The BIG Launch – Lights in the Night GR


VENUE: Ah-Nab-Awen Park, Gillett Walking Bridge
DATE: September 28, 2012

If you were anywhere near downtown Grand Rapids on Friday night, chances are you looked up in the sky and saw thousands of twinkling lights. This was the all part of Lights in the Night—a truly unique ArtPrize exhibit. Mark Carpenter and Dan Johnson brought their idea to the community—and the community responded in a huge way.

This was the second attempt for the event, as it was rained out the first time. But on Friday night, Mother Nature cooperated and thousands of people came out to light a lantern and be part of history. The lines seemed endless and lanterns were being handed out fast and furiously by dozens of volunteers. Everyone was so excited—while the big launch was set for 8:00, the lanterns were starting to appear in the sky before then.

As the official launch time neared, the excitement level got higher and higher. At 8:00, the first horn sounded, signifying the time to light the lanterns and shortly after that another blast from the horn came, telling the crowd it was time to launch. The sky was filled with beautiful lights and they were reflected on the many downtown buildings including the JW Marriott and Amway Grand Plaza hotels. There were plenty of “ooohs” and “aaahs” throughout the crowd and many were capturing the moment with their cameras and cell phones.

Many were wondering what would happen to all of these lanterns once their flames went out. The Gilmore Group was a great partner in this effort and is offering a “bounty” on all lanterns returned to the B.O.B. If you find one, bring it to the B.O.B. and you will not only receive a coupon, but will be entered into a drawing to win one of three great prizes: a progressive dinner for six at the B.O.B.; a tour of the Gilmore Collection restaurants for two; and the grand prize—a seven night stay at the Redstone Inn in Colorado. So if you see one, pick it up and turn it in!

Congratulations to all who were involved in making this event happen. It was well organized, well executed, and the result was absolutely stunning. Hope really did take flight in downtown Grand Rapids tonight, and it was truly a night to remember.


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Spotlight Style Battle 2012 – This Is Art


Situated just outside the area most people consider “downtown” in Grand Rapids, and nestled beside a hometown pub and a metal yard, you find the Goei Center, a surprising warehouse facility meticulously converted to event space by the team that also parents Eastern Floral.

In this unassuming venue on a Thursday night during ArtPrize, the Stellafly team entered to make-up brushes flailing, lips pursed & being painted, hair extensions being inserted and teased, and photographers perched in makeshift stage areas. Every bit of the chaos was controlled and the event, again, dripped of big-city atmosphere and appeal – even driving up to the event, valet took cars, self-parking was not an option.

This event, Style Battle, is in its third year and continues to grow and evolve. This year featured ten styling teams. Each team built by a local fashion boutique, consisted of a stylist, make-up artist, hair stylist, photographer, and four models. Teams have three hours to transform their models from their off the street look to runway ready, as well as create a series of photos that show off their completed looks. Teams created looks that ranged from every-day-wearable to couture to avaunt guard, and team photographs ran the gamut from well done to inspired high-fashion chic.

Throughout the night, spectators were able to vote for their favorite team’s creations, and a small team of elite judges roamed from styling station to styling station reviewing the craft, execution, and final designs. As Stellafly walked through the event, it was obvious that regardless of the votes cast, the real winners of the event were the attendees, Grand Rapidians treated to an event that felt it had been ripped from inside a New York City warehouse and magically transported to our not-so-sleepy mid-west town. The creators of this event, the folks from Spotlight 616, outperformed expectations once again and brought another spectacular Style Battle to Grand Rapids.

The event culminated in a high-end expertly produced fashion runway show and a larger than life electronic display of the photos from each team. The models strutted down the runway, with classic expressionless faces, straight to the judges’ booth and back behind the curtain. The crowd cheered as they got their first real glimpse of each teams’ finished product. As the runway show came to a close, celebrity MC, Jordan Carson, announced The Wolverine Store team as the People’s Choice winner, and Team Chantel Boutique’s Circ de Soleil inspired creations as the judges pick.

If you missed this event, be sure to keep your fashion-loving eyes open for announcements about 2013’s event, Style Battle is definitely an annual show that should not be missed.

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The ArtPrize 2012 Short List



Last evening, we attended the ArtPrize 2012 Short List event at The Hub an event designed to announce the Top 25 by popular vote “public” so far, plus the Top 5 juried pieces in five categories. There are only two works that were listed by both out of the 1,517 entries.

