Annual Report 2018-2019

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Grand Rapids Art Museum | 101 Monroe Center| Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Annual Report 2018-2019

Letter from the Director Dear members, donors, volunteers, and friends of GRAM, As I write this letter for the 2018-19 report, I wanted to start by acknowledging this unprecedented moment—a time when members of our community are navigating the ongoing health pandemic, economic crisis, and urgent and much-needed call for justice for Black Americans. Cultural institutions have the civic duty to improve the wellbeing of our communities, and over the next year GRAM will continue to evolve in the ways in which we serve our audiences as we work to become a more welcoming, accessible, and equitable institution. I look forward to sharing our progress in future reports. Until then, I’m pleased to share with you our impact during the last year: 2018-19 was another incredible year at GRAM. Together, we were able to provide over 95,000 people with enriching experiences through the power of art, creativity, and design. We pride ourselves on offering visitors unique and engaging experiences every time they walk through our doors. One of the ways we do this is through our permanent collection of over 6,000 works of art. Over the past year, we regularly rotated our collection works throughout the Museum’s three levels of galleries, providing fresh experiences for our returning visitors. We also put our collection in the spotlight through the exhibition, A Decade at the Center: Recent Gifts and Acquisitions, which featured gifts and acquisitions to the collection from the last five years. Over the past year, the Museum strengthened and diversified the collection through acquisitions of works of art by Dawoud Bey, Robert Rauschenberg, Pablo Picasso, Alexander Girard, Carrie Mae Weems, Robert Motherwell, and many others!


Another exciting highlight from the past year was Maya Lin: Flow, an exhibition GRAM organized in partnership with Maya Lin’s studio. The exhibition showcased large-scale sculpture that focused on water and the environment, including two new works by Lin that were inspired by the Great Lakes Watershed and the Grand River. Lin was on-site at GRAM during the opening weekend, presenting a sold-out artist talk to Museum members, mingling with supporters at a Donor Dinner, and holding a special in-gallery talk for local students. Over the past year, GRAM continued to break down barriers to participation and increase accessibility to engaging arts and cultural experiences. We welcomed thousands of people to the Museum through our weekly Meijer Free Tuesdays and Meijer Free Thursday Nights, and we also joined Museums for All, a national access initiative that provides visitors who receive governmental food assistance with free year-round admission to GRAM with up to three guests each visit. Thank you for being a part of the GRAM family. While we reflect on the 2018-19 season, we are excited about what’s in store over the coming year. I hope to see you at the Museum again soon! Warm regards,

Dana Friis-Hansen Director and CEO

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MUSEUM LEADERSHIP Dana Friis-Hansen Director and CEO Elly Barnette-Dawson Director of Advancement Ron Platt Chief Curator Maria Davis Director of Human Resources Christopher Bruce Director of Learning and Creativity





GRAM visitors

Member households

6,277 Member visits



New Member households

GRAM on the Green attendees


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Sunday Classical Concert Series attendees

Third grade students served through the Language Artists program

$174,149 Estimated value of volunteer hours



Active Volunteers

Volunteer hours



Above: Charles Garabedian, Apotheosis, 1995-96, acrylic on canvas. Grand Rapids Art Museum, Gift of Lucille and Ron Neeley, 2018.16 © Charles Garabedian


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A Decade at the Center: Recent Gifts and Acquisitions January 26 – April 28, 2019

Above: Installation view of A Decade at the Center: Recent Gifts and Acquisitions at GRAM

The Grand Rapids Art Museum closed out a yearlong celebration of the Museum’s first decade at 101 Monroe Center with an exhibition featuring gifts and acquisitions to the permanent collection from the last five years. The exhibition spanned all areas in which GRAM collects, from 19th century paintings to contemporary art, mid-century modern furniture to vintage photography, and rare Renaissance engravings to historical design objects. The exhibition comprised recent museum purchases, as well as gifts and promised gifts from numerous generous individuals and institutions.

GRAM’s commitment to exhibiting and collecting design and craft was illustrated by the inclusion of important works of furniture, ceramics, glass, and industrial design. This section of the exhibition featured highlights from GRAM’s design collection dating from the early 19th century to the present. From chairs and lamps to tableware and electronics, these objects marry function and beauty and show the power design has to enhance our daily lives. On view for the first time were several pieces from a major new gift of over 100 design objects from one of the premier American collectors, George R. Kravis II.

In some cases, these acquisitions expand the Museum’s holding of works by particular artists, such as Mathis J. Alten, Andy Warhol, Richard Diebenkorn, Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, and Alex Katz, or introduce important artists new to the collection, including Oswaldo Vigas, Dawoud Bey, and Carrie Mae Weems.

With this exhibition, GRAM celebrated the crucial role of gifts in our ongoing effort to build one of the most notable collections in the American Midwest. Since the Museum’s inception in 1910, the generosity of our patrons has been crucial to building our permanent collection of over 6,000 objects.



A Decade at the Center: Growing Our Collection through Generous Gifts

The Grand Rapids Art Museum acquires new works of art primarily through direct gifts and as funds donated specifically for art acquisitions. Artists have also been generous in giving their own works. Since GRAM moved to its new building in October 2007, the collection has grown by 693 works and now totals 6,263. We are very grateful to those listed on the following page, as well as several anonymous donors, who have donated works of art, acquisitions funds, made promised gifts of artwork, or have made extended loans since the building opened. Above: Installation view of A Decade at the Center: Recent Gifts and Acquisitions at GRAM


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Above: Martin Schongauer (Alsatian,c. 1430–1491) The Crucifixion, c. 1475, engraving on paper, 7.7 x 5.9 inches. Promised Gift of Cate and Sid Jansma, Jr.

