2018-05-12 / News

U.P. Artists Encouraged To Enter ArtPrize by June 7

The Mackinac Arts Council and Bonifas Arts Center of Escanaba, along with several other organizations, are encouraging artists in the Upper Peninsula to enter ArtPrize, the annual art show in Grand Rapids that is celebrating its 10th year in 2018. Upper Peninsula artists who register for ArtPrize by Thursday, June 7, will be featured in a special preview exhibit on Mackinac Island called “Crossing the Straits: U.P. Art to Mackinac Island” this summer.

This is the second year for the exhibit on the Island, which was showcased at the Mackinac Center for the Arts at Mission Point Resort, said Mackinac Arts Council Director Phillip Rice. The artwork displays may expand to businesses and venues throughout the Island if there are more participants this year.

Last summer, the exhibit featured a collection of ceramics, paintings, photography, and threedimensional steel sculpture furniture. This year, Dr. Rice is hoping for more interactive, multimedia pieces and outdoor installations. He would also like more local artists from Mackinac Island, St. Ignace, and the nearby communities to participate.

The preview exhibit will be featured throughout August. An opening reception to meet the artists will be held at the Center for the Arts Sunday, August 12. The work will be on display until September 19, when the works will be transported to Grand Rapids for Art- Prize.

Work in any medium, including sculpture, photography, painting, and multimedia, is accepted in Art- Prize. All of the U.P. artwork will be exhibited at Venue Tower apartments in Grand Rapids until October 7.

Those interested in having their work displayed should contact Dr. Rice at director@mackinacartscouncil.org or Pasqua Warstler of the Bonifas Arts Center at pasqua@bonifasarts.org for more information. Artists have until Thursday, June 7, to register for ArtPrize at http://www.artprize.org . Artists must list Venue Tower apartments as their exhibit location through the ArtPrize Web site, where they must also connect with Venue Tower by Thursday, June 28.

U.P. artists participating in the preview exhibit will only be responsible for transporting their work to St. Ignace. The arts council will arrange getting the pieces on the ferry and to the Island. When the time comes for ArtPrize, the arts council and center will transport the work to and from Grand Rapids.

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