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ArtPrize

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, the Chapel, on the Mezzanine, in the Tower Room and throughout the Church House Lobby.
For a sneak preview of the 2016 installations, please visit ArtPrize's venue page.

ArtPrize at Fountain Street Church is as old as ArtPrize itself. The Art Committee has been working since January on preparations for the eighth
annual ArtPrize. Our exhibition is again focused on the theme, “Art to Change the World: Inspiring Social Justice.”
Art plays an important role as an agent for social and economic justice and peace in the world. We have selected works that focus attention on basic human needs: respecting diversity, and fostering freedom of expression.
We have engaged two independent jurors to award two prizes, sponsored by the Social Action Committee and the American Civil Liberties
Union respectively. Prize winners will be announced at a reception for artists, friends, and congregants on Sunday, September 18, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. in the Social Hall.
This year we will show works by eighteen artists. Several artists return to FSC again this year including Jay Constantine with “Heretical History: The Cathar Massacre." Timothy Cleary, creator of “Tracery,” is among the artists new to our venue.
ArtPrize runs from Wednesday, September 21, through Sunday, October 9.  
•  Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
•  Saturday, Noon to 9:00 p.m.
•  Sunday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.   
We need volunteers to greet and guide ArtPrize visitors. If you are interested in helping, please get in touch with Penny Barstow 
You can also sign up in the Social Hall after services on September 11, 18, and 25. Daily schedules are divided into two-hour and three-hour shifts so if you have a particular time in mind, get in touch as soon as you can. Lots of visitors make the time go quickly. Visitors to FSC really appreciate our exhibition.


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In 2015, more than 17,000 people visited our ArtPrize venue.
FSC was recognized as one of the only venues across all of ArtPrize to offer independent cash awards.
The Art Committee would like to thank all those giving Fountain Streeters who participated in and helped support this year’s ArtPrize event – our generous donors, the Social Action Committee, the Western Michigan Chapter of the ACLU, and countless docents who helped shepherd visitors throughout our venue. It was a banner year and we thank you one and all!


Questions about ArtPrize?  Please contact ArtPrize Task Force Chair, Edgar Marty, at either eo.marty@gmail.com or (616) 454-2755


artprize 2015 - eric wDuring 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, along with accommodations for nursing moms. Our building is ADA-accessible. Bicycle parking: use the street sign posts along Fountain Street and Library Place, or the wall-mounted racks in 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 NE), 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.
We need you to help us complement our ArtPrize venue -- please volunteer for a 3-hour shifts at the Café. Pick your favorite way to sign up and get the details:

  • SignUP – register on this page, and SignUP sends you e-mail reminders
  • E-mail to the Blue District – BlueDistrict@FountainStreet.org
  • Call Mary Jane, (616) 842-0166, or Sherron, (616) 881-2882.
  • Sign up at the Volunteer Station – there will be easy instructions at the desk

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