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The Way We Worked – Reception & Presentation


1_Man on Submarine Hull

Submarine builder at Electric Boat Company, Groton, Connecticut, by Fenno Jacobs, August 1943.

Young women delivering ice, 1918.

Young women delivering ice, 1918.

Workman on the framework of the Empire State Building, New York City, ca. 1930-31.

Workman on the framework of the Empire State Building, New York City, ca. 1930-31.

Lifting turbine blades with a crane, Golden, Colorado, April 2001

Lifting turbine blades with a crane, Golden, Colorado, April 2001

Interior view of Lever Brothers office building, New York City, Lever House photograph, ca. 1959.

Interior view of Lever Brothers office building, New York City, Lever House photograph, ca. 1959.

Switchboard operators direct overseas calls, December 1943.

Switchboard operators direct overseas calls, December 1943.

Pesticides inspector draws a sample of a toxic liquid, Greenville, Mississippi, by John Messina, March 1974.

Pesticides inspector draws a sample of a toxic liquid, Greenville, Mississippi, by John Messina, March 1974.

Young loom workers at Bibb Mill No. 1 in Macon, Georgia, by Lewis W. Hine, January 1909.

Young loom workers at Bibb Mill No. 1 in Macon, Georgia, by Lewis W. Hine, January 1909.

Mexican farm worker in lettuce field, Blythe, California, by Charles O’Rear, May 1972.

Mexican farm worker in lettuce field, Blythe, California, by Charles O’Rear, May 1972.

Navy Lieutenant Commander Dorothy Ryan checks a patient’s medical chart aboard the hospital ship USS Repose, off South Vietnam, April 1966.

Navy Lieutenant Commander Dorothy Ryan checks a patient’s medical chart aboard the hospital ship USS Repose, off South Vietnam, April 1966.

Gusty Chocknok, skipper of the salmon gillnetter F/V Helen Marg, operating in Bristol Bay, Alaska, by Karen Ducey, ca. 1990.

Gusty Chocknok, skipper of the salmon gillnetter F/V Helen Marg, operating in Bristol Bay, Alaska, by Karen Ducey, ca. 1990.

Aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) deck crew guides a fighter jet, by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jonathan Snyder, 2008.

Aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) deck crew guides a fighter jet, by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jonathan Snyder, 2008.

Firefighters amidst the rubble of the World Trade Center, New York City, by Andrea Booher, September 2001.

Firefighters amidst the rubble of the World Trade Center, New York City, by Andrea Booher, September 2001.


The Smithsonian Institution’s The Way We Worked exhibit, along with a local exhibit of Big Rapids’ logging and public safety histories and, a selection from Paul Collins’ America at Work series will be on view at Artworks from October 7 to November 29,2014.

Please join us for a reception and presentation, The Worst Jobs in American History, Friday, October 10, 2014, at Artworks, 106 N. Michigan Avenue, Big Rapids
Reception 5:00-8:00 p.m. — Presentation at 6:30 p.m.

For information and links to other TWWW events and resources, select Exhibits in the menu at the top of this page.

Brick Lane

Brick Lane posterA Foreign Film Series Feature at the Big Rapids Community Library, Saturday – October 11th at 7:00 PM
Drama (2007) – Indie, United Kingdom
Set in the 1980s, this cross-cultural drama follows young Nazneem, a Bangladeshi woman who’s immigrated to London for an arranged marriage to a middle-aged man, leaving her beloved family, including her sister Hasina, behind. While Hasina leads a life of adventure back home, Nazneem struggles to accept the isolation and unhappiness in her new life, until an unexpected visitor comes along and changes everything.
102 Minutes – Rated PG-13 – No Charge

Exhibit your artwork at The Painted Turtle

Painted TurtleIf you are a Michigan-based artist, we want to hear from you!
The Painted Turtle is a gift shop located in historic downtown Big Rapids. We are housed within the Artworks building and feature art and gifts by more than 70 artists. The holiday season is our busiest time of year, and our customers are always looking for something fresh, new, and fun.

The Painted Turtle is interested in all mediums and we accept new exhibiting artists year-round. Continue reading

Midsummer Night’s Dream

In July, Artworks and Blue Lake presented a performance of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream performed by German students. Their host families loved posing with these young actors. What a marvelous night.
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Michigan Humanities Council Grant

michigan humanities council logoArtworks was awarded a grant by the Michigan Humanities Council to show “The Way We Worked,” a traveling exhibit created by the Smithsonian Institution. “The Way We Worked” uses materials from the National Archives to show the history of work from about 1855 to 1990. We will supplement the exhibit with objects from our local work history. The exhibit starts October 4, 2014, and continues through the end of November, 2014.

MCACA Operational Support Grant

Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs logoArtworks was awarded a $14,000 operational support grant by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA). This grant will help pay our daily costs of operations in 2014, such as staff salaries and utilities. The funds that otherwise have paid these expenses can be redirected to program or building enhancements. Watch our website for news!