A sneak-peak behind the scenes of SiTE Lab, a premier ArtPrize venue, offers a unique look into the history of Grand Rapids, the top curator said.

Visitors to the former Morton Hotel in downtown Grand Rapids will get a look not only at a luxury hotel boarded up for years, but also unique art that you wouldn't normally see here, the top curator at SiTE Lab said.

Paul Amenta and his team offered a behind-the-scenes look at what's behind the doors of 72 Monroe Ave., a former hotel closed off for decades. 

"It's a really unique site," he told WOOD Radio News. "The are really beautiful lobby spaces and ballroom spaces that are pretty well preserved, they've just been boarded up."

Amenta says he's trying to bring something to the annual event you wouldn't normally see. High-quality art, he says, takes time to comprehend and a little patience.

SiTE Lab won the best venue at ArtPrize twice. Featured in a 2012 write up in GQ, the venue has a reputation of offering a different type of flare for the seminal event.

ArtPrize opens Sept. 24 through Oct. 12.