The exciting part about the announcement is that the public Top 25 short list can still change as first round voting continues through Saturday. The first round of popular voting ends at 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, and the Top 10 finalists will be announced at 1 p.m. Sunday at Rosa Parks Circle.

In all, $560,000 in total prize money - $360,000 awarded by public vote, $200,000 awarded by a select group of art experts.

The winners of ArtPrize 2012 will be announced in on October 5 at 8 p.m.

Top 25

“A Second Chance at Life” by Gary and Travis Fields – Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum

“Bam Pow” by Nathan Craven at Grand Rapids Art Museum

“Cities:Departure and Deviation” by Norwood Viviano at Grand Rapids Art Museum

“City Band” by Chris LaPorte at Grand Rapids Art Museum

“Disposable Game” by Terry Brennan at Amway Grand Plaza Hotel

“Elephants” Adonna Khare at Grand Rapids Art Museum

“Gravity Matters Little” by Henry Brimmer at Select Bank

“Heavy Metal Rock Band” by Fred Conlon at The B.O.B.

“Life in Wood” by Dan Heffron at The B.O.B.

“Norm” by John Andrews at Barnes & Thornburg LLP

“On Thin Ice” by Justin La Doux at Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum

“Origami” by Kumi Yamashita at GRAM

“Plexus No. 18” by Gabriel Dawe at Kendall College of Art and Design

“Rebirth of Spring” by Frits Hoendervanger at Amway Grand Plaza Hotel

“Return to Eden” by Sandra Bryant at Grand Rapids Public Museum

“Running on Air” by Jessica Bohus at DeVos Place Convention Center

“Scrappie Dick” by Paul Cassidy – The B.O.B.

“Seasons” by Ann Loveless at Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum

“Sojourn” by Andrea Kowch at GRAM

“Song of Lift” by Martijn van Wagtendonk at UICA

“Stick-to-it-ive-ness: Unwavering pertinacity; perseverance” by Richard Morse at Grand River

“Studies in Light and Form The Chicago Seven and Michigan Avenue Bridge Sculptures” by Jack Nixon at DeVos Place Convention Center

“The Chase” by Artistry of Wildlife (Dennis Harris, Paul Thompson, Andrew Harris, Joseph Miles and Jamie Outman) at Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum

“The Dragon” by Robin Protz at Amway Grand Plaza Hotel

“The Penguin Project” by Paul Nilsson at Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum

The finalists for the juried awards in five categories (2D art, 3D art, time/performance, urban space and outstanding venue) were announced:

 Best 2D Work: Juror: Tyler Green, columnist, Modern Painters magazine

“Disabilities and Sexuality” by Robert Coombs – Fountain Street Church

“East View 1” by Connor Foy – Pub 43

“Father’s Fathers” by Gudmundur Thoroddsen – SITE: LAB

“Habitat” by Alois Kronschlaeger – SITE: LAB

“Identity Process Kings Queens” by Lora Robertson – Fountain Street Church


Best Three-Dimensional Work – Juror: Lisa Frieman, chair, contemporary department, Indianapolis Museum of Art

“Collective Cover Project” by Ann Morton – UICA

“Habitat” Alois Kronschlaeger – SITE: LAB

“More or Less” by ABCD 83 – UICA

“Mr. Weekend” by Mike Simi – Kendall

“Song of Lift” by Martijn van Wagtendonk – UICA 


Best Time-Based and Performance work – Amy Wilson spoke on behalf of the Juror Cathy Edwards, director of Perf. Programs, International Festival of Arts & Ideas

“Drawing Apparatus” by Robert Howsare – GRAM

“Mr. Weekend” by Mike Simi – Kendall

“Public Museum” by Gary Schwartz – SITE: LAB

“Three Phases” by Complex Movements – SITE: LAB

“Whole” by Hillerbrand and Magsamen – Kendall


Best Use of Urban Space – Juror: Susan Szenasy, editor-in-chief, Metropolis magazine

“Bell on Wheels” by Chip VanderWier – St. Mark’s Episcopal Church

“Flight” by Dale Roger – Ah-Nab-Awen Park

“Installation” by Katharine Renee Gaudy – Ottawa-Fulton Parking Ramp

“10000 Hours La Grande Vitesse” by Laura Isaac – Calder Plaza

“Stick-to-it-ive-ness: Unwavering pertinacity; perseverance” by Richard Morse – in the Grand River


Best Venue – Juror: Tom Eccles, Director, the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard CollegeCalvin College – (106) Gallery

[Fashion Has Heart]

Fountain Street Church

SiTE:LAB at 54 Jefferson

Take Hold Church


Jesus and Mary Chain at the Orbit Room



I first heard the Jesus and Mary Chain back in the late 80s. It was a time of mixed tapes, vinyl and clove cigarettes. On any given weekend a bunch of us would jump in the car and road trip to Chicago or Detroit to see some of our favorites like The Cure, R.E.M., New Order, Love and Rockets and Jane’s Addiction.

