Avenue for the Arts | Free Radical


…. to get the inside scoop before everyone else! We want you to be a Johnny-about-town and know the best, before the rest. The cliff notes version of Free Radical covers the highlights for two nights and two dramatically different events.

You can find out more on our websiteFacebook,or just keep reading!

November 1 {the shows}

With 25 venues only open from 6-10pm, we want to make sure you can see it all. Each site is within 3 blocks and all together, we have 218 participating artists. Start early and be sure to not miss a thing….

We are excited about new shows in some of our favorite spaces; Parlaiment the Botique is adding new artists and makers to their line up, while Gaspard Gallery features one of their very own, Chris Cox. Spaces like Craft House and Have Company are curating great exhibits year round and featuring fresh Free Rad shows.

Looking for peformance and music? There is a special 7pmperformance by members of Breathe Owl Breathe at Shen Dojo,acompanied by a tea ceremony and interactive art. The vibe is always flowing at the L-Loft and the show, Black features a collection of talented painters.

Free Radical shows always feature new faces. This year we welcome brand new (to us) curators Claire Lea At Vertigo and the experimental Duende Projects in Live/Work 42.  Looking for a show in a brand new business? Dont miss Propaganda Doughnuts, Spiral Gallery and first time participants, Fat Johnny’s Sandwich Shop.

You wont want to miss our shows that are just one block up: bothWMCAT and Lantern Coffee House are hosting great work by local artists.Sites like the UICA and (106) Gallery are doubling up with multiple shows, each floor features a fresh perspective and a new group of artists. 

We love pop up galleries! Window galleries light up the night including the corner of S. Division & Oakes and 121 S. Division. Looking for something a little more mobile? Sean Kenny’s travel camper is showing Static, while GVSU’s curatorial studio is showcased in the There/Here: a Mobile Exhibit, both are located in the 100 block.

Celebrate the spirit of collaboration at Heartside Gallery with an open studio night, where you can make alongside Heartside artists.

End the night with of our favorite show traditions, Slow Venom III at Pub 43 or check out a new annual show, Starter Art at Adam Bird Photography.

Find out more about all of the shows and get a sneak peek at some of the work on Facebook! For a complete list of shows (and locations!) visit our website.

November 8 {the conversations}

The second night of the Free Radical will be held at The UICA. The evening will be an interactive event featuring panel disucssions, presenations and displays of documenter works. the schedule for the night will be as follows.

  • 6-7pm Where we’ve been: A History of Free Radical and show spaces on South Division Moderator: Annamarie Buller With artists: Hugo Claudin, Tom Duimstra, Erwin Erkfitz & Mark Rumsey 
  • 7:20 pm The Cultural Context: A brief history of “nontraditional” shows and spaces. Speaker Anna Campbell 
  • 8-9 pm The Challenges of Exhibiting Artwork in Grand Rapids Moderator: Jenn Schaub With artists: Brett Colley, Deb Rockman , Paul Wittenbraker & Amy Wilson 
  • 9-10 pm Reflect and Interpret: 10 minute criticism/critiques about shows/exhibits with commentary by: Tamara Fox, Andrew Klein, Will Juntunen, Maureen Nollette and Mandy Cano 

Two Free Radical exhibitions (in UICA)

  •  Finados Curator Heather Duffy 
  • Apolitical Curator: Steven Michielsen

Interactive exhibits 

  • Where we’ve been: a mapping project
  • What we saw: An exhibit of documentation of FRG shows Documenters include: Dan Miller, Marie Brown, Tony Wright, Jaclyn Clark, Chris Cox, Taylor Greenfield, Brandon Lake, Amanda A. Sterling, Mark Andrus, Samuel Ging,
  • Swagland: Providing free refreshments and Avenue Member Swag since 2013.

Save the Date: Urban Lights

Get happy with holiday shopping that is actually fun. 

 December 14th, 12pm-8pm

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