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ArtPrize award celebrates diversity

August 28, 2014

A new award will honor diversity at this year’s ArtPrize.

The inaugural Paul Collins Diversity in Art Award will be presented this year in the form of a $5,000 prize to celebrate the contributions local artist Paul Collins has made to the art community.

The announcement was made Tuesday afternoon by the city of Grand Rapids, Richard App Gallery and Don Everette. The award will focus on artists of color and will be judged by a panel of local artists.

“Together, we can envision a path by which to actively and deliberately extend the open call of ArtPrize,”Everette said. “It is my hope that more people of color will participate, to further the ethnic and cultural diversity of art in this event.”

As part of this year’s ArtPrize, Richard App Gallery will curate pieces on Calder Plaza that have a focus on artists with diverse backgrounds. ArtPrize, along with Downtown Grand Rapids Inc., has underwritten the Calder Plaza venue.

The plaza was selected due to its history as a gathering place for Grand Rapids to celebrate ethnicity, often as the hub of culture festivals.

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