One band that was always in rotation was the Jesus and Mary Chain. Their music is so nostalgic to me, bringing back faded memories of happy times. A time before computers and smart phones. Before children, a husband and a full time job. Days where without notice, we’d pile into a car and go to where the boys were. A life full of little to no responsibility.

They’re not a Christian rock band, mom.

The Jesus and Mary Chain formed back in the 80s during an era of emerging electronic pop music bands. There weren’t many guitar bands around back then and you wouldn’t hear this music playing at the gay bars. Brothers Jim and William Reid, rooted in East KilbrideGlasgow, Scottland, began their songwriting partnership in 1983 and were considered alternative rock music. In 1985, they came out with Psychocandy. Darklands followed in ’87, Automatic in ’89 and then I lost track of them.

Fast forward, 2012.

I had caught word that they were coming to The Orbit Room last summer. It was around  the same time that the venue had announced that Dinosaur Jr. would be coming in October. I’d be seeing New Order in Chicago. The National in New York. A fall full of amazing music. The best part was that I had never seen JAMC live and had always wanted to.

Note: The Orbit Room is no stranger to bringing great alternative bands to Grand Rapids. They have brought bands like Ministry, Interpol, Tragically Hip, New Pornographers to their venue.

When we arrived, we came upon a relatively empty parking lot. We stopped to grab a beer and talked to Jimbo, an Orbit Room mainstay. “Grand Rapids doesn’t get it,” he said about the light attendance. He seemed frustrated and I understood. He slipped a couple of VIP wristbands around our wrists and we headed upstairs to check out the opening act. Unfortunately we missed Grrropolis, but we did catch Rollinghead, a Michigan local act I’d never seen before. They were pretty good. I loved watching the bass player as it was obvious that he had a real passion for  playing guitar.

JAMC kicked off their 90 minute set with “Snakedriver.” It was a slower rendition than how I remembered it but it quickly became recognizable. Prior to the evening, I had done some research on their previous shows, combing through the internet reading reviews from their tour this past summer. No one had any serious complaints aside from a few whiners that didn’t like a song choice. What I did find interesting was that it’s well-known fact that these brothers like to go at it on stage.

I have to admit that I was a bit disappointed to find them so well-behaved. It leaves me curious as to whether GR’s churchy, sleepy reputation preceded us leaving them more mellow or if we just caught them on a good day. Regardless, they were very much in sync and seemed to be enjoying what they were doing — as much as a band that plays sorrowful songs can enjoy such things.

A few songs in, I began to feel sorry for the brothers, thinking to myself, “Why doesn’t Grand Rapids get it? This show should be sold out.” Then I looked around and felt lucky. I was seeing a band that I have loved for so long in a super, small and intimate atmosphere. I was two minutes away from my house. Everyone had a great view, complete with their own personal space. No beer down your back. No long lines at the bathroom or bar and a sea of late 30 and 40 year olds. You could feel the nostalgia in the air.

It was then that I noticed lead singer, Jim Reid, drinking beer between songs and then eventually between lyrics — I knew he was digging the crowd. You know, the kind of crowd that gives up a Saturday night on one of the busiest weekends in our city. The kind of crowd who were into alternative music before alternative music was considered alternative.

I could have spent 2 more hours listening to them. JAMC never once strayed far from its signature neo-psychedelic sound — even when they played their newer stuff. They finished up the show with an amazing three song encore. As the lights came up my husband said, “You’ll never see a show like that again.” He’s right.

A shout out to Ted Smith and Jimbo at The Orbit Room for setting us up with a photo pass and seats in VIP. Please keep bringing the cool bands to Grand Rapids! They’ll catch on someday.

Highlight: The set ended with “Reverence,” a controversial single from Honey’s Dead. As predicted they played everyone’s favorite Just Like Honey.”

Lowlight:  They didn’t stray from their playlist. We really wanted them to play “Inside Me” but they didn’t cave.

