Award-winning ArtPrize Artist Chris LaPorte to Lecture and Preview ArtPrize: The Michigan Connection

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Aquinas College alumnus, associate professor of art and 2010 ArtPrize winner, Chris LaPorte, will lecture and preview ArtPrize: The Michigan Connection exhibit at Midland Center for the Arts on Friday, June 29, 2018, from 7 pm to 9 pm. LaPorte will speak about his art, his journey as an artist and his source of inspiration at a special guest lecture presentation and art preview reception hosted by the Aquinas College Art Department.

“I am thrilled to participate in ArtPrize: The Michigan Connection at Midland Center for the Arts and I look forward to meeting area art teachers, art students and the community at an event which brings us all together to learn, appreciate and celebrate art at an inspiring venue," said LaPorte. 

LaPorte, known for his massive graphite drawing and award-winning ArtPrize entry, Cavalry, will delight art educators, art students, and art aficionados with a lively and introspective look at his journey since winning ArtPrize nearly eight years ago. Attendees are encouraged to ask questions about art education, various techniques, ArtPrize and more.

Following LaPorte's presentation, the entire exhibit, ArtPrize: The Michigan Connection will be open for viewing. Approximately forty artists are expected to show their works during the exhibit which runs through September 9, 2018. Refreshments and a cash bar will be available. Admission is free and open to the public.

LaPorte's Cavalry is in on long-term loan to Aquinas College and is on display in the Grace Hauenstein Library. LaPorte is an Aquinas College alum and an associate professor of art at Aquinas College. He also leads workshops and education programs for art teachers and students. 

The lecture and preview exhibition event will take place:
Friday, June 29, 2018
7:00-9:00 p.m.
Midland Center for the Arts
1801 W St Andrews Rd, Midland, MI 48640 Directions
Phone:(989) 631-5930

Chris LaPorte earned a B.F.A. from Aquinas College and an M.F.A. from the New York Academy of Art. He has been teaching at Aquinas since 2004 and became tenured in 2017. LaPorte has pursued drawing as a vocation his whole adult life and has received art degrees from Aquinas College, La Coste Ecole des Beaux-Arts, and the New York Academy of Art. LaPorte has taught drawing at GVSU, GRCC, Kendall College of Art and Design, and Aquinas College as well as educational institutions in New York and Michigan. LaPorte’s caricature and portrait business have financially supported his education, travel, and fine arts studio. He has drawn close to 85,000 people over the last 18 years of drawing. LaPorte has also participated in numerous art exhibitions in Michigan and New York City.

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