Local Art Prize Artists Get Their Shine

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Escanaba, MichgianOctober 27, 2016 – Some of the best artists in the world can be found a stones throw away right here in the Upper Peninsula.  These artists are being honored with an exhibit dedicated to them.  City of Marquette Art and Culture Manager, Tina Harris, stopped by the 8th Day to talk with Todd Paz about the gallery being held to honor the 51 U.P. artists featured at Art Prize in Grand Rapids.

Art Prize, held ever year in Grand Rapids, Michigan, is one of the largest international art shows in the world according to Tina Harris.  The show features artists from all over the world, including the likes of China, South America, and many other countries and continents. Over 500,000 people visit the 3-week show every year.  This year, Art Prize featured 51 artists from the Upper Peninsula.

In order to honor these local artists, Harris and others prominent in the culture have collaborated to create an exhibit featuring the art submitted to Art Prize.  The goal, according to Harris, is to support these local artists who teach, sell, and do outstanding work in the community to make the Upper Peninsula a better place. The gallery is being held at the William Bonifas Center in Escanaba and will be featured until November 2nd.

Harris believes this is something that can be built on in the Upper Peninsula.  Her goal is to bring traveling art shows to the Upper Peninsula.  With an art culture so rich, she believes these artists deserve better than to be able to only be seen at one location in the U.P.

For more information on the exhibit, please check out their Facebook page.

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