2013-04-18 / Community

Adults with disabilities are asked to submit art

ArtPrize competition to award $500 prize

GRAND RAPIDS – Adult artists with disabilities have a chance to win $500, have their artwork displayed in the Grand Rapids Art Museum and entered in ArtPrize 2013 – thanks to the Legacy Trust Award Collection.

Back for its fourth year, the Legacy Trust Award Collection is soliciting artwork from Michigan artists with disabilities for its popular mini-competition in advance of ArtPrize. Four winning artists will each receive $500 and sponsorship in ArtPrize, the radically open art competition scheduled this year Sept. 18 through Oct. 6 in downtown Grand Rapids.

The statewide competition is open to all Michigan artists with disabilities and seeks paintings, sculptures, photographs, drawings, collages, mixed media and other works for art. Four winners will be chosen by popular vote, a panel of celebrity judges and the LTAC Advisory Committee.

Artists must register with LTAC by May 15 to be considered for the 2013 competition.

Sponsored by Grand Rapidsbased wealth management advisors Legacy Trust, LTAC will be held this year in the Grand Rapids Art Museum on May 22-23. A private reception for all artists, judges and LTAC supporters will be held on the evening of May 22. The public will have a chance to view and vote on the art on May 23 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the GRAM, which is located in downtown Grand Rapids.

“We are incredibly pleased to have secured the Grand Rapids Art Museum for LTAC this year,” said William Walker, CEO of Legacy Trust. “Not only will artists have the opportunity to display their work at one of Michigan’s leading art museums, this high-profile venue will allow their work to be seen by more people in the community.

“We are delighted to introduce a special juried award this year and to expand our celebrity judge panel from five to seven members. Additionally, we will be offering Facebook voting for the first time this year to allow even more people to interact with these amazing artists and the work they have created.”

LTAC debuted in 2010, the brainchild of Walker and his wife, Deborah. Like others in the community, the Walkers were swept away by the magic of ArtPrize and wanted to find a meaningful way to join the dialogue. As the parents of a daughter with special needs, the Walkers decided to launch LTAC, an art competition designed to remove barriers for participation in ArtPrize for adult artists with disabilities.

This year, Legacy Trust established an advisory committee of those in the business, arts and disability communities. The LTAC Advisory Committee has established the Lillian Perry Walker Award, a special juried award to honor the young woman whose spirit was the spark that brought LTAC to life in 2010.

Winners of LTAC 2013 will be announced by May 29. Along with having their artwork entered into ArtPrize, the winning artists will each receive a cash prize of $500. All entry fees and promotion expenses for ArtPrize will be paid by Legacy Trust, which has already secured venue space for the winning artists at a highprofile venue.

Artists from all genres are invited to participate in the competition. All artists must submit an artist registration to by May 15. All artwork must be completed and available for showing in Grand Rapids by May 20.

Following is a list of some of the guidelines for submitting artwork this year:

•All participating artists must be a resident of Michigan and at least 18 years of age by May 15.

•All artwork must be original, attributable to the applicant and completed within three years prior to September 18.

•All artwork is subject to the “Official Rules for Artists- ArtPrize,” which can be found at www.artprize.org.

ArtPrize, an international art competition in Grand Rapids decided solely on a public vote, returns to Grand Rapids for its fifth year on Sept. 18-Oct. 6. It debuted with much enthusiasm in 2009 and participation soared the following years. This year is expected to see a continued increase in community engagement and entries

More information on LTAC is available at http://legacygr.com/ legacy-trust-award-collection.

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