about who would be on the list for the 2013 concert season. We announced 4 acts from the lineup in mid-March: Montgomery Gentry, David Byrne & St. Vincent, Steve Miller Band and Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers featuring Edie Brickell. Were you as excited as we were about the sneak peek?

Stay tuned for more recaps of the fun we had this year.
What was your favorite activity in the beginning of 2013.