Art Prize to Celebrate Kalamazoo’s Artistic Talent

By Kamal M. Kamalaldin

For a long time, Kalamazoo College students have been producing works of art. As a sign of recognition, K hangs some of those pieces on walls, and displays others throughout campus landscapes. The Office of Student Involvement (OSI) will now sponsor another sign of recognition for artistic talent: Kalamazoo College Art Prize.

The event will exhibit K students’ artwork and will feature local art vendors. Students enjoying the show will have the opportunity to vote for the work they like. The program welcomes any art medium, including performances, documentary films, and visual art.

“This event is the first of its kind to happen at Kalamazoo College,” said Kari Paine ‘14, one of the OSI interns. “[OSI has] modeled it off of the popular Grand Rapids Art Prize event, but [has] made it specific to K.”

The Grand Rapids Art Prize event began in 2009, and proved to be a huge success. It was the first time that locals were the ones to decide upon the overall winners. Although Kalamazoo’s Art Prize will be at a much smaller scale, it still hopes to draw the same appeal.

Mirroring the Grand Rapids Art Prize event, Kalamazoo’s Art Prize will determine its winner by both popular and jury vote. Student voting will take place from 9:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. on May 31, and the winners will be announced at 11:45 p.m.

By hosting Art Prize in Hicks Student Center, OSI hopes to view the event as more than just a showcase of art pieces. The set up will be unlike other Zoo after Dark events: art pieces will decorate Hick’s walls and hallways. Students will walk through a set path of corridors, simulating a true experience of an exhibit.

The event will not be limited to being an art gallery; documentary film screenings, circus performances, poetry, crafts, activities, and free food will be available for visitors to enjoy.

The winner’s award will be a “night on the Town.” The winning artists will be provided transportation to and from the Alamo Draft House Cinema, dinner, and a movie. The winner may also pick four friends to accompany him or her throughout the night.

The event will be held on May 31, with the deadline for submitting pieces being May 21. To register, email osiinterns@kzoo.edu.

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