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The Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM) is a museum in Grand Rapids, Michigan, that houses collections ranging from Renaissance to Modern Art, as well as special collections of 19th and 20th century European and American art. Its collection includes paintings by Richard Diebenkorn, such as Ingleside from 1963. Over 3,500 prints, drawings, and photos are among the 5,000 works of art in the museum’s collection. The Grand Rapids Art Gallery was formed in 1910, but its name was shortly changed to its current one. It moved to the historic Federal Building on Pearl Street in 1981 after being housed in a former mansion at 230 Fulton Street. The Grand Rapids Art Museum is a beacon of art in an art-loving community. The Michigan Artist Series, which highlights the work of artists and designers from across the state, is one of the many traveling and original exhibitions hosted by GRAM. GRAM offers a continual and diverse rotation of visiting exhibits, ranging from “Diana: A Celebration” to “Birds of America: Audubon Prints from Shelburne Museum” to “Robert Rauschenberg: Synapsis Shuffle,” as well as being a key in the city’s annual ArtPrize competition. The following are regular events. 1. GRAM on the Green, for the summer season, Thursday Nights at GRAM goes outside, featuring free live music, dancing, games, and more. 2. Drop-In Family Saturdays, GRAM hosts special activities and programming for children and their families every Saturday. 3. Summer Art Camps, a series of programs for children aged 5 to 12.  Samuel Yellin, Frederick Carl Frieseke, Harriet Whitney Frishmuth, Doug Argue, and Ryan Spencer Reed are among the artists whose work has been on display at the museum. Construction of a new green museum building, the world’s first LEED(Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified art museum, began in 2004. The 125,000 square feet (11,600 m2) building, which features 20,000 square feet (1,900 m2) of gallery and exhibition space, has been certified LEED Gold. London-based Munkenbeck+Marshall Architects was appointed architect for the new building in 2002 and developed the design from initial concept to construction document phase. The museum board fired Munkenbeck+Marshall in the summer of 2004 and engaged wHY Architecture architect Kulapat Yantrasast to finish the project.  The structure itself has become one of the city’s most recognizable architectural monuments, having been completed in 2007 and named one of Newsweek’s best of the year. Museum Hours and Admission: Tuesday: 12 pm – 6 pm Thursday: 12 pm – 9 pm Saturday: 10 am – 4 pm Members: Free Adults: $10 Seniors 62+ / Students: $8 Youth (6-17): $6 Children (5 and Under): Free

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