Chelsea Nix and Mariano Cortez, a husband and wife photography team, specialize in travel photography. They have been recognized and published by National Geographic in 2016, 2017, and received an award in the International Travel Photographer of the Year 2017. They will be exhibiting a series of photographs titled “THE STRING PROJECT” at The Devos Place for ArtPrize 10. “THE STRING PROJECT” began in January 2018 and features photographs from Africa, Europe, Asia, North and Latin America. The couple’s focus has been on creating a project that connects the viewer to the image in a more tangible way, bringing the photograph to life. In “THE STRING PROJECT” all of the people hold the same simple white string, "a visible representation symbolizing an invisible connection." When exhibited, all the photos look like they are linked together by a string. Nix and Cortez believe that "we are all connected" and wanted to demonstrate that through a social art piece. "We are all part of this world: we love, we suffer, these are all things that we have in common, that connect us. The physical string visually represents a connection that cannot be see with the naked eye. The project is a reminder that highlights some of the most valuable things in life: respect, hope, peace, compassion, love, empathy, integrity,.. authentic and genuine interactions that humans crave, ” said Cortez. Want YOUR photo to be on display in ArtPrize 10? Don't miss your opportunity to be a part of the interactive experience and have your portrait captured by the Nix/Cortez duo, with the chance for it to be added to the revolving slideshow in “THE STRING PROJECT” exhibit. Get your photo taken with a chance for it to be displayed in ArtPrize 10! Monday 11:00 am - 1:00 pm Tuesday 11:00 am - 1:00 pm Wednesday 11:00 am - 1:00 pm Thursday 11:00 am - 1:00 pm Friday 11:00 am - 1:00 pm Saturday 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm Sunday 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm The DeVos Place Convention Center, 303 Monroe Avenue NW, Grand Rapids, MI Hours: Monday - Thursday 8 am - 8 pm | Friday 8 am - 10 pm | Saturday 9 am - 10 pm | Sunday 12 pm - 6 pm THE STRING PROJECT by Chelsea Nix & Mariano Cortez | ​www.thestringproject.org ArtPrize 10 Entry | Two-Dimensional | Vote Code: 67899