College students get professional experience in U.P. ArtPrize exhibit

August 16, 2018  |  by Bonifas Arts Center

Students at Finlandia and Northern Michigan Universities in the Upper Peninsula who are participating in ArtPrize, the international art competition in Grand Rapids, are being given an insight into the world of art as a business.

Denise Vandeville, dean of art and design at Finlandia University, says it helps the students to understand the oppotunities available to them as a working artist.

"When we work with the students we want them to understand the business aspects of the art and design world so that instead of just being makers they are also sellers and can make a living with their work," Vandeville said.

Brian Kakas, associate professor of ceramic art at NMU, says it helps get students out of the classroom and into the position of being a successful artist.

"Experiencing not just in the studio but that next step of stepping outside the studio sharing what it is you're passionate about, networking and educating others on what art is or what art isn't," said Kakas.

The students' artwork are on display on Mackinac Island through Sept. 7 as part of the Crossing the Straits exhibit at Mission Point Resort. ArtPrize starts Sept. 19 in Grand Rapids.


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