Interview: Crossing the Straits - ArtPrize Preview on Mackinac Island

Aug 10, 2018

In partnership with the Bonifas Arts Center, ArtPrize-bound artwork from the Upper Peninsula will be on display in late summer 2018. This exhibit provides a chance preview artwork by UP artists whose work will appear at ArtPrize in Grand Rapids in the Fall.
Credit Mackinac Arts Council

Kurt Hauswirth spoke by phone with Pasqua Warstler, artistic director of the Bonifas Arts Center in Escanaba, MI, and Brian Kakas, associate professor of Art and Design at Northern Michigan University and ArtPrize artist, about "Crossing the Straits," a Mackinac Island ArtPrize 2018 Preview.  The preview includes an exhibition and opening reception beginning Sunday August 12 on the island.

More information about "Crossing the Straits" is found on,, and in the press release below:

UP-based ArtPrize Artists on Display at Mission Point Resort

in “Crossing the Straits” Exhibition Opening Aug. 12.

Mackinac Island, Michigan – The “Crossing the Straits” exhibition, featuring acclaimed works from Upper Peninsula artists, will open at Mission Point Resort’s Center for the Arts, with an opening reception on Aug. 12, from 2 to 4 p.m.

The exhibition was formed in partnership with Escanaba-based Bonifas Arts Center and the Mackinac Arts Council. “Crossing the Straits” will be displayed through Sept. 7 before going to ArtPrize, an international art competition in Grand Rapids.

“The ‘Crossing the Straits’ exhibition represents the Upper Peninsula as an arts and culture district,” says Mission Point Resort CEO Mark Ware, who also chairs the Mackinac Arts Council. “These works proudly represent one of Michigan’s most underappreciated artistic regions and we are thrilled to display them at Mission Point before moving on to the internationally-recognized ArtPrize competition.”

The opening reception at the Center For the Arts will include beer and wine provided by Imperial Beverage, as well as food prepared by the chefs at Chianti, Mission Point Resort’s own, on-site fine dining restaurant.

For more information contact Philip Rice at

Mission Point Resort is located on Mackinac Island, Michigan, where there are no motorized vehicles and the island is only accessible by ferry or airplane. The resort is open from the last weekend in April through October 27. To make reservations, and for more information on special packages or events at Mission Point, visit or call (810) 487-0954.