- Associated Press - Friday, September 18, 2015

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is hosting the work of 25 Japanese sculptors in a new exhibition that coincides with the seventh annual ArtPrize competition starting next week in western Michigan.

Titled “Tradition and Innovation: Japanese Ceramics Now,” the display starts Friday at the Grand Rapids attraction. The artists were chosen to represent Japan after a national call for entries across Japan. The display makes Meijer Gardens the first all-national venue for ArtPrize, organizers said.

“Conceptually and formally, every object reflects the evolving world of Japanese Ceramics,” Joseph Becherer, chief curator and vice president of exhibitions and collections, said a statement.

The Meijer Gardens exhibition, which was created in partnership with the Shigaraki Museum and Culture Park in Japan, runs through Jan. 3. The exhibition aims to display the creativity of ceramics artists along with a diverse interpretation of how people consider the art form.

Admission is free during ArtPrize and will be open for special hours during the event. All other areas of Meijer Gardens observe regular hours and standard admission prices.

Also Friday, Meijer Gardens is opening its fall exhibition, “Chrysanthemums and More!” Billed as the largest of its kind in Michigan, it features expansive displays of chrysanthemums, fall foliage and family-friendly activities. It runs until Nov. 1.

This year’s focus will be the historical significance of the chrysanthemum in Japanese and other cultures to tie in with Meijer Garden’s 2015 theme: “Welcoming the World.”

The $22 million Richard & Helen DeVos Japanese Garden opened this year at Meijer Gardens.




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