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Popular ArtPrize venue establishes art and civil liberty as its 2011 theme with $1,000 cash awards.

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Popular ArtPrize venue establishes art and civil liberty
 as its 2011 theme with $1,000 cash awards.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. –  Progressive Fountain Street Church, a third year ArtPrize venue, will participate this year with the Western Michigan Chapter of  the ACLU.  Selected artists will submit work based on the theme “Art and Civil Liberty” and will compete for two $1,000 cash  awards offered by Fountain Street and the ACLU.

Last year, Fountain Street staged its ArtPrize venue around the theme of “Human Shelter” and awarded a $1,000 Best of Show prize. More than 13,000 people visited the Fountain Street venue. Like last year, the 2011 exhibit will be professionally judged.

The merging of Fountain Street and the ACLU is a dynamic partnership. “ArtPrize at Fountain Street will be driven by compelling art,” said the ACLU’s Tom Logan. “We think the exhibit will reflect the heart of liberty and its essential goals of social action inspired by social justice. This is the essence of the Fountain Street theme.”

Art and Civil Liberty presents an opportunity for artists to be both creative and compelling across the spectrum of social and political issues that include such possibilities as capital punishment, prisoner’s rights, racial justice, human rights, national security, HIV/AIDS, the rights of people with disabilities, free speech, voting rights, drug law reform, gender rights, sexual orientation rights, freedom of and from religion, and free speech.

“We think Art and Civil Liberty will be an exhibit with a conscience,” said GVSU art professor, Ed Wong-Lidga.  “It will invoke people to think and even act. If the rights of society’s most vulnerable members are denied, everyone’s rights are imperiled.”

Artists are urged to access the ArtPrize Web site for further information about the Fountain Street venue, theme, logistics and submission guidelines (www.artprize.org).

Media Contacts:                                 
Paul Arnold                                      Patrick Hamrick                                 Tom Logan
616-485-7968                             616-459-8386                            616-458-1905           
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