Tuesday, April 19, 2011

SiTE:LAB Grand Rapids

The whole Cox Family met downtown GR on Friday night to check out SiTE:LAB. Ryan's little brother Christopher and a couple of his artist friends from Hope were a few of the 100 local artists who displayed their installation-based art as part of the one-night showcase. The event was in an old, vacant warehouse... It was quite extraordinary to walk through and see what the artists came up with for the space.
Friday's event -- free and open to the public -- will help raise awareness of LaFontsee Galleries' soon-to-be new location, as well as provide local emerging artists, especially installation-based artists, the opportunity to showcase their work to the public and get their work out of the classroom.
"So what this really does, is this is part of an art students' education. This is showing them how you work and live as an artist," said Tom Clinton, SiTE:LAB's exhibition coordinator.

"It basically goes back to the original model and idea of getting the students, the schools. the community, the businesses -- everybody to collaborate and come together and come up with something," said Eric Kuhn, who is helping with the event's technology integration.

SiTE:LAB's mission statement says it "creates temporary art projects aimed at facilitating dynamic collaborations between the art, education, business and cultural communities in Grand Rapids." - MLive
So proud of Chris. He is honing his skills as an artist and a photographer. You can see more of his work on his website chriscoxphotographer.com

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