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Douglas Martin

As the ArtPrize competition in Grand Rapids wraps up this weekend, there's a particular exhibit in the halls of Boardwalk Condominiums that some may have missed. The exhibit looks like a classic photo montage -- pictures of flowers, animals, trees, all stacked in rows, one after another. But inside these photos is the stressful, yet hopeful journey of an 18-year-old Galesburg photographer named Madelaine Martin.

Courtesy Heather Stratton

For a lot of people, video games mean Mario. Donkey Kong. A hero in a first-person-shooter or fantasy land trying to save the day. But as technology has improved, independent game designers have created immersive games that don’t even have characters, let alone heroes. Starting May 8th, the Art Center of Battle Creek will be featuring a few of those new games, plus a few classics, as part of its exhibit called “The Art of the Video Game.”

Robbie Feinberg

If you walk through the halls of the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, there’s one exhibit you probably won’t see. It’s called the “Touch Art Exhibit”, with sculptures for those who are blind to drape their hands over, feel, and see in their mind. In one corner you’ll find Inuit-like carvings, made by Paul Ponchillia, a former academic who only started making these after he went blind decades ago. The sculptures here are only the latest stop in Ponchillia’s journey from biologist to researcher to stone carver. 

14 of the artists are from Michigan