Monday, September 21, 2009
ArtPrize starts this week!
ArtPrize, an international arts festival/competition taking place in Grand Rapids, MI, begins this Wednesday (Sept 23) with opening registration at 4:00 p.m. at Lyon Square followed by opening celebrations at venues all over the city. ArtPrize runs through October 10th.
If you live even within a few hours of Grand Rapids, I want to encourage you to find an opportunity to check out this event (and not just because my wife is one of the artists in the competition!). This is a unique opportunity for those of us in the Midwest to see and experience internationally acclaimed artists and also to support the local artisan community. And with a $250,000 top prize on the line, you can be sure all the artists will be pulling out all the stops to make it an exciting event.
Some of the pieces you'll have to look forward to include Enlightenment, a solid gold vessel by esteemed local metal-smith David Huang, a sculpture of the Loch Ness Monster in the Grand River and Grand Rapid's Urban Experimenter Rob Bliss, famous for his Zombie Walk, launching 100,000 paper airplanes over the city.
So come, check it out, vote for your favorite artists and be a part of a unique and exciting festival of the arts!