Downtown picks Window Wonderland winners


An entry in downtown’s Window Wonderland competition at the Grand Rapids Art Museum gift shop. Photo via

The voting public chose three Kendall College of Art and Design students as winners of the downtown Window Wonderland art competition for the holidays.

More than 1,300 votes were cast in the competition that involved 58 students from Kendall College and Grand Valley State University and 20 downtown merchants. The contest ended last week.

Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. created the window-design competition to draw shoppers to downtown and show students that studying design could lead them to a professional career.

“This competition highlighted the talent of our local art students and gave shoppers a reason to come downtown to shop and see the unique displays,” said Kristopher Larson, DRGI president and CEO.


Katie Wright, Jeicho Castillo and Nick Tisch won $1,000 from DGRI for their design of the window at Lee & Birch, a clothing store, at 50 Louis St. NW.

Kendall College’s Alyssa Zick, Elise Jadwin and Justin Cranmer took second place for their design of the Chop House window, at 190 Monroe Ave. NW, and they’ll split $750 for their effort.

Haley Hungerford, also of Kendall, won $500 for her design at Kilwins in the McKay Tower building, at 146 Monroe Center NW.

Nine other students received honorable mentions and cash awards in the competition.

Voting prize

In addition, three people who cast votes in the holiday competition received a prize package that includes a night’s stay at the Courtyard by Marriott, skating in Rosa Parks Circle and other items from participating downtown merchants.

“We hope the shoppers took the occasion to see everything that our downtown has to offer during the holiday season,” Larson said.

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