Jesus and Mary Chain at the Orbit Room :: Just Like Honey

Set List:
Head On
Far Gone and Out
Between Planets
Blues From A Gun
Teenage Lust
Cracking Up
All Things Must Pass
Some Candy Talking
Happy When It Rains
Halfway to Crazy
Just Like Honey

The Hardest Walk
Taste of Cindy
Never Understand

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Behind the Seams with Local Designer Liesl Geneva


Destruction can spur creation, and from despair beauty can emerge. Just ask up-and-coming local designer Liesl Geneva. It’s been a long road for the Comstock Park native, who recently won the ArtPrize Fashion Force Challenge, and it all started when she decided to rip things apart.

Geneva’s life as a designer began in 2009 in a California garage. After moving from Michigan on a whim, Geneva said things did not go as planned. She couldn’t find work and could barely afford the rent she paid for a shared studio space inside a converted carriage house.

“I was mad. I was mad about a lot of things – living off of no money, sleeping in a motor home off the side of the road. I couldn’t even afford a room somewhere,” she described. “Then one day I just grabbed a t-shirt and started tearing it apart.”

What emerged was something Geneva said she never could have imagined, something she describes as simply “magical.” “That was definitely a turning point in my life, and without getting so frustrated it never would have happened.”

The entire process took about a week. After removing the neck and sleeves of the shirt, she built a dress form out of chicken wire and a borrowed easel so she could begin the process of putting everything back together. Geneva then grabbed ink from a screen printing run she had done and began to paint.

“I started painting this design. It wasn’t what I intended but it was better than I imagined,” she said. The design was a vibrant, multi-colored butterfly with the outline of a woman within its wings. As Geneva looked at what she had created, she immediately knew she needed to bring the design to others.

To do this, Geneva asked herself a question: “How do I make this so that anyone that loves it can wear it?” She answered the question by using ribbon and grommet to modify the shirt so it could be adjusted at the shoulders and waist, making it a design that could be worn by any woman. A design Geneva has dubbed “wearable art.”

All of the designs in Geneva’s Apparel Artistry Collection, which include one-of-a-kind dresses, shirts, skirts, and wraps, can be adjusted to fit sizes 2-22, something the designer said is something not only unique but important.

“I have never been the skinniest girl in the room, and I’ve always had so much trouble finding clothes that fit me. A lot of designers design for a size 0 or 20, and there are a lot of fit issues if you fall in the middle,” she said.

Geneva describes herself as a “deeply spiritual person who is passionate and fierce when it comes to equality, love, and kindness” and her designs are not only wearable art but serve as extensions of her passion for aiming to “be the change.”

Her first foray into fashion – before the fateful ripped tee – had been screen printing t-shirts, which were often sold at state Pride Festivals. “My sister was ‘coming out’ and having a hard time; she’s very femme and shy – I told her, ‘I just need to make you t-shirts so no one thinks you’re the token straight girl!’ It made her laugh,” she said.

After moving back to Michigan, Geneva decided to continue to play with the idea of wearable art. In 2010, she sold her first line of shirts that adjust, some of them hand-painted like the premier butterfly design, and completed her first dress. “It was another one of those magical moments. I had an idea, put it together and it actually worked!”

Geneva said she has often surprised herself as she does not have a design background. “I really just approach the problem of how do I do this? I play with it in my head, and I have that a-ha moment and just start making whatever it is.”

Not having a designer’s background didn’t hold her back when competing in this year’s ArtPrize Fashion Force Challenge held in July. The first-ever competition pitted 13 aspiring designers against each other, themselves, and the clock in a night filled with style, and yes, surprises.

Each designer created two looks: one in advance from $100 worth of ArtPrize merchandise and the other in front of the live audience the night of the Challenge. “I hadn’t even seen the material I’d be working with,” Geneva admitted.

For her first look, Geneva selected a variety of neighborhood t-shirts from the 2011 ArtPrize competition. In true Apparel Artistry style, she cut the t-shirts apart and put them back together as a cocktail dress that was bright, chic, and fun.

The live challenge presented Geneva with a familiar problem: transform a long sleeve t-shirt into a work of art; however, in this case, she only had 15 minutes. “It was right up my alley, I knew I could show off my forte,” she said.

“The hardest part was threading a needle in front of a live audience. You’re going so fast, so the thread would tangle. I could not get the needle threaded!” said Geneva. Yet, four needles later, she had created a design that judges agreed was just what they were looking for.

Geneva was crowned the winner of the Fashion Force Challenge and awarded $500. “She also received automatic placement in this year’s Style Battle, West Michigan’s largest fashion competition taking place Thursday, September 2012 at the Goei Center. This year’s theme for the event is “This is Art.”

