GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan (SEPTEMBER 23, 2016) -- ArtPrize, the radically open international art competition decided equally by public vote and expert jury, in collaboration with Second Ave Arts today announced that at Collectors Show / FALL 2016, seventeen artworks by 15 different artists—including 12 past and present ArtPrize Artists—were sold. As a result, Second Ave Arts will donate $1,500 to ArtPrize, which will directly support arts education at the ninth annual event in 2017.

Collectors Show is designed to forge artist-collector relationships and help kickstart an emerging art market in West Michigan. Created by Tyler Loftis, New York-based artist originally from Michigan, the FALL 2016 edition of the biannual fine art exhibition recently wrapped up its three-day exhibit. The show takes place both in the Spring and the Fall in partnership with ArtPrize. Loftis combines the diverse group of ArtPrize artists with professional contemporary artists as well as famous American artists of the last century to create a context for the emerging and established collectors in the area to see and understand the work. The FALL 2016 edition included works by such renowned artists as Philip Pearlstein, Arthur Dove, Fairfield Porter, Paul Resika, Stanley Lewis, and Jane Freilicher.

Collectors Show / FALL 2016 was held at the Harris Building in downtown Grand Rapids during ArtPrize Preview Week. Following the close of the exhibition, Loftis said: "It was a very exciting show, the most diverse show I've ever been apart of,  which is what I think is the future of modern art."

Tyler Loftis and Second Ave Arts will return to Grand Rapids for Collectors Show / SPRING 2017—dates and location to be announced.

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