The Mary Ann Aitken family Michelle Andonian Hollis S. Baker Dirk Bakker and Hope Palmer Frank and Ann Battistella Fund Cleve Carney Art Gallery and Justin Witte John and Claudia Berry Karl and Patricia Betz Rajene and Gregory Betz Beusse & Porter Family Foundation Edith I. Blodgett Eunice Bolt’s Children Conrad A. and Molly Bradshaw Kenyatta and Tracey Brame Barbara Butler Anita and LeRoy Carter in honor of Marilyn Drake Cary Works on Paper Fund Dr. Bruce Cohan Gisela Colon Bill and Marilyn Crawford Samuel and Janene Cummings Jon-Marc De Korte James and Judy DeLapa Richard and Helen DeVos Daniel and Pamella DeVos Rick and Melissa DeVos John and Marilyn Drake Stephen Dull Svetlana Elnitsky in memory of Dr. Daniel P. Lipke Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian and Haines Gallery Mr. and Mrs. David G. Frey Edward J. and Frances T. Frey


Frey Foundation Stephen Frykholm Dr. and Mrs. Arthur F. Furman Phillip Georgeau Margaret Goebel Jerry Gretzinger Michael and Astrid Griffin Family The Raoul Hague Foundation John and Muriel Halick Stephen Hannock Robert and Elizabeth Heys Sara Anne Hook Marilyn Hunting Cate and Sid Jansma, Jr. Dick, Patti and Melissa Jones and Friends and Family in Memory of Janice Long Gleason Phyllis and James Karsina Miner S. and Mary Ann Keeler Don and Ann Kelley Adonna Khare Russell Kitler Kohler Foundation, Inc. George R. Kravis II Sylvia Krissoff Torben and Sarah Krontoft Michael Landon The Estate of Ellen Lanyon Alex Lasarenko Norry Dogan and Joyce Lee Jay G. Lieffers Family Beili Liu Thomas H. and Anne Gerth Logan Mary B. Loupee Mike and Carol Love Kate and John McGarry The Meijer Foundation Tom Merchant and Glen Johnson Betty R. Miller Jack H. Miller Andrew Moore David and Yoko Mosher Jon and Carol Muth Lucille and Ron Neeley James and Mary Nelson Peter Norton Family Chris Stoffel Overvoorde and Greta Overvoorde Martin and Enid Packard Stuart and Barbara Padnos Foundation Jason Pater Rudy Pozzatti Drake Quinn Family Foundation Scott and Julie Reenders Terrence Reese Dr. Arthur and Kristine Rossof The Rothman Family Sharon Sandberg David C. and Sarajean Ruttenberg Foundation Carol Sarosik and Shelley Padnos

William and Kate Kesteloot Scarbrough Anne Slade Jorgen and Meg Sorensen Frank Stella James and Gail Straub Peter and Arlee Tampas Linda and Mel Teetz Dr. Henrietta Ten Harmsel Dr. William and Sharon Theobald Barbara Uhl Oswaldo Vigas Foundation John and Lynn Vinkemulder Mary Jean Waddell The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. Peter M. Wege Wege Foundation Weidenaar Portfolio, Inc. Scott and Rebecca Wierda Greg and Meg Willit Kate and Richard Wolters Foundation

Above: Kara Walker (American, b. 1969), Boo-hoo, 2000, linocut, 40 x 20 1/2 inches. Promised Gift of Martin and Enid Packard © Kara Walker and Parkett Publishers, courtesy of Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York.


Above: David Wiesner (American, b.1956), The Three Pigs, 2001. Watercolor, India ink, gouache, and coloredpencil on paper 9 x 22 inches. Copyright ©2001 by David Wiesner

Maya Lin: Flow May 18 – Sept 8, 2019


Organized by GRAM in collaboration with Maya Lin’s studio, Flow featured sculpture that demonstrates Lin’s fascination with the natural environment, specifically water, as the subject. Created in recycled silver, steel pins, and common building materials, Lin conceives these sculptures with the use of charting, mapping, and scientific research to determine each work’s ultimate design, layout, and structure.  Lin created two new sculptures for the exhibition that focus directly on West Michigan. Pin River – Grand River Watershed (2019) is an installation made of steel pins imbedded directly into the wall forming a sparkling fifteen-foot-long outline of the Grand River Watershed. At 260 miles in length, the Grand River is Michigan’s longest waterway and has been critical to the history and economy of Grand Rapids. The Traces Left Behind (From the Great Bear Lake to the Great Lakes) (2019) is a shimmering wall relief cast from recycled silver.

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In creating the work, Lin charted the span of contemporary bodies of water from the Arctic to the Great Lakes that were formed by the melting of the Laurentide Ice Shelf, which once covered much of the North American continent. With Flow, Lin a committed environmentalist, focuses attention on the crucial role of water, both to our region, and to global survival. The exhibition also creates connection and dialogue with  Ecliptic, the public park in Rosa Parks Circle created by Lin that marks its 20th anniversary in 2020. “I’ve always been fixated on water,” says Lin. “Maybe it’s because it exists in multiple states, and you can never understand it in nature as a fixed moment in time.”


Above: Maya Lin, Flow, 2009. FSC certified spruce, pine and fir 2 x 4s 2’ x 35’ x 11’ (.61 x 10.668x 3.353 m) © Maya Lin Studio, courtesy Pace Gallery Below: Maya Lin speaking with students during a tour of the exhibition


Community Programming & Conversations


Artist Talk: Maya Lin on Art and Environment Lin discussed her current GRAM exhibition Flow, her commitment to environmentalism, and the crucial role of water, both to our region, and to global survival. Lin interprets the natural world through science, history, politics, and culture, creating a remarkable and highly acclaimed body of work in art and architecture.

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Above: Maya Lin, Blue Lake Pass, 2006. Duraflake particleboard, installation dimensions variable5’ 11” x 22’ 5” x 17’ 6” (180.3 x 683.3 x 533.4 cm), overall installed from 30 x 36 x 36 -1/2” (76.2 x 91.4 x 92.7 cm) to 71 x 36 x 36 -1/2” (180.3 x 91.4 x 92.7 cm), 20 blocks, Photograph by G.R. Christmas,© Maya Lin Studio, courtesy Pace Gallery

Ecliptic: Past, Present, Future

Partners: Frey Foundation, Downtown Grand Rapids Inc., Progressive AE, City of Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation

Anticipating the 20th anniversary of the opening of Ecliptic, GRAM convened key individuals in the history of the park to share their memories and insights on its inception, development, and construction, as well as the two decades as a civic gathering spot. Looking ahead to the future, the Conservancy team shared plans for preservation and support of the park.

