The Bonifas Arts Center has been in discussions with a new ArtPrize venue in the hopes of creating a second U.P. Pavilion, a display space featuring Upper Peninsula art at Grand Rapids’ celebrated, international art show and competition.
Those working for ArtPrize are “excited about the possibility of another U.P. Pavilion” and willing to help facilitate it, and the U.P. Travel & Recreation Association and U.P. legislators also have endorsed the project, said Pasqua Warstler, Bonifas artistic director.
She hopes to finalize negotiations with the venue and announce it in early May, “so artists can check the Bonifas website then,” she said. If plans unfold as anticipated, the Bonifas also will help organize a pre-ArtPrize exhibit in the U.P. where residents can view works to be shown in the pavilion, said Warstler.
Warstler encouraged all U.P. artists to submit work to ArtPrize. “Now is the time to spin those ideas, get in that studio, finish that work, and prepare to submit,” she said. Artists can register now through June 8, and ArtPrize runs Sept. 20-Oct. 8. Artists can register and find additional details at www.artprize.org.