Earlier this year, ArtPrize announced its new Fellowship for Emerging Curators program, designed to offer emerging curators the opportunity to gain valuable experience working alongside a curator at an established ArtPrize institutional venue during the seventh annual event. The participating venues for this inaugural year include Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM), SiTE:LAB, Urban Institute for Contemporary Art (UICA) and Kendall College of Art and Design (KCAD).

Four Fellows, jointly selected by the ArtPrize exhibitions and partner institutions’ curatorial teams, will not only assist each venue’s curatorial department as they create their ArtPrize Seven exhibition — they’ll also curate their own ArtPrize exhibition under the mentorship of the institutional curator this fall.

Hunter Bridwell, who holds a B.F.A. from KCAD, will work under the mentorship of curator Ron Platt at GRAM. Amy Wilson, artistic director / founder of Dance in the Annex which won the ArtPrize 2014 Time-Based juried award, will work with curator Paul Amenta at SiTE:LAB. Ethan Ross, with an M.F.A. from KCAD, will work alongside Heather Duffy, curator at UICA. And Elizabeth Hertl, who curated the ArtPrize 2014 exhibition at Cathedral Square, will work with Michele Bozak, curator at KCAD.

The $40,000 in grant funding will be divided evenly among the participating venues and their respective Fellows, to aid in the planning and execution of their ArtPrize Seven exhibitions.