Eyes on the Prize 2010

Eyes on the Prize 2010

Hidden Gems of ArtPrize

2010

Just yesterday, an article in the Grand Rapids Press questioned whether artists showing at fringe venues stand a chance in this competition? Probably not. From what I gather, many artists who show their work on the outskirts of the event know that they don’t have a shot at the top ten, but still want to be part of the community experience. Or, as a few artists have expressed to me, they are less interested in showing their work in heavily trafficked areas than they are in spaces that are personally meaningful. Since I arrived in Grand Rapids, I have tried to make my way further out from the center, to small galleries, offices spaces, and into nooks and crannies of ArtPrize to find, as one person phrased it on this blog, “the hidden gems.” Here are a few works that I recommend checking out (in no particular order):