For Style Battle, Geneva will represent Apparel Artisty and the ArtPrize Hub Store as the official Fashion Force Ambassador. She’ll work with a team of fashion professionals, including a photography, hair stylist, makeup artist, and model to create and photograph four complete looks in three hours.

This is the first year ArtPrize is participating in Style Battle. Paige Fagan, an event coordinator with ArtPrize said the organization wanted to participate in order to show off other forms of art, including fashion design. “Liesl’s concept was formed off of the ‘This is Art’ idea. She’s using the idea of street art and showing how all things can be beautiful, along with how important it is to be able to appreciate all art forms,” Fagan said.

Initially, Geneva was worried that being an official representative for an organization may mean she’d have to relinquish creative control over her design; however, she said that is not the case. “I’ve kept all the creative control. It’s totally worth it.”

The ArtPrize Hub Store is also featuring limited edition apparel by Apparel Artistry and displaying Geneva’s winning Fashion Force design during the 19 day competition.

Since winning the challenge, Geneva said her line has definitely seen a noticeable increase in attention, which is perfect timing considering she just unveiled her fall line. “I had a lot of fun with wools, plaids, and flannels, trying to do them in a bright, vibrant, fun way. You can find a lot of wool in grays and browns, which are pretty and practical, but I love color,” she said describing her line.

One of the items in the latest line is a Heidi hoodie, a funky addition to any fall wardrobe that can be worn twelve different ways. “I love making clothes that are unique and that adjust to fit,” she said.

A question Geneva gets a lot is whether or not her design are easily adjusted. “People ask, ‘will I need help putting this on?’” she explained with a chuckle. “The answer is no. I design my items in such a way that you can adjust it yourself.”

Currently, Geneva works solely through direct sales, either through her Etsy page or her website; however, she said she hopes to begin offering her designs in local boutiques. In the meantime, she’s riding the wave of her latest successes, always looking for inspiration to spur her next a-ha moment. “It’s like a form of magic,” she said. “You never know when it can hit.”

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ArtPrize 2012: ArtFan Party



ArtPrize 2012: ArtFan Party

Lafontsee Galleries

September 18, 2012


At Lafontsee Galleries on the eve of ArtPrize, a special group of the annual art competition’s supporters came together to celebrate the arrival of the event. ArtFans, as they are known, are individuals from throughout the community who share a special passion for the mission of ArtPrize and have pledged financial support to help the organization meet its goal of sustainability.

There are two levels of the ArtFan group. For an individual, the minimum pledge is $1,500 and to be an “ArtFan + 1” the minimum pledge is $2,500. ArtFans receive several benefits in addition to the ArtFan Party that was being hosted on Tuesday night. As a thank you for their support, members are invited to The ArtFan Forum, a sneak peek into the planning for ArtPrize and the chance to provide feedback directly to the ArtPrize leadership. ArtFans have access to a VIP Lounge that is a place to rest after a day of ArtPrize viewing; VIP access to the ArtPrize Awards; recognition in The Hub, and a collectable gift created by an ArtPrize partner.

Lafontsee Galleries was the ideal venue for tonight’s event. What better place for ArtFans to gather than a beautiful gallery? Guests were treated to a menu of cocktails and food created just for them by Torrence O’Haire of The Starving Artist. Cocktails included the Mr. Lincoln Swizzle (a blend of cognac, bianco vermouth, sour orange, pomegranate, mint, and rosewater); the Tarantella (silver tequila, cocchi americano, blood orange liqueur, and lemon); and the Oxblood Cocktail (rye whiskey, punt y mes, chocolate liqueur, and walnut bitters).

O’Haire also created an exclusive dinner menu, calling it The Mustang Diner—fried chicken, Founders beer waffles, sweet potato hash, and bacon-pecan syrup; black pepper biscuits, Carolina ham, fried egg, braised greens, and red-eye gravy; and vegetable gumbo, Link Love creole sausage, and sweet-corn cornbread. Is your mouth watering yet? For dessert—lemon chess pie with carmelized cornflakes and whipped cream; or mock apple pie with cinnamon-caramel ice cream. {Did I mention O’Haire is for hire? He will come and cook for you and your friends!}

While the ArtFans enjoyed the amazing food, on tables with décor from Modern Day Floral & Events, they were treated to fantastic live music from Delilah DeWylde and the Lost Boys. They were the perfect addition to the evening, and I’m pretty sure I noticed some guests who were excited to start dancing!

