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On April 8th, we spoke with:

  • Dana Friis-Hansen, Director & CEO of Grand Rapids Art Museum
  • Artist Michael Pfleghaar
  • Jake and Tom Scheidel, organizers of Jake's Music Festival

Dana Friis-Hansen, Director & CEO of Grand Rapids Art Museum

I chat with Grand Rapids Art Museum, Director & CEO, Dana Friis-Hansen about the GRAM's three Robert Rauschenberg exhibits (Rauschenberg in Context, Robert Rauschenberg at Gemini, and Synapsis Shuffle), who Rauschenberg was as an artist, his use of many mediums, the impact his work has had on today's artists, the concept behind Synapsis Shuffle and the GRAM's 3 year partnership with the Whitney in New York.  Dana also talks to me about his recent move from Austin to Grand Rapids, and his goals for the GRAM.

Michael Pfleghaar and I chat about Reinforcing Objecthood; his current GRAM exhibit, his use of furniture in his work and what it represents, his decision to go to the Art Institute of Boston and how it's influenced his art, the changes he's seen in the Grand Rapids art world since moving here in 1983 and more.

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Rauschenberg in Context, Robert Rauschenberg at Gemini, and Synapsis Shuffle are on exhibit at the Grand Rapids Art Museum now through May 20.
http://www.artmuseumgr.org/home/page/Rauschenberg

Michael Pfleghaar: Reinforcing Objecthood is on now on exhibit at the Grand Rapids Art Museum through April 22.  http://www.artmuseumgr.org/home/page/Michael+Pfleghaar

You can also learn more about Michael's art at: http://blog.pfleghaar.com/

Jake and Tom Scheidel, organizers of Jake's Music Festival

Tom and Jake Scheidel join me to chat about the 8th annual "Jake's Music Festival" to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. We talk about the eclectic group of musicians that will be performing, about some of the important things people should understand about Juvenile Diabetes, and about those who help make Jake's Music Festival possible.

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You can learn more about Jake's Music Festival at:
http://www.facebook.com/events/389835501045644/

I'm really looking forward to introducing you to folks around West Michigan every week who are helping to positively shape our area with their music, their art, their bold business ideas, and the causes they're passionate about!

~Paul Jendrasiak

Tom and Jake Scheidel also join me to chat about the 8th annual Jake's Music Festival to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. We talk about the eclectic group of musicians that will be performing, about some of the important things people should understand about Juvenile Diabetes, and those who help make Jake's Music Festival possible. 

You can learn more about Jake's Music Festival at:
http://www.facebook.com/events/389835501045644/