With only a little time left before the acceptance deadline, Chelsea Konyndyk ’13 of Zeeland, Michigan, had still not been selected into a venue at ArtPrize, a large art competition in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Then, with only five hours left, she was in.
This year’s competition featured over 1,500 works in 162 venues across Grand Rapids from September 19 to October 4. Konyndyk’s oil painting, “Abstract Space” was originally done for her final project in her intermediate painting class at Trinity.
The art education major’s work was featured in a gallery along with 21 other artists. She enjoyed being able to talk with them as well as exhibiting her own work.
“I felt so honored, blessed, and thankful to be a part of ArtPrize,” said Konyndyk. “It was like I was on cloud nine the whole time I was there.”
Konyndyk was the second Trinity student to have work selected for the event. Brady Davidson ’11 took part in last year’s competition.
“It was worth having my art out there,” said Konyndyk. “I actually have an opportunity to sell my painting now, and even if it doesn't sell, I am still thankful for having the experience of showing so many people what I can do.”
See more of Konyndyk’s work and a description of “Abstract Space.”