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Live Coverage Feature: Chris LaPorte and Rick Beerhorst

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/Chris LaPorte

/Rick Beerhorst

/Conduit Studios

Showcasing more than fifty of West Michigan’s most exciting visual artists, Live Coverage features one-of-a-kind works of art, created right before your eyes! This unique fundraiser is a must for collectors, designers, and anyone with a passion for original art. This year, we will feature the artwork of two ArtPrize award winners, Chris LaPorte and Rick Beerhorst, on February 19 from 6:30-11 PM. For more information or to purchase tickets contact 616 454 7000 or [email protected].

Chris LaPorte received his BFA in fine arts from Aquinas College. He continued his studies in France and New York, completing an MFA from the New York Academy of Art. To support his education and fine arts career, LaPorte established a caricature and portrait business. He is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Art at Aquinas and was the 2010 ArtPrize winner. View more of LaPorte's artwork at

Rick Beerhorst is a full-time working painter and printmaker. He led the ArtPrize project Plan B that was given the Best Use of Urban Space award in 2010. He is the recipient of numerous grants and awards including an NEA Artist Fellowship and two Pollock/Krasner awards. The themes of his quirky narrative paintings have been his own family and city. His paintings are influenced by outsider art, early flemish art and religious icons. View more of Beerhorst's artwork at

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