The Education Department at Open Concept Gallery organizes a wide range of programs for audiences of all ages. We offer special exhibition-related events such as, artist talks, lectures, presentations and panel discussions.
Evening Lecture Series
- September, 25th /Tuesday/:
“Comments on the Art Market”
- October, 30th /Tuesday/:
“Comments on Collecting”
- November, 27th /Tuesday/:
“Phenomenon of Street Art”
The evening lecture series will be held at the Grand Rapids University Club (111 Lyon NW, 10 Floor).
Event will begin with a cocktail hour at 5:30, dinner at 6:15, and the lecture at 7:15. Parking is included in the cost of the event ($25).
Doors for the lecture only, which is open to the public with a suggested donation of $10, open at 7pm.
Contemporary art addresses the issues of contemporary times. It takes a stand and often generates new questions regarding the increasingly complex structure of society and reality. Contemporary art’s unique field of knowledge also encourages its viewers to actively engage with particular works.
The Open Concept Gallery art education team is focused on increasing understanding of 21st century art in all forms. The series is taught by a combination of Open Concept Gallery staff and guest scholars, artists and lecturers.
Each educational opportunity offers the potential to lend greater transparency to the many layers of the artistic process. The gallery’s team invites your participation and encourages open, creative dialogue.
The Evening Lecture Series offers the audience a chance to delve deeply into the gallery’s exhibitions and programs. Visit the insightful lectures and discover new ways to look at art works. Hear artists speak about their work, or listen to a curator’s perspectives and discussions. Discover new approaches, discuss different perspectives, or critique the appropriateness of certain forms of art appreciation.
The Open Concept Gallery offers a variety of internships for undergraduates, recent graduates and graduate students in art history, administration, conservation, education and related fields.
The objective of the internship program is to offer practical gallery training experience to individuals interested in pursuing careers in the arts and gallery fields. Interns gain a general knowledge and broad understanding of how a particular department functions within the context of a major gallery; as well as specific skills related to a particular department’s activities. Interns are assigned to a department based on their academic background, professional skills, interest, and career goals. Interns participate in the ongoing work of the department and complete specific projects or portions of larger departmental initiatives.
Potential internships are available in the following departments: Curatorial, Education, Public Affairs, Registrar, Photography, Film and Media Arts, Director’s Office, Development, Membership, Special Events, Visitor Services, Finance and Information Technology.
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