From the Director: U.P. artists take world stage at ArtPrize

August 26, 2016  |  by Bonifas Arts Center


By Pasqua Warsler

U.P. Artists have taken a world stage at ArtPrize this year and, in doing so, have put the Upper Peninsula on the map.

ArtPrize is a radically open international art competition that takes place each fall in Grand Rapids. September 21 through October 9, art entries from all over the world cover three square miles of downtown Grand Rapids. Learn more about ArtPrize at

According to U.P. Travel and Recreation, Grand Rapids is one of the top 3 Michigan locations that serve as a source for Upper Peninsula tourism. Coupled with the facts that ArtPrize has:

  • over 400,000 attendees for their 19 day arts event and
  • nearly 30,500 from out of state, people willing to travel to enjoy Michigan arts & culture
  • U.P. artists are positioned for prime visibility.

The Bonifas Arts Center, in collaboration with the City of Marquette, Michigan Council for the Arts & Cultural Affairs, regional arts organizations and with endorsements from U.P. Travel and Recreation, have assisted 51 U.P. artists who will be presenting in ArtPrize. This is a significant opportunity, not only for artists, but for the entire Upper Peninsula to gain access to prime audiences for cultural tourism and, to improve tourism by highlighting arts and culture. We will be presenting the U.P. as distinctive arts and culture region and a must-see destination!

Mark Your Calendars!

View this world-class artwork as we bring it home with the help of Escanaba Moving Systems and present The U.P. Premiere, October 15 – November 2. Consider this, your invitation to attend the welcome home reception Saturday, October 22 from 1 -3 p.m.


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