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ArtPrize hosts 3-day exhibition featuring work of 50 artists

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — ArtPrize is hosting a three-day exhibition to celebrate the artwork of 50 contemporary artists, including 30 who participated in the annual competition.

“Collectors Show / SPRING” takes place Thursday to Saturday in Grand Rapids. Part of the proceeds support arts education programming for ArtPrize. Second Ave Arts partnered with ArtPrize on the exhibition, which features artwork that’s available for purchase.

The exhibition is curated by New York-based artist Tyler Loftis. He says in a statement: “The goal is to add to an already rich culture that is teeming with artists and new collectors.”

A VIP preview is Thursday and the exhibition also will be open by appointment on Sunday. ArtPrize takes place Sept. 21-Oct. 19 in Grand Rapids.

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  • Andrew

    Keep grasping at straws, it makes you look very mature….said no one ever.

    ArtPrize is over, folks. The cat is out of the bag. Once Doug Small admitted that it was all a PR stunt from the beginning the whole thing began to unravel. Rigged awards, stacked juries, paying artists to come and enter, and completely alienating the professional art world have made ArtPrize become a huge black eye on the face of Grand Rapids instead of the global draw and stepping stone to better things it could have been if done with integrity. No, now we are left watching foolish-looking marketing guys trying desperately to scavenge the last bits of flesh from the bones of a dying PR campaign. And nobody is willing to travel across the country to watch that.

    • Gary G.

      Yeah, this should get renamed ConArt(ist)Prize, and Small should get the trophy every year. He and DeVos really duped everyone good this time. It is sad that the name DeVos will be forever equated with the word “scam”, and a shame he has decided to carry on the family dynasty in that regard.

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