Collectors Show -- a twice annual showing intended to foster artist-collector relationships -- will return to Grand Rapids next week with a three-day exhibition held at the ArtPrize HUB. Collectors Show / SPRING will run from March 31–April 2, celebrating the work of 50 contemporary artists -- including 30 past ArtPrize artists, curated by New York-based artist and juror Tyler Loftis. All artworks will be available for purchase, with 20% of the proceeds directly supporting Arts Education programming at ArtPrize 2016.

Next week's exhibition will kick off on Thurdsay, March 31 with a VIP Preview, opening to the public on the following evening. On Friday, April 1, doors will open at 6 p.m. with a reception, and then DJ AJ Pashka will set the tone for the evening from 9 p.m.–Midnight. The exhibition will also be open to the public on April 2 from Noon–8 p.m., and then by appointment only on Sunday, April 3. Contact Mike Coleman at mike@secondavearts.com for an appointment.

New York-based artist and juror for Collectors Show / SPRING, Tyler Loftis, is a native of Grand Haven, MI.

"I try to come back to West Michigan much as I can. It’s an exciting place to show and talk about art,” noted Loftis. “The goal is to add to an already rich culture that is teeming with artists and new collectors. I have a passion to show and talk about art with artists, art collectors, and people who have had little to zero exposure to art."

An open call to participate was sent to past ArtPrize artists, and Loftis selected 30 from the nearly 400 submissions to form this SPRING exhibition. Loftis arranged for an additional 20 professional artists from New York City to take part, resulting in a diverse body of work, including those of local artists, as well as those living and working in New York City and abroad -- from emerging artists to well-known names such as Robert DeNiro Sr, Bob Thompson, Leland Bell and Paul Resika.

While you're downtown, be sure to stop by the Opening Reception for UICA's exciting new exhibition -- UNLOADED. UNLOADED explores the historical and social issues surrounding the availability, use and impact of guns on culture and public health. UICA will be holding an Opening Reception on Thursday, March 31 with a member preview at 6 p.m. and opening to the public at 7 p.m., with the exhibition through May 26.

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