OCC Student Austen Brantley’s Sculptures Wow at Art Prize

Oakland Community College student Austen Brantley was among the 1,500 artists exhibiting work at the famed ArtPrize event September 24 to October 12 in Grand Rapids. His sculptures were displayed at Grand Rapids City Hall.

His pieces were selected as part of a “cocoon” series to be displayed at the 822 gallery in Royal Oak on Saturday, October 25.

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Brantley, who is in his teens and a graduate of Berkley High School, has studied at Orchard Ridge and Auburn Hills. His works have been exhibited in three art fairs. Currently, he has three pieces on display at private galleries.

Here is an excerpt of his ArtPrize artist statement.

“My hope (and dream) is to attend the a traditional private art school. I am grateful, excited for the unknown journey that has already begun and still awaits me; it shapes, hones, and sculpts, if you will, the artist I’ve become, aspire to become, and in many ways, have always been. I am not only an artist: I am a seeker—a seeker in pursuit of his vision. My philosophy is this: if my dreams don’t scare me, they’re not big enough. So why not shoot for the impossible?”

For more on Brantley and his works visit the following links:

ArtPrize artist page

Artist website

PBS interview

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