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MSU sponsors gallery at Grand Rapids’ ArtPrize

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Sept. 17, 2009 MSU sponsors gallery at Grand Rapids’ ArtPrize; 31 artists will be featured

EAST LANSING, Mich. — More than 30 artists connected with Michigan State University are taking part in ArtPrize, a Grand Rapids-based social experiment for artists that will engage the public in new ways and award nearly $500,000 to prize winners.

More than 155 venues, including an MSU gallery, will exhibit art work by 1,262 artists from across the world in the city's downtown region from Sept. 23 to Oct. 10.

The MSU exhibition is sponsored by the College of Human Medicine, College of Arts and Letters and the Department of Art and Art History. The MSU gallery will feature 31 artists — students, alumni and faculty. The public is invited to meet the MSU artists at the opening reception from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sept. 23. The MSU Gallery will be at 445 Michigan Street NE, near College Avenue.

ArtPrize is structured as an interactive event that encourages the public to participate in the selection of 10 winning artists. Registered visitors will have the opportunity to vote online or via text message for the artists they like best; the artist with the most votes takes the $250,000 prize.

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Also, in conjunction with the event, the College of Human Medicine and Saint Mary’s Health Care are sponsoring a free public event, “The Arts and Healing,” which focuses on the role art can play in the healing process.

That event, 7 p.m. on Sept. 30 at the Lacks Cancer Center in Grand Rapids, will be moderated by David Lockington, music director for the Grand Rapids Symphony. Panelists will include MSU art and art history professor Marsha MacDowell, MSU music therapy chairperson Frederick Tims, MSU Kresge Art Museum docent Bonney Mayers and Kevin Foley, medical director of the Alzheimer’s and Memory Disorders service at Saint Mary’s Health Care. They will discuss how art can improve quality of life among patients with cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and other chronic conditions.

The Lacks Cancer Center is located on the campus of Saint Mary’s Health Care, at the corner of Cherry Street and Lafayette Avenue in Grand Rapids.


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