MCC Celebrates The Arts
Since Monroe Community Church first configured its warehouse to display artwork in 2009, it has not been without some sort of creative exhibit. MCC values creativity and expression, which is one way that people bear God’s image as mini-creators. We love to feature the work of artists, from professional to children, not in a gallery, but surrounding our congregation as part of the worship experience. This emphasis helps us reinforce our mission to “connect our downtown community to our life-changing God.”
Welcome to MCC’s featured artist this season:
Stacy Niedzwiecki has been involved in digital photography for approximately 15 years, but her art and graphic design career has traversed nearly three decades. Her fascination with nature’s beauty eventually found its way through the camera lens, netting awards in multiple regional, national and international competitions. While she is particularly drawn to the beauty found within our own state of Michigan, her personal body of artwork also includes scenes from her travels in Ohio, Wisconsin, Colorado, Minnesota and California.
Devoted to her art, Niedzwiecki is a member of the North American Nature Photographers Association (NANPA), the Rogue River Artists Association, and has participated in several artist residency programs sponsored by the Glen Arbor Art Association, as well as the Crosshatch Center for Art & Ecology’s Hill House in Bellaire, Michigan. Niedzwiecki actively supplies imagery for many organizations and publications, such as local Chambers and Convention & Visitor’s Bureaus and the Shoreline Visitors’ Guide.
Her most honored accomplishment is the installation of 63 of her nature images at the permanent art collection in the Lemmen-Holton Cancer Pavilion, which opened in 2008 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Since that time, Stacy has been greatly appreciative of the opportunity to provide artwork for other assisted living spaces, hospitals, doctors’ offices, and conference rooms throughout the country.
To preview some of her work, visit her website at http://StacyN.com
MCC Loves ArtPrize
We are a venue for ArtPrize, the world’s largest art competition that occurs every September and October in downtown Grand Rapids.
We have now enjoyed two jury finalists, in 2015 and 2017, and we were one of 5 “Outstanding Venue” finalists in 2017. For the past 4 years, MCC has also been a riddle site for the ArtPrize edition of the Grand Rapids Urban Adventure Race. Each year for ArtPrize, MCC conducts a 4-week worship series entitled “Meet the (a)Artist”, where the worship themes are derived from 4 of the venue’s ArtPrize entries. A creative team curates the worship service elements: music, scripture, and sometimes multi-sensory activities to support the artist and the theme of their work. As part of the sermon, our pastor discusses the artwork with each artist and then unpacks a biblical response to the themes in each piece of artwork.
Our ArtPrize venue site has updated details, events, times, and dates about each year’s ArtPrize exhibition.
We are so excited to have had artists from ArtPrize join us here at MCC this past year. Click below to learn about some of this past year’s entries. And be sure to come back for ArtPrize 2020!