Grand Rapids, Mich. — ArtPrize 10 kicks off in Grand Rapids on Wednesday, and the Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GFIA) is one of 165 venues hosting art around the city.Visitors and passengers coming through the airport will be see 14 exhibits on display at GFIA as the competition runs from September 19 through October 7. Art at the airport is on display upstairs along the mezzanine, in the indoors observation deck area, and in the east end of the terminal building near the valet ticket counter and exit to rental cars.
GFIA is serving as an ArtPrize venue for the second straight year, but has been a long-time sponsor and welcoming point for artists and visitors since the competition began a decade ago.
“We are thrilled to once again serve as a gathering place for ArtPrize –as a venue, a sponsor, and as a way to welcome artists and visitors into our great city,” said GFIA President & CEO Jim Gill. “The Ford Airport strives to be reflective of the people and events in West Michigan, and we have a chance to brighten up our space with local and national artwork that showcases many different types of art. We hope people take advantage of the art on display here and visit us during the competition whether as a traveler or just a general visitor.”
ArtPrize is an open, independently organized international art competition which takes place for 19 days every other fall in Grand Rapids, Michigan. More than five hundred thousand dollars in prizes are awarded each year, which include a $200,000 prize awarded entirely by public vote and another $200,000 prize awarded by a jury of art experts.
Featured artists in the airport include:
Semper Paratus – Always Ready by Wanda Aikens
Anticipation by Eleonora Hayes
American Diversity by Lisa Sabo Brown
New Moons by Radha Mehta
Power of Portrait: Travelers by Megan Call
Selfie by Douglas Harkless
Path of Determination by Billy Butski
Are You A Route 66’er by Gary Fouts
1934 by Amiri Farris
Fear Less by Elizabeth Laul Healey
The 29 in Ellis by Christopher Gillespie
A Child’s Garden by Timothy Donohoe & Pine Ridge Elementary students
Matthew’s View by Tom Howing
Robert F Battles by Robert Battles
For more information on ArtPrize 10, including more on the exhibits at the airport, visit: http://www.artprize.org/venues/get/6589.
The Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GFIA) is the second busiest airport in Michigan. The Airport served over 3.26 million passengers in 2018 and over 8,000 travelers pass through GFIA each day. The Gerald R. Ford International Airport offers nonstop service to 32 major market destinations with more than 140 daily nonstop flights. The Gerald R. Ford International Airport is managed and operated by the Gerald R. Ford International Airport Authority. GFIA generates over $3.1 billion in annual economic output throughout West Michigan, and employs over 2,000 people.