Land. Water. Parks. People.

Above: Maya Lin, Pin River – Grand River Watershed (detail), 2019. Stainless steel pins, 11’9” x 15’3” x 1 1/2”.© Maya Lin Studio, courtesy Pace Gallery


Partners: City of Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation, Friends of Grand Rapids Parks, Grand Rapids Whitewater, The Greenway Foundation, Aligned Planning, Wenk Associates

This conversation explored how artists and landscape designers have used water to bring communities closer, as well as the important ideas shaping the restoration along the Grand River today. Topics included recent park projects that teach about nature and environmental sustainability and make our cities more livable, as well as future opportunities that lie ahead in Grand Rapids parks and the Grand River.



Dylan Miner: Water is Sacred // Trees are Relatives October 27, 2018 – March 3, 2019

A Legacy of Love: Selections from the Mabel Perkins Collection January 26 – April 28, 2019

East Lansing-based artist and activist Dylan Miner debuted new work created for his Michigan Artist Series exhibition at GRAM with a focus on the natural environment of West Michigan and its history. Miner is a Michigan native of Wiisaakodewinini (Métis) descent. In Water is Sacred // Trees are Relatives, Miner investigates the important historical and current issues around three primary natural elements: wood, water, and sky, and the traditional knowledge and beliefs around them within Great Lakes Indigenous cultures.

During her lifetime, Mabel H. Perkins (1880-1974) was a renowned art collector and one of the Grand Rapids Art Museum’s greatest champions and supporters. Perkins’s passion for art and for the people of Grand Rapids led her to donate more than 300 prints to the Museum over twenty-five years. This exhibition included highlights from that gift, which are among some of the finest works in the museum’s collection.

Who Shot Sports: A Photographic History, 1843 to the Present October 27, 2018 – January 13, 2019 Comprising over 200 images in color and black-and-white from the past 175 years, Who Shot Sports: A Photographic History, 1843 to the Present presented an astonishing diversity of work by more than 150 photographers. The exhibition included classic images of legendary athletes and historic action shots, as well as pictures taken behind-the-scenes and on the sidelines. Sports both familiar and unfamiliar were represented in photographs taken across six continents.


Self, Symbol, Surrogate: Artist Portraits from GRAM’s Collection May 22 – August 11, 2019 This exhibition explored the many ways artists engage in the tradition of portraiture, one of art’s oldest genres. The exhibition brought together iconic works and lesser known examples in the Museum’s collection to illustrate various approaches to portraiture from the 17th Century to today. The thematically grouped portraits addressed some of the numerous ways in which portraits function; some record an individual’s status and wealth, while others document a more objective or critical view of history.

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Above: Ken Geiger (American, born 1957). Nigerian Relay Team, Olympics, Barcelona, 1992, printed 2016. Inkjet print, 17 7/16 x 19 5/8 in. (44.3 x 49.9 cm). Courtesy of KenGeiger/The Dallas Morning News



Above: Billy Mayer (American, 1953–2017). Writer’s Block, 1987. Polyurethane enamel onaluminum, 78 x 51 x 36 inches. Grand Rapids Art Museum, Museum Purchase, Greg and Meg Willit, 2019.4


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Art in Bloom March 22 – March 24, 2019 Art in Bloom returned to celebrate the bi-annual competiton of art and floral design. Visitors were invited to tour the galleries and enjoy extravagant floral sculptures inspired by works from the Museum’s permanent collection created by some of the region’s most talented floral designers.

Nicholas Krushenick: Iron Butterfly March 23 – June 2, 2019 A “one hit wonder,” Iron Butterfly was a 1960’s psychedelic rock band remembered for their song “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida,” a churning stew of pounding drums, reedy organ, and primitively chanted lyrics. Artist Nicholas Krushenick appropriated the band’s contradictory name for his 1968 print series, which was on view along with one other work of his in GRAM’s collection.

Selections from the 2019 Festival of the Arts Regional Arts Competition June 26 – July 28, 2019 GRAM collaborated with Festival of the Arts to exhibit a selection of works by regional artists from the Festival 2019 Regional Arts Exhibition. Chief Curator Ron Platt and Assistant Curator Jennifer Wcisel selected pieces from the nearly 400 works on view in the exhibition for this special presentation.

Billy Mayer: The Shape of Things August 24, 2019 – February 2, 2020 One of Michigan’s most distinctive and unique sculptors, the late Billy Mayer (1953-2017) created work in numerous media and materials that addressed the mundane elements of daily life as well as bigger, broader ideas about human existence. The Shape of Things brought together both large and small-scale sculpture that demonstrate Mayer’s creative imagination and his impressive range of interests and sources, from Surrealism and Pop Art to souvenir kitsch.

Melanie Daniel: Only Four Degrees May 18 – September 8, 2019 In Only Four Degrees, Daniel imagines a world at the brink of collapse by our chronic, longstanding disregard for its well-being. The people who populate her rich narrative pictures are painfully aware of their difficult circumstances and have adopted various methods to cope with their new surroundings. Daniel’s garish, unnatural palette, dense areas of vibrating pattern, and skewed perspectives underscore the uneasy relationship between the subjects and their environment.

Alexander Calder: Pour La Grande Vitesse and other Works on Paper June 6 – August 25, 2019 Beginning in 1968, the Grand Rapids Art Museum began acquiring works by Calder for the Museum’s permanent art collection, including the sculpture Red: Rudder in the Air, as well as numerous prints and unique works on paper—eleven of which were displayed in this exhibition. In these compositions we see Calder exploring dynamic movement, form, and the interaction of bold colors.



Community Programming

GRAM on the Green with WYCE 88.1FM Taking place on Thursday evenings from July 11 through August 22, the concert series featured a diverse lineup of local, regional, and national talent. Guests of all ages were invited to relax on the Museum’s outdoor terrace and enjoy free live music, dancing, food trucks, free museum admission, artmaking activities, and a cash bar.


