CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — The Gerald R. Ford International Airport isn’t a traditional ArtPrize venue, but officials are excited to get back in the action this year.
The airport will be home to 14 pieces in its second year hosting ArtPrize entries.
“I think being the gateway to West Michigan where we’re sometimes the first and list place people see when they’re on their travel journey — it is a unique fit for us and it’s a natural fit because it brightens up our space and it’s a chance to showcase the largest art competition in the world, which happens right in our city,” said Tara Hernandez, Ford Airport’s marketing and communications director.
One of the pieces at the airport this year is "1934," a portrait of a young Gerald Ford with football teammate Willis Ward. The large painting was made to share the story of how Ford stood up for Ward, a black teammate who was banned from a game because of his skin color.
Ford Airport also has a piece titled Fear Less created by Elizabeth Laul Healey, a North Carolina artist who was forced to leave her home this weekend as Hurricane Florence approached.