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First National Bank of Michigan Hosts Local Artist for Art Prize Competition

September 20, 2013

Source: Alyssa Gapske
Job Title: Community Relations Director
Phone: 269.488.8856

GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan-First National Bank of Michigan, a locally owned bank in west Michigan, will be joining Art Prize this year in downtown Grand Rapids by hosting local artist Ryan Groendyk, the son of First National Bank of Michigan vice president and commercial lender, Jefra Groendyk.

Groendyk, who has a Master of Fine Arts from Michigan State University, will be displaying Living Off the Fat of the Land beside the bank at 141 Ionia Avenue Northwest until October 4th. The piece is a 1973 Mercedes-Benz 220D Groendyk transformed into an art car that runs on carbon neutral biofuels. The car is a self-contained system capable of collecting, filtering and burning the biofuels.

"Living Off the Fat of the Land uses sculpture as part of a dynamic, integrated system to change how we think about an object," says Groendyk, noting that the use of a car as a functional yet sculptural object promotes conversation about the importance of renewable energy and climate change.

The public can vote for Groendyk's entry by using the artist code "55509" on car in its entirety will also be part of a silent auction until October 6th. More information on the auction can be found at

First National Bank of Michigan is a locally-owned bank with locations in Kalamazoo, Portage and Grand Rapids. Deposits stay in these West Michigan communities to fund loans, and decisions are made locally by experienced bankers committed to helping individuals and businesses grow and prosper.

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