Meet 80 artists from Kalamazoo and Southwest Michigan competing in Grand Rapids' Art Prize 2016.

Wendy Reed, TSM

Photographers, painters, sculptors, songwriters and artists in all mediums and forms are vying for a half a million dollars in prizes in Grand Rapids at Art Prize 2016.

This eighth incarnation of Art Prize exhibits work from 1,453 artists representing 44 countries around the world and 40 U.S. states. Of the contenders, 80 are from Kalamazoo and Southwest Michigan.

Click each name for more information on the artist and a link to their official Art Prize page. Bookmark this page so you can be sure to see the hometown talent on a national stage at Art Prize 2016, September 21- October 9.

Of course if you go to Art Prize you will see amazing pieces from creators from around the world, but don't miss the incredible hometown talent highlighted at this exhibition.

Bonus Video: Art Prize Singer/Songwriter Kari Lynch