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2019 Lineup: July 11

Last Gasp Collective (Soul/hip-hop/R&B)

July 18

Lipstick Jodi with Jess Kramer (Rock and Electronic)

July 25

Pink Sky with hi-ker (Electronic)

August 1

Molly with Blushing Monk (Soul and Jazz)


August 8

Hannah Rose and the Gravestones with KJ & The Good Time Family Band (Funk/Rock)

August 15

Jake Kershaw (Blues/Rock)

August 22

Cameron Blake with Samuel Nalangira (Acoustic/Folk and Ugandan Folk)


Sunday Classical Concert Series


Each fall and winter, the Museum’s Sunday Classical Concert Series connects guests to a diverse arrangement of performers and instrumental mediums. GRAM collaborates with local and regional musicians and groups, including members of the Grand Rapids Symphony. The Concert series weaves together the performing and visual arts, as concert attendees are invited to view the latest exhibitions and works from the collection before and after each concert.

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Museums for All The arts have the power to strengthen and transform our community, and GRAM is committed to breaking down barriers to participation so that everyone has an opportunity to engage in enriching art experiences. To help increase access to the arts, GRAM joined Museums for All, a national access program offering free yearround admission to individuals or families who receive


government food assistance. Museums for All is a program of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and Association of Children’s Museums (ACM), with over 250 participating organizations. GRAM is joined by UICA and the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum in participating in Museums for All.


Learning and Creativity


Language Artists Language Artists: Creature Connections integrates literacy and the visual arts through a year-long unit of study that promotes academic and cultural achievement among third grade students. The program empowers students to strengthen their writing skills and fosters 21st century skills like critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and communication. This robust program situates GRAM as an extension of the classroom, as the Museum and Grand Rapids Public Schools co-created Language Artists to enhance the district’s English language arts curriculum.

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“The program really encouraged students to use critical thinking skills and to look at art in new and unique ways. The students really loved the interactive activities with the artworks they studied on the tour.� Grand Rapids Public Schools Educator

This past year, the program served 1,330 third grade students in seven area school districts, encompassing 29 elementary schools. Over 75% of participating students were from low-income households, and nearly 100% of Grand Rapids Public Schools third grade students participated in the program. Among teachers who were surveyed about the effectiveness of the program this past year: 100% indicated that the program allowed students to have meaningful engagement with works of art. 94% felt that the experience made clear connections to classroom curricula. 94% reported that the experience helped students develop their critical thinking skills.



Gazing at GRAM Gazing at GRAM is a therapeutic arts program for people who have been affected by memory loss, such as Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and traumatic brain injury. In partnership with nine healthcare organizations and retirement communities, GRAM served 261 participants this past year, marking a 42% increase over the prior year.

“By viewing art and talking about life, what happens is that our patients begin to flourish and smile.” RaNae Couture, Spectrum Health Expressive Arts Program


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Early Learners Early Learners promotes kindergarten readiness in children up to the age of five, through docent-guided tours, artmaking workshops, and outreach visits to partnering early childhood centers. Children build cognitive, social, and fine and gross motor skills, through lesson plans that integrate the arts with early childhood development. GRAM continued its longstanding partnership with downtown Grand Rapids YMCA and Eastminster Preschool, while developing a new partnership with Head Start for Kent County, as part of the Michigan Department of Education’s Great Start Readiness Program for underserved children.


GRAM collaborated with 184 educators from three early learning centers to reach 1,697 children in 2018-19, more than doubling participation over the prior year when GRAM served 718 children. Nearly all children served by Early Learners are from low-to moderate-income households, and their participation is helping to promote equal access and prevent disparities in education.


Comments from Parents of Campers

“We are so thankful for the opportunity to have a scholarship to participate. This is our daughter’s third year and she loves the different types of art she is able to experience!” 25

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Summer Art Camps GRAM Summer Art Camps provide youth ages 4 to 15 with immersive, week-long cultural and skill-building experiences. Each week of camp is tailored to children of specific age groups, spanning from kindergarten aged children to teenagers. Last summer, 156 children participated, with need-based scholarships provided to 42 children. Instructors introduced the campers to works of art from GRAM’s collection, as well as exhibitions on view. Campers viewed and discussed works of art in the galleries, learned about different artists and mediums, created art in the studio, learned art techniques from trained instructors, and participated in collaborative problem-solving activities with their peers.

“Our son sees art camp as an opportunity to see friends from past years and as a chance to make new friendships. He’s always very happy to come and proud of the pieces of art he creates!” GRAND RAPIDS ART MUSEUM



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Bruce and Rita Bailey Museum Docents

Vanessa Zavala Grand Valley State University student

“GRAM is a great place where curiosity and passion for art come alive. We love to learn, to teach and interact with the public, museum staff, and fellow volunteers. The Museum provides opportunities that we didn’t anticipate in our retirement years. The GRAM family is the best group in town for these reasons and many more!”

“Member Exhibition Openings are my favorite perk of membership because I’m surrounded by people who actively enjoy, participate, and engage in the arts. They serve as the perfect companions for viewing new exhibitions at GRAM, plus the hors d’oeuvres and the live music are an added bonus.”

Hailey Jansson Videographer and Photographer

Dan Nederhoed City of Grand Rapids Civil Engineer

“My favorite perk of membership is knowing I can escape to the galleries on any particular day, and the ability to bring guests—my mom, my friends, a date—experiencing art with others is valuable for a variety of perspectives.”

“Initially, I became a member at GRAM because I thought it would be fun to go to the member preview parties and get free food. I also love making art in the GRAM Studio, learning about different artists and experiencing the Museum’s exhibitions. One of my favorite memories at GRAM was during the ‘T.J. Wilcox: In the Air’ member exhibition opening when I got the chance to speak with the artist. It was revolutionary for me.”



Visionnaire Executive Committee The Visionnaire Executive Committee is a group of creative young adults, ages 21-40, committed to introducing new audiences to the Grand Rapids Art Museum and encouraging lifelong engagement. Through a variety of events and programs, the Executive Committee furthers GRAM’s mission to connect people through art, creativity, and design, and promote the Museum’s world-class collection and special exhibitions.

