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Beginning with the inaugural ArtPrize® event in 2006, FSC has hosted a unique juried display. The theme is always "Art to Change The World," and the pieces are installed in our Keeler Gallery, on the Mezzanine, in the Tower Room, and throughout the Church House Lobby.
For a sneak preview of the 2017 installations, please visit ArtPrize's venue page.

"Art to Change the World - Inspiring Social Justice" continues to be the theme of our venue in this 9th year of ArtPrize. This year, we have 26 Artists with work in all four ArtPrize categories: two-dimensional, three-dimensional, installation, and time-based. You can see all of the work at The exhibition opens with a Reception for Artists, congregants, and friends in the Social Hall. ArtPrize begins on Wednesday, September 20th, and ends on Sunday, October 8th. Hours are 12:00-8:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday and 12:00-6:00 p.m. on Sunday. Each year, we depend on many volunteers to greet and guide visitors. This year, a volunteer shift will be just two hours instead of the three-hour commitment in previous years. Visitors to FSC really appreciate "Art to Change the World" and the community effort involved, so please consider volunteering. If you are interested, please contact Penny Barstow at either (512-413-0428) or  Each year, this exhibition would not be possible without the generous financial contributions of congregants. Many thanks to all who have helped make our venue possible!  Questions about ArtPrize?  Please contact ArtPrize Task Force Chair, Edgar Marty, at either (616) 454-2755 or

During your ArtPrize visit, please feel free to take a look at our beautiful sanctuary and narthex. Rest your feet on a bench in our lobby, and enjoy our newly-upgraded HVAC system and free WiFi. Public restrooms are available.  Our building is ADA-accessible. Bicycle parking: use the street sign posts along Fountain Street and Library Place, or the wall-mounted racks on our porticos.
While we do not have a public parking lot, FSC is easy to reach via walking or the ArtPrize shuttle bus. We are just three easy blocks north of the ArtPrize HUB, (41 Sheldon N.E.), and we are near other high-density venues such as Kendall College of Art and Design, First Park Church, and the many smaller installations along Monroe Center.

Many hungry and thirsty visitors attend our Social Justice venue that seeks to “Change the World.” Once again, The Village Baker is supplying everything but the workers for our delicious and relaxing spot in the Social Hall. The ArtPrize Café menu includes sandwiches, salads, snacks, and baked goods, (including amazing cinnamon rolls and fresh baked pretzels), available for lunch, dinner, or snacks! The Café will be open most of the time FSC is open for ArtPrize.

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