It was the perfect way to celebrate the arrival of ArtPrize, especially for this group of dedicated supporters who have a special love for the event and want to see it be successful for years to come. If you are interested in membership as an ArtPrize ArtFan, visit

ArtPrize 2012: The Artist Kick-Off Party

ArtPrize 2012: The Artist Kick-Off Party

EVE at The B.O.B.

September 16, 2012


ArtPrize IV is well underway. While voting does not begin until Wednesday, September 19, the 1,717 artists who will be competing in this year’s event have arrived, and have been working hard at installing their pieces throughout the 3-square mile ArtPrize zone. Artists have come from 56 countries and 45 states—as far away as Syria, New Zealand, Sweden, and Panama—to showcase their work in the annual competition, all with the hope of claiming the $200,000 top prize.

On Sunday night, the artists were given an opportunity to take a break and network amongst their peers at the Artist Kick-Off Party held at the EVE nightclub in The B.O.B. The room was filled with excitement as first-timers as well as ArtPrize veterans came together to celebrate the beginning of what will be a very busy couple of weeks but also a very memorable time here in Grand Rapids. The evening included a signature cocktail, appetizers, and an opportunity for the artists to pick up their official badge and swag bag.

Many of the artists will be here throughout the 19 days, and many will be staying with volunteers who have offered up space in their homes for them to stay. As you venture out to look at the art in the 162 venues this year, take a few moments and talk to the artist. So many of them have fascinating stories to tell, and it’s a great way to truly understand the meaning behind each piece of art.


2012 ArtPrize Registration Day


Today marked Opening Day for the HUB, the annual headquarters of the ArtPrize event.

From 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., close to 550 came by to register to vote. The general public activated their voting accounts, purchased new ArtPrize Memberships, t-shirts and other swag in the ArtPrize store.

Sietsema Orchards & Cider Mill brought in festive fall flavors like cider, donuts and apples. The ArtPrize Food Truck Partners, The Silver Spork and What the Truck, parked outside of The HUB during the event.

The first 500 guests received a special gift, and everyone who registered automatically entered into a drawing for Blue Man Group tickets from Broadway Grand Rapids upcoming shows from September 25 to 30th.

The event was sponsored by Deloitte.

If you missed activating your account today, it’s easy to do.

Here’s how to do it.

After you sign up on, you need to activate your voter account one of two ways.

1. Visit an ArtPrize voter registration site.
a. Visit an exhibition center, the HUB (41 Sheldon Blvd. SE) or one of their other voter registration sites and present a government issued photo ID. See a list of all eleven ArtPrize Registration Sites.

a. Using the free mobile app for iPhone and Android you can activate your account on the go. If your device has built in GPS, the app will automatically ask if you would like to activate your account once you’ve crossed into the downtown ArtPrize district.
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ArtPrize 2012: The Sponsor Party


ArtPrize opening day is right around the corner, and there is already a noticeable buzz throughout the city. Banners are up, art is being installed, and official ArtPrize events are on the calendar.

Last evening, the ArtPrize team hosted a celebration for the sponsors who help make the 19-day event possible. There are 178 sponsors and six media partners who make up the list this year, and the Sponsor Party gave each a tour of the 2012 space. Guests were treated to delicious hors d’oeuvres, wine tasting, live music, and the first peek at The HUB, located at 41 Sheldon.

The HUB is essentially the “nerve center” for ArtPrize. It’s the headquarters for the ArtPrize team and volunteers, and it is the only place where you can find the full collection of ArtPrize merchandise. You can register to vote, pick up an event guide, and get your wristbands for the ArtBus. On Friday night all who were passing through gave it great reviews. There was also an opportunity for the sponsors to get registered for ArtPrize voting, and beat the crowds that will be coming out in the next week to get signed up.

The ArtPrize store in the HUB is bigger and better than ever. From buttons to posters, from onesies to jackets and everything in between…you can find it there. While guests shopped tonight they were treated to live music by Hannah Niah & The Boys.

Another new area in the HUB is the park just outside the entrance. The road in front of the building has been closed off and with the help of Landscape Design Services and Herman Miller, there is an adorable landscaped area with quite a bit of seating. It will be a great place for ArtPrize guests to meet up throughout the next few weeks.

Stellafly would like to thank the ArtPrize team, especially Event Producer Noddea Skidmore, for the invitation to be involved again this year. We are proud to be part of the Official ArtPrize Media Coverage Team. This privilege allows us to bring you all of the behind the scenes coverage of this year’s event! Stay tuned!

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