Are you interested in joining The Visionnaire Executive Committee? Contact for more information.


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Visionnaire Executive Committee: Shannon Cunningham, Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge Audrey Ferris, Via Design Inc. Shayna Harris, Six Magazine


Erik Lauchiè, Carbon Stories Hunter Lee, Graphic Designer Dan Nederhoed, Civil Engineer at the City of Grand Rapids Katherine Roskam, Varnum LLP Dayna Walton, Illustrator and Printmaker


Above: Dawoud Bey (American, b. 1953) Couple in Prospect Park, 1990 (2018 print), gelatin silver photograph, 21 3/4 x 17 7/16 inches. Grand Rapids Art Museum, Museum Purchase, 2018.22. © Dawoud Bey, Courtesy of Stephen Daiter Gallery


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Dawoud Bey (American, b. 1953) Two Women at a Parade, 1978; 2011 print. Gelatin silver photograph 9 x 11 7/8 inches Museum Purchase, 2018.21 Dawoud Bey (American, b. 1953) Couple in Prospect Park, 1990; 2018 print. Gelatin silver photograph 21 7/8 x 17 1/2 inches Museum Purchase, 2018.22 Unknown French Physionotrace Portrait of a Woman, c. 1800. Physionotrace Portrait of a Man, c. 1800. Pastel on paper. 14 3/4 x 10 3/8 inches Museum Purchase, 2018.23a-b Unknown French Physionotrace Portrait of a Woman, c. 1800. Physionotrace Portrait of a Man, c. 1800. Pastel on paper 13 3/4 x 9 1/2 inches Museum Purchase, 2018.24a-b Donald Sultan (American, b. 1951) Four Red Flowers, May 17 1999, 1999 Woodcut Edition 14/40 28 x 36 inches Gift of John and Lynn Vinkemulder, 2018.25


Robert Rauschenberg (American, 1925–2008) Banco, from Ground Rules, 1996 Aquatint on paper Edition 21/44 Sheet 41 5/16 x 27 9/16 inches Gift of John and Lynn Vinkemulder, 2018.26 Claes Oldenburg (American, b. 1929) Picasso Cufflink, 1974 Lithograph on paper 36 1/8 x 26 7/8 inches Gift of John and Lynn Vinkemulder, 2018.27 Christo (American, b. Bulgaria 1935) Wrapped Motorcycle/Sidecar (Project for Harley-Davidson 1933 VL Model), 1997 Lithograph, silkscreen with collage 18 1/2 x 21 1/2 inches Gift of John and Lynn Vinkemulder, 2018.28 Dorothy Dehner (American, 1901–1994) Man, 1955 Aquatint on paper Edition 3/35 Sheet 13 x 6 3/4 inches Gift of John and Lynn Vinkemulder, 2018.29

Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881–1973) Peintre et deux modeles, 1968 Aquatint etching on paper Edition 5/50 Image 2 1/2 x 4 3/4 inches Gift of Margaret Goebel, 2018.30 Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881–1973) La Celestine, 1968 Aquatint etching on paper Image 2 1/2 x 4 3/4 inches Gift of Margaret Goebel, 2018.31 Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881–1973) Celestine, mid 20th century Aquatint etching on paper Image 2 1/2 x 4 3/4 inches Gift of Margaret Goebel, 2018.32 Boaz Vaadia (American, b. Israel, 1951–2017) Solomon, 2007/1985 Bronze and bluestone 14 1/2 x 10 x 6 inches Gift of Carol Sarosik and Shelley Padnos, 2018.33 Alexander Girard (American, 1907–1993) Jar of Pebbles, 1972 Environmental Enrichment Panel on Mexicotton ground, for Herman Miller 58 x 21 inches Gift of Betty R. Miller, 2019.1


Above: Jane Freilicher (American, 1924–2014). Peonies on a Table (detail), 1954. Oil on linen, 38.9 x 43 inches.Grand Rapids Art Museum, Museum Purchase, Wege Fund, 2019.5

Billy Mayer (William R. Mayer, American ,1953–2017) The Elephant’s Memory, 2007 Earthenware, encaustic, oil paint, anthracite 19 x 7 1/2 x 6 inches Gift of Nate Cassie and Ethel Shipton in honor of the artist, 2019.2 Don Kerr (American, 1930–2017) Avenue Boudin, 1987 Oil on canvas 54 x 44 inches Gift of Sharon Sandberg Kerr, 2019.3


Billy Mayer (William R. Mayer, American, 1953–2017) Writer’s Block, 1987 Polyurethane enamel on aluminum Approx. 78 x 51 x 36 inches overall Museum Purchase, Greg and Meg Willit, 2019.4 Jane Freilicher (American, 1924-2014) Peonies on a Table, 1954 Oil on linen 36 x 40 inches Museum Purchase, Wege Fund, 2019.5

Mark Beard (Australian, b. 1977) #picnicbeard, 2016 9 color screenprint with gloss clear coat Edition 9/500 39 1/2 x 25 inches Gift of Mark Beard and Herman Miller, 2019.6 Alexander Calder (American, 1898–1976) Untitled, from Peace Portfolio II, 1973 Edition 18/90 Color lithograph on paper 32 x 22 3/4 inches Gift of Jon-Marc De Korte, 2019.7

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Alexander Calder (American, 1898–1976) Les Pyramides, n.d. Color lithograph on paper 28 x 36 inches Gift of Jon-Marc De Korte, 2019.8 Carol Summers (American, b. 1925) Ryder’s Evening, 1977 Edition 22/100 Color woodcut on paper 21 1/2 x 15 inches Gift of Jon-Marc De Korte, 2019.9 Carol Summers (American, b. 1925) Yuruk – Hailey’s Comet, 1977 Edition 159/250 Color woodcut on paper 9 x 6 1/2 inches Gift of Jon-Marc De Korte, 2019.10 Carol Summers (American, b. 1925) Cove, 1977 Edition 136/250 Woodcut 10 x 10 inches Gift of Jon-Marc De Korte, 2019.11 Robert Motherwell (American, 1915–1991) In Celebration, 1975 Edition 96/200 Offset lithograph on Rives BFK paper 37 7/8 x 24 7/8 inches Gift of Jon-Marc De Korte, 2019.12 Robert Motherwell (American, 1915–1991) Africa 5, from the Africa Suite, 1970 Edition 109/150 Screenprint on paper 40 7/8 x 28 7/8 inches Gift of Jon-Marc De Korte, 2019.13


