From September 14 to October 9, the city of Grand Rapids transformed from an average city to a living art museum. The buildings, the streets and even the people became art as artists from around the world flocked to Grand Rapids for the largest art competition in the world. The exhibits were sprinkled throughout the entire downtown area so people were able to experience various venues across Grand Rapids.
I love ArtPrize because it’s a way to connect art to the masses. As a person who typically does not go to art museums, this opportunity allowed me to step outside of my comfort zone and see new things.
As always, ArtPrize 2016 had many incredible exhibits—from a multi-colored elephant to a man riding a fish bike (weird, right?). The art at ArtPrize is not confined to one medium or another. There were live performances, such as a live re-enactment of the Wizard of Oz; oil paintings; photographs; 3-D art and wall murals. My personal favorite was a row of masks decorated and painted by artists with mental disabilities and brain trauma. Under each mask there was the name of the artist and the story behind the mask.
These were just some of the amazing things I was lucky enough to see at ArtPrize. For more information or pictures, visit the ArtPrize website.