A West Michigan native hopes to grow the number of personal art collections in the region by bringing together works by over 90 artists – well known and emerging – as part of the bi-annual Collectors Show.
A curated selection of ArtPrize artists’ work has been chosen to hang alongside work by “world-renowned masters” in the new Venue Tower apartment building downtown from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sept. 14-15.
Tyler Loftis, who grew up in West Michigan and resides in New York City, created the Collectors Show in partnership with ArtPrize and Second Ave Arts, NYC to “forge artist-collector relationships” in the Midwest.
“You don’t need a high-end art education to appreciate art. our goal is to help people realize that they are born with everything they need to take the next step into collecting,” Loftis said. “Furthermore, flying to New York to have a high end cultural experience isn’t necessary when it’s accessible and happening right here in Grand Rapids.”
Guests can expect to view works from roughly 90 artists total, including a juried selection of 62 ArtPrize artists, New York Studio School Alumni Show award winners, featured artists from New York City and a varied selection of local and national artists selected by Second Ave Arts.
Loftis grew up in West Michigan before moving to New York City’s East Village. He studied at the New York Studio School and the New York Academy. His work is in prominent collections in NYC and throughout the country.
He has a passion for making art more accessible as well as for integrating early and mid-career artists alongside well known names.
“Showing work by such world-renowned masters as Delacroix on the same wall as someone who is just beginning their career is an effort to break down conceptual barriers, and to highlight the connections and quality in all art regardless of level of accomplishment or environment,” Loftis said. “I think promoting this kind of accessibility is an idea that works especially well here in the Midwest.”
Collectors Show kicks off its fifth installment with an invite-only, first-look VIP premiere, featuring various guest speakers on Sept. 14. An art collecting event that is open to the public takes place on Sept. 15. All artwork will be at guaranteed reduced pricing in comparison to certified or established gallery pricing.
*Photos courtesy of Collectors Show