Karel Appel (Dutch, 1921–2006) Looking Around, 1971 Edition 45/100 Lithograph on paper 30 1/4 x 23 inches Gift of Jon-Marc De Korte, 2019.14 Edward Steichen (American, 1879–1973) The Lotus Screen, S.S.S., 1913 Three color half tone Image 6 3/4 x 6 1/2 inches Gift of James A. and Gail Straub, 2019.15

Mark Catesby (British, 1683–1749) The Summer Redbird, 1727–1731 Hand-colored etching on paper 16 1/2 x 20 3/4 inches Gift of Don and Ann Kelley, 2019.20 Andy Warhol (American, 1928–1987) Marilyn Monroe (Marilyn), 1967 Screenprint on paper 36 x 36 inches Gift of James Pingree Nelson, 2019.21

Gari Melchers (American, 1860–1932) A Modern Madonna, n.d. Etching Image 5 1/8 x 3 1/2 inches Gift of James A. and Gail Straub, 2019.16

Carrie Mae Weems (American, b. 1953) Jim, if you choose to accept, the mission is to land on your own two feet, 1989 Gelatin silver print 15 9/10 x 15 9/10 inches Gift of Dana Friis-Hansen and Mark Holzbach, 2019.22

John Costigan (American, 1888–1972) Cutting Fodder, early 20th century Etching Image 8 x 11 7/8 inches Gift of James A. and Gail Straub, 2019.17

Carrie Mae Weems (American, b. 1953) White Patty, 1987-88 Gelatin silver print Image 18 3/4 x 15 1/2 inches Gift of Dana Friis-Hansen and Mark Holzbach, 2019.23

Luigi Lucioni (American, 1900–1988) White Arabesque, 1954 Etching Image 11 5/8 x 10 1/4 inches Gift of James A. and Gail Straub, 2019.18

Louise Bourgeois (American, b. France, 1911–2010) To Hide, 1989 Drypoint etching 19 x 14 inches Gift of Dana Friis-Hansen and Mark Holzbach, 2019.24

Reynold Henry Weidenaar (American, 1915–1985) Sprite’s Place, 1941 Etching 6 x 8 inches Gift of Philip and Jean Lynch, 2019.19

Mavis Pusey (American, b. Jamaica, 1928-2019) Dissolution of X, c. 1970 Color screenprint on paper, artist’s proof 28 3/4 x 22 1/2 inches Museum Purchase, Sam and Janene Cummings, 2019.25


Mavis Pusey (American, b. Jamaica, 1928-2019) Impact on Vibration, c. 1968 Edition 28/40 Color screenprint on paper 33 x 22 3/4 inches Museum Purchase, Sam and Janene Cummings, 2019.26 Mavis Pusey (American, b. Jamaica, 1928-2019) Paris Mai-Juin 68, 1968 Color screenprint on paper, Ed. 40 33 x 24 1/2 inches Museum Purchase, Karl and Patricia Betz, 2019.27 Mavis Pusey (American, b. Jamaica, 1928-2019) The City Distracting Images, c. 1970 Screenprint on paper, Ed. 30 29 x 22 3/4 inches Museum Purchase, Karl and Patricia Betz, 2019.28 Jennifer Wynne Reeves (American, 1963–2014) Place (47), 1995 Acrylic, pencil, multimedia on board 14 x 22 inches Gift of The Jennifer Wynne Reeves Trust, 2019.29

Hiram Powers (American, 1805-1873) Proserpine, 1848–49 Marble 25 x 19 x 11 inches Museum Purchase with funds provided by the Wege Fund, the Drake Quinn Family Foundation, and general accessions funds, 2019.32 Property Gifts: Paul-Emile Pissarro (French, 1884–1972) Les Voiles Rouge, c. 1920 Pastel on paper 9 1/4 x 12 inches (image); 20 x 22 3/4 inches (framed) Gift of Meg Goebel Stephen Frykholm (American, b. 1942) 50th Commemorative Poster for Festival of the Arts, 2019 Limited edition digital print 36 x 24 inches Gift of Festival of the Arts 302 design objects including furniture, glass, metal, and functional objects from various international artists and designers Gift from the George R. Kravis II Collection

Jennifer Wynne Reeves (American, 1963–2014) Popshower, 1997 Oil on board 14 x 22 inches Gift of The Jennifer Wynne Reeves Trust, 2019.30 Jennifer Wynne Reeves (American, 1963–2014) Crime Scene, 2007 Gouache, ink, archival ink on paper 20 1/4 x 30 inches Gift of The Jennifer Wynne Reeves Trust, 2019.31


ANNUAL REPORT 2018 — 2019

Above: Hiram Powers (American, 1805-1873). Proserpine, 1848–49. Marble on original socle. Grand Rapids Art Museum, Museum Purchase with funds provided by the Wege Fund, the Drake Quinn Family Foundation, and general accessions funds, 2019.32



2019 Grand Rapids Art Museum Donors

Grand Rapids Art Museum sincerely thanks the individuals, foundations & businesses listed for their financial support & gifts of art recieved in 2019.


