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GRAM unveils ArtPrize exhibit "[DIS]Comfort Zones"

The Grand Rapids Art Museum's 2014 Artprize exhibit was released to the public last night. The exhibit covers topics such as war, religion, body image and our relation to food.
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The Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM)'s Artprize exhibition "[DIS]Comfort Zones" displays tension themed pieces for the viewer to reflect upon. Covering topics such as war, religion, bodies and food, the GRAM seeks to bring a "heightened sense of awareness," says director Dana Friis-Hansen. This year the GRAM will feature 19 artists and utilize more space than previous years. Pieces are larger and more complex comprising of mixed mediums. 

Curator Cindy Buckner brought seven Michigan artists along with others from eight states and one country.

"We hope that visitors will come away with a new awareness that art doesn't need to be comfortable or soothing, and that they can enjoy being informed, inspired and challenged by art that takes them beyond their comfort zone," says Buckner.

Operating as a year round venue, the GRAM hopes to set the stage for people to keep coming back even after ArtPrize is finished. 

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