TMSG: ArtPrize Penguin Project


Art and artists from around the world have converged on Michigan this month for the annual Art Prize competition in Grand Rapids.

You can call Paul Nilsson the Mr. Popper of Art Prize. His perfectly placed penguins have made a real splash this year at the Gerald R. Ford Museum in Grand Rapids.

“The Penguin Project was inspired by March of the Penguins,” said Nilsson.

A retired art teacher from Williamston, Nilsson sculpted 48 stone ceramic penguins for his 2012 Art Prize entry and soon discovered, like the documentary, just how popular these black & white birds can be.

“I think penguins make people smile. People from all over the world, France, England, Germany so that part has been really fun for me,” said Nilsson.

Oof the 1500 plus artists showcased in the competition, Nilsson's penguins have marched into the top 25 for votes, moving him closer to cashing in and being able to set-up his own art studio locally.

“If you work really hard, you'll be more thrilled when it happens.”

There's still have time to see Paul's “Penguin Project” and vote it into the top ten entries. ArtPrize goes until October 7th.

For more information on how to vote and to learn more about Paul and his popular penguins, visit the Seen on 6 section of our website.


You can also see more ArtPrize entries in a gallery on our website.



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