Progressive AE RDV Corporation Reagan Marketing + Design, LLC Milt & Barbara Rohwer Shelley Padnos & Carol Sarosik Marilyn Titche Dean J. Toriello Jerry & Marcia Tubergen Foundation Dr. Ghayas & Joy Uddin Varnum LLP

Wege Foundation

$100,000+ Herman Miller Cares Steelcase Foundation Kate & Richard Wolters Foundation

$50,000+ Karl & Patricia Betz Bill & Marilyn Crawford Daniel & Pamella DeVos Foundation Richard & Helen DeVos Foundation Grand Rapids Community Foundation Greenleaf Trust The Meijer Foundation James & Mary Nelson

$25,000+ Amway Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation Doug & Maria DeVos Foundation Eenhoorn, LLC. Frey Foundation Mary Loupee Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs Greg & Meg Willit Anonymous

$10,000+ Applause Catering + Events Bank of America Barnabas Foundation Barnes & Thornburg LLP Ken Betz & Pat Brewer Gregory & Rajene Betz Beusse & Porter Family Foundation BISSELL Inc. Edith Blodgett Legacy Fund of The Brookby Foundation David & Carol Burgess CDV5 Foundation Kathryn Chaplow Interior Design Peter C. & Emajean Cook Foundation Ferris State University Fifth Third Bank


Gillett Family Foundation Haworth, Inc. Dirk & June Hoffius Howard Miller Company J.C. & Tammy Huizenga Marilyn C. Hunting Beatrice A. Idema Barbara & Thomas Jackoboice ICN Foundation The Keeler Foundation aka The Miner S. & Mary Ann Keeler Fund Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University Herbert & Sharon Lantinga Meijer Jack H. Miller National Christian Foundation West Michigan National Endowment for the Arts Beth O’Shaughnessy & Terry Rathbun PNC Bank Sebastian Foundation Mary Ann Sherwood Families & Children Field of Interest Fund of the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation Steelcase Inc. Allen & Nancy Vander Laan Dan & Ellen Vander Mey Wolverine Worldwide Foundation

$5,000+ Frank & Ann Battistella Grand Rapids Art Museum Fund Kenneth & Jeanne Bergsma Janet Gatherer Boyles & John Boyles Sam & Janene Cummings Robert W. Daverman, AIA DTE Energy Foundation Kayem Dunn Grand Valley State University Erin Gravelyn Jeff Gurney & Xuesi Li Gurney Jonathan Hoffman The Jury Foundation Keller Foundation Deb Meijer David & Kimberly Moorhead Janet & Mark Nisbett Martin & Enid Packard The Louis & Helen Padnos Foundation

$2,500+ Luis & Amanda Avila Tammy & Howie Bailey Bruce & Rita Bailey Stacie Behler & Tony Baker Sandra & Thomas Bergh brightly The Brooks Family Thomas & Sandra Burr Burr & Company Jennifer Butler Design Betts & Jim Casey Conduit Studio Crowe LLP Mimi Cummings CWD Real Estate Tom & Robbin DeMeester Joseph H. Doele Diana Dopson/D*Lux Travel John & Marilyn Drake Kost & Candy Elisevich Michael & Lynette Ellis Ronald Ford, MD & Dawn Ford Foster Swift Collins & Smith PC Twink Frey Dana Friis-Hansen & Mark Holzbach William H. Gilbert Trust Robert & Nancy Gleffe Meg Goebel M. James & Sarah G. Gunberg Terry D. West & Richard L. Hagan Hand & Plastic Surgery Centre Richard G. Hansen & Nonnie Buth Kurt & Madelon Hassberger Timothy & Barbara Hoffman Greg & Leah Hooks Christopher Hufnagel & Jill Conrad-Hufnagel Jansen Valk Thompson Reahm PC Donald & Ann Kelley Blake & Mary Krueger LaFontsee Galleries & Framing Thomas H. Logan Rishi & Esha Makkar

Barbara Mayo-Johnson Jane & John Meilner Glen Johnson & Tom Merchant Merrill Lynch New Urban Home Builders Barbara & Jim O’Connor Doug & Nancy Padnos Bill Padnos & Margy Kaye Jillane & Bill Payne Kathleen Stewart Ponitz Jim & Marie Preston Prime Buchholz Priority Health Rehmann Rhoades McKee PC Christopher Rosmarin Bill Scarbrough & Kate Kesteloot Scarbrough Robert & Karen Schermer Susan & Jack Smith Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge Triangle Associates, Inc. Universal Forest Products Inc. J. Visser Design Warner Norcross + Judd Mitch & Stacey Watt Scott & Rebecca Wierda Anonymous

$1,000+ Shelly & Nick Adamy Lauri & Dennis Atkinson Margaret & Jeffrey Beusse Frederick A. Bogaert John & Susan Borgman Eleanor L. Bryant Joan Buchanan Anita Carter Roger W. & Nancy Clouse The Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area Kathryn Carolan & Donald Cooper Julie & Phillip Croll Lin Culver Bill & Margie Darooge Joy DeBoer Jeffrey DeLongchamp & Katie Mitus John H. Edlund Florence Goodyear George H. & Barbara Gordon Sandy Gordon Inta Grace Robert Gross Jana Hall Herman Foundation

ANNUAL REPORT 2018 — 2019

Paulus & Rosemary Heule John & Gwen Hibbard Diane & Dan Hickey Lynn & Harold Hollander Laura B. Huizenga Family Foundation John Hunting IBM Corporation Win & Kyle Irwin Irwin Seating Company Dorothy A. Johnson Gil & Tinker Judson Patricia Kacos Ritsu Katsumata & Stafford Smith Peter & Helga Kleinschmidt Birgit M. Klohs & Greg Northrup Rebecca & Wallson Knack Korff Foundation Gifts In Honor of Scott & Linda LaFontsee Norm & Marilyn Leven & Family Dr. Jack & Katy Lukens Family Fund Judy Maggini Bill & India Manns Marsh & McLennan Agency Kathleen E. McDermott-Narezo Mark & Mary Beth Meijer Laurie Murphy & Ed Manderfeld Mark & Elizabeth Murray Jon & Carol Muth Stephanie Naito Margaret & Robert Nault Craig & Jenny Niemann Old National Bank Gordon & Christine Olson Foundation Open Systems Technologies Mitchell & Karen Padnos Mary & Richard Panek Till Peters Timothy & Pamela Pietryga Scott & Julie Reenders Dr. Sandra & Mr. Warren Rempel Dr. & Mrs. Arthur H. Rossof Ted & Gloria Rozeboom Ellie E. Sarafis James & Deanna Smith Jørgen & Meg Sørensen Spectrum Health Marianne Stehouwer Eddie T.L. Tadlock Jane Timmer Dr. Luis Tomatis United Jewish Foundation of Metropolitan Detroit Frank & Sharon Van Haven Deb & Dick VanderZyden Elizabeth Welch & Brian Schwartz The Samuel L. Westerman Foundation Anonymous (2)

