Locals give artists a home during ArtPrize

CALEDONIA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — West Michigan families make it possible for artists from around the world to participate in ArtPrize, opening their homes at no expense.

Terry and Kim Gates have hosted artists at their home near Alto since ArtPrize Two.

"This is the room that we will share with our artists. We call it the red room," Kim Gates told 24 Hour News 8 Thursday as she entered a spacious bedroom equipped with several amenities.

It has everything from a large bed to a fridge and coffee maker, and the artists are welcome to join the couple elsewhere in the home and on the property.

"(They can) have a glass of wine, sit by the fire, go out by the lake and just be able to sit out there and relax and chill," she said.

Among their guests was a big winner in the world's largest art competition.

"ArtPrize 2014 was the year that Anila came and stayed with us," Terry Gates said.

Anila Quayyam Agha is a name that many ArtPrize fans remember. Before a rule change, her entry Intersections won her $300,000 as she snagged the public vote grand prize and part of the juried grand prize.

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