September 20, 2009

ArtPrize set to honor contemporary art

The upcoming ArtPrize competition in Grand Rapids, Mich., offers professionals and amateurs alike a chance to enjoy contemporary art, an expert says.

Brett Colley, associate professor of art and design at Grand Valley State University, said the annual event allows artists of all levels of talent show off their personal interpretations of art in the pursuit of a $250,000 grand prize, The Detroit Free Press said Sunday.

There are professionals and amateurs and many variations in between, and all of them clearly have different criteria for what is art, what is good art and what is important about art, Colley said.

ArtPrize is scheduled to begin Wednesday in Grand Rapids and will run until Oct. 10. A total of 1,262 professional and amateur artists from 16 countries are expected to take part in the event.

Matthew Paul Isaacson, 29, of Traverse City, Mich., is one of those contestants set to compete for the top prize while enjoying the public appreciation of his art.

I'm so young that just getting a show is a great opportunity for me to grow as an artist, he told the Free Press.