Happy Birthday, Grand Rapids Art Museum. You are 10-years old!

Okay, not really only 10-years old. The Art Museum has been around for quite awhile, over 100 years. It was founded in 1910 under the name Grand Rapids Art Gallery, and as been in a few locations, including the historic Federal Building, now part of Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University. But, in 2004, construction began on the current location, 101 Monroe Center, opening in 2007. So, it's time to throw a party.

Today, Saturday, November 18, from 10 am – 5 pm, the museum will be free to all, and all are invited to enjoy the museum and programming throughout the day, as well as birthday cake and refreshments, art making activities during Drop-in Studio, guided tours of GRAM's green features, and more.

Here is the Schedule of Events for today:
10 am – 5 pm: Free museum admission
10 am – 12 pm: Birthday cake and refreshments
10 am – 4 pm: Birthday party hat making
11 am: Drop-in Tour
11 am – 4 pm: Drop-in Studio: Pop Art Screenprints
1 pm: Drop-in Tour

In conjunction with the events, visitors are encouraged to explore GRAM’s current exhibitions: Andy Warhol’s American Icons, Christian Marclay: Video Quartet, and Carl Wilson: Her Purse Smelled Like Juicy Fruit and Other Tales.

Since opening in 2007, the Grand Rapids Art Museum has welcomed over 2,000,000 visitors to its new location.

101 Monroe Center has hosted 113 exhibitions since opening, ranging from exceptional regional art featured in the Michigan Artists Series to world-renowned masterpieces visiting from the Whitney Museum of American Art. The Museum also includes an Education Center which has served hundreds of thousands of students and families through a wide variety of studio programs and events.


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