What's the big idea?
Gaspard is an artist operated gallery focused on providing a contemporary exhibition space for both artists and art collectors. The clean interior of the gallery allows the conceptual and aesthetic elements of the art to be readily experienced, serving the contemporary artist well. Additionally, all work is for sale, inviting not just the art viewer, but also collector into the space. This further encourages the contemporary, fine artist with an opportunity to both exhibit and sell art.
Describe the nearest player in your field.
LaFontsee gallery and The Richard App Gallery are both Grand Rapids art galleries focused on maintaining a large inventory and with a emphasis on decorative and commercial art.
The GRAM and UICA offer contemporary exhibitions, but within a museum model, these are not concerned with selling artwork.
How are you different from that player?
Looking specifically at Grand Rapids, contemporary art galleries are hard to find: art collectors have few options when seeking to purchase contemporary art, and many artists have even fewer options for places to exhibit their work in a focused environment.
How's the world different with your idea in it?
Many art collectors and buyers overlook Grand Rapids when seeking to purchase work and travel to Chicago instead. For GR to contribute to the national art market it must have informed galleries that exhibit contemporary art market trends, expressions, and even nationally recognized artists.
How does this idea scale into a big business?
Looking at the national art market and other contemporary galleries it is clear that selling artwork can be a profitable and sustainable business. As Gaspard grows we hope to draw collectors and buyers to the city and begin to create an economy of art within Grand Rapids.
Why are you the one to run with this idea?
With educations in art as well as experience in exhibiting artwork and contributing to the local art culture in Grand Rapids we are aware of the need for artists to be able to show work locally in GR in order to encourage and stimulate any kind of prosperous and respected art community.
What is a $5,000 experiment you can do to move your idea forward?
The $5K will allow the gallery to develop in several ways. It will cover necessary gallery modifications, installation costs, printing needs, and shipping/insurance of work. The investment will allow the gallery to move beyond merely a local art gallery and exist within the national art market.