Michigan Road Trip - Thursday, September 19 - Sunday, September 22, 2024

The Society for Contemporary Art is pleased to announce an art-filled road trip in Grand Rapids, East Lansing, and Detroit. Join your fellow SCA members for a wonderful long weekend highlighting the rich art culture of Michigan. Throughout our time together, select curators and collectors will lead our group in visiting exciting museums and architectural spaces, as well as exclusive artist studios and private collections. Members will have the opportunity to commune and dine at some of the best bars and restaurants as we traverse the beautiful state of Michigan.


To reserve your spot, please follow these steps:

  1. Email info@scaaic.org with your name and guest names.
  2. You will receive an email with instructions to fill out a registration form and make a $500 deposit ($200 nonrefundable).
  3. Reservations will be only confirmed when the deposit is received and will be strictly on a first-received basis, prioritized by the membership tiers listed:
    1. Benefactor Level
    2. Patron Level
    3. Sponsor Level
    4. Friend Level
    5. Artist/Junior Level
  4. Full payment for confirmed reservations is required by August 16.
  5. Cancellations after this date will forfeit payment unless a substitution is arranged.

We recommend registering early due to high interest.



Thursday 19 September (JW Marriott Grand Rapids)


8:30 AM Meet at Art Institute Chicago
9:00 AM (CDT) Bus departs for Grand Rapids
12:00 PM (EDT) Arrive at hotel check-in
12:30 PM Lunch: TBD
1:30 PM Depart hotel to Meyer May House
2:00 - 3:30 PM Meyer May House / Frank Lloyd Wright
4:00 - 6:30 PM Grand Rapids Art Museum and ArtPrize art crawl
6:30 PM Return to hotel
7:30 PM Dinner at hotel: Margaux


Friday 20 September (Shinola Hotel Detroit)


8:00 AM Breakfast on own
8:30 AM Check out + ready for departure
9:00 AM Depart from hotel to Meijer Garden
9:30 AM Arrive Meijer Garden
Tour David Smith exhibition and other collections
New entry building by Tod Williams and Billie Tsien
12:30 PM Lunch: catered at Meijer
1:30 PM Departure from Grand Rapids to East Lansing
3:00 PM Arrival East Lansing
Broad Art Museum
4:00 PM Depart to Detroit
5:00 PM Hotel Check-in
6:00 PM Depart hotel to Lafayette Park
6:15 PM Arrive at Lafayette Park
6:45 PM Core City, Caterpillar, True North
7:15 PM Drinks: Puma
7:45 PM Dinner: Barda
9:30 PM Depart back to hotel


Saturday 21 September (Shinola Hotel Detroit)


8:00 AM Breakfast on own at hotel
9:30 AM Depart hotel to Michigan Central
9:45 - 11 AM Tour Michigan Central
Book Depository building
11:00 AM Depart for Hamtramck
11:20 AM Arrive in Hamtramck
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM Visit Beverly Fishman studio
12:00 - 1:00 PM Lunch in Hamtramck: TBD
1:00 PM Depart for artist studios:
1:30 - 2:00 PM Visit Chris Shank Studio
2:30 - 3:30 PM Visit James Benjamin Franklin and Scott Reader studios
4:00 - 5:00 PM Shepherd and Little Village Tour
Modern Ancient Brown Foundation (McArthur Binion)
5:30 - 7:00 PM Drinks: Curis House, Grosse Pointe
7:30 - 9:00 PM Dinner: Leña
9:00 PM Walk back to hotel


Sunday 22 September


8:00 AM Breakfast on own
9:00 AM Depart hotel to Cranbrook, Bloomfield Hills
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM Cranbrook
Melvin and Sarah Smith House
Cranbrook House and Gardens
Kingswood School
Cranbrook School
Cranbrook Art Academy
Lunch at Cranbrook
Cranbrook Art Museum:
Cuban Furniture Show tour with curator and director
Open Storage and Archives
Saarinen House
4:00 PM Depart for Frankel Collection
4:30 - 6:00 PM Tour Frankel Collection
6:30 PM (EDT) Depart to Chicago
10:00 PM (CDT) Arrive in Chicago


*Itinerary is subject to change.

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