As ArtPrize Nine comes to a close, a Grand Rapids church just outside the city's center is celebrating it's 9th year as a venue and counting this it's most successful year yet.
Monroe Community Church is located just north of downtown on Monroe and 6th Street. This year they hosted 13 different ArtPrize entries, displaying them throughout their meeting space.
While several churches served as venues, Monroe Community did something unique. They interviewed an artist during their services on each of the ArtPrize Sundays.
This final Sunday Joel Niles took part in the service. He painted the work "Continuum of Decision" which essentially filled the sanctuary's entire north wall.
The church's ArtPrize curator says he estimates this year the number of people who visited their church to view the entries nearly doubled. They were recognized as an Outstanding Venue Juried Award Finalist.
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