Venue Tower Apartments in Grand Rapids, Mi. had the privilege of hosting the winner’s circle and media room for Art Prize 2017 Awards Ceremony presented by DTE Energy Foundation on October 6, 2017. Click below for photos of the winners with their works and follow www.facebook.com/venuetowergr to hear the grand prize winners in their own words.
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The Friday, Sept. 15 event at the Venue Tower apartment building, at 15 Ottawa Ave NW in downtown Grand Rapids, run from 6-9 p.m. It is hosted by ArtPrize and Second Ave Arts, NYC. The twice annual show was started in 2015 by New York City based artist and West Michigan native Tyler Loftis.
"There is such a rich culture here in Grand Rapids and Michigan in general in regards to music, writing and design, but fine art is still in its infancy. It's exciting to see more art appreciation emerging and how it has been fostered through ArtPrize and it's continued growth," said Loftis, in a statement.
Loftis, whose work resides in prominent collections throughout the country, likes to integrate early and mid-career artists alongside well known names.
A portion of the sales will be donated to ArtPrize's arts education programming.
In addition to the ArtPrize pieces, the works on sale will include New York Studio School Alumni Show award winners, featured artists from New York City and a various selection of local and national artists selected by Second Ave Arts.