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The Legacy Trust Award Collection will expand its annual exhibition of artwork created by Michigan artists with disabilities, thanks to a generous donation from Leestma Management, LLC.

The Grand Rapids-based real estate development company is giving LTAC Arts, the nonprofit arm that powers the Legacy Trust Award Collection, free use of a suite at 401 Hall Street SW through the close of ArtPrize in October. The space will significantly expand viewing opportunities for this year’s Collection, which has gathered 153 photographs, drawings, paintings, sculptures, collages and other pieces of art from artists around the state.

After its public viewing at the Grand Rapids Art Museum on May 15, the Collection will be moved to 401 Hall Street SW where it will be staged in Suite 134. LTAC 2018 will be available for viewing Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Additional viewing hours will be scheduled during the three-week run of ArtPrize, which is slated for Sept. 19 through Oct. 7. Four winning artists from LTAC’s May competition will be entered into ArtPrize this fall and have their work shown at DeVos Place.

“We are deeply grateful to Ryan Leestma and to his company for giving us this incredible opportunity to expand LTAC and to provide a showcase for Michigan artists with disabilities,” said Mary Ann Sabo, president of LTAC Arts. “Each year, we invest a lot of time into a two-day show, which is lovingly anticipated and warmly received by all who join us.

“But it reminds us of a Brigadoon – here but for a short time, then gone for a year. Ryan’s generous donation solves a huge issue we have been grappling with over the past nine years – namely, how do we share the amazing work of LTAC artists with our broader community?”

Leestma Management invests in commercial and residential real estate, leasehold stakes and other investment-grade products throughout the United States. One of the largest single member-owned asset investment companies in West Michigan, Leestma Management purchased 401 Hall in 2015 and began an extensive rehab of the former Steelcase factory.

The building is now home to more than 40 businesses and nonprofits, including Studio D2D Event Center, Sabo PR and other organizations. Leestma Management is donating the use a 4,000 square-foot office space to LTAC Arts, which hosted its first workshop for artists and family members in April in advance of the May competition.

“It is an honor to share the fine work of the Legacy Trust Award Collection with West Michigan,” Ryan Leestma said. “I am a deep believer in the importance of art and have invested in bringing private art to public spaces like 401 Hall and other properties.

“I’m so pleased that we can provide broader exposure for LTAC artists, giving the community a longer opportunity to view and to purchase their work.”

LTAC Arts expects to open the exhibition at 401 Hall in June.

Now in its ninth year, LTAC has provided a path to ArtPrize for adult artists with disabilities in Michigan. Each May, LTAC selects four winners who will receive $500 and sponsorship in ArtPrize. The celebrity judges will choose one of the LTAC winners, the public will choose two and the LTAC steering committee will present the Lillian Perry Walker Award, an award created for the young woman who inspired LTAC in 2010.

This year, a record 152 artists from around the state competed in LTAC. 

This year’s presenting sponsor for LTAC is Legacy Trust, a Grand Rapids-based wealth management company. Additional support for the competition comes from Sabo PR, Meijer, Grand Rapids Art Museum, DeVos Place, Trivalent Group, Holland Litho, Tommy Fitzgerald and Andrews, Hooper & Pavlik.

More information on LTAC is available at www.LTACArts.org. Join the conversation on Facebook facebook.com/LegacyTrustAwardCollection and Twitter with #LTAC.

About LTAC Arts

The Legacy Trust Award Collection is an art competition for adult artists with disabilities. The competition is held in advance of ArtPrize each year, the radically open art competition in downtown Grand Rapids. Each year the artists are so excited to participate and LTAC Committee is always amazed by the talent of the artists. LTAC gives artists who typically wouldn’t have the chance to showcase their art, a way to show the West Michigan community their incredible work. For more information, visit www.LTACarts.org.

About Leestma Management

Leestma Management invests in commercial and residential real estate, leasehold stakes and other investment grade products throughout the United States. Leestma Management, LLC is one of the largest single member owned asset investment companies in West Michigan and is headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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