Artist Tracy Van Duinen and his team will work with 15 student apprentices from WMCAT on a 2,400 square foot multi-media mural.
The West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology (WMCAT) is partnering with lead artist Tracy Van Duinen on "MetaPhorest," a 2,400 square foot multimedia mural that will be entered in the 2011 ArtPrize competition in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Van Duinen's mural "Imagine That" on the outside of the Grand Rapids Children's Museum was the 2nd place winner in the inaugural ArtPrize competition in 2009.
WMCAT's mission is to provide opportunities for people of all ages to seek, learn and grow in an environment that will inspire hope and motivate individuals to make positive social change and economic progress in their lives and community. This opportunity to collaborate with professional artists fits WMCAT's goal of project-based learning for urban teens. Fifteen high school students from our Youth Arts Program will be hired as apprentices to work with Mr. Van Duinen's team of artists.
"MetaPhorest" will be applied to the east wall of the WMCAT building at 98 Fulton Street in downtown Grand Rapids. Elements include a 22-foot high cement-sculpted face (modeled on one of WMCAT's students) that will be tiled in mirror; a computer motherboard showcasing student artwork; and a forest with bas-relief flowers and leaves sculpted by WMCAT students that will speak to growth and renewal while highlighting WMCAT's commitment to environmental sustainability.
Funds will be used to rent equipment, prepare the site, pay apprentice stipends ($350 each student), purchase materials, and document the creative process.
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An original print, suitable for framing, of the design for "MetaPhorest" completed by artist Tracy Van Duinen with significant input from WMCAT students.
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Original print of design for "MetaPhorest" and a t-shirt designed and printed by WMCAT students.
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