$500+ Jonathan & Leslie Anderson Ellen Arlinsky AUXILIARY


Noyes & Elizabeth Avery Caroline Beall Norman & Kristina Beauchamp Leslie Bellavance Michael Bennett & Kirsten Anderson Patricia & Charles Bloom Gifts In Memory of Molly Bradshaw Scott Branc Tom & Sandy Carroll Thomas Clinton Roger & Mara Colman Bob & Julie Connors Peter & Carol Cordes Paige Cornetet John Corriveau Bill & Anita Crawford Catherine Creamer Timothy & Colleen Curtin Sarah Davis Dale & Ellen Dehaan Robert H. Delamar Mr. Tylor Devereaux Ann M. Dilley Paul & Mary Jo Drueke James Engelking Christina Freese Decker Gift In Honor of Dana Friis-Hansen Stephen Frykholm Don & Laurie Gardner Mark & Barbara Gerson Richard & Linda Glaser Tom & Sally Gleason Kenneth & Marilyn Goodson Kendall Grashuis & Lori Lockyear Diane Griffin Robert & Elizabeth Heys Tim & Char Hill Paul Howland Margaret P. Idema Rock Kauffman Design, LLC James & Amy Keane Fred Keller Dave & Betty Killoran Janet Krueger & Bruce Goodman Thomas & Sally Kyros Scott & Margaret Lancaster Marilyn Lankfer & Jeff Schad Barrie & Jim Loeks Ray Loeschner Arend & Nancy Lubbers Deborah & Daniel Mankoff Marsilje Foundation Wendy & Edgar O. Marty Kim & Mark Mc Coy Janet McCasey Thomas & Janice McWhertor Hank & Liesel Meijer Mike & Laina Mills Colleen & Howard Mitchell Judi & David Mordis Richard & Judy Morrison O’Donovan Family Foundation Gifts In Honor of Lizbeth O’Shaughnessy & Terry Rathbun Jim & Renee Overbeck Margaret Potter Jeff & Eve Pribich

Kevin & Terry Quinn The Rebek Arts Project LLC Ric Roane & Leandro Robles Bud & Marjorie Roegge Mary Schaff Valerie & Joseph Schmieder Peter & Joan Secchia Wilhelm & Mary Seeger Giselle & Peter Sholler Diana R. Sieger Tim & Jane Stoepker Barbara Timmer & Catherine Benkaim Kerstin & George Trowbridge Nancy Mulnix Tweddale The Steve & Amy Van Andel Foundation Jerry & Barbara Van Leeuwen Mark & Colleen Van Putten David & Janet VanDyke Ross & Suzann VanKlompenberg Vogt Foundation Bill & Mindy Wakefield Mark & Wendy Wassink Karin & Steven Waterbury Janet & Jim Watkins Larry H Whipple & Susan Morley Whipple Sally Wierda Jim & Sue Williams Dorothy Williamson Alan & Jeannie Woelfel Susan O. Wold Stephan & Jennifer Wolf Mary Ann Yaeger Robert Zylstra Anonymous

GIFTS OF ART TO THE PERMANENT COLLECTION Mark Beard Nate Cassie & Ethel Shipton Jon-Marc De Korte James P. & Judith A. DeLapa Michael Fay Festival of the Arts Dana Friis-Hansen & Mark Holzbach Meg Goebel Herman Miller Donald & Ann Kelley Sharon Sandberg Kerr George R. Kravis II Collection Jeff Krieger Philip & Jean Lynch Betty R. Miller James Pingree Nelson The Jennifer Wynne Reeves Trust Ric Roane & Leandro Robles Philippe M. Salomon James A, & Gail Straub Anonymous

GIFTS IN KIND Aperitivo Art of the Table Buy Right Packaging Supply Christie’s Clark Communications Community Media Center Deloitte Holland Litho Printing ImageQuest Le Bon Macaron Nothing Bundt Cakes Steelcase Inc. Stovetop Coffee Roasters Studio 616 Photography WGVU Public Media WYCE 88.1 FM

LEGACY SOCIETY Tammy & Howie Bailey Kenneth Bandstra John & Claudia Berry Janet Gatherer Boyles & John Boyles Samuel Cummings John & Marilyn Drake David & Judith Frey Dana Friis-Hansen & Mark Holzbach Meg Goebel Erin E. Gravelyn Michelle Hoexum Dirk Hoffius Barbara & Thomas Jackoboice Cate & Sid Jansma, Jr. Michael & Mary Jean Keating Mary Ann Keeler Donald & Ann Kelley Barbara A. Kuhn Thomas Logan Mary Loupee Tom Merchant & Glen Johnson Jack H. Miller Stephanie A. Neal Martin & Enid Packard Douglas & Nancy Padnos Charles G. Schoenknecht & Ward A. Paul Kathleen Stewart Ponitz Margaret Ryan Ellie E. Sarafis Bill Scarbrough & Kate Kesteloot Scarbrough Gerald & Emma Talen James & Janet Watkins Dorothy J. Williamson Kate Pew Wolters Anonymous (5)





Kurt Hassberger President

Lauretta K. Murphy President

Erin Gravelyn Vice President

Lizbeth O’Shaughnessy Secretary/Treasurer

Lizbeth O’Shaughnessy Secretary/Treasurer

Tamara R. Bailey Thomas A. DeMeester Greg Hooks Janet Nisbett Douglas Padnos Jeff Smith Douglas Williams

Anita Carter Pamella DeVos Marilyn Q. Drake David G. Frey Mary Ann Keeler Mary Loupee Mary Nelson Kate Pew Wolters

Luis E. Avila Stacie Behler Marilyn Crawford Sam Cummings Jim Engelking Meg Goebel Christopher Hufnagel Rishi Makkar India Manns Jane Boyles Meilner Jim Overbeck Kathleen Stewart Ponitz Christopher Rosmarin Carol Sarosik Eddie T.L. Tadlock Mitchell Watt Meg Miller Willit


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