For many years my wife Kathy and I loved spending time in the Grand Rapids Art Museum.  That's the "old" art museum, the Old Federal Building.  In it's past lives it had served as a court house, post office, government office building and, lastly, for years, the home of the Grand Rapids Art Museum before it moved to it's beautiful new building on Monroe at Rosa Parks Circle. 

It had a stately elegance that one always enjoyed, so I can't wait to see the "re-birth" that Kendall College of Art and Design has given it.  And, I'll get my "sneak-peak" next month.

Kendall College of Art and Design is hosting a “soft opening” and its annual student exhibition at the building on Tuesday, May 1st.  We'll all get a chance to tour the building, and marvel at the $31 million dollar renovation.

Next fall, Kendall will begin offering classes at the 91,000-square-foot building, and between 300 and 400 students are expected to attend class there. Kendall has grown from 520 students to 1,400 since it became affiliated with Ferris State University in 2001.

It will also give Kendall the space to add new programs in fashion studies and collaborative design as well as expand its sculpture facility.

Get ready May 1st, I'm on my way!