Local gallery looking to create a UP delegation to ArtPrize

Local gallery looking to create a UP delegation to ArtPrize

ESCANABA — With so much natural beauty all around, it’s no surprise that the U.P. is also filled with talented artists.

One local gallery wants to show that off. The William Bonifas Fine Arts Center in Escanaba recently released a survey to see which U.P. artists would be interested in displaying their art at ArtPrize in Grand Rapids. It’s an art competition that lasts just over two weeks.

“What they are doing is encouraging a new kind of dialogue between the arts communities and the general public by really involving a broader public in the display and in bringing artists in,” says Pasqua Warstler, the Executive and Gallery Director at the Bonifas, “You have published and professional artists and you have artists who are from academia, but it’s open to any artist.”

The event is also very inclusive for venues, which can range from the Grand Rapids Art Museum to local restaurants. Warstler says she’s already started talks with a venue who wants a display made entirely of Yooper artists.

“We want to have a more cohesive look at what the UP offers in regards to arts and culture. Because it is distinctly different, it’s unique, and we want that in people’s minds.,” Warstler added.

If you’re interested in joining the delegation follow this link to the survey. The deadline to complete it is January 20th.