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Katelyn Wollet: Illustrating "Dune Bears" at ArtPrize 2022

Katelyn Wollet is bent over a vehicle, painting a blue illustration of a bear on the car's hood

Katelyn Wollet (BFA 15) recently won Honda’s Design & Drive Contest at ArtPrize 2022. Her love of animals and water is apparent in her painting, Dune Bears,” showcasing the Story of Sleeping Bear with a piece of the legend on each panel of a 2022 Honda Accord.

Six artists each painted a Honda vehicle over the course of four days. The finished cars will be on display at Rosa Parks Circle in downtown Grand Rapids until the end of ArtPrize. 

Dune Bears” is a celebration of the origin story of our northern Michigan coasts. Each panel depicts a piece of the lakeshore legend: The Story of Sleeping Bear. Though a difficult tale of a mother bear who lost her cubs, the narrative glows with her unwavering love and dedication as she waits on the shore and is covered with sand that formed today’s dunes. Whether you’ve seen those unrivaled Up North’ views in-person a hundred times, or are first imagining them today, together we can appreciate and preserve our coastal lands and the waters that connect us all. 
Katelyn Wollet (BFA 15) is an artist and photographer based on the shores of Lake Michigan in Muskegon. Working across various mediums, she makes art that allows people to create and experience peace: to stop, to slow down, and to breathe. 
ArtPrize is an open, independently organized international art competition which takes place in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It celebrates artists working in all mediums from anywhere in the world, and is open to any creative with an artwork to enter and a venue willing to host it” (Art​Prize​.org).

Learn more about Katelyn and her work at http://​nowkate​.com.