The Rapidian Home

Art in Bloom Returns to the Grand Rapids Art Museum

This dispatch was added by one of our Nonprofit Neighbors. It does not represent the editorial voice of The Rapidian or Community Media Center.

The one-weekend-only exhibition showcases the combined beauty of art and floral design

/Charles Howard, The Independent Source, 1950. Museum Purchase, James Pingree Nelson and Mary G. Nelson, 2004.9.

Art in Bloom Admission:

GRAM Members: Free

Adults: $15

Seniors 62+/Students: $10

Youth (6 – 17): $10

Children (5 and under): Free 

The Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM) will present Art in Bloom from March 24 – 26, a biennial exhibition and competition celebrating the art of floral design. During the one-weekend-only event, visitors are invited to explore the galleries and view floral designs inspired by artwork from the Museum’s permanent collection.
“We’re thrilled to welcome guests to the tenth year of Art in Bloom at the Grand Rapids Art Museum," commented GRAM Director of Communications Elizabeth Payne. “See the first signs of spring in GRAM’s galleries and enjoy the creativity of 13 of our region’s most talented floral designers.”
The artwork presented in Art in Bloom will feature 13 works from the Museum’s collection. The selection includes recent acquisitions and works spanning a broad range of media, from painting and sculpture to mixed media and design. 

Art in Bloom entries will be eligible for the Public Vote Award and the Juried Award. On view in GRAM’s Level 3 galleries during open hours the entire weekend, visitors can peruse the extravagant arrangements and vote to select a Public Vote Winner, who will be announced at 1 pm in the Museum’s Lobby on Sunday, March 26. A panel comprised of floral and art experts and members of the Grand Rapids creative community will also select a Juried Winner, to be announced at 2 pm on Friday, March 24.  
Admission to the three-day exhibition is accompanied by floral-themed programming for all ages, including gallery chats, drop-in paper flower artmaking workshops, a wine and jazz lounge, and a classical concert. 
On Friday, March 24 from 6 – 10 pm, GRAM and GRNoir Wine & Jazz will cohost the inaugural GRAM Goes Late event. Guests will enjoy a wine and jazz lounge at the Museum, complete with live musical and spoken word performances, complimentary bites, and a cash bar featuring GRNoir Collection wines. 
All programming and events are included with Art in Bloom general admission and free for GRAM Members. 
Weekend Schedule: 
Friday, March 24  
Art in Bloom on view and Public Voting opens 
10 am – 6 pm, Level 3 Galleries
Gallery Chats: Art in Bloom 
10 am – 6 pm, Level 3 Galleries
Juried Winner Announcement 
2 pm, Lobby 
GRAM Goes Late: GRNoir Wine & Jazz
6 – 10 pm, Auditorium 
Saturday, March 25 
Art in Bloom on view and Public Voting continues  
10 am – 6 pm, Level 3 Galleries
Gallery Chats: Art in Bloom 
10 am – 6 pm, Level 3 Galleries
Drop-in Studio: Paper Flowers 
10 am – 6 am, Monroe Center Creativity Space
Sunday, March 26 
Art in Bloom on view and Public Voting continues
10 am – 4 pm, Level 3 Galleries
Gallery Chats: Art in Bloom 
10 am – 4 pm, Level 3 Galleries
Public Voting closes 
12:30 pm 
Public Vote Award Winners Announced 
1 pm, Lobby 
Classical Concert 
1 pm, Auditorium
Support for Art in Bloom is generously provided by Karl & Patricia Betz, Gregory & Rajene Betz, Janet Gatherer Boyles & John Boyles, Deidre Interiors, Janet & Mark Nisbett, Holland Litho Printing, and Ann & Don Kelly. Additional funding provided by GRAM Exhibition Society.

The Rapidian, a program of the 501(c)3 nonprofit Community Media Center, relies on the community’s support to help cover the cost of training reporters and publishing content.

We need your help.

If each of our readers and content creators who values this community platform help support its creation and maintenance, The Rapidian can continue to educate and facilitate a conversation around issues for years to come.

Please support The Rapidian and make a contribution today.

Comments, like all content, are held to The Rapidian standards of civility and open identity as outlined in our Terms of Use and Values Statement. We reserve the right to remove